COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑582/18 P, Viscas Corp., Vs. European Commission, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for underground and submarine power cables - Market allocation in connection with projects - Fines - 2006 Guidelines on the method of setting fines - Determining the relative weight of the European and non-European members in the cartel - Participation of European undertakings in the cartel at several levels - Principle of equal treatment
  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑589/18 P, Furukawa Electric Co. Ltd, Vs. European Commission, and Viscas Corp.
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for underground and submarine power cables - Market allocation in connection with projects -Fines - 2006 Guidelines on the method of setting fines - Determination of the value of sales - Principle of equal treatment
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9598 — Allianz/T&R)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9671 — Apollo/Blue Group)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9639 — CDC/EDF/Dalkia Investissement)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9627 — APG/Elecnor/CC&I)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9503 — Gardner Denver/Ingersoll Industrials)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9701 — InfraVia/Iliad/Iliad 73)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Mellanox by NVIDIA (M.9424) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition of Amadys NV by Equistone
  • France - Competition Authority fines Google €150 million over advertising platform
  • France - Almost 415 M€ in fines against the four historical meal vouchers issuers for anticompetitive practices
  • Germany - Working Group on Competition Economics discusses effects of vertical mergers, algorithms and abusive data processing conditions
  • The Netherlands - ACM and the French competition authority have worked together in fining a French cartel
  • The Netherlands - Joint venture Port Towage Amsterdam to be dissolved, following an investigation of ACM
  • Poland - UOKiK's activities in 2018 - see the Report
  • Romania - The Competition Council sanctioned Premier Energy SRL with fine of € 1.3 million for abuse of dominant position
  • UK - CMA full text decision on Salesforce.com, Inc / Tableau Software merger
  • UK - CMA extends deadline in Sabre / Farelogix Phase 2 investigation
  • UK - CMA final report clearing LN-Gaiety Holdings / MCD Productions merger
  • UK - CMA makes final order to require Tobii to divest Smartbox

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C-385/18: Arriva Italia Srl, Ferrotramviaria SpA, Consorzio Trasporti Aziende Pugliesi (CO.TRA.P) Vs. Ministero delle Infrastrutture e dei Trasporti, in the presence of : Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA, Gestione Commissariale per Le Ferrovie del Sud Est e Servizi Automobilistici Srl a socio unico, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato
    Re: "Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Concept - Public railway undertaking in difficulty - Aid measures - Allocation of financial aid - Objective - Continuation of the activities othe public railway undertaking - Allocation of and participation in the capital of that public undertaking - Transfer to the capital of another public undertaking - Private investor test - Obligation of prior notification of new aid
  • Judgment of the General Court of 19 December 2019 in Case T‑812/14, RENV, BPC Lux 2 Sàrl Vs. European Commission, supported by Portuguese Republic
    Re: State aid - Aid granted by the Portuguese authorities for the resolution of the financial institution Banco Espírito Santo - Creation and capitalisation of a Bridge Bank - Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Lack of standing - Inadmissibility
  • Opinion of Advocate General PIKAMÄE of 19 December 2019 in Joined Cases C‑262/18 P and C‑271/18 P, European Commission Vs. Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s. (C‑262/18 P) and Slovak Republic Vs. Dôvera zdravotná poisťovňa, a.s. (C‑271/18 P)
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Health insurance bodies - Concept of ‘undertaking’ - Complex economic assessments - Scope of the judicial review conducted by the General Court - Concept of‘economic activity’ - Other entities operating within the social security system seeking to make a profit - Competition as to quality and as to the health insurance services offered
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Spain - State aid SA.50707 (2018/FC) - Air Nostrum fleet renewal - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.43/19 - Covers from 13 to 19 December 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑677/18, Amoena Ltd Vs. Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Headings 6212 and 9021 - Mastectomy bras - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1167 - Validity - Notion of ‘accessories’ - Sincere cooperation
  • Agenda - EP Inta Committee of 20 January 2020
  • Agenda for: UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 20-21 January 2019
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 10 January 2019
  • Minutes for: CLEN - Project Group SAMANCTA of 23 November 2019
  • Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2171 of 17 December 2019 initiating an investigation concerning possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1267 on imports of tungsten electrodes originating in the People’s Republic of China by imports of tungsten electrodes consigned from India, Laos and Thailand, whether declaredas originating in India, Laos and Thailand or not, and making such imports subject to registration
  • Council Decision (EU) 2019/2143 of 11 November 2019 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Annexes II and VIII to Protocol II of the Agreement
  • The Council adopted two regulations relating to Quotas and suspensions on certain agricultural and industrial products
  • The Council decided not to raise objections to a delegated act of the Commission relating to the EU scheme of generalised tariff preferences (GSP)
  • The Council adopted a decision setting out the EU position within the association committee in trade configuration, in the context of the association agreement signed between the EU and Moldova in 2014
  • The Council adopted a decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with Belarus for an agreement on customs cooperation and mutual administrative assistance
  • The Council adopted a decision on the EU position within the committee on rules of origin of the WTO and relating to the agreement on rules of origin which entered into force in 1995
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Contingency measures in the US-EU trade war
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Resumption of trade negotiations with Thailand
  • EPCA EU and Kazakhstan, 3rd annual Cooperation Committee in Trade Configuration : Report
  • Central Asia : 17th Sub-Committee meeting on Trade and Investment under the EU-Kyrgyz Republic Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA): Report
  • South Korea : Procedural information related to EU-Korea dispute settlement on Labour

