Europe Daily News, 9 February 2024 | Mayer Brown


COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of Frigoscandia by Dachser (M.11452) – Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Kiinteistö by MassMutual and Mubadala (M.11403) – Midday Express
  • Remarks by EVP Vestager on the adoptions of a revised Market Definition Notice – see IP/23/6001 & Q&A
  • Study on new developments in including as regards application of the card-based payment markets, relevant aspects of the Interchange Fee Regulation – Final Report
  • France – The Autorité starts inquiries ex officio into the generative artificial intelligence sector and launches a public consultation
  • Norway – A regulation that regulates purchase prices is not the solution to improve competition in the grocery market
  • Romania – Competition Council sanctioned four companies with 123 million LEI for anti-competitive agreement in selling TVs and mobile phones
  • Romania – Competition Council assesses the transaction through which OMV Petrom acquires 50% of Electrocentrale Borzesti SRL
  • Swedish – Competition Authority has published its Research report on “Deployment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles”

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections – SA.110511 & SA.109042
  • Commission approves a €241 million Romanian State aid scheme to support agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.111997) – Midday Express
  • Commission approves a €56 million Romanian State aid scheme to support the pig and poultry sectors in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.112165) – Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – 14 February 2024
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-subsidy measures applicable to imports of biodiesel originating in Argentina
  • Notice of initiation concerning the possible extension in time and review of the safeguard measures applicable to imports of certain steel products (until 30 June 2024)
  • Decision No 1/2023 of the EU-Ukraine Customs Sub-Committee of 16 November 2023 amending the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, by replacing Protocol I thereto concerning the definition of the concept of originating products and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the accession of Niue to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part – see the Annex
  • European Parliament greenlights EU-Angola investment promotion pact
  • Association agreements for the participation of third countries in Union programmes – EP Resolution of 8 February 2024 on association agreements for the participation of third countries in Union programmes
  • EP Resolution of 8 February 2024 on multilateral negotiations in view of the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi 26-29 February 2024
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question – EU-US Mutual Recognition Agreement on Conformity Assessment
  • Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis co-chairs EU-Canada Joint Committee – Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Motor Vehicles) – 14 February 2024
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market – late payment) – 16 February 2024
  • Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 as regards digital labelling of EU fertilising products – Letter to the Chair of the European Parliament IMCO Committee

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • 16th Session of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE), Geneva, 31 January – 2 February 2024 – Final EU/Member States statements

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment – 12, 15 and 16 February 2024
  • Mercury: Council and Parliament strike a deal to completely phase out mercury in the EU – See also IP/24/679
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) – Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 5 to 8 February 2024)
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question – Stream rehabilitation obligation under the Water Framework Directive

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Public consultation – Pharmaceuticals – changes to marketing authorisations (review of EU rules) – Delegated regulation – Feedback period: 07 February 2024 – 29 February 2024
  • Public consultation – Food safety – restrictions on bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols in food contact materials – Regulation – Feedback period: 09 February 2024 – 08 March 2024
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question – Regulations on sex toys
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Improving pesticide evaluations by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Opinion of a French independent authority on the substitution of most hazardous pesticides in the EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Protection of Italian rice – calling on the Commission to stop favouring imports of Asian rice containing tricyclazole and ensure reciprocity in production standards

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Council and Parliament pave the way for a European disability card and a European parking card for persons with disabilities – see also IP/24/683
  • Provisional deal on first EU-wide rules for platform workers

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/… of 6.2.2024 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 305/2013 supplementing Directive 2010/40/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the harmonised provision for an interoperable EU-wide eCall
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2009/917/JHA, as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data – Outcome of the European Parliament’s first reading (Strasbourg, 5 to 8 February 2024)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Asylum and migration reform: EU member states’ representatives green light deal with European Parliament

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by the HR/VP Borrell on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine
  • Statement by the HR/VP Borrell 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
  • Statement by the HR/VP Borrell on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses
  • Joint press statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of the Spanish government
  • Press statement by President von der Leyen following the meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Sánchez and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould El-Ghazouani
  • MEPs condemn continuous Russian efforts to undermine European democracy – see the EP Resolution
  • Venezuela: MEPs condemn attacks on opposition’s presidential candidate – see the EP Resolution
  • Serbia did not fulfill its commitments to free and fair elections, say MEPs – see the EP Resolution
  • Human rights breaches in Belarus, Iran and Nigeria

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