COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9574 — Associated British Foods/Wilmar International/AB Mauri Yihai Kerry China Investment Holding Company)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9658 — Daiwa Securities Group/Aquila Holding/Aquila Capital Holding)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Fazer Food's contract foodservices business by Compass Group (M.9455) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification - MEDE-C/C-20-0006: Bâloise Belgium NV / Athora Belgium NV
  • France The Autorité publishes its guide for SMEs 
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has no objections at the current stage to the extensive cooperation plans of Berliner Morgenpost GmbH and Verlag Der Tagesspiegel GmbH
  • Portugal - The PCA Board adopted a decision of non-opposition on the merger 1/2020 - Vallis II Fund / Greenyard.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR approved the merger of the undertakings Arca Investments, a.s., Ing. Rudolf Adam and Finportal, a. s.
  • UK - CMA issues statement in Phase 2 investigation of Amazon/ Deliveroo merger

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 629th meeting of the Export Credits Group of 12 February 2020
  • Agenda for: 21st meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Origin of 29-31 January 2020
  • Agenda for: 11th meeting UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 11-12 February 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group on customs issues related to cultural goods of 04 February 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 31 January 2020
  • Draft act: Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of xxx amending and correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards detailed rules concerning certain provisions of the Union Customs Code, and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 as regards transitional rules for certain provisions of the Union Customs Code where the relevant electronic systems are not yet operational - Feedback period: 27.01.2020 - 24.02.2020
  • Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam - A9-0003/2020
  • Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Investment Protection Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, of the other part - A9-0002/2020
  • Minutes of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 27 January 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 29 January 2020 in Case C‑371/18, Sky plc, Sky International AG, Sky UK Ltd Vs. SkyKick UK Ltd, SkyKick Inc.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of laws - Community trade mark - Regulation (EC) No 40/94 - Articles 7 and 51 - First Directive 89/104/EEC - Articles 3 and 13 - Identification of the goods or services covered by the registration - Failure to comply with the requirements of clarity and precision - Bad faith of the applicant - No intention to use the trade mark for the goods or services covered by the registration - Total or partial invalidity of the trade mark - National legislation requiring the applicant to state that he or she intends to use the trade mark applied for
  • Opinion of Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona of 29 January 2020 in Case C‑796/18, Informatikgesellschaft für Software-Entwicklung (ISE) mbH Vs. Stadt Köln, intervener: Land Berlin
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Public procurement - Directive 2014/24/EU - Concept of contract for pecuniary interest - Horizontal cooperation between contracting authorities - Making available of software for the coordination of fire-fighting operations - Cooperation agreement on updating and developing the software - Activity ancillary to the public service - Prohibition on placing third parties in a position of advantage
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 03 February 2020
  • Consumer Summit 2020: New Commission survey addresses consumer fraud in the EU - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 20th Meeting of the Sub-Group on Automatic Exchange of Information of 29 January 2020
  • Agenda for: 11th Recovery Expert Group Meeting (for mutual tax recovery assistance) of 26-27 February 2020
  • EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes: Report #33 by the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) Chair on interactions on procedural and/or political aspects of the monitoring process for the period 4 January to 27 January 2020 - Maldives; BotswanaTaiwan

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the United Mexican States concerning the replacement of Annex I and II to the Agreement between the European Community and the United Mexican States on the mutual recognition and protection of designations for spirit drinks - See also the Commission Implementing Decision

ENERGY

  • Investment Plan supports nearly-zero-energy affordable housing in Sweden
  • ACER publishes decisions on electricity balancing methodology
  • CEER Report on regulatory frameworks for European energy networks 2019

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global environmental aspects of sustainable development) of 05 February 2020
  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the Conference on implementing the European Green Deal: Financing the Transition
  • Executive Vice President Timmermans' remarks at the Conference on the first European Climate Law
  • Acea Position Paper: End-of-Life Vehicles Directive, potential inclusion of trucks and buses
  • Acea Position Paper: Evaluation of the End-of-Life Vehicles Directive

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Draft Implementing Regulation - Railway safety - reporting standards for investigations into accidents and incidents - Feedback period: 27.01.2020 - 24.02.2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • European Commission and International Monetary Fund strengthen cooperation to support sustainable development

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more - See the Political Guidelines and all Key Documents
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/121 of 28 January 2020 concerning the establishment of the Working Party on the United Kingdom chaired by the General Secretariat of the Council, and repealing Decision (EU) 2017/900
  • UK and EEA EFTA States sign agreement to protect citizens’ rights and resolve wider separation issues when the UK leaves the EU
  • The UK’s withdrawal from the EU - The CMA’s role post Brexit - See the Guidance
  • Britain after Brexit will not be alone, but it will be lonelier - The UK is entering a new world, going its own way while superpowers dominate - Financial Times
  • U.K. sails out of EU’s orbit and toward America’s embrace - Wall Street Journal

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Ukraine: seven persons involved in the organisation of Russian elections in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol added to EU sanctions list (See  Regulation (EU) 2020/119, Decision (CFSP) 2020/120 & Notice 1 & 2)
  • Joint press statement following the 6th Association Council meeting between the EU and Ukraine
  • Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on the Middle East Peace Process
  • HR/VP Josep Borrell travels to Kosovo and Serbia for his first visit to the Western Balkans - Midday Express