COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9574 — Associated British Foods/Wilmar International/AB Mauri Yihai Kerry China Investment Holding Company)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9477 — STEAG/OYAK/SET)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9640 — BCP/CD&R Fund X/BrandSafway)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9612 — Central Group/SIGNA Prime/Mahis JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9698 — Platinum Equity Group/Biscuit International)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over DMV Fonterra Excipients by Royal FrieslandCampina and CVC Capital Partners (M.9610) - Midday Express
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR has initiated administrative proceedings concerning the concentration of the companies Bosch (Shanghai) Investment Consulting Limited Company and Gobi Chuangying (Shanghai) Venture Capital Management Co., Ltd.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR approved the concentration of the companies MiddleCap Group S.A. and BBF Tech, a.s.
  • Ireland - CCPC publishes 2019 annual merger and acquisition statistics

STATE AID

  • State aid in 2018 amounted to PLN 26.21 billion - see the UOKiK report

TRADE

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 13 January 2019
  • Answer given by Mr Varhelyi to a MEP written question - Request for an end to the sale by some EU countries of scrap steel to Turkey
  • Update of list of countries applying the Registered Exporter System as of 03 January 2020
  • France and US seek to resolve digital tax dispute - Officials to hold talks to head off new round of US trade sanctions - Financial Times
  • No 10 vision of fast-track trade deal at odds with industry - PM’s view on regulatory divergence criticised as it would bring friction at border - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA clarifies rules for CCPs’ membership criteria and due diligence
  • ESMA assesses EU financial market impact of circuit breakers

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commissioner Wojciechowski in Croatia to discuss the future Common Agricultural Policy - See the Factsheet "CAP in Croatia" - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - The negative impact on small and medium-sized farmers of the intense economic rivalry between the EU and the US
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Labelling of organic products

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 09 January 2019

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 14 January 2019

HEALTH FOOD PRODUCT SAFETY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Research and analysis: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: RPC opinion
  • What to expect on Brexit talks from Von der Leyen’s UK visit - Brussels wants the EU to be ready to begin negotiations with Britain on March 1 - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The Council added five names to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures in view of the situation in Mali (See Regulation (EU) 2020/8, Decision (CFSP) 2020/9, Notice 1 & 2
  • Statement by President von der Leyen after the special College meeting on 8 January 2020, discussing the tensions in Iraq, Iran, the wider Middle East as well as Libya