Europe Daily News, 24 January 2024 | Insights

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  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10969 – XXXLUTZ / Home24)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11365 – Ford / BMW / Honda / JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11377 – Ardian / Dedalus Healthcare Systems)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11345 – QIA / OIA / Rakiza / Oman Broadband Company)
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of stake in ITA Airways by Lufthansa (M.11071) – IP/24/351

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 24 January 2024 in Case T-409/21, Federal Republic of Germany Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid – Aid granted under certain provisions of the amended German Law on combined heat and power – Reform of the support scheme for combined heat and power – Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market – Concept of ‘State aid’ – State resources
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objections – SA.111093 & SA.104686

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of the 120th Customs Code Committee – General Customs Legislation section with the 95th Electronic Customs Coordination Group – 28 November 2023
  • Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the CETA Joint Committee established under the CETA between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of an Interpretation of Article 8.10, Annex 8-A, Article 8.9 and Article 8.39 thereof in accordance with its Article 26.1.5(e)
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the CETA Joint Committee established under the CETA between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision on the interpretation of Article 8.10, Annex 8-A, Article 8.9.1 and Article 8.39.3 of CETA in accordance with Article 26.1.5(e) of CETA – Adoption
  • Draft Interpretation of the CETA Joint Committee regarding Article 8.10, Annex 8-A, Article 8.9 and Article 8.39 of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
  • Protocol amending the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership – See Council Decision on Signing and on the Conclusion
  • Council Decision establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the World Trade Organization’s 13th Ministerial Conference as regards the incorporation of the Agreement on Investment Facilitation for Development into the Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization – See the Belgian’s Presidency Statement
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/357 of 23 January 2024 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain open mesh fabrics of glass fibres originating in the People’s Republic of China as extended to imports consigned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and the Council
  • Council Decision (EU) 2024/392 of 15 November 2023 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Specialised Committee on Participation in Union Programmes established by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part, as regards the adoption of Protocols I and II and the amendment of Annex 47 thereto
  • Joint statement following the meeting of the Specialised Committee on the implementation of the Windsor Framework on 24 January 2024
  • Minutes of the Third Trade Specialised Committee on Regulatory Cooperation under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Opening remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the informal Foreign Affairs Council trade press conference
  • Commission proposes new initiatives to strengthen economic security – IP/24/363, QaA & Communication

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry – Net Zero Industry Act) – 26 January 2024
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – Strategic stocks of critical metals: what is the plan for the future?
  • New rules to promote standard-setting innovation in new technologies (SEPs) – see the EP Statement
  • EU moves to shield researchers from Chinese interference – The bloc aims to prevent the ’emerging risks’ of knowledge and technology leakage – Politico.eu

CHEMICAL

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Intellectual property: the General Court of the EU upholds the validity of the protection of the Lego toy brick (See CPR Nº 15/2024 – Judgment of the General Court in Case T-537/22, Delta-Sport Handelskontor Vs. EUIPO – Lego)
  • The General Court confirms that the figurative sign NOAH may remain registered as an EU trade mark for ‘polo shirts’ and ‘sweaters’ (See CPR Nº 14/2024 – Judgment of the General Court in Case T-562/22, Noah Clothing Vs. EUIPO – Noah (NOAH))

FINANCE

  • European Commission issues €8 billion in its 1st syndicated transaction of 2024 – IP/23/376

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) – 31 January 2024

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – Paid ads for illegal products on social media
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – Risk of digital violence from mandatory publication of real names and private addresses

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues – 24 January 2024
  • Employee monitoring: French SA fined Amazon France Logistique 32M€
  • Belgian SA sanctions Black Tiger Belgium for lack of transparency and unlawful processing of personal data collected indirectly
  • Company offering electronic communication services – no complete information of the data subjects & no sufficient technical and organisational measures

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Company Law – 30 January 2024
  • Fight against human trafficking: Council and European Parliament strike deal to strengthen rules – see the EP Statement
  • Commission welcomes breakthrough political agreement on stronger rules to fight trafficking in human beings – IP/23/343

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Release of frozen EU funds to Hungary: MEPs to debate next steps with Commission
  • ECB – Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 19 January 2024

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • 10th EU-Egypt Association Council meeting: Joint press statement by Egypt and the European Union
  • Relations with Egypt – European Union’s position for the Association Council’s 10th meeting (Brussels, 23 January 2024)
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Croatian Prime Minister Plenković and Chairwoman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Krišto
  • Netherlands arrests 3 on suspicion of dodging Russia sanctions – Raids were also carried out in Estonia, Latvia, Germany and Canada as part of the investigation – Politico.eu

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