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Booking.com commits to align practices presenting offers and prices with EU law following EU action - see Complete list of commitments

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑389/18, Brussels Securities SA Vs. État Belge
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of taxation applicable in the case of parent companies and subsidiaries of different Member States - Directive 90/435/EEC - Prevention of double taxation - First indent of Article 4(1) - Prohibition on taxing profits received - Inclusion of the dividend distributed by the subsidiary in the parent company’s tax base - Deduction of the dividend distributed from the parent company’s tax base and the indefinite carrying forward of the surplus to the following tax years - The order in which tax deductions on profits are to be applied - Loss of a tax advantage
  • Opinion of Advocate General KOKOTT of 9 December 2019 in Case C‑446/18, AGROBET CZ, s.r.o. Vs. Finanční úřad pro Středočeský kraj
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Article 179 and Article 183 of Directive 2006/112/EC - Deduction of input tax - Excess VAT - Retention of the total amount of excess VAT upon a tax inspection in respect of part of the transactions - Partial refund of excess VAT claimed - Principle of neutrality - Principle of proportionality
  • Commission Decision of 16 December 2019 on the renewal of the Commission Expert Group ‘Platform for Tax Good Governance, Aggressive Tax Planning and Double Taxation’ 
  • European Parliament resolution of 18 December 2019 on fair taxation in a digitalised and globalised economy: BEPS 2.0

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑236/18, GRDF SA Vs. Eni Gas & Power France SA, Direct énergie, Commission de régulation de l’énergie, Procureur général at the Cour d’appel de Paris
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common rules for the internal market in natural gas - Directive 2009/73/EC - Article 41(11) - Settlement of disputes concerning the obligationsimposed on a system operator - Temporal effects of decisions of the dispute settlement authority - Legal certainty- Legitimate expectations
  • EU Coordination Meeting for: - International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) 10th session of the Assembly (10-12 January 2020)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 December 2019 in Case C‑592/18, Darie BV Vs. Staatssecretaris van Infrastructuur en Milieu
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 - Article 3(1)(a) and (c) - Concept of ‘biocidal product’ - Concept of ‘active substance’ - Bacterial product containing the bacterial species Bacillus ferment- Mode of action other than mere physical or mechanical action - Indirect action - Period within which effect takes place
  • Main Results of the Environment Council of 19 December 2019 - see the Full Outcome
    • Biodiversity - Council adopts conclusions

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 69th RSC Radio Spectrum Committee of 11 December 2019

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Council position and findings on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Adoption

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Draft agendas for Council meetings, during the first semester of 2020 (the Croatian Presidency)
  • Legislative programming - Commission's Work Programme for 2020 and multiannual programming Letter from the Presidency to the Commission
  • The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is required to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and implement the Agreements (EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss) in domestic law.
  • Correspondence: Letters to the Devolved Administrations on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Commission welcomes agreement on €500 million Macro-Financial Assistance programme for Jordan
  • European Council appoints Isabel Schnabel and Fabio Panetta to the ECB's executive board
  • ECB appoints Petra Senkovic as Director General Secretariat and Pedro Gustavo Teixeira as Director General Secretariat to the Supervisory Board
  • A new approach to Early Warning Systems for small European banks - ECB Working paper series No.2348

EXTERNAL RELATIONS