BREXIT

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/135 of 30 January 2020 on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Declaration by the European Union made in accordance with the third paragraph of Article 185 of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Notice concerning the entry into force of the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom
  • Brexit: Council adopts decision to conclude the withdrawal agreement
  • Joint press statement by President von der Leyen with President Sassoli and President Michel on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.04/20 - Covers from 24 to 30 January 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the 206th meeting of the Customs Code Committee, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section Agriculture/Chemistry) of 17-18 February 2020
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/128 of 25 November 2019 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/129 of 26 November 2019 amending the vulnerability threshold set out in point 1(b) of Annex VII to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council applying a scheme of generalised tariff preferences
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/130 of 28 January 2020 on amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2368/2002 implementing the Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds
  • Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports
  • WTO - STDF launches 2020-2024 strategy for safe and inclusive trade
  • Singapore's free trade deal with EU will apply to Britain during Brexit transition period: MTI - Bilaterals.org
  • Trump will demand high price for UK trade deal, says former ambassador - Kim Darroch said it was ‘impossible’ that the US congress would ratify any trade deal by the end of the year - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 January 2020 in Case C‑395/18, Tim SpA - Direzione e coordinamento Vivendi SA Vs. Consip SpA, Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze, intervener: E-VIA SpA,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Public procurement of supplies, works or services - Directive 2014/24/EU - Article 18(2) - Article 57(4) -Optional grounds for exclusion - Ground for exclusion of a subcontractor mentioned in the economic operator’s tender - Subcontractor’s failure to comply with environmental, social and labour law obligations - National legislation providing for automatic exclusion of the economic operator for such a failure
  • Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer
  • Is your company size declared correctly? - ECHA/NR/20/03

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 January 2020 in Case C‑156/17, Köln-Aktienfonds Deka Vs. Staatssecretaris van Financiën, interveners: Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs, Loyens en Loeff NV,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Free movement of capital and liberalisation of payments - Restrictions - Taxation of dividends received by undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS) - Refund of tax withheld on dividends - Conditions - Objective differentiation criteria - Criteria which are by nature or in fact favourable to resident taxpayers
  • ESMA launches a Common Supervisory Action with NCAs on UCITS liquidity risk management
  • ESMA announces open hearing on its Consultation on Internal Controls for CRAs
  • ESMA consults on the new MiFIR and MiFID II regimes for third-country firms

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Ambitious measures needed to ensure equal pay for women, say MEPs
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - UberWorks in the era of job insecurity 2.0

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Opinion of Adovcate General Sharpston of 30 January 2020 in Case C‑654/18, Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH Vs. SAA Sonderabfallagentur Baden-Württemberg GmbH
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Waste - Transport of waste within the European Union - Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 - Classification of mixture of paper wastes - Basel Convention - Control procedure applied to ‘Green’ listed waste - Classification of mixture of paper wastes containing impurities
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) of 05 February 2020
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on minimum requirements for water reuse - Political agreement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 January 2020 in Case C‑524/18, Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG Vs. Queisser Pharma GmbH & Co. KG,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Public health - Information and consumer protection - Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 - Implementing Decision 2013/63/EU - Nutritional and health claims made on foods - Article 10(3) - Reference to general, non-specific benefits - Concept of ‘accompanying’ a specific health claim - Obligation to produce scientific evidence - Scope
  • Commission Notice on the application of the provisions of Article 26(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011
  • EU mobilises €10 million for research on the new Coronavirus outbreak - See the factsheet
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Infringement proceedings relating to the transposition of Directive 2010/63/EU and the investigation into alleged cruelty and unlawful actions at the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT)
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 5 (Published on: 31/01/2020)
  • EFSA - African swine fever: disease spreading slowly in EU

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • European Commission invests in modern and fast internet access in Greece - Midday Express
  • Online shopping: Commission and Consumer Protection authorities urge traders to bring information policy in line with EU law

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on Proposals regarding European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 04 February 2020
  • EDPB - The Cypriot Supervisory Authority banned the processing of an automated tool, used for scoring sick leaves of employees, known as the "Bradford Factor’’ and subsequently fined the controller

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB welcomes ratification of agreement on orderly UK withdrawal from European Union
  • ECB’s subscribed capital to remain steady after Bank of England leaves the European System of Central Banks
  • European Commission publishes annual overview of how taxation works in Member States- Midday Express

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • "A new dawn for Europe" - Op-ed article by Presidents Charles Michel, David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen
  • Croatian Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees
  • EU top court says it can’t rule in Slovenia-Croatia border dispute - Two governments must work to end standoff, judges declare - Politico.eu (See CPR No.9/20, Judgment in Case C-157/18)

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures
    - against the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    - against ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda and persons, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them
    - in view of Turkey's unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Kosovo: Speech by HR/VP Josep Borrell during his visit to the Kosovo B power plant
  • Kosovo: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell at the joint press point with Hashim Thaçi, President of Kosovo
  • Rights of indigenous peoples: Speech on behalf of HR/VP Borrell at the European Parliament plenary debate on the rights of indigenous peoples
  • India: Speech on behalf of HR/VP Josep Borrell at the European Parliament on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019