novembre 22 2023

Europe Daily News, 22 November 2023

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COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11353 - Towerbrook / Team Eiffel)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11160 - Carrier / Viessmann Climate Solutions)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10876 - BSA (Lactalis) / Ambrosi)
  • Commission fines Rabobank €26.6 million over Euro-denominated bonds trading cartel - IP/23/5960
  • Commission clears acquisition of Athens International Airport by AviAlliance (M.11285) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of iNRCORE by Warburg Pincus and TJC (M.11304) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Synlab by Cinven (M.11300) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of G-Star by WHP (M.11296)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of OIL! by Prax (M.11284)  - Midday Express
  • Spain - The CNMC closes a complaint against Amazon, Booking and Tripadvisor for distortion of competition by unfair acts

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - SA.108921
  • Commission approves €5.7 billion Italian State aid scheme under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support renewable energy communities and self-consumers (SA.106777) - IP/23/5787

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 20th meeting of the Customs Project Group on the Digitalisation of Cultural Goods - 11 December 2023
  • Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile pursuant to Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) /... concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 8528 52 91)
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2283 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2278 suspending the Common Customs Tariff duties referred to in Article 56(2), point (c), of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 on certain agricultural and industrial products
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) /... accepting a request for new exporting producer treatment with regard to the definitive anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in the People’s Republic of China and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/191
  • Joint Report to the European Parliament and the Council on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences covering the period 2020-2022 - See the FAQs and the FactSheet
    - Joint Staff Working Document on the EU Special Incentive Arrangement for Sustainable Development and Good Governance (GSP+) assessment of the Republic of the Philippines; the Republic of Uzbekistan; the Plurinational State of Bolivia; the Islamic Republic of Pakistan; of Mongolia; the Republic of Cabo Verde; the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; the Republic of Armenia; and the Kyrgyz Republic covering the period 2020-2022
    - Joint Staff Working Document Report on EU Enhanced Engagement with three Everything But Arms beneficiary countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar covering the period 2020-2022 - See the FAQs
  • France signals support for UK call to delay tariffs on electric vehicles - Paris willing to postpone start of levy on EVs made in Britain or the EU - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: CEG Meeting on the implementation of Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys - 23 November 2023

CHEMICAL

  • Judgment of the General Court of 22 November 2023 in Case T‑655/20, Symrise AG, supported by Cruelty Free Europe (CFE), by European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), by PETA International Science Consortium Ltd, and PETA Science Consortium International eV, and by Unilever U.K. Central Resources Ltd, and Unilever ASCC AG, interveners, Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Substance 2-ethylhexyl salicylate - Exclusive use for the manufacture of cosmetic products - Checking the conformity of registrations - Request for additional toxicity studies - Article 41 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Prohibition of animal testing - Article 18(1)(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 - Article 2(4)(b), Article 14(5)(b) of Regulation No 1907/2006 and Section 3 of Annex - Obligation to state reasons - Manifest error of assessment - Error of law
  • Judgment of the General Court of 22 November 2023 in Case T‑656/20, Symrise AG, Vs. supported by Cruelty Free Europe (CFE), by European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients (EFfCI), and by PETA International Science Consortium Ltd and PETA Science Consortium International eV, interveners Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: REACH - Substance homosalate - Exclusive use for the manufacture of cosmetic products- Checking of the conformity of registrations - Request for additional toxicity studies - Article 41 of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Prohibition of animal testing - Article 18(1)(d) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 - Article 2(4)(b) and Article 14(5)(b) of Regulation No 1907/2006 and Section 3 of Annex XI thereto - Obligation to state reasons - Manifest error of assessment - Error of law
  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH: 
    - 2,2'-dichloro–4,4’-methylenedianiline (MOCA); - Chromium trioxide; -4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-OPnEO);
    - 2,2'-dichloro–4,4’-methylenedianiline (MOCA); - Chromium trioxide; -4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-OPnEO)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 89/367/EEC setting up a Standing Forestry Committee
  • Regulation on geographical indications and quality schemes - Four-Column table

