COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9608 — ENGIE/CDC/CNR Solaire 10)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9557 — Swisscom/AMAG Group/Zürich Insurance Group/autoSense)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9567 — PGGM/Macquarie/ Genesee & Wyoming Australia)
  • Commission approves Varta AG's acquisition of Energizer's divestment business, subject to conditions (M.8988 & M.9449)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over Smith & Williamson by Permira (M.9580) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over Lotte UK by the Alfa group (M.9605) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification CONC-C/C-19/0042 : Groupe Maurin - Groep Jam NV
  • Germany - More competition on the tax advisory software market in future - See Bundeskartellamt Press Release

STATE AID

  • Brussels urged to resist state-backed foreign rivals - Dutch call for extra EU powers to defend region’s commercial interests - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 97th Customs Policy Group meeting of 10-11 December 2019
  • Agenda for: 627th meeting of the Export Credits Group of 17 December 2019
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of the Union Customs Code 
  • WTO - Kazakhstan submits application to join government procurement pact
  • WTO - ‎Role of trade in promoting circular economy highlighted at WTO Environment Week
  • EU-Mercosur deal lets agribusiness off the hook and exacerbates climate crisis - See IATP Press Release

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • The Court of Justice dismisses the action of the Czech Republic against the directive reinforcing control of the acquisition and possession of firearms (See No.149/2019 - Judgment in Case C-482/17 - Czech Republic v Parliament and Council)
  • Mapping the chemical universe: List of substances by regulatory action published - ECHA/PR/19/16
  • Updated guidance for registering substances in nanoform - ECHA/NR/19/43

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA updates Q&AS on MiFID II and MiFIR investor protection and intermediaries
  • ESMA updates its BMR Q&As and its CSDR Q&As
  • ESMA - Compliance table for the Guidelines on market making activities under the Short Selling Regulation

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Working Group 'Structures of the Taxation Systems' of 06 December 2019
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2026 of 21 November 2019 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 282/2011 as regardssupplies of goods or services facilitated by electronic interfaces and the special schemes for taxable persons supplying servicesto non-taxable persons, making distance sales of goods and certain domestic supplies of goods

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The protection of the name ‘Aceto Balsamico di Modena’ does not extend to the use of the non-geographical terms of that name such as ‘aceto’ and ‘balsamico’ (see CPR No.150/2019 - Judgment in Case C-432/18 - Consorzio Tutela Aceto Balsamico di Modena)
  • Protocol to amend the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas - See Council Decision on the signing

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 December 2019 in Case C-117/18 P: PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH, Vs. European Commission, Federal Republic of Germany
    Re: Appeal - Internal market in natural gas - Directive 2009/73/EC - Article 32 - Third party access - Article 41(6), (8) and (10) - Tariff rules - Article 36 - Request for exemption - Operating procedures of the OPAL gas pipeline - National regulatory authority - Decision on exemption - Request for amendment - Decision of the European Commission - Action for annulment - Article 263, fourth paragraph, TFEU - Admissibility - Decision not directly concerning the applicant
  • Judgment of the Court of 4 December 2019 in Case C-342/18 P: Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A., Vs. European Commission, Federal Republic of Germany
    Re: Appeal - Internal market in natural gas - Directive 2009/73/EC - Article 32 - Third party access - Article 41(6), (8) and (10) - Tariff rules - Article 36 - Request for exemption - Operating procedures of the OPAL gas pipeline - National regulatory authority - Decision on exemption - Request for amendment - Decision of the European Commission - Action for annulment - Article 263, fourth paragraph, TFEU - Admissibility - Decision not directly concerning the applicant

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 88th Meeting of the CITES Scientific Review Group of 12 December 2019

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for the meeting of the PAFF Committee Section:
    - Controls and Import Conditions on 16 December 2019
    - Animal Health and Welfare on 16 December 2019
  • Minutes of the meeting of the SC on Biocidal Products of 22 November 2019
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/2031 of 12 November 2019 establishing best available techniques (BAT) conclusions for the food, drink and milk industries, under Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Instruction for the Applicant on how to follow the application status and next steps of the process updated - ERN

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Nine more countries join initiative to explore quantum communication for Europe
  • Main Results of the 3734th TTE Council (Telecommunications) of 03 December 2019
    • Significance and security risks of 5G technology – Council adopts conclusions

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Belgian Data Protection Authority imposes two new fines

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Minutes of the 2nd Expert Group meeting on Policy needs for data on crime of 15 November 2019
  • Modernising judicial cooperation: Council adopts negotiating mandates on the taking of evidence and the service of documents regulations
  • 53rd Plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network - Conclusions on current developments on the application of the EAW
  • 52nd Plenary meeting of the European Judicial Network - EJN Conclusions on the European Investigation Order
  • European Border and Coast Guard Agency's reinforced mandate now in force - 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 December 2019 in Case C‑413/18 P, H, Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Appeal - CFSP - Composition of the Chamber of the General Court of the European Union - Regularity - Decision 2009/906/CFSP - EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (EUPM) - National staff member on secondment - Redeployment to a regional office of that mission - Powers of the Head of Mission - Misuse of powers - Claim for damages - Principle of audi alteram partem