COMPETITION

  • Persons not operating as suppliers or as customers on the market affected by a cartel may request compensation for loss caused by that cartel (See CPR No.155/2019 - Judgment in Case C-435/18, Otis and Others)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9602 — Banco Santander/Allianz Popular)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9678 — Keppel Infrastructure/MET Capital/MET)
  • Commission clears acquisition of control of RAFI by (M.9590) - Midday Express
    Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Daimler and Swiss Re (M.9505) - Midday Express
  • EU Statistics on Mergers - 21 September 1990 to 30 November 2019
  • Belgium - Notification CONC-C/C-19/0044 : Q8 / Uhoda
  • Croatia - CCA closes the infringement proceeding against Coca-Cola
  • Croatia - CCA approved Studenac/Sonik concentration
  • Germany - Steel manufacturers fined approx. 646 million euros for agreeing on prices of quarto plates
  • Poland - Procedure against Allegro. A new platform for whistle-blowers
  • UK - CMA to refer Amazon/ Deliveroo merger unless undertakings in lieu offered - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2019/2120 of 24 June 2019 on State aid granted by Belgium to JCDecaux Belgium Publicité (SA.33078(2015/C) (ex 2015/NN))
  • EFTA - No State aid within the meaning of Article 61(1) of the EEA Agreement
  • EFTA - State aid – Decision to raise no objections 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade, see Q&A19/6757
    • Report from the Commission - Review of the scope of the Regulation No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014
    • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the exercise of the Union's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2118 of 10 December 2019 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1693 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of steel road wheels originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Proposed India-EU FTA has to address labour, government procurement, sustainability issues' - Bilaterals.org
  • Next India-EU summit expected in first half of 2020: EU envoy - Bilaterals.org

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Revised completeness check to be launched in April 2020 - ECHA/NR/19/45
  • ECHA’s committees conclude on two restrictions and 10 harmonised classification and labelling opinions - ECHA/NR/19/44
  • A sign referring to marijuana may not, as the law currently stands, be registered as an EU trade mark (See CPR No.157/2019 - Judgment in Case T-683/18, Conte v EUIPO (CANNABIS STORE AMSTERDAM) 
  • EIB - Investment Plan supports more environmentally-friendly production of lead and zinc in Bulgaria

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Regulation (EU) 2019/2099 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 as regards the procedures and authorities involved for the authorisation of CCPs and requirements for the recognition of third-country CCPs
  • ESMA calls for strengthened supervision on suspicious transaction reporting (See the peer review report)
  • ESMA issues second pan-EU overview on the use of supervisory sanctions for UCITS
  • ESMA issues briefing on benchmark recognition
  • ESMA amends CRR standard on main indices and recognised exchanges - see the Final Report
  • ESMA updates its Q&As BMR

TAXATION

  • FATCA – Exchange of information under Intergovernmental Agreements – Letter to the US Secretary of the Treasury

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The Pension complement granted by Spain to mothers who are recipients of an invalidity pension where they have two or more children must also be awarded to fathers in a comparable situation (See CPR No.154/2019 - Judgment in Case C-450/18)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) of 17 December 2019
  • Agenda for: 87th Meeting of the Committee on Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora of 13 December 2019
  • Measuring real-driving car emissions: Council agrees on its position
  • 7th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (PRTR WGP 7) (Geneva, 28-29 November 2019) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • A brief perspective on environmental priorities and opportunities for 2020 - Information from the Presidency and the UNEP Executive Director
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/2117 of 29 November 2019 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of speciesof wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein
  • Evaluation of EU water legislation concludes that it is broadly fit for purpose but implementation needs to speed up
  • Green deal for Europe: First reactions from MEPs (See Annex 1 & 2)
  • Is the EU’s green policy protecting the planet or industry? - Critics argue that co-opting environmental measures into trade policy has more to do with protectionism - Financial Times
  • Europe’s Green Deal could be the most important in a generation - EU leaders must take this opportunity to set a new course for growth, climate change and inequality - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the meeting of the SC on Biocidal Products of 22 November 2019
  • EU action to address risks related to PFAS - Information from the Danish, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Swedish delegations
  • Speech by Commissioner Kyriakides at the Food Waste Conference: "Time's up for Food Waste! Setting the EU Action Agenda Towards 2030"

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 20th meeting of the eCommerce expert group of 08 October 2019
  • BEREC Guidelines on the minimum criteria for a reference offer
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DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The EDPB has adopted the following documents during its December Plenary Session
    - Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on Accreditation Requirements for Codes of Conduct monitoring bodies by UK SA
    Response to BEREC request for guidance on the revision of its guidelines on net neutrality rules
    Guidelines on “the Criteria of the Right to be Forgotten in the search engine cases under the GDPR” (part 1)
  • First standard contractual clauses for contracts between controllers and processors (art. 28 GDPR) at the initiative of DK SA published in EDPB register

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the European ITS Committee of 16 December 2019
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Committee on the transport of dangerous goods of 16 December 2019
  • Minutes of the 103rd Aviation Security Committee meeting of 27 & 28 November 2019
  • Minutes of the 73rd meeting of the Single Sky Committee (SSC) of 27 & 28 November 2019
  • Cohesion Policy: European Commission invests in environmentally friendly transport in Croatia - Midday Express

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The Court finds that the French, Swedish and Belgian public prosecutor’s offices satisfy the requirements for issuing a European arrest warrant, and clarifies the scope of the judicial protection afforded to persons referred to in such warrants (See CPR No.156/2019 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-566/19 PPU, C-626/19 PPU, C-625/19 PPU,C-627/19 PPU)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the sixty-third session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on the scheduling of substances under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, and the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971 - See the Annex
  • Joint EU-US statement following the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
  • Eurojust today heralds a new phase in its development, as it officially becomes the European Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation
  • Quiz: how much do you know about human rights in the EU?

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB adopts opinion on appointment of new Executive Board member

EXTERNAL RELATIONS