COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9591 — MHI/PT)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9494 — Equistone/Heras)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9668 — JD Sports Fashion/Iberian Sports Retail Group)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9521 — Bamesa/Sumitomo/Steel Centre Europe)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9416 — Bolloré Group/M7 Group)
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.9569 — EssilorLuxottica/GrandVision)
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Cellnex UK Limited of Arqiva Services Limited
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Google LLC of Looker Data Sciences, Inc.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 19 February 2020
  • Agenda for: Customs 2020 project group meeting dealing with classification of products in the HS/CN nomenclatures – mechanical/miscellaneous from 27 to 29 April 2020, and from 16 to 17 March 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/191 of 10 February 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods (CN: 6307 90 10) in the Combined Nomenclature
  • Commission welcomes European Parliament’s approval of EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements
    - See the EP 
    Resolution and Conclusion on the Free Trade Agreement 
    - See the EP 
    Resolution and Conclusion of the Investment Protection Agreement
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - EU-Vietnam free trade agreement and investment protection agreement – the need for effective enforcement of and a remedy mechanism for trade and sustainable development chapters 
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Alarming increase in imports of grain into the EU
  • Canada using CETA to attack European food safety rules, new documents reveal - The Council of Canadians

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Speech by Steven Maijoor on Sustainable Finance at the European Financial Forum in Dublin
  • EBA puts forward concrete proposals to improve the current DGSD legal framework
  • EBA consults on Guidelines on the appropriate subsets of exposures in the application of the systemic risk buffer
  • City groups set out vision for post-Brexit access - UK and EU urged to adopt new system for assessing regulatory ‘equivalence’ - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/194 of 12 February 2020 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EU) No 904/2010 as regards the special schemes for taxable persons supplying services to non-taxable persons, making distance sales of goods and certain domestic supplies of goods

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Council Conclusions on Enhancing well-being at work

ENERGY

  • Agenda for:Working Party on Energy of 18 February 2020
  • Consultation on priority lists for development of energy network codes and guidelines for 2020 and beyond
  • Investment Plan for Europe: EIB signs a €12 million loan with energy services provider Resalta

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for:Working Party on Environment of 17 February 2020
  • European Parliament objects to lead in PVC to protect public health and the environment
  • Stop illegal trade in cats and dogs, says European Parliament

HEALTH,  FOOD & PRODUCTS SAFETY

  • Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Affairs Council session (Health) on 13 February 2020
  • Agenda for the meeting of the PAFF Committee, section:
    - Novel Food and Toxicological Safety of the Food Chain of 21 February 2020
    - Plant Health of 19-20 February 202

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Artificial intelligence: MEPs want to ensure a fair and safe use for consumers
  • Brussels targets ‘black box’ of online political adverts - Vera Jourova urges audit of algorithms used to determine what consumers view - Financial Times

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Investment Plan for Europe: Safer, smoother travel for Europeans as the EIB lends EUR 90m for expansion of the Karavanke Tunnel in Slovenia
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 as regards runway safety and aeronautical data - See the Annex

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth
  • ECB policy is working, but new challenges need new responses - See EP Statement
  • More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe’s future
  • Potential Output Estimates and their Role in the EU Fiscal Policy Surveillance - Briefing - EP EcoFin Committee
  • ECB publishes Consolidated Banking Data for end-September 2019
  • Interview of ECB's Luis de Guindos with Expansión

BREXIT

  • EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition - See EP Statement
  • UK - The EU Committee has published its twenty-first report on Brexit-related international agreements
  • Spain welcomes post-Brexit chance for Gibraltar talks - Madrid interested in pragmatic accords with territory, says foreign minister - Financial Times
  • John Major warns rushed UK-EU trade deal will be ‘flimsy’ - Former PM calls Brexit a ‘self-inflicted wound’ and says Irish Sea border will store up problems - Financial Times
  • Europe must embrace a new way of politics - The two-party system that prevailed for so long has been upended - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/189 of 12 February 2020 implementing Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against persons acting in violation of the arms embargo with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Notice
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/190 of 12 February 2020 implementing Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo  - Notice
  • Munich Security Conference: Commission's participation reflects commitment to a safer world - Midday Express