COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10838 - Bersan Europea De Auromocion/ Astara Western Europe)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10952 - NBIM / PSPIB / Capital Park)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10862 - Olin / Mitsui / BWA JV)
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.10615 - Booking Holdings / Etravelli Group)
  • Commission holds workshop on mergers in the digital sector - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Atalian by CD&R (M.10912) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Imerys HTS by Platinum Equity (M.10900) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Hidria by Gonvarri (M.10949) - Midday Express
  • Commission seeks feedback for the evaluation of the rules on technology transfer agreements - Feedback period: 25 November 2022 - 23 December 2022 - Midday Express
  • Austria - AFCA presents results of sector inquiry into EV charging infrastructure: 10 recommendations for fair competition
  • Austria - Construction cartel: BWB and Federal Cartel Prosecutor appeal against rejection of review of STRABAG decision

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU  - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves amendments to Italian scheme, including €50 million budget increase, to support the agricultural, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.104888) - Midday Express
  • ESA approves Norwegian grant scheme for certain small rural retailers affected by severe increase in electricity prices

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Preparation of the Council (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research & Space)) on 1-2 December 2022
    - Conclusions on the New European Innovation Agenda - Approval = Statement by the Luxembourg, Austrian and German delegations
    - 2022 Report of the SME Envoy Network to the Competitiveness Council - Presentation by the Commission
    - Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down a framework to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy - Agreement on the content
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on geographical indication protection for craft and industrial products and amending Regulations (EU) 2017/1001 and (EU) 2019/1753 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision (EU) 2019/1754 - General approach

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 November 2022 in Case C‑302/21, Casilda Vs. Banco Cetelem SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Dispute in the main proceedings which has become devoid of purpose - No need to adjudicate
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2303 of 24 November 2022 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1780 establishing standard forms for the publication of notices in the field of public procurement 

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 November 2022 in Case C-166/21; European Commission Vs. Republic of Poland, supported by Czech Republic
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages - Directive 92/83/EEC - Exemption from harmonised excise duty - Ethyl alcohol used for the manufacture of medicinal products - Article 27(1)(d) - Exemption conditional on the placing of alcohol under a duty suspension arrangement - Impossibility of obtaining reimbursement of the excise duty paid - Principle of proportionality
  • Judgment of the Court of 24 November 2022 in Case C‑458/21, CIG Pannónia Életbiztosító Nyrt. Vs. Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Fellebbviteli Igazgatósága,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 132(1)(c) - Exemptions for certain activities in the public interest - Provision of medical care in the exercise of the medical and paramedical professions - Service used by an insurance company to review the accuracy of a diagnosis of serious illness and find and provide the best possible care and treatment abroad
  • Agenda for: Ad Hoc Working Party on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (AHWP CBAM) - 05 December 2022
  • EU Tax Symposium to discuss the future EU tax mix "On the road to 2050: A Tax Mix for the future” - Midday Express

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy - 29 November 2022
  • Main results of: Extraordinary Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) - 24 November 2022 - Opening remarks by Commissioner Simson
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    Council agrees on substance of new measures on joint purchases of gas and a solidarity mechanism - see the Outcome Text
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    EU to speed up permitting process for renewable energy projects
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    Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down a framework to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy - Agreement on the content
  • EP urges Commission to initiate a coordinated EU exit from Energy Charter Treaty - see the EP resolution
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2301 of 23 November 2022 setting the filling trajectory with intermediary targets for 2023 for each Member State with underground gas storage facilities on its territory and directly interconnected to its market area
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2299 of 15 November 2022 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the structure, format, technical details and process for the integrated national energy and climate progress reports

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment - 28, 29 November and 2 December 2022
  • EU Cohesion Policy: €89 million for a "just climate transition" in Denmark - Midday Express
  • Premature deaths due to air pollution continue to fall in the EU, more efforts needed to deliver a toxic-free environment - see the EEA Study

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2307 of 23 November 2022 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/179 as regards designating and making available the 5150 5250 MHz, 5250-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz frequency bands in accordance with the technical conditions set out in the Annex

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Emiliou of 24 November 2022 in Case C‑666/21 AI, Åklagarmyndigheten
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling -Transport - Harmonisation of certain social legislation relating to road transport -Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 - Scope of application - Article 2(1)(a) - Concept of ‘carriage by road of goods’ - Mixed-use vehicle - Vehicle containing both a temporary living space and storage area for the transport of snowmobiles - Transport of goods for non-commercial purposes - Tachographs - Obligation to have such tachographs inspected

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters COPEN (Data Retention) - 30 November 2022
  • Parliament insists that the EU must freeze funding to Hungary - See the EP resolution
  • 44 arrested in Europe-wide crackdown against high-risk criminal network - see Eurojust Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the international symposium “The idea of Europe” in the context of Kaunas - European Capital of Culture 2022, via video message

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • European and African Union Commissions meet in Brussels to strengthen partnership between the two continents - Midday Express
  • World Cup in Qatar: FIFA should help compensate families of dead migrant workers - See the EP resolution
  • Human rights breaches in Afghanistan, Belarus and Democratic Republic of Congo 

RUSSAIN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Parliament approves €18 billion loan for Ukraine for 2023 - See the EP resolution
  • MEPs vote not to accept passports issued by Russia in occupied areas - See the EP resolution
  • Statement by the HR/VP 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