COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 27 October 2022 in Case C-721/20; DB Station & Service AG Vs. ODEG Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Rail transport - Article 102 TFEU - Abuse of dominant position - Directive 2001/14/EC - Access to railway infrastructure - Article 30 - Railway regulator - Control of infrastructure charges - National courts - Control of charges in the light of competition law - Division of powers between the regulatory authority and the national courts
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 19 November 2021 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40127 - Canned vegetables)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Restrictive Practices and Dominant Positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10892 - Apollo / Hines / VI-BA / Aedes)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10953 - ADD / Totalenergies / Total Egypt)
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture by Interparking Servizi and GKSD (M.10922) - Midday Express
  • Germany - ICN Steering Group Statement: The Role of Competition & Competition Policy in Times of Economic Crisis
  • Germany - Decision now published: Amazons’s paramount significance for competition across markets (Decision of 7 Juli 2022)
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition of Quantile by LSEG following an in-depth merger investigation
  • UK - The CMA has provisional found competition concerns as part of its in-depth investigation of the anticipated acquisition by Sika AG of MBCC Group - See Provisional findings & Appendices and glossary  

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 029/22/COL of 9 February 2022 amending the substantive rules in the field of State aid by introducing new Guidelines on State aid for climate, environmental protection and energy 2022
  • Commission approves €1.25 billion Hungarian scheme to support companies in context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.104515) - IP/22/6388
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into Hungarian support for new auto parts plant in Észak Magyarország (SA.63470 ) - IP/22/6371
  • Commission approves €12 million German scheme to support fishery sector in the context of Brexit (SA.103312) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €58 million Italian scheme to support manufacturing companies in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.10446) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Informal meeting of trade ministers on 30-31 October 2022 in Prague
  • Mission Report following the ad hoc delegation to the WTO Public Forum and 50th session of the Steering Committee of the Parliamentary Conference on the WTO, Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 September 2022
  • Recommendation on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union, of an agreement on the modification of schedules of specific commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services to incorporate Annex 1 of the Declaration on the Conclusion of Negotiations on Services Domestic Regulation of 2 December 2021
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2068 of 26 October 2022 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain cold-rolled flat steel products originating in the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/10 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2070 of 26 October 2022 to not suspend the definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of mixture of urea and ammonium nitrate originating in Russia, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1688
  • EU supports the operability of the State Customs Service of Ukraine during the war
  • WTO issues new edition of Trade Profiles

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 27 October 2022 in Case C-641/21; Climate Corporation Emissions Trading GmbH Vs. Finanzamt Österreich
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 44 - Place of supply for tax purposes - Transfer of greenhouse gas emission allowances - Recipient involved in VAT fraud in a chain of transactions - Taxable person who knew or ought to have known about the existence of that fraud 

ENERGY

  • Main results - Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) 25 October 2022
  • Answer given by EVP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Biogenic natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean
  • ACER reviews the rules on the cross-zonal capacity allocation in the long-term electricity markets
  • ACER has decided not to grant the Swedish TSO a derogation from the 70% requirement
  • ACER - REMIT News: The latest REMIT Quarterly is online

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • EVP Timmermans' and Commissioner Sinkevičius' remarks on the new legislative proposals: the Zero Pollution Package
  • Answer given by EVP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Alternative fuels and life cycle assessment in emission standards for heavy-duty traffic

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Genetically modified plant varieties: according to the First Advocate General Szpunar, random mutagenesis applied in vitro must be excluded from the scope of EU law concerning deliberate release into the environment of GMOs (See CPR No.174/2022 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-688/21, Confédération paysanne and Others (Mutagenèse aléatoire in vitro)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Regulation (EU) 2022/2065 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 October 2022 on a Single Market For Digital Services and amending Directive 2000/31/EC (Digital Services Act) & Statement by the Commission

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • First Advocate General Szpunar: a national authority should be able to access civil identity data linked to IP addresses where such data are the only means of investigation enabling the identification of the holders of those addresses suspected of online copyright infringement (See CPR No 172/2022 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-470/21, La Quadrature du Net and Others)
  • The controller of personal data is required to take reasonable steps to inform internet search engine providers of a request for erasure by the data subject (See CPR No.171/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-129/21, Proximus (Annuaires électroniques publics))

TARNSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Transport MEPs back EU road transport agreements with Ukraine and Moldova
  • Make crucial traffic data available digitally, EP Transport Committee says

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • European Arrest Warrant: Advocate General Ćapeta proposes that the term ‘trial resulting in the decision’ is to be interpreted as any step of the proceedings, which has the decisive influence on the deprivation of a person’s liberty. (See CPR No.173/2022 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-514/21, C-515/21, Minister for Justice and Equality (Levée du sursis))
  • Border management: EU signs agreement with North Macedonia - IP/22/6417

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: Commission disburses first payment of €2.6 billion to Romania under the Recovery and Resilience Facility  - Midday Express
  • EU Recovery: secure and green energy for households and enterprises - See EP Statement
  • Investor urges ECB to block €2.5bn rights issue at Italian bank - Law firm RPC says Monte dei Paschi’s high underwriting fees make capital raise ‘unlawful’ - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by the HR on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Tunisia
  • The EU and Singapore deepen business ties at the Matchmaking Event 2022 under the EU-Singapore Administrative Arrangement on Cluster Cooperation
  • Joint press statement of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel
  • Argentina: Intervención del Alto Representante Josep Borrell durante la reunión Ministerial de la CEPAL - See the FactSheet
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the occasion of her official visit to North Macedonia and to Kosovo
  • Agenda for ACP-EU: 42nd Joint Parliamentary Assembly from 29 October to 2 November
  • EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Ms Jutta Urpilainen to visit Malawi
  • Sunak eases off on taking Brexit axe to EU laws - Financial Times

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine