COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of Hitachi Chemical by Showa Denko (M.9723) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of maritime group Condor by Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries (M.9673) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority has submitted a proposed decision in a case concerning anticompetitive practices stemming from certain clauses within the “Commercial Service Agreement” which was concluded on 8 June 2017 between Thomas Cook Belgium NV and Brussels Airlines NV
  • UK - CMA updates timetable in investigation into suspected anti-competitive agreements concerning the supply of nitrofurantoin

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 16 &17 March 2020
  • Minutes of the 3rd Meeting of the Project Group on the Proof of Union Status system of 22&23 January 2020
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/125 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Respecting EU regulations - the implementation of free trade agreements
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Over-taxation of European agricultural products by the United States
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Call for scrap steel to be officially recognised as a raw material in exports to non-EU countries
  • WTO - Korea - Measures Affecting Trade in Commercial Vessels (second complaint) (Japan) - Request to join consultations - Communication from the European Union
  • WTO - Goods barometer signals further weakening of trade in first quarter of 2020

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Council of the European union (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) of 20 February 2020
  • Main Results of the General Affairs Council of 17 February 2020
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/217 of 4 October 2019 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and correcting that Regulation

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft act - CO2 emissions from lorries & buses – additional data requirements - Feedback period / 17.02.2020 - 16.03.2020
  • Draft act - Export and import of harzardous chemicals (updated list) - Feedback period/ 14.02.2020 - 13.03.2020
  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Addressing the non-CO2 impacts of aviation
  • Energy: EU priority projects should be aligned with 2050 climate objectives - See the EP Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Group of experts on tobacco policy - Subgroup on E-Cigarettes of 28 November 2019
  • Roadmap - Sustainable food – ‘farm to fork’ strategy - Feedback period/ 17.02.2020 - 16.03.2020
  • Draft act - Biocides with endocrine-disrupting properties (updated rules) - Feedback period: 13.02.2020 - 12.03.2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Bisphenol B, a substitute for bisphenol A, and safeguarding consumer health

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 20th meeting of the eCommerce expert group of 08 October 2019
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Internet access for all Europeans
  • EU rejects Facebook’s proposals for online regulation - Social media company warned that it will have to accept more responsibility for illegal content - Financial Times
  • Vestager touts AI-powered vision for Europe’s tech future - Industrial data is key to Europe’s ‘second chance’ at becoming a world leader in tech, the Danish politician said - Politico.eu

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: 18th Plenary Session of the European Data Protection Board of 18 & 19 February 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Averting privacy threats from ultrasonic cross-device tracking
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Digitalisation and the circular economy
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Confusing privacy rules are hampering action against human trafficking

AREA OF FREEDOM,  SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Commission welcomes Council's green light to start negotiations for an EU-Japan Passenger Name Record agreement - Midday Express
  • MEPs to look into Artificial Intelligence in criminal law on Thursday

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • UK Brexit chief rejects EU’s ‘level playing field’ - Negotiator David Frost says Britain will never agree to oversight in exchange for a trade deal - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main Results of the Foreign Affairs Council of 17 February 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/218 of 17 February 2020 amending for the 309th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations
  • Syria: EU adds eight businessmen and two entities to sanctions list 
  • Zimbabwe: Council adopts conclusions and renews its arms embargo and targeted assets freeze against one company - See  Regulation (EU) 2020/219, Regulation (EU) 2020/213 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/215
  • Belarus: EU prolongs arms embargo and sanctions against 4 individuals for one year - Decision (CFSP) 2020/214
  • EU and international donors pledge €1.15 billion for reconstruction after the earthquake in Albania - See Speech by President Charles Michel, by  President von der LeyenJanez Lenarčič
  • EU in fresh effort to enforce UN arms embargo on Libya - Financial Times