COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 31 January 2020
  • Working Documents of Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 22 January 2020
  • Adoption - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on the International Transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets as regards the proposal to amend the Convention
  • First written submission by the European Union - Republic of Korea - Compliance with Obligations under Article 13.4(3) of the EU-Korea FTA – 20 January 2020
  • Report of the 26th round of the EU-China investment agreement negotiations took place in Brussels from 16-17 and 20-21 January 2019
  • EU proposal for specific horizontal provisions in the Trade Part of a possible modernised EU-Chile Association Agreement.
  • Presentation & Report - EU Trade Policy - WTO Negotiations on Domestic Regulation in Services - 15 January 2020
  • Presentation - EU Trade Policy - WTO Joint Statement Initiative on Investment Facilitation
  • US wants chemical-washed chicken on EU trade menu - Financial Times
  • The EU's toothless trade policy - The EU Commission fails to enforce trade agreements' social and environmental norms. Just look at the case of South Korea - See IPS Paper
  • EU-New Zealand: Obstacles remain to a free trade deal with the EU - 
  • EU - Philippines: The EU has prioritized the EU-GSP Plus as the platform that will govern its cooperation and trade relationship with the Duterte administration - Manila Bulletin

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Italy should have ensured that its public authorities complied, in their commercial transactions with private undertakings, with periods for payment not exceeding 30 or 60 days (See CPR No.7/20 - Judgment in Case C-122/18 - Commission Vs. Italy)
  • Agenda for: 6th Meeting of the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest of 18 February 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) of 05 February 2020
  • Agenda for: Sixth meeting of the Expert Group on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents (SEPs) of 31 January 2020
  • Minutes of the Raw Materials Supply Group of 12 December 2019
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Postal Services Directive
  • EU seeks to force through single standard phone charger - Legislation in Brussels planned this year likely to set up clash with Apple - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Main Results of the 3745th Council meeting - Agriculture and Fisheries of 27 January 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Agricultural Markets, in particular concerning aspects falling under the single CMO Regulation
    - Spirit Drinks of 13 February 2020
    - Arable crops - Olive oil of 28 January 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Compensation mechanisms for the European agricultural sector following the US tariff increase

ENERGY

  • Bydgoszcz and Lublin receive EIB loans for climate-friendly upgrade of heating distribution networks -
  • Potentials of sector coupling for decarbonisation: Assessing regulatory barriers in linking the gas and electricity sectors in the EU - See the Study
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Electricity grid maintenance

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Report & Presentations - Special Meeting of the Group of Experts of the CITES Management Authorities dedicated to Trade in Seal Products of 21 January 2020
  • Report of the Commission Expert Group on EU Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation of 12 December 2019

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 2nd meeting of the Interfaces Thematic Team of the Single Window (EMSWe) expert group of 03 February 2020
  • Agenda for: 2nd meeting of the Data Thematic Team of the Single Window (EMSWe) expert group of 11 February 2020
  • Minutes of the 4th session of the Group of Experts on the Smart Tachograph of 11 December 2019
  • Minutes of the 5th Meeting Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities of 13 December 2019
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards the alignment of rules for continuing airworthiness of aircraft and aeronautical products, parts and appliances with Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 - See the Annex

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • A group of 17 EU countries sent a Letter to the European Commission, asking for more emphasis on data in future trade deals
  • ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity analyses the main changes for telecom security supervision under the new European Electronic Communication Code
  • ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity launches an online platform to assist in the security of personal data processing

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: JHA Counsellors on Civil Law Matters (Service of documents/Taking of evidence) of 30 January 2020
  • Implementation of the Council Framework Decision 2008/909/JHA of 27 November 2008 on the application of mutual recognition to judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty for the purpose of their enforcement in the European Union - Notification by Bulgaria

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Yves Mersch: Asset price inflation and monetary policy
  • EU surplus up to over €186 bn in 2018 - Stat 20/2020
  • Household real income per capita up in both euro area and EU28 - Stat 19/2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Article 50) of 29 January 2020
  • Speech by Michel Barnier at the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute
  • Brexit: why fishing threatens to derail EU-UK talks - Britain risks triggering a tough response from Brussels if it limits access to its waters - Financial Times

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • The Council extended by one year (until 31 January 2021) the current restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the
    situation in Tunisia (See Regulation (EU) 2020/115 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/117)
  • The Council transposed into EU law the decision of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee dated 14 January 2020, amending the listings of seven persons subject to restrictive measures (See Regulation (EU) 2020/116 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/118
  • The EU and Latin America and the Caribbean: towards a stronger partnership? In-Depth Analysis - EP Committee on Foreign Affairs