COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9653 — Pon Tyre Group/Gilde Fund V/Gundlach Automotive Corporation)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9463 — KKR/Axel Springer)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9555 — Recruit/MUBK/JV)
  • Full text of Commission decision to conditionally approve GlaxoSmithKline/Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Business merger
  • Ireland - CCPC publishes 2019 annual merger and acquisition statistics
  • Portugal - Bidco I has notified the acquisition of sole control over Prifalesia
  • Portugal - Vallis II Fund has notified the acquisition of sole control over Greenyard Logistics.
  • UK - CMA notifies BEIS that Jacobs U.K. Limited / Wood Nuclear Limited merger may raise public interest considerations

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 17 January 2020
  • Agenda for: 18th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Data Integration and Harmonization section joint with 96th Customs Code Committee General Legislation and 57th ECCG of 06 February 2020
  • Agenda for: 17th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Data Integration and Harmonization section - joint with Trade Contact Group (TCG) of 22 January 2020
  • Minutes of: Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature (Textiles and Mechanical / Miscellaneous) of 02 & 03 December 2019
  • Minutes of: Customs 2020 project group meeting dealing with the Classification of products in the HS/CN nomenclatures - Mechanical/Miscellaneous of 07 & 08 November 2019
  • Case before the EU General Court: - Case T-733/19, Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy Science & Technology et Sunowe Sola Vs. European Commission
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation on amending Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1977 opening and providing for the management of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products for the period 2019-2020
  • Draft Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation in the context of negotiations under Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 on the modification of Switzerland's WTO concessions with regard to seasoned meat
  • Report from the Commission on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/1076 of the European Parliament and the Council of 8 June 2016 applying the arrangements for products originating in certain states which are part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States provided for in agreements establishing, or leading to the establishment of, economic partnership agreements (formerly known as the Market Access Regulation)
  • The 7th Working Group on the Comprehensive Review of the Revised Kyoto Convention Meeting discussed the way forward for the Comprehensive Review of the RKC - See the WCO Statement
  • DDG Wolff: China of today is vastly different from the China that joined the WTO in 2001
  • Boris Johnson: Brexit trade deal ‘epically likely’ by end of year - Johnson said he was ‘very, very, very confident’ the UK and EU would strike a deal - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona: the restrictions imposed by Hungary on the financing of civil organisations from abroad are not compatible with EU law (See CPR No.2/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-78/18 - Commission Vs. Hungary (Transparence associative))
  • Questionnaire on 'Study on sound level limits of M- and N-category vehicles'
  • Business Planet: Good chemistry - helping business to come within REACH rules

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes responses to its consultation on MiFID II review report on position limits

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Potentials of sector coupling for decarbonisation: Assessing regulatory barriers in linking the gas and electricity sectors in the EU - Final report & Intermediate report

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • ECHA starts work on making drinking water safer - ECHA/PR/20/01
  • Annual Green Water Resources and Vegetation Resilience Indicators: Definitions, Mutual Relationships, and Future Climate Projections - See the JRC Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Measurement methods for tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide emissions from cigarettes
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Lead in turmeric
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pooling forces in negotiations on the price of medicines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Facilitating the establishment of regional slaughterhouses
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Impact assessments and precautionary measures relating to the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement concerning the mutation of transgenic insects in Brazil
  • A new JRC report promotes crossdisciplinarity in biosciences to better inform policy and address societal needs.

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PROTECTION & CYBERSECURITY

  • State of Vulnerabilities 2018/2019 - Analysis of Events in the life of Vulnerabilities - See the ENISA Report
  • Grindr, online ad firms face Norwegian privacy complaint - Politico.eu - see the investigation by the Norwegian Consumer Council

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Szpunar proposes that the Court should rule that the victims of the sinking of a ship flying the Panamanian flag can bring an action for damages before the Italian courts against the Italian bodies which classified and certified that ship (See CPR No.3/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-641/18 - Rina)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/26 of 13 January 2020 updating Annex A to the Monetary Agreement between the European Union and the Principality of Monaco
  • Communication from the Commission pursuant to Article 11(5) of the Monetary Agreement between the European Union and the Principality of Monaco
  • A cointegration model of money and wealth - ECB Working Paper Series No.2365
  • The impact of the ECB’s targeted long-term refinancing operations on banks’ lending policies: the role of competition - ECB Working Paper Series No.2364

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 15 January 2020
  • Protecting the Treaties in the interest of all Europeans: the College takes solemn oath to serve the EU - See the Closing remarks by President von der Leyen 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU renews its terrorist list of persons and organisations subject to sanctions - See: Regulation (EU) 2020/19 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/20
  • Agenda for: 17th meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council of 20 January 2020
  • Joint Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the situation in Syria
  • Iran: can the EU help to defuse the situation? - See the EP Statement
  • Europe’s moment of truth with China - 6 factors that will shape the Continent’s relationship with Beijing in 2020 - Politico.eu