COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9635 — BNP Paribas/Ageas /Koninklijke Belgische Touring Club/Optimile)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9408 — Assa Abloy/Agta Record)
  • Speech by Cecilio Madero Villarejo, Deputy Director-General Mergers, on recent developments in merger control.
  • Commission clears acquisition of Sophos Group by Thoma Bravo (M.9628) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Cash Payment Solutions by Glory and Grenke Bank (M.9615) - Midday Express
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence publishes a new study on Behavioural remedies in competition law
  • France - Takeover of Itas by TDF: seizure by Towercast, the Authority considers that the abuse of TDF's dominant position has not been established
  • UK - CMA announces it is seeking the disqualification of two further directors in relation to the supply of precast concrete drainage products cartel
  • UK - CMA adds additional party to the scope of investigation into Atlantic Joint Business Agreement
  • UK - CMA extends period for examining undertakings in lieu in Danspin / Lawton Yarns merger

STATE AID

  • 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.49579 (2019/C) (ex 2017/N) - Regional investment aid to Peugeot Citroën Automoviles España, S.A. (PCAE) for a large investment project - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Staite Aid Weekly e-News - No.02/20 - Covers from 10 to 16 January 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda - EP INTA Committee of 20 &21 January 2020
  • Information concerning the entry into force of the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and Ukraine amending the trade preferences for poultry meat and poultry meat preparations provided for by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/39 of 16 January 2020 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of peroxosulphates (persulphates) originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 of 5 May 2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items: Information on measures adopted by Member States in conformity with Articles 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 17 and 22
  • Commission reports on latest negotiating rounds with Indonesia and New Zealand
  • EU and five Eastern and Southern African countries kick off negotiations to deepen trade relations
  • WTO - United States notifies decision to appeal compliance panel ruling in steel dispute with India

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Distortion of competition by DocMorris business model
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Unfair competition against the European tyre industry
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Unfair competition against the European tyre industry

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA consults on the use of No Data options in securitisation reporting

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - Digital) of 23 January 2020
  • EU VAT Forum has endorsed a report on prevention and solution of VAT double taxation dispute
  • The role of national fiscal bodies - State of play (January 2020) - Study for the EP Econ Committee

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 23 January 2020
  • Biodiversity loss: what is causing it and why is it a concern? - See the EP Statement & Resolution
  • Improving circular economy practices in the construction sector key to increasing material reuse, high quality recycling - See the EEA Briefing

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 3 ( Published on: 17/01/2020)
  • Minutes & Presentations of the meeting of the Expert Group on Clinical Trials of 22 November 2019
  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)
    - Working Group on Methodologies of 28 November 2019
    - Working Group on Cosmetic Ingredients Products of 27 November 2019
    - Working Group on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 26 November 2019
  • Consumers are better protected today thanks to new powers for national consumer authorities and the Commission - See CPC Factsheet & some Coordinated actions
  • EMA - Mandatory use of international standard for the reporting of side effects to improve safety of medicines

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decision (EU) 2020/33 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2020 providing further macro-financial assistance to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • Speech by Christine Lagarde: Frankfurt and Europe in a new decade
  • Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank held in Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday and Thursday, 11-12 December 2019
  • Commission supports Bulgaria's reform to make state-owned enterprises more transparent and independent

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/37 of 16 January 2020 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1210/2003 concerning certain specific restrictions on economic and financial relations with Iraq
  • President von der Leyen and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell participate jointly with President Michel in the Berlin Conference on Libya - Midday Express
  • Readout of the telephone conversation between President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • Venezuelan crisis: MEPs reaffirm their support for Juan Guaidó - See the EP Resolution