COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9722 — Asterion/Swiss/EDF/Energy Asset)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9749 — Glencore Energy UK/Ørsted LNG Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9626 — PKN Orlen/Energa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9789 — CMA CGM/CMP/Terminal Link)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9765 — AustralianSuper/Peel Group/DWS/Peel Ports)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9517 — Mylan/Upjohn)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9638 — Hyundai Motor Group/Aptiv/JV) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over CleverShuttle Düsseldorf by Stadtwerke Düsseldorf and GHT Mobility (M.9647) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the joint acquisition of ‘real Group'by SCP Group (M.9703) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - EU investigation into the acquisition of British Steel by the Chinese steel maker Jingye
  • Portugal - AdC adopts sanctioning decision which concludes proceedings against railway maintenance companies with a total fine of €3.4 M and disqualification of participation in public tenders
  • UK - CMA announces infringement decisions in investigation into market and information sharing arrangements in supply of nortriptyline
  • UK - CMA published a blog "Remedies: holding businesses to account" by Adam Land, Senior Director, Remedies Business and Financial Analysis, at the CMA
  • UK - CMA has decided not to refer the merger of Jacobs U.K. Limited and Wood Nuclear Limited. to a Phase 2 investigation

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella of 5 March 2020 Case C-212/19, Minister for Agriculture and Food v Compagnie des pêches de Saint-Malo
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Recovery of unlawful aid - Decision 2005/239/EC - Fish farmers and fishermen - Social security contributions - Distinction between employers' and employees' contributions - Determination of the debtor's obligation to repay - Repayment by the employees of the undertaking
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Uniform application of EU rules regarding Alitalia’s new EUR 400 million aid not being reported to the Commission and how it sets a precedent for other companies ‘in difficulty’

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 5 March 2020 in Case C‑679/18, OPR-Finance s. r. o. Vs. GK
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Consumer protection - Directive 2008/48/EC - Credit agreements for consumers - Article 8 - Creditor’s obligation to assess the consumer’s creditworthiness - National rules - Whether limitation may be invoked against the objection of nullity of the agreement raised by the consumer - Article 23 - Penalties - Effective, proportionate and dissuasive nature - National court - Examination by the court of its own motion as to whether that obligation has been complied with
  • Minutes of the 2nd meeting European Cluster Expert Group of 06 February 2020 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Review of public procurement directive
  • Commission reaches agreement with collaborative economy platforms to publish key data on tourism accommodation

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 5 March 2020 in Case C‑211/18, IDEALMED III — Serviços de Saúde, SA Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 132(1)(b) - Exemptions - Hospital and medical care - Hospital establishments - Services provided under social conditions comparable to those applicable to bodies governed by public law - Articles 377 and 391 - Derogations - Right to opt for a taxation regime - Maintenance of the taxation - Variation in the conditions for the exercise of the activity
  • Judgment of the Court of 5 March 2020 in Case C-48/19, X-GmbH Vs.Finanzamt Z,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 132(1)(c) - Exemptions - Provision of care to the person in the exercise of the medical and paramedical professions - Telephone services - Services provided by nurses and medical assistants
  • “Making Tax Work For All”: Speech by Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at the European Policy Centre on the Commission's priorities for EU taxation policy
  • Roadmap: Action Plan on fight against tax fraud - Communication - Feedback period: 04 March 2020 - 01 April 2020
  • Roadmap: Revision of the Energy Tax Directive - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 04 March 2020 - 01 April 2020

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 22nd meeting of the Working Group on Data, Information and Knowledge Exchange (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) of 12 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel Convention) of 11 March 2020
  • Roadmap: Emissions trading – new EU scheme (carbon border adjustment mechanism) - Proposal for a Directive - Feedback period: 04 March 2020 - 01 April 2020
  • Fridays For Future - Information from the Presidency and Greta Thunberg, see also the EP Statement
  • Due diligence requirements on human rights and environmental impacts - Explanatory note by the Luxembourg delegation - See the Study
  • EEA - Number of Europeans exposed to harmful noise pollution expected to increase - see the EEA Report No.22/2019 - "Environmental noise in Europe - 2020"
  • EU climate law: more ‘man stuck in traffic’ than ‘man on the moon’ - See EEB Statement 
  • EU climate Law: Time to make better use of renewable ethanol - See ePure Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Initiative prohibiting and permitting under scrutiny certain hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food supplements - Draft Act - Feedback period: 04 March 2020 - 01 April 2020
  • COVID-19: Vice-President Jourová discusses the issue of disinformation with online platforms - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus: MEPs to debate current outbreak and EU reaction - Follow the debate on EP Live

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 5 March 2020 in Case C‑100/19, Viasat UK Ltd, Viasat Inc. VS. Institut belge des services postaux et des télécommunications (IBPT), Other parties to the proceedings: Inmarsat Ventures Ltd c.o., Eutelsat SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of laws - Telecommunications sector - Harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 2 GHz frequency bands for the implementation of systems providing mobile satellite services - Decision No 626/2008/EC - Article 4(1)(c), Article 7(1), and Article 8(1) -Complementary ground components - Authorisations issued by Member States - Requirement for operators to provide service coverage for a certain percentage of the population and the territory - Non-compliance - Effect
  • Agenda for: High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of 11 March 2020
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the extension of the entitlement for co-productions as provided for in Article 5 of the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Shaping Europe's digital future: Eurobarometer survey shows support for sustainability and data sharing - See the FactSheet
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - How do tech giants gather and monetise data? Privacy and implications for competition

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB,  EURO ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The Council extended the asset freezes directed against certain persons responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds until 6 March 2021.
  • Turkey: Commission continues humanitarian support for refugees
  • Statement on the situation at the EU's external borders
  • Turkey: Common interest to end conflict in Syria and cooperate on the refugee crisis
  • European Council President Charles Michel met President of Turkey Recep Tayyip
  • Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council of 6 March 2020