Europe Daily News, February 11, 2022 | Insights and Events

COMPETETION

  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10590 – PAI Partners / OTPP / Veonet)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10587 – Blackstone / Warburg Pincus / INTRAFI Group)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10543 – Biscuit Holding / Continental Bakeries Holding)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10515 – Iliad / UPC Polska)
  • Aanswer given by Ms Vestager to a written question from a Member of the European Parliament – Anti-competitive behavior of European Retail Alliances (ERA)
  • AAustria – AFCA files fine against sub-metering provider
  • Belgium – The French Competition Authority clears the merger between Water-Link and Pidpa
  • Belgium – Law of 2 February 2021 containing various provisions relating to the Economy (publication of the provisions relating to Book IV CEL)
  • gGermany – Fines imposed on manufacturers of modular expansion joints for bridges involved in a quota cartel
  • gGermany – Approval of the takeover of the OMV service station network by EG Group (Esso) on condition that 48 sites are sold to third parties
  • JNetherlands – Drugmaker Pfizer to discontinue its lead pricing structure for Enbrel following discussions with ACM
  • JNetherlands – ACM fines for deceptive telemarketing practices regarding puzzle subscriptions
  • Malta – Abandonment of the proposed acquisition by Lidl Immobiliare Malta Limited of a property in Zabbar belonging to Said Investments Limited and leases belonging to Scotts Limited
  • Poland – UoKiK – 2021 was a record year for corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Portugal – The AdC issued a decision of no opposition to the merger 2/2022 – GRP III/Ionity
  • Romania – The Competition Council assesses the transaction by which Max Bau Materiale SRL intends to take over Dragmat SRL
  • Romania – The Competition Council analyzes the transaction by which Autonom Services SA intends to buy Premium Leasing SRL, which is part of the Țiriac group.
  • youK – CMA will keep a ‘close eye’ on Google as it secures Privacy Sandbox final commitments
  • youK – Based on the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA has revoked the original enforcement order in the IAA, Inc. / SYNETIQ Holdings Limited merger
  • EEuropean Publishers Council files EU complaint against Google over anti-competitive ad tech practices – Financial Times

STATE AID

  • AAuthorization of State aid under Articles 107 and 108 TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • VSCommission approves extension of French scheme to encourage risky investment in innovative SMEs (SA.100943) – Midday Express
  • VSCommission approves €48.62 million Finnish aid to compensate Finnair for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic (SA.63668) – Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aagenda for: Customs Business Group (CBG) on EMSWe in conjunction with the 4th Meeting of the HLSG EMSWe Subgroup of Experts for Digital Maritime System and Services Governance 23-24 February 2022
  • Aagenda for: Working Group on Trade Issues February 15, 2022
  • Oa public consultation on the Trade and Sustainable Development Review:
    – Application of TSD provisions – Information sheet

    – Implementation of DST Provisions – Fact Sheet

    – Challenges and Opportunities in Public Submission Processes for Non-Compliance – Fact Sheet

    – Assess the experience of other countries in the implementation and application of DST – Fact sheet
  • VSComparative Analysis of Trade and Sustainable Development Provisions in Free Trade Agreements – Final Report
  • Aanswer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a written question from a Member of the European Parliament – Consideration of citrus fruits as “highly sensitive products” in negotiations with third countries
  • Aanswer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a written question from a Member of the European Parliament – Effective application of compulsory licenses and exemptions from intellectual property requirements to stimulate vaccine production
  • youK Single Trade Window – Policy discussion paper – Updated February 11, 2022

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Aagenda for: Working group “Competitiveness and growth” (industry) of February 14, 2022
  • gGeneral safety regulations – Secondary legislation as of 27.01.2022
  • Sspeech by Commissioner Breton at the “European Days of Industry”

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA finds a high level of discrepancy in the disclosure of ESG factors in credit ratings
  • Speech by Verena Ross from ESMA – Staying the course in a changing digital world
  • youK-EU rule divides risk complexity for ESG investors – Confusion and additional costs could be in store for UK savers – Financial Times

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • OOcean Summit: New steps strengthen EU leadership in ocean protection – IP/22/843, factsheet and speech by President von der Leyen
  • MEPs want to strengthen new EU rules for design, production and disposal of batteries
  • VScircular business models and smarter design can reduce the environmental and climate impacts of textiles – See EEA briefing

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

  • VSCommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/187 of 10 February 2022 authorizing the placing on the market of cetylated fatty acids as a novel food under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council, and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470
  • NOTovel foods: the house cricket becomes the third insect authorized as a food ingredient for the EU market – see the questions and answers
  • EMA – Highlights of the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) meeting 7 – 10 February 2022
  • EFSA – Multi-country outbreak of sequence-type (ST)11 Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eggs and egg products – 8 February 2022

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • Aanswer given by Mr Reynders to a written question from the MEP – Access to health records for surviving mothers and babies at home

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Aagenda of the Road Transport Committee of February 18, 2022
  • MMinutes of the First meeting of the Specialized Road Transport Committee of November 24, 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • IInterview with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, conducted by Andreas Niesmann and Tim Szent-Ivany
  • BBanking Risk Taking and the Altered Transmission of Monetary Policy – Working Paper Series No.2638
  • Jhe financial accelerator mechanism: is the frequency? – Working Paper Series No. 2637

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Mminutes of the Coreper meeting of 26 and 28 January 2022
  • Ffinal draft agenda for the meetings from February 14 to 17, 2022

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • AAgenda for: Meeting of the Conventional Arms Exports Subgroup (COARM) of the Non-Proliferation and Arms Exports Working Group of 21 February 2022
  • VSCouncil Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/183 of 10 February 2022 implementing Article 21(5) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures due to the situation in Libya
  • VSCouncil Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/189 of 10 February 2022 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Sudan: statement by the spokesperson and partners on arrests and detentions in the country
  • RRussia: statement by the High Representative on the EU’s response to Minister Lavrov’s letters
  • BOsnia and Herzegovina: Statement by the Spokesperson on the vote in Republika Srpska
  • EU-Africa: Global Gateway Investment Package
  • youK to make new offer on Northern Ireland in talks with EU