COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9615 — Glory Ltd/Grenke Bank AG/Cash Payment Solutions GmbH)
  • Commission approves Danaher's acquisition of GE Healthcare Life Sciences' Biopharma Business, subject to conditions (M.9331)
  • Commission publishes full text of AB InBev infringement decision
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt prohibits acquisition of Ziemann by Loomis
  • France - The Competition Authority has fined 58.3 million euros six fruit compote makers for running a cartel to fix prices and divide the French market from October 2010 to January 2014
  • France - Sodexo firmly contests the decision of the French Competition Authority and appeals
  • Sweden - Easypark-SMS Park deal faces in-depth merger probe
  • Switzerland - COMCO has extended its probe into VW car dealers and carried out new dawn raids
  • UK - CMA publishes interim report in online platforms and digital advertising market study
  • UK - CMA lifts the lid on digital giants (See the interim report) - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 18th Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) Network meeting of 31 January 2020
  • Agenda for: CLEN – Meeting proficiency tests on spirits of 19 February 2020
  • Minutes of the CLEN meeting of the 2nd Proficiency Test on Textile of 19 November 2019
  • Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the exercise of the delegated powers conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009, as amended by Regulation (EU) 2015/1775 on Trade in Seal Products
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets as regards the proposal to amend the Convention
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 25.11.2019 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences - Delegated act - Intention not to raise objections
  • 2019 Export Control Forum - The Agenda with the link to the presentations given during the event is published
  • WTO - Protectionists put brakes on trade liberalisation - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Raw Materials Supply Group Subgroup “Exchanging best practices on land use planning, permitting and geological knowledge" of 28 November 2019
  • The sale of second-hand e-books through a website constitutes a communication to the public that is subject to authorisation by the author (See CPR No.159/2019 - Judgment in Case C-263/18 - Nederlands Uitgeversverbond and Groep Algemene Uitgevers)
  • France cannot require Airbnb to hold an estate agent’s professional licence as it did not notify the Commission of that requirement in accordance with the Directive on electronic commerce (See CPR No.162/2019 - Judgment in Case C-390/18 Airbnb Ireland )

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Parliament keeps up pressure to tax digital economy more fairly

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 09 January 2019
  • Merkel hits out at US sanctions on Nord Stream 2 pipeline - German chancellor criticises new curbs but says Berlin will not seek to retaliate - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission welcomes provisional agreement to improve the quality of drinking water and the access to it
  • EU Action to Protect and Restore the World's Forests - Information from the German delegation, supported by the French and Luxembourg delegations
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Madrid, 2-15 December 2019) - EU statements
    - 25th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
    - 15th session on the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP15) Second session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA2)
    - 51st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI51) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA51)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Pharmaceutical Committee working method and priorities
  • Documents - 85th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (17 December 2019)
  • Minutes - 84th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (7 November 2019)
  • Report on pharmacovigilance related activities - Pharmacovigilance tasks from EU Member States and the European Medicines Agency - 2015-2018
  • Harmful chemicals – endocrine disruptors, review of EU rules - 16 December 2019 - 9 March 2020
  • Identification of nanomaterials through measurements - see the JRC Report
  • EIB finances elderly care homes in Spain under the Investment Plan for Europe

TRANPORT & MOBILITY

  • EU promotes digitalisation of freight transport information – Coreper confirms agreement with Parliament
  • Motor insurance: Council agrees position on better protection of victims of motor vehicles accidents
  • An airline is liable for the harm caused by a spilt cup of hot coffee  (See CPR No.163/2019 - Judgment in Case C-532/18 - Niki Luftfahrt)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • According to Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, Commission Decision 2010/87/EU on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid (See CPR No.165/2019 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-311/18, Facebook Ireland and Schrems)
  • Report from the Multistakeholder Expert Group on the GDPR application and the Annex (Questionnaire used)
  • The Norwegian Data Protection Authority imposes a fine of € 493000 on the City of Oslo
  • The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) imposed a fine of EUR 9.550.000 on the telecommunications service provider 1&1 Telecom GmbH
  • The Swedish DPA has issued an administrative fine of 35 000 EUR against Mrkoll.s
  • Facebook awaits EU opinion in privacy case - Austrian lawyer Max Schrems questions whether standard clauses offer sufficient protection - see case C-311/18Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The coercive detention of persons at the head of the Land of Bavaria for the purpose of enjoining them to adopt measures to improve ambient air quality in Munich (such as a traffic ban in respect of certain diesel vehicles) can be ordered only if a national legal basis which is sufficiently accessible, precise and foreseeable in its application exists to that end and if the detention is proportionate (See CPR No.164/2019 - Judgment in Case C-752/18 - Deutsche Umwelthilfe)
  • Malta: investigation risks being compromised while Prime Minister is in office - see the EP Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Speech by President Charles Michel at the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty

EXTERNAL RELATIONS