COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9681 - Inflexion/ICG/Marston)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9764 - Red Rock Power/Capman Infra Lux Management/NH-Amundi Asset Management/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9734 - HPS/MDP/Arachas)
  • Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Transgaz to facilitate natural gas exports from Romania (See 40335)
  • Commission clears the creation of a property management joint venture by General Real Estate and Apleona Real Estate (M.9665) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of ELL by AXA and Group Credit Agricole (M.9739) - Midday Express
  • Croatia - The Administrative Court in Rijeka upholds the CCA infringement decision and the fine imposed on Plodine for engagement in unfair trading practices
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the Sub-License of the cosmetics under the brand name Prada by L’Oréal S.A.
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration concerning the purchase and acquisition of part of the business of Demstar Automotive Limited by Galatariotis Motors Limited
  • Denmark - Access to competition-sensitive information via public sources
  • Poland - The President of UOKiK has initiated a proceedings against Fellowes Polska
  • Romania - Competition Council Activity Report - 2019
  • UK - CMA warns against exploitative sales and pricing practices during Coronavirus outbreak
  • UK - CMA Statistics showing the outcomes of merger inquiries examined under the Enterprise Act 2002
  • Should the EU develop 'European champions' to fend off Chinese competition? - See CER Insight

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/348 of 24 October 2019 on the aid scheme SA.35980 – 2019/C United Kingdom – Electricity Market Reform: Capacity Mechanism
  • Commission concludes that measures in favour of Portuguese railway maintenance company EMEF involve no State aid (SA.41727) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid support for sustainable biofuels under the prolonged 2020-2022 Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: EP INTA Committee of 16 & 17 March 2020
  • Joint Report of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement fifth meeting of the Association Committee in Trade Configuration of 05-06 December 2019
  • Report of the Meeting of the Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 25 February 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/379 of 5 March 2020 imposing a provisional countervailing duty on imports of continuous filament glass fibre products originating in Egypt
  • In the opinion of Advocate General Kokott, Hungary must treat foreign and national higher education institutions equally - The requirements introduced in Hungary in 2017 of an international treaty with the State of origin and of genuine teaching activity in that State are not compatible with EU law and WTO law (See CPR No.25/2020 - see Opinion in Case C-66/18)
  • A European carbon border tax: much pain, little gain - See Bruegel Policy Contribution - Issue 5 - March 2020
  • The EU and UK can agree on the scope of a new trade deal, but the devil is in the detail - See CER Opinion

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • The Court of Justice sets aside the judgment of the General Court according to which the collective mark HALLOUMI, reserved for Cypriot cheesemakers, does not preclude the sign ‘BBQLOUMI’ from being registered as a European Union trade mark for cheese of a Bulgarian producer (See CPR No.26/2020 - Judgment in Case C-766/18 P - Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi Vs. EUIPO)
  • Working Documents: 33rd Competent Authority Meeting of REACH and CLP regulation (CARACAL-33) of 14 &15 January 2020
  • ECHA invites comments on its proposal to include seven hazardous substances in the REACH Authorisation List. Comments can be given by 5 June 2020 - ECHA/NR/20/07
  • Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the BusinessEurope Day 2020

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Key messages on policy responses to skills shortages and on the implementation of the Upskilling Pathways Recommendation - Endorsement & Letter from the EMCO Chair
  • Demographic challenges – the way ahead - Draft Council Conclusions
  • 8 March 2020: International Women’s Day - Only 1 manager out of 3 in the EU is a woman even less in senior management positions - Stat40/2020

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 13 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) of 11 March 2020
  • Outcome of the 3754th Council meeting - Environment of 05 March 2020
    • Climate change: Council adopts EU long-term strategy for submission to the UNFCCC
    • The Council adopted conclusions on air quality which give political guidance for further work to combat air pollution
    • Long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategy of the European Union and its Member States - Submission to the UNFCCC on behalf of the EU and its Member States
  • The European Green Deal must cut hidden fossil fuel subsidies - Brussels should ensure that fossil fuels do not get direct or indirect support from governments - See Bruegel Paper
  • Adapting to change: Time for climate resilience and a new adaptation strategy - See EPC Issue Paper
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Directive on single-use plastics and national circumstances
  • European climate law: moving the EU towards climate neutrality - see BusinessEurope Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for the meeting of the PAFF Committee, section Plant Health of 16-17 March 2020
  • Agenda for meeting of the Standing Committee on Veterinary Medicinal Products of 10 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Medical Device Coordination Group (MDR/IVDR) of 11 & 12 March 2020
  • Minutes of the meeting of the PAFF Committee, section Phytopharmaceuticals
    - Legislation of 18 February 2020
    - Pesticide residues of 17 & 18 February 2020
  • The Lancet HIV Series: HIV Outcomes beyond viral suppression - Improving the long-term health and well-being of people living with HIV - Webinar on 17 March 2020
  • 2020 EU Health Award - Questions & Answers - 04 March 2020
  • Speech of Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the Extraordinary EPSCO Health Council on COVID-19
  • COVID-19: Commission steps up research funding and selects 17 projects in vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • In response to a Commission request concerning a cybersecurity certification scheme for Cloud services, the EU Agency for Cybersecurity established a suitable ad hoc working group
  • Fine for processing students’ fingerprints imposed on a school - EDPB Press Release
  • The Dutch DPA imposed a fine of EUR 525,000 on tennis association KNLTB for selling the personal data of its Members - EDPB Press Release

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY  & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 5 March 2020 in Case C‑549/18, European Commission Vs. Romania
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Article 258 TFEU - Directive (EU) 2015/849 - Anti-money laundering - Article 260(3) TFEU - Failure to notify measures transposing a directive adopted under a legislative procedure - Financial penalties - Lump sum payment
  • Migration: Commission takes action to find solutions for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Keynote speech by President Charles Michel on the international role of the euro at the Centre for European Policy Studies

BREXIT

  • Negotiations with the UK: Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator, sets out points of convergence and divergence following the first round of negotiations
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriades to a MEP written question - Transport of pets in the context of the UK Withdrawal Agreement
  • EU-UK future relations: crucial to ensure EU leverage and unity - See the EP Statement

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds: Council extends asset freezes (See Regulation (EU) 2020/370 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/373 - Notice 1 & 2)
  • The Council decisions has transposed the updated UN Security Council (‘UNSC’) Committee restrictive measures established on 25 February 2020 in view of the situation in Libya (See  Decision (CFSP) 2020/374 & Regulation (EU) 2020/371 - Notice 1 & 2)
  • The EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs met today for an extraordinary Council meeting to discuss the crisis in Idlib and the situation at the EU external borders with Turkey
  • MEPs call for at least €1.4 billion for EU disaster management