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATECHANGE

  • Negotiations towards a new global instrument to combat plastic pollution advance - Midday Express
  • Minutes of the 21st Meeting of the “MSP on Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests” (Team Europe Initiative on Deforestation) - 08 November 2023
  • Minutes of : Sub group on Environmentally Harmful Subsidies and the Polluter Pays Principle - 08 November 2023
  • Commission proposes comprehensive monitoring to improve resilience of European forests - IP/23/5909, QaA & FactSheet 
    Proposal for a Forest Monitoring Law
  • 2022 was the second-worst year for wildfires, a warning from a changing climate - IP/23/5951
    - Report: Forest Fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa 2022
  • COP28: MEPs want to end all subsidies for fossil fuel globally by 2025 - see the EP Resolution
  • Parliament backs new rules to reduce air pollution from trucks and buses - see the EP Resolution
  • Carbon removals: Parliament wants EU certification scheme to boost uptake - see the EP Resolution
  • Waste from electrical and electronic equipment: Council and Parliament agree on deal to align with Court ruling
  • EU mission to cut packaging waste riles ‘every industry’ - MEPs to vote on proposals after intense lobbying push from plastic producers to cheese makers for exemptions - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Council Decision (EU) 2023/2625 of 15 November 2023 on the position to be taken on behalf of the Union at the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EU cybersecurity exercise to foster cooperation and promote free and fair EU elections - IP/23/5853, EP Statement & Enisa Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Protection of users’ privacy in online advertising: dealing with Meta’s data collection practices
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Legal uncertainty and enforcement challenges on social media

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the positions to be taken on behalf of the EU at the third session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
  • Gender Equality: EU extends the duration of the Gender Action Plan in external action to build on its achievements towards a gender-equal world - IP/23/5858 & GAP III Joint Mid-Term Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Resolution of Banco Popular: affected shareholders and creditors were not entitled to compensation from the Single Resolution Fund (See CPR Nº 175/2023 - Judgment of the General Court in joined cases T-302/20, T-303/20, T-307/20, T-304/20, T-330/20; Del Valle Ruíz and Others Vs. SRB)
  • Commission sets out key priorities in the "European Semester" for the year ahead to strengthen EU competitiveness - IP/23/5871QaA & Remarks by EVP Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni
  • Commission endorses modified recovery and resilience plans of Croatia (IP/23/5915), Finland (IP/23/5917), Greece (IP/23/5914), Poland (IP/23/5916) and Romania - Midday Express
  • Commission approves revision of Bulgaria's recovery and resilience plan - Midday Express
  • Financial stability outlook remains fragile as macro-financial conditions weaken, ECB finds - See the Financial Stability Review - Issue 2 / November 2023
  • ECB warns of ‘early signs of stress’ at eurozone banks as default rates rise - Stability review notes sector’s resilience but urges lenders to increase provisions to cover rising loan losses - Financial Times
  • EU urges member states to scrap energy subsidies - Commission calls on Germany, Portugal and Malta to remove measures as soon as possible - Financial Times
  • Brussels to release Poland’s first tranche of EU recovery funding - Advance payment to reach Warsaw by the time Donald Tusk is expected to be prime minister - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Possible items for College agendas from 29 November to 20 December 2023

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main results - Foreign Affairs Council (Development) - 21 November 2023
  • Mexico: EU releases €1.3 million in humanitarian aid following the impact of hurricane Otis - IP/23/5945
  • EU Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2023
  • The Council has approved conclusions on European Union relations with Latin America and the Caribbean - see the Text
  • Kenya’s President: EU and Africa must address climate change and migration
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/2636 of 20 November 2023 amending Decision (CFSP) 2021/2072 in support of building resilience in biosafety and biosecurity through the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Will EU-Türkiye accession negotiations be relaunched?

EU-UKRAINE RELATIONS

  • On the 10th anniversary of the Maidan Revolution, President of the European Council Charles Michel visited Kyiv and issued a statement on Ukraine’s European choice and future
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel following his meeting with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Moldova Maia Sandu
  • Commission pays a further €1.5 billion in assistance to Ukraine - Midday Express
  • Ukraine needs reassurance from its allies - Kyiv worries that war fatigue is growing in the US and the EU - Financial Times

MIDDLE EAST

  • The Commission finalises the review of EU aid to Palestine - IP/23/5941
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the agreement between Israel and Hamas on the release of hostages and a pause in hostilities

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