COMPETITION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 12 March 2020 in Case C‑606/18 P, Nexans France and Nexans Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Cartels - Market for power cables - Almost worldwide allocation of markets and customers for high and extra high voltage submarine and underground power cables - Commission’s powers of inspection in cartel proceedings - Power to copy data without a prior examination and to examine the data subsequently at the Commission’s premises - Setting of the fine - Exercise by the General Court of unlimited jurisdiction in respect of the fine
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9665 — General Real Estate/Apleona Real Estate/Property Management JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9590 — Oaktree/RAFI)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9740 — ISQ/Rubis/Rubis Terminal)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9755 — MAIF 2/PSP/AirTrunk)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9747 — Lagardère Travel Retail/BTA/JV)
  • Belgium - Notification MEDE-C/C-20-0009 : Automotive & Mobility Invest NV / Centrauto NV
  • UK - CMA update to timetable in competition investigation in roofing materials sector
  • UK - CMA accepts final undertakings in lieu in Danspin / Lawton Yarns merger
  • UK - CMA sends DMGT / JPI Media Publications merger report to the Secretary of State
  • UK - CMA publishes final report on four radio acquisitions by Bauer Media Group
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a written question - Protection of the market and free competition

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission notice on current State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates applicable as from 1 April 2020 
  • Commission approves €12 million Danish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancellations of large public events due to COVID-19 outbreak - IP/20/445
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.10/20 - Covers from 6 to 12 March 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1295 of 1 August 2019 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1469 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes, of iron or steel, originating in Russia and Ukraine, following a partial interim review pursuant to Article 11(3) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Amendments to EU protective measures for steel
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Concerns about the Mercosur Agreement
  • DG Azevêdo provides urgent information to WTO members on MC12 date and venue

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

TAXATION

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Proposal for a regulation - Waste shipments – review and assessment of revision of EU rules - Feedback period: 11 March 2020 - 08 April 2020
  • Citizen science projects on air quality produce useful information and raise public awareness

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Sharpston of 12 March 2020 in Case C‑639/18, KH Vs. Sparkasse Südholstein
    Re: Directive 2002/65/EC - Consumer protection - Financial services - Distance marketing - Consumer credit contract - Subsequent interest rate agreement - Organised distance service-provision scheme
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers, and repealing Directive 2009/22/EC - Four Column (first trilogue of 14 January 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: Programme Committee for the specific programme implementing Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) - Configuration ‘Information and communication technologies (ICT) of 19 March 2020
  • Commission staff working document on a light deployment regime for small-area wireless access points accompanying the document Commission implementing regulation specifying the characteristics of small-area wireless access points pursuant to Article 57 paragraph 2 of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code
  • Answer given by Ms Jourova to a written question - Facebook’s new advertising policy

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Iceland - Personal data breach at the Breiðholt Upper Secondary School – Administrative fine
  • Iceland - Personal data breach at the National Center of Addiction Medicine – Administrative fine

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB - Working group on euro risk-free rates seeks feedback on Swaptions impacted by transition from EONIA to the €STR
  • ECB announces easing of conditions for targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO III)
  • ECB announces measures to support bank liquidity conditions and money market activity
  • Introductory statement by Christine Lagarde, Luis de Guindos: to the press conference (with Q&A) - see also Monetary policy decisions
  • ECB Banking Supervision provides temporary capital and operational relief in reaction to coronavirus

EXTERNAL RELATIONS