Europe Daily News, 19 July 2022 | Perspectives & Events

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COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10680 – Permira / Sestant / Kedrion  / BPL)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10672 – Vista / Elliott  / Citrix System / Tibco)
  • Commission alleges Illumina and GRAIL breached EU merger rules by early implementation of their acquisition (M.10483, M.10188 & M.10493) – IP/22/4604
  • Greece – Signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the HCC and the Hellenic Capital Market Commission
  • UK – CMA served an interim order under section 81 of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Meta Platforms, Inc. and Giphy, Inc.
  • UK – CMA – HS2 bidder merger raises competition concerns

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Belgian postal service compensation to bpost (SA.100860) – IP/22/4650
  • Commission approves €285 million Spanish scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support rail freight transport (SA.62985) – Midday Express
  • Commission approves €475,000 Finnish scheme to support milk and beef producers of the region of Åland in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (SA.103668) – Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) – 22 July 2022
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part as regards the adoption of a decision on an agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications for architects
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1233 of 18 July 2022 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/492 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain woven and/or stitched glass fibre fabrics originating in the People’s Republic of China and Egypt

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Defence industry: EU to reinforce the European defence industry through common procurement with a €500 million instrument – IP/22/4491 & Text of the proposal for a Regulation
  • Authorisation Decisions List as updated by DG GROW.F.1 on 14 July 2022
  • CSR – REACH Authorisation decisions – CT – HUECK – as updated by DG GROW.F.1 on 14 July 2022
  • Good Laboratory Practicies – Product-specific legal acts -as updated by DG GROW.F.2 on 14 July 2022

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA has published its annual peer review report on the supervision of EU Central Counterparties (CCPs) by National Competent Authorities (NCAs).

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Main results – Agriculture and Fisheries Council – 18 July 2022
    – Council approves conclusions on the new aquaculture strategic guidelines for a more sustainable, resilient and competitive aquaculture sector
  • Agenda for: Genetic Resources and Innovation in Agriculture (Genetic Resources) – 26 July 2022

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • EU digital diplomacy: Council agrees a more concerted European approach to the challenges posed by new digital technologies

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on Cyber issues – 20 July 2022
  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Regulation on the digitalisation of the visa procedure 
  • Cybersecurity Policy challenges on the Agenda of the European Parliament Delegation visit to ENISA

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • EU Cohesion Policy: €42.7 billion for Italy to support sustainable growth, employment and modernisation while reducing regional disparities – IP/22/4562
  • EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts €12.8 billion Partnership Agreement with Slovakia for 2021-2027 – IP/22/4510
  • Press release following the meeting between Zbyněk Stanjura and Paschal Donohoe
  • ECB – The euro area bank lending survey – Second quarter of 2022

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1230 of 18 July 2022 implementing Article 2(3) of Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities with a view to combating terrorism, and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/147
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1241 of 18 July 2022 updating the list of persons, groups and entities subject to Articles 2, 3 and 4 of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism, and repealing Decision (CFSP) 2022/152
  • EU and Azerbaijan enhance bilateral relations, including energy cooperation – IP/22/4550 & Statement by President von der Leyen with Azerbaijani President Aliyev
  • Main results – Foreign Affairs Council – 18 July 2022
  • Foreign information manipulation and interference: Council approves conclusions stepping up EU’s engagement and ability to respond
  • Council conclusions on Enlargement – North Macedonia and Albania, as approved by the Council on 18 July 2022
  • First Intergovernmental Conferences with Albania and North Macedonia to kick-start the accession negotiation – Midday Express
  • Statement by President Michel on the occasion of Intergovernmental Conferences on the accession with North Macedonia and with Albania
  • Press statement by President von der Leyen with Prime Minister Fiala, Prime Minister Rama and Prime Minister Kovachevski on the start of the accession negotiations process and of the screening of the EU acquis
  • The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has released its 2021 Annual Report, showing a comprehensive overview of ESA’s work, finances and priorities over the past year

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1231 of 18 July 2022 implementing Regulation (EC) No 765/2006 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/1243 of 18 July 2022 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus and the involvement of Belarus in the Russian aggression against Ukraine
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1241 of 18 July 2022 updating the list of persons, groups and entities subject to Articles 2, 3 and 4 of Common Position 2001/931/CFSP on the application of specific measures to combat terrorism, and repealing Decision (CFSP) 2022/152
  • Agrifood trade and EU sanctions – See the FactSheet – 19 July 2022

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