COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9387 — Allied Irish Banks/First Data Corporation/Semeral)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9501 — I Squared Capital Advisors/PEMA)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Tank & Rast by Allianz (M.9598) - Midday Express
  • Romania - The Competition Council analyses a new transaction of the Globalworth Group 
  • Secretary of State intervenes in Gardner Aerospace/ Impcross merger and Public Interest Merger Reference (Gardner Aerospace Holdings Ltd. and Impcross Ltd.) (Pre-emptive Action) Order 2019 made
  • CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the anticipated acquisition by First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited of the West Coast Partnership rail franchise - See the Press Release
  • CMA directs appointment of monitoring trustee in FNZ / GBST merger inquiry
  • CMA serves initial enforcement order in Google LLC / Looker Data Sciences, Inc merger
  • CMA publishes provisional findings on four radio acquisitions by Bauer Media Group
  • CMA working paper on valuing crematoria land as part of funerals market investigation
  • France - Green light to the takeover of Léon de Bruxelles by Groupe Bertrand (Hippopotamus, Burger King, Lipp, La Coupole, etc)
  • Finland - FCCA and the city of Kuopio reach mutual understanding on the corrective measures required to ensure competitive neutrality

STATE AID

  • Commission concludes that recapitalisation of German NordLB is market conform (SA.49094)
  • State Aid weekly e-News - No.41/19 - Covers from 28 November to 05 December 2019

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice concerning the anti-dumping measures in force in respect of imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the P.R. of China: name change of a company subject to the anti-dumping duty rate for cooperating non-sampled companies
  • Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation in the context of negotiations under Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 on the modification of Switzerland’s WTO concessions with regard to seasoned meat
  • Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the Allocation to the United States of a Share in the Tariff Rate Quota for High Quality Beef referred to in the Revised Memorandum of Understanding Regarding the Importation of Beef from Animals Not Treated with Certain Growth-Promoting Hormones and Increased Duties Applied by the United States to Certain Products of the European Union (2014) - see the Decision on the conclusion
  • 4th Committee EPA Cote d'Ivoire-EU Communiqué of 27-28 November 2019
  • On 9 December 2019, the European Commission will host a Civil Society Dialogue on Trade Defence Instruments and Rights of Defence in trade proceedings
  • DG Trade - Report of Civil Society Dialogue on The EU’s approach to the WTO the 
  • DG Trade - Presentation of the Annual Report on FTA Implementation 2019 - See the Report
  • Eighth China Round Table underlines contributions of accessions to WTO reform
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Acceding governments are in the vanguard of WTO reform

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial architecture for development: Council adopts conclusions on the way forward
  • Capital markets union: Council sets objectives for the deepening of the project
  • Eurozone ministers divided over banking union negotiations - Plan to boost financial stability struggling to overcome national capitals’ demands - Financial Times
  • EMIR RTS on various amendments to the bilateral margin requirements and joint statement on the introduction of fall-backs in view of the international framework
  • ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency and market structures topics

TAXATION

  • The Council adopted conclusions and endorsed a six-monthly report on the progress achieved by the Code of Conduct Group on business taxation
  • Overview of the preferential tax regimes examined by the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) since its creation in March 1998
  • Agreed guidance by the Code of Conduct Group (business taxation): 1998-2019
  • Energy taxation: Council calls for an updated framework contributing to a climate neutral EU
  • The Council adopted conclusions on the European Court of Auditors' Special Report No 12/2019 - "E-commerce: many of the challenges of collecting VAT and customs duties remain to be resolved"
  • Taxing the digital economy: Time for pragmatism - see CEPS Paper

ENERGY

  • EU law does not preclude a national law that provides that each owner of a property in a building in co-ownership is required to contribute to the cost of heating supplied to the common parts of that building (See CPR No.151/2019 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-708/17,C-725/17 - EVN Bulgaria Toplofikatsia)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 78th Nitrates Committee of 19 December 2019
  • EU environment and climate policy in the new legislative term - Exchange of views
  • Final report of the Eighth round of mutual evaluations on environmental crime
  • COP25: EU Ocean Day highlights the role of oceans in tackling climate change globally
  • EU gives green light to sustainable investment rules - Deal aims to help markets and investors gauge environmental credentials - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 49 ( Published on: 06/12/2019)
  • ERNs in a crucial phase of enlargement
  • Minutes - Subgroup on Traceability and Security Features established by the Expert Group on Tobacco Policy of 07 November 2019
  • Updated version - Migration and Health related Initiatives

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Agenda & Background Brief for: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 9-10 December 2019
    • A New EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work: Enhancing the implementation of Occupational Safety and Health in the EU - Draft Council Conclusions
    • Draft Council conclusions on inclusive labour markets: Improving the employment of people in a vulnerable position in the labour market

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The competent authority of the State of execution may not refuse to recognise and enforce a fine in respect of a road traffic offence imposed on the person in whose name the vehicle is registered, provided that such a presumption of liability may be rebutted (See CPR No.152/2019 - Judgment in Case C-671/18 - Centraal Justitieel Incassobureau () and exécution des sanctions pécuniaires)
  • Money laundering: Council sets strategic priorities for further reforms - Wall Street Journal

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main Results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 5 December 2019 - see the Full Outcome, Opening remarks by Executive VP Valdis Dombrovskis
  • Joint statement by the Council and the Commission on "stablecoins"
  • Deepening the EMU: President Centeno's report to the President of the Euro Summit
  • Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting of 4 December 2019
  • Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni's introductory remarks at the Eurogroup press conference
  • What are the main factors for the subdued profitability of significant banks in the Banking Union, and is the ECB’s supervisory response conclusive and exhaustive? - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Statement by President Charles Michel after his meeting with Presidents Von der Leyen, Lagarde and Centeno
  • It’s time to discuss Europe’s future – A first Draft Blueprint for the Conference on the Future of Europe - see EPC Commentary

EXTERNAL RELATIONS