Europe Daily News, 13 January 2023 | Perspectives & Events

Europe Daily News, 13 January 2023 | Perspectives & Events

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10964 – Wilmar / Clariant / Clariant Quats Business JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10815 – Deutsche Telekom / Orange / Telefonica / Vodafone / JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10989 – Blackstone / Emerson (HVAC and Refrigeration Technology Business))
  • Belgium – Prior notification of a merger merger – Case n° MEDE-C/C-22/0043: Katoen Natie NV / Mexico Natie Groep 
  • Lithuania – The Competition Council decides on the markets where it will step up its competition enforcement activities
  • UK – CMA – Statistics showing the outcomes of merger inquiries examined under the Enterprise Act 2002

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2023/105 of 26 July 2022 on the measures SA.33960 2012/C (ex 2012/NN) implemented by the French Republic in favour of the successive managers ofBeauvais-Tillé airport and the airlines operating there
  • Commission approves amendments to Italian scheme, including €50 million budget increase, to further support companies in Lombardy in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.105254) – Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notce of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Certain seamless pipes and tubes, of iron or steel – Russia & Ukraine – Regulation (EU) 2018/1469 – 03.10.2023)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/104 of 12 January 2023 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/159 imposing a definitive safeguard measure on imports of certain steel products following a report adopted by the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the extension of the entitlement for co-productions as provided for in Article 5 of the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Council of the European Union (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) – 1 & 2 December 2022
  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH
  • Minutes of the 24th Coal Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting – 14 December 2022
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the inauguration of the Esrange Spaceport
  • Executive summary of the evaluation of Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – What are the Commission’s environmental responses in respect of the extraction and processing of rare‑earth metals?
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – SMEs post-Brexit and price rises
  • Sweden discovers biggest rare earths deposit in EU – Lapland mine could help reduce Europe’s dependence on China imports – Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA – European Supervisory Authorities identify good practices for financial education initiatives on scams, fraud and cyber security
  • EBA – The liquidity coverage ratio of EU banks declined in the first half of 2022 but is still well above the minimum requirement
  • EBA – Risk Dashboard shows that capital and liquidity ratios remain robust

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 12 January 2023 in Case C‑677/21, Fluvius Antwerpen Vs.MX
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling – VAT – Directive 2006/112/EU – Taxable transactions – Taxable person – Illegal consumption of electricity – Charging by the competent distribution network operator for illegally consumed electricity – Concept of ‘economic activity’ – Concept of ‘other body governed by public law’ – Negligible scope of activities referred to in the third subparagraph of Article 13(1) of the VAT Directive
  • Minutes of the18th Plenary Meeting of the EU VAT Forum – 23 September 2022

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Organic Production Committee – 24 & 25 January 2023
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets – 17 January 2023
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Committee for Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets – Horticultural Products – 24 January 2023
  • Minutes of the Organic Production Committee – 16 December 2022
  • Minutes of the CAP Committee – 16 December 2022
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2023/106 of 11 January 2023 fixing the indicative allocations of Union aid to Member States for school fruit and vegetables and for school milk for the period from 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2029
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/102 of 11 January 2023 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards Member States’ requests for Union aid

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy – 17 January 2023
  • Oil majors investing 8 times more in biofuels than hydrogen – European oil refiners favouring unsustainable biofuels option over green hydrogen – see T&E Statement and Study

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Environment – 16 & 17 January 2023
  • Pesticides banned in EU, Member States continue to abuse emergency derogations, says PAN Europe – see Statement & Report
  • EVP Timmermans and Commissioner Simson in Abu Dhabi for the International Renewable Energy Agency Assembly and COP28 preparations – See the Programme – Midday Express
  • Half of green claims used to sell products in EU are misleading, Brussels finds – European Commission is preparing to introduce rules to prevent greenwashing – Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • SCHEER – Minutes of the Working Group meeting on Electromagnetic fields (EMF) I – 12 January 2023
  • SCCS – Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Hydroxyapatite (nano) – Deadline: 1 March 2023
  • SCCS – Minutes of the Working Group meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients – 19-20 December 2022
  • SCCS – Minutes of the Working Group meeting on Methodologies – 21 December 2022
  • SCCS Working Group on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products – 14 December 2022
  • SCCS – Scientific opinion on Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) – SCCS/1636/2 has been published in “Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology”

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Pro- and anti-competitive provisions in the proposed European Union Data Act – See Bruegel Working Paper

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register a new initiative on safeguarding fundamental rights at the EU’s borders – IP/23/141
  • Takedown of fraudulent cryptocurrency network in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Serbia – See Eurojust Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Draft Report by MEP Luděk Niedermayer on the proposal for a Council directive on laying down rules on a debt-equity bias reduction allowance and on limiting the deductibility of interest for corporate income tax purposes

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • European Parliament – Final draft agenda for the sittings of 16 – 19 January 2023
    Decision of the EMPL committee to enter into interinstitutional negotiations (for announcement on Monday 16 January 2023)
    Deadlines for the 16 – 19 January 2023 part-session

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Aid delivery in politically complex settings – presentation by NYU and Chatham House
  • Documents show EU’s planned new Iran sanctions list – The package would target the government’s sports minister and numerous IRGC officials over the crackdown on protesters – Politico.eu

EU/UK RELATIONS

  • Starmer offers Sunak ‘political cover’ to clinch EU deal on N Ireland – Opposition leader ready to ‘support’ prime minister as moves intensify to resolve dispute over protocol – Financial Times
  • Irish PM: Even a new UK-EU protocol deal might not unlock the doors of Stormont – Politico.eu

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Trade sometimes needs American weapons more than European values – US military support for Ukraine and Taiwan is underpinning regional and  global commerce – Financial Times
  • Anxious Europe buys up diesel ahead of Russian import ban – Fears of a supply shortage are easing after diesel imports to Europe soared to a record high in December – Politico.eu

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