COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9713 — EQT/Recover)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9594 — CMA CGM/CIMC Neocontainer/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9593 — PTT GC/ALPLA TH/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9693 — Liberty/Aleris Divestment Business)
  • Appeal brought on 3 December 2019 by HSBC Holdings plc, HSBC Bank plc, HSBC France against the judgment of the General Court of 24 September 2019 in Case T-105/17, HSBC Holdings plc and Others Vs. Commission (Case C-883/19 P)
  • Commission authorises the creation of a joint venture active in electric batteries by the PSA and Tota groups (M.9479) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Eneco by Mitsubishi Corporation (M.9699) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA adverse provisional findings in Sabre / Farelogix merger
  • EU’s Vestager mulls tougher action on tech giants - The antitrust commissioner signals that she is willing to go beyond fines - Financail Times

STATE AID

  • State aid: Commission approves €53 million public support scheme for charging stations for low emission vehicles in Romania (SA.49276)
  • Johnson’s efforts to escape EU state aid rules ‘mistaken’ - Northern Ireland protocol a backdoor to continued Brussels influence, say lawyers - Financail Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Appeal brought on 4 December 2019 by GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH against the judgment of the General Court of 24 September 2019 in Case T-586/14 RENV, Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Vs. Commission (Case C-888/19 P)
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Project Group concerning the chemical chapters of HS/CN - Customs 2020 programm of 6th March 2020
  • Trade preferences boost developing countries' exports to the European Union - See the Key facts & Report on the GSP
  • WTO launches revamped WTO Data portal and new API portal
  • Cambodia faces losing EU trade preferences - Phnom Penh’s crackdown on political opposition prompts Brussels move - Financail Times
  • UK trade deal faces potential veto from every EU country - Even the smallest member country will be able to wield influence over the accord - Politico.eu 
  • Britain and EU are negotiating at cross purposes - Once the UK accepted trade friction, everything changed - Financail Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Artificial intelligence: tackling the risks for consumers - See the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - NACE classification for the wholesale and retail production and trade in electronic cigarettes

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting of 11 February 2020
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)
  • ESMA has published seven opinions on position limits regarding commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID II/MIFIR
  • EU regulator call for clearer rules on rescuing banks - Elke König warns of ‘perceived inequality’ over dealing with failing lenders - Financail Times

TAXATION

  • Transmission and exchange of VAT-relevant payment data - Adoption
    • a) Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards introducing certain requirements for payment service providers
    • b) Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 904/2010 as regards measures to strengthen administrative cooperation in order to combat VAT fraud
    • Amendments to the Directive on the common system of VAT and to the Regulation on administrative cooperation and combating fraud in the field of VAT as regards the special scheme for small enterprises - Adoption
  • State of play on implementation of the VAT e-commerce package (Council Directive (EU) 2017/2455) - Commission Staff Working Document
  • Report from the Commission assessing the invoicing rules of Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax

ENERGY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Gas Coordination Group of 26 September 2019
  • The Sixth Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council, Baku 28 February 2020 - Joint Declaration - Authorisation to sign on behalf of the European Union
  • Report on the implementation of the European Energy Programme for Recovery and the European Energy Efficiency Fund - See the Annex
  • The European Commission has opened a consultation on proposed electricity market reforms in Poland

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) of 12 February 2020
  • Agenda for:4th Meeting of the F-Gas Consultation Forum of 25 March 2020
  • 39th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) (Strasbourg, 3-6 December 2019) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • Why does Europe need to limit climate change and adapt to its impacts? - EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Meeting Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 14 February 2020
  • Decision of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Cybersecurity of 21 November 2019 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of ENISA
  • Decision of the Governing Board of Fusion for Energy of 9 December 2019 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of fusion for energy
  • EDPB - Adopted documents during the 7th Plenary Session

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU faces acrimonious summit over budget dispute - Poor countries are demanding richer states pay more to close Brexit gap - Financail Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • 2nd ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Sustainable Development: Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - FactSheet - Midday Express
  • Commissioner Várhelyi travels to Ukraine on 11-12 February - Midday Express
  • United States: HR/VP Josep Borrell concludes visit to Washington 
  • Speech by President Charles Michel at the official dinner of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa