Europe Daily News, July 28, 2022 | Insights and Events

COMPETITION

  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10802 – Ares / Onex / Founder / Ryan)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10798 – NBIM / Oxford Properties / Sony Center)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10813 – Blackstome / CPP Investments / Advarra)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10836 – Equinor / SSE / Triton Power)
  • VSThe Commission opens an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange (M.10663) – IP/22/4762
  • VSCommission clears acquisition of Supreme Energy Muara Laboh by INPEX and Sumitomo (M.10811) – Midday Express
  • AAustria – Construction cartel: the AFCA requests the review of the STRABAG decision by the Cartel Court
  • VSyprus – Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the share capital of Internet Tourism Solutions, SLby Hoist Group Spain, SAU
  • VSyprus – Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the share capital of Fameline Technologies Group Ltd by Mariapps Marine Solutions Cyprus Ltd
  • VSyprus – Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the share capital of Ensign Holdco 1 Ltd by Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd
  • IIreland – CCPC to Conduct Phase 2 Investigation into Proposed Acquisition of Misty Lane Holdings by East Cork Oil
  • IIreland – CCPC publishes its 2021 annual report
  • Italia – AGCM has launched an antitrust investigation against Samsung for alleged deceptive and aggressive conduct
  • JNetherlands – ACM authorizes the acquisition of Geveke and LEWA by Atlas
  • JNetherlands – ACM supports joint agreement between soft drink suppliers on stopping plastic handles
  • Portugal – BSC notifies acquisition of sole control of MI Tech.
  • Romania – The Competition Council has approved the transaction by which Romcim SA takes over Simbeton SRL.
  • youK – Orientation – Judicial procedure in competition law: serving documents on the CMA
  • youK – CMA has released its decision regarding the completed acquisition of WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Holdings, LLC.
  • youK – The CMA published its first update report on the implementation of Google’s Privacy Sandbox commitments accepted by the CMA in February 2022

STATE AID

  • VSCommission approves €80m Irish fishing program in the context of Brexit (SA.102271) – Midday Express
  • VSCommission approves €15m Slovenian program to support agricultural sector amid Russian invasion of Ukraine (SA.103726) – Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • VSCommission Implementing Regulation (EU) /… amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2368/2002 implementing the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds
  • VSCommission Decision of 26 July 2022 on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Republic of Chile concerning amendments to Appendix I to the Agreement on Trade in Drinks spirits and aromatized drinks (Annex VI), annexed to the Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part
  • VSCommission Decision of 26 July 2022 on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Republic of Chile concerning amendments to Appendices I, II, V and VIII to the Agreement on trade in wine (Annex V), annexed to the Association Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Chile, of the other part
  • OTO members show restraint in trade-restrictive measures despite economic uncertainty
  • OTO – In a poly-crisis world, global Aid for Trade review focuses on recovery and resilience – See WTO statement
  • OTO – Director General’s TPRB Report on Trade Related Developments – Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • VSCommission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EU) No 582/2011 as regards the type-approval of emissions from heavy-duty vehicles using neat biodiesel – See annex
  • Jchanges to age bands can now be taken into account during the dossier evaluation process – See ECHA statement
  • RReport on an EU SME referral system

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Rreport on the current qualification framework for financial advisers in the EU and assessment of the ways forward

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • NOTNew agri-food trade report: EU compensates for dramatic fall in Ukrainian maize imports and increases agri-food exports to Africa – Notable developments in EU agri-food trade amid global uncertainties
  • VSDerogations from PA cross-compliance – A timely decision giving farmers needed clarity, but not enough tools or incentives – See Copa-Cogeca statement
  • youkraine – Russia’s grain export deal raises hopes of averting global food security crisis – See Copa-Cogeca statement
  • EU Commission must take action on the alliance between FAO and CropLife International – See PAN letter to Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen

ENERGY

  • Pproposal for an electricity market design in order to decouple electricity prices from the gas price spike – Information from the Greek delegation
  • Aanswer given by Mrs Simson to a written question by the MEP – First and second generation biofuels and their development until 2030
  • AAnswer given by Ms Simson to a written question from a Member of the European Parliament – Russian sanctions against Western energy companies

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 8th round of mutual evaluations – “The practical implementation and functioning of European policies for preventing and combating environmental crime” – Follow-up to the report on Estonia
  • DG Environnement organizes the second part of the fourth annual Forum on endocrine disruptors on September 21 and 22, 2022
  • Aanswer given by EVP Timmermans to a written question from an MEP – Wood and carbon neutrality
  • Aanswer given by EVP Timmermans to a written question from an MEP – Flexible mechanisms for the transfer of emission reductions between countries
  • HJoint EAL letter: Restriction of bisphenols under REACH – setting the right precedent

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EEuropean Health Union: HERA signs joint purchase agreement for pandemic flu vaccine – IP/22/4363
  • RReport from the Commission on the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2020/521 concerning the activation of emergency support to finance the expenditure necessary to respond to the COVID‐19 pandemic

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • DDigital Economy and Society Index 2022: overall progress but digital skills, SMEs and 5G networks lag behind – IP/22/4560 & QaA

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • JENISA publishes today the 2021 incident reports on telecommunications and trust services
  • Ssupervisory authorities of the Baltic States launch of a coordinated inspection of the compliance of the processing of personal data in the field of short-term vehicle rental

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • PProposal for a Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement between the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union and its Member States – Statement by Belgium and statement by the Commission
  • RReport from the Commission on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 1214/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 November 2011 on the professional cross-border transport of euros in cash by road between the Member States of the euro area in accordance with article 26 of these rules – See annex
  • Jtransport infrastructure: Commission modifies TEN-T proposal to take account of effects on infrastructure of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine – Midday Express

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • NOTextGenerationEU: Commission receives payment request from Cyprus for €85 million under the Recovery and Resilience Facility – Midday Express
  • Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the EU and Eurozone – July 2022
  • JThe Fiscal Impact of Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Evidence for EU Countries – DG ECFIN Working Paper 168
  • ECB – Economic and financial developments in the euro area by institutional sector: first quarter 2022
  • Ja optimal amount of CBDC in a bank-based economy – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2689
  • VVoluntary support and ring-fencing in cross-border banks – ECB Working Paper Series – No. 2688
  • JThe Economic Impact of NPL Hedging Expectations in the Eurozone – ECB Occasional Paper Series – No.297
  • ECB – Rich non-immigrants and poor immigrants? Why it matters for monetary policy

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • EU Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – Pathways to EU Accession – See EPRS In-Depth Analysis
  • Aanswer given by the Council to a written question by a Member – Donbass; Cyprus; Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Aanswer given by HP/VP Borrell to a written question from the MEP – Sanctions against the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
  • AAnswer given by HP/VP Borrell to a written question from an MEP – EU Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt and Israel on natural gas and the absence of a territorial clause

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • FQA on issues related to gold imports regarding sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
  • FQA on aviation-related issues regarding sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
  • VSJoint OHAFA messages on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine

Jennifer C. Burleigh