Europe Daily News, 07 February 2023



  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10991 - GIP / KKR / Vodafone / Vantage Towers)
  • VIG-Aegon deal withdrawal decision over Hungary veto published by EU Commission
  • Commission clears creation of two joint ventures by PREměření and SUAS (M.11019) - Midday Express
  • The Netherlands - Medium-sized municipalities in particular face market concentration in new housing construction 
  • Romania - The Competition Council debates the study on the authorisation of market products and services by municipalities
  • Romania - The Competition Council has authorised the takeover of Haerter Stanztechnik GmbH&Co. KGaA by ESSVP IV, Guernsey
  • Spain - The CNMC cleared two mergers in January (C/1359/22 & C/1360/22)
  • UK - CMA has received the initial submissions made by Hitachi Rail and Thales in the UK in-depth merger enquiry
  • How best to ensure international digital competition cooperation - International cooperation on digital markets must ensure competition cases and laws around the world are consistent - See Bruegel Policy Contribution - Issue n˚02/23


  • Commission approves €1.36 billion Greek scheme to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs (SA.103180) - IP/23/621
  • Commission approves €100 million Slovenian scheme to support companies in context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.105498) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves Swedish scheme to reduce electricity consumption in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.105268) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €15 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support electricity-trading companies in the Åland region in the context of Russia's war against Ukraine (SA.105915) - Midday Express
  • Germany, Aid scheme for the construction and renewal of transhipment facilities for combined transport of non-federal companies - SA.104018 (Public version available)


  • Revised Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union - 8 February 2023
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) - 13 February 2023
  • Guidance on Binding Origin Information - 01 February 2023
  • Export and exit out of the European Union – Title VIII UCC – Revised Guidance for MSs and Trade
  • Minutes of the Advisory Committee on the implementation of activities relating to the Community market access strategy - 17 November 2022
  • A Comparative Analysis of Member States' Customs Authorisation Procedures for the Entry of Products into the European Union - See the EP Briefing
  • Provisional agreement resulting from the interinstitutional negotiations on the Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules for the exercise of the Union's rights in the implementation and enforcement of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part (Submitted to the AFET, INTA and AFCO EP Committee)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Trade Committee established under the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, as regards the amendment of Protocol 1 concerning the definition of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/254 of 6 February 2023 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/761 as regards certain technical rules on the management of tariff rate quotas
  • WTO - Members address development dimension of WTO reform agenda
  • EU lawmaker: ‘Window of Opportunity’ for Mercosur trade agreement - Euractiv.com


  • Agenda for: 16th meeting of the Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement - 16 February 2023
  • Agenda for: 16th Forum sub-group meeting ‘Forum MSA’ - 15 February 2023
  • Minutes of the 5th Plenary Meeting of the Industrial Forum Expert Group - 21 September 2022
  • Discussion paper: 30 years of the Single Market
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations of the UNECE on proposals for modifications to UN regulations Nos 13-H, 30, 48, 51, 53, 67, 78, 105, 110, 116, 117, 121, 125, 131, 138, 140, 148, 149, 150, 152, 157 and 164, and on a proposal for an amendment to R.E.5
  • The single market is still the EU’s strategic imperative - See the CEPS Paper


  • First 2023 Cefic Chemical Trends Report: short relief from high energy prices is followed by strong decline in chemicals demand, still Economic Sentiment Indicator is up
  • Speeding Up The Chemical Industry’s transition to a sustainable future: Cefic launches its 2022 Sustainability Progress Report


  • The European Supervisory Authorities meet stakeholders from across the financial sector amid preparations for the Digital Operational Resilience Act


  • Commissioners Schmit and Ferreira in Poland to launch Cohesion Policy programmes for 2021-2027 - Midday Express


  • Proposal for a Council Decision amending Council Decision (EU) 2019/1754 on the accession of the European Union to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications


  • ACER calls for improvements to the proposed Belgian gas transmission tariffs
  • ACER proposes changes to improve EU electricity forward markets


  • Techniques of genetic modification: the Court specifies the status of in vitro random mutagenesis having regard to the GMO Directive (See CPR Nº 22/2023 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-688/21, Confédération paysanne and Others (Mutagenèse aléatoire in vitro))
  • Commission Delegated Directive amending Directive 2000/53/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the exemptions for the use of lead in aluminium alloys for machining purposes, in copper alloys and in certain batteries - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • HEAL - Civil society groups demand a highly protective EU restriction on PFAS
  • EEB - Talk the walk: industry calls on policies to support the inevitable clean heat transition


  • Minutes of the Working Group meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 30-31 January 2023
  • EFSA - Guidance: Risk assessment for Birds and Mammals
  • EFSA - Chemical monitoring reporting guidance: 2023 data collection
  • EMA - Actions to support the development of medicines for children - See the Closing Report
  • EFTA-ESA: Food safety: Iceland must urgently improve controls of poultry meat and poultry meat products
  • Healthcare facilities should maintain and strengthen infection prevention and control measures during peaks of respiratory viruses transmission - ECDC Statement & Report 


  • 20th edition of Safer Internet Day: making the Internet better and safer for children and young people


  • The French SA fines DISCORD EUR 800.000 
  • Corporate ‘privacy’ concerns must not derail Europe’s Data Act - This legislation could hold the key to restoring digital trust and a fair information economy - Financial Times 


  • 60 years of Van Gend & Loos: Direct effect of EU law and a 'new legal order' - See the EP Briefing
  • New strike against encrypted criminal communications with dismantling of Exclu tool - Eurojust Statement


  • EU-North Macedonia: Commission proposes up to €100 million in assistance for North Macedonia - IP/23/561 & Decision
  • Thematic Digest - implementation of the six policy pillars of the Recovery and Resilience Facility - See the EP In-Depth Analysis
  • ECB Consumer Expectations Survey results - December 2022
  • Euro Area inflation differentials: the role of fiscal policies revisited - ECB Working Paper Series No.2774 
  • Negative rates, monetary policy transmission and cross-border lending via international financial centres - ECB Working Paper Series No.2775
  • Brussels response to US green push falls short, says top official - Constant changes to EU subsidy rules create confusion for businesses, says commissioner Thierry Breton - Financial Times



  • Earthquake in Türkiye and Syria: Council presidency triggers activation of IPCR - Statement by HR Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič
  • Council extends the mandates of three EU Special Representatives for the Middle East Peace Process, the Human Rights and for Central Asia
  • EU-US defence cooperation: Council approves administrative arrangement between the European Defence Agency and the Department of Defence
  • Statement by the HR/VP 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 Iran
  • Europe and the Iran nuclear threat - See CER Insight


  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/253 of 6 February 2023 implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/261 of 6 February 2023 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine


  • Brexit could be reversed - here’s how - Opinion is shifting but the public are running ahead of the politicians - Financial Times