COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9583 — TPG/Hong Leong Group/Columbia Asia Healthcare)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9688 — Cinven/Astorg/LGC Science Group)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9668 — JD Sports Fashion/Iberian Sports Retail Group)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9569 — EssilorLuxottica/GrandVision)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Optimile by BNPPF, AGI and Touring (M.9635) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Allianz Popular by Banco Santander (M.9602) - Midday Express
  • Commission decision on purchaser approval in BASF / Solvay's EP and P&I Business merger
  • Greece - Acceptance by the HCC of the commitments proposed by "DIAGEO HELLAS SA"
  • Poland - UOKiK consented to DOZ taking over Medix.
  • Romania - The Competition Policy authorized the taking over of Lipomin SA and Carpatina SA by Prodal 94 SRL
  • Romania - The Competition Policy analyses the taking over of Oncocard by Medlife
  • UK - CMA Decision that undertakings might be accepted in the acquisition by Stonegate Pub Company Limited of Ei Group plc
  • UK - CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Jacobs U.K. Limited of Wood Nuclear Limited and subsidiary and certain affiliated companies.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets - see the Report
  • Monitoring EU agri-food trade: Development until October 2019 - 09.01.2019
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - EU agricultural policy and exports to developing countries
  • The EU plurilateral draft termination agreement for all intra-EU BITs: An end of the post-Achmea saga and the beginning of a new one - Bilaterals.org
  • Intra-EU investment reform: What options for the Energy Charter Treaty? - Bilaterals.org - see the Leaked Treaty
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 13 January 2020
  • WTO - Panel report adopted regarding Moroccan measures on hot-rolled steel from Turkey
  • Will the WTO survive 2020? see CEPS/ISPI Paper
  • China to send Chief Trade Negotiator to U.S. to sign phase-one deal - Wall Street Journal

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) of 15 January 2020
  • Climate action: EIB provides financing to Grupo Ruiz to renew its fleet with more modern and less polluting buses
  • Towards a circular vision for the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation - See DigitalEurope Paper

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Visa Facilitation and Readmission: the European Union and Belarus sign agreements
  • Negotiations on new EU collective redress rules to begin - see the EP Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 10 January 2020
  • Minutes of the Coreper of 04 & 06 December 2019
  • Minutes of the Coreper of 11 & 16 December 2019
  • Remarks by President von der Leyen at the joint press point with Ludovic Orban, Prime Minister of Romania
  • The new EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill as published on 06 January 2020
  • Readout of the meeting between President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the London School of Economics on 'Old friends, new beginnings: building another future for the EU-UK partnership'
  • Remarks by Michel Barnier at the European Commission Representation in Sweden
  • Johnson sets up clash over fishing in talks with EU - Commission president Von der Leyen says trade deal would have to ensure level playing field - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council of 10 January 2020
  • The European Council President calls upon Iran to avoid posing irreversible acts - President Michel spoke to President Rouhani about the situation in the region and called for restraint.
  • The European Union will step up efforts towards a peaceful and political solution in Libya