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Europe Daily News, 23 December 2022 | Perspectives & Events

COMPETITION

  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.10838 – Bersan Europea De Automocion / Astara Western Europe)
  • Austria – Joinery cartel: Cartel Court imposes fine of EUR 100,000 on Tischlerei Lechner GmbH
  • Belgium – The Competition Authority confirms having opened an investigation into the Batopin project
  • France – The Competition Authority sanctions CTPL-AG for abuse of dominant position
  • UK – CMA – Anticipated acquisition by Baker Hughes Nederland Holdings B.V. of Oz MidCo AS (Altus Intervention) – Decision that undertakings might be accepted 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union – 11 January 2023
  • Council Decision (EU) 2022/2562 of 24 October 2022 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Thailand, of the other part
  • Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Thailand, of the other part
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2022/2563 of 19 December 2022 amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2283 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products
  • WTO – Services trade activity likely to weaken with slowing growth in major economies
  • Britain joins EU in criticising Biden’s green subsidies package – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Regulation (EU) 2022/2560 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 December 2022 on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market
  • Statement of the European Commission on multilateral rules to address distortive foreign subsidies on the occasion of the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2022/2560 (OJ L 331, 23.12.2022, p. 1.)
  • Statement of the European Commission on clarifications as regards the application of Regulation 2022/2560, pursuant to Article 46 thereof 2
  • Brussels to withhold part of Hungary’s regional aid over reform failures – Viktor Orbán’s government has yet to enact reforms aimed at ensuring the country’s judicial independence – Financial Times
  • An arms race on industrial policy is the last thing Europe needs – Making a fuss over America’s Inflation Reduction Act is gratuitous and counterproductive – Financial Times

CHEMICAL

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESAs publish list of financial conglomerates for 2022
  • ESMA has published the 2022 European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) XBRL taxonomy files and an update to the ESEF Conformance Suite to facilitate the implementation of the ESEF Regulation

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The Council approved an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2023 between the EU and the United Kingdom (Atlantic and the North Sea)
  • Minutes of the Committee for Spirit Drinks – 01 December 2022 
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question – Fertiliser crisis reduces crop yields

ENERGY

  • Minutes of the 3rd EU Energy Platform – Industry Advisory Group meeting – 16 December 2022
  • Council formally adopts temporary mechanism to limit excessive gas prices
  • Council formally adopts regulation to speed up permits for renewable energy projects
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question – Alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines and protection of critical European infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Council Decision (EU) 2022/2569 of 14 November 2022 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP 19) (Panama City, Panama, 14 – 25 November 2022) and on the submission of a species to include in Appendix III to CITES
  • Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (TEIA COP 12) (Geneva, Switzerland, 29 November-1 December 2022) – Statements by the EU and its Member States

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EFSA – Annual assessment of Echinococcus multilocularis surveillance reports submitted in 2022 in the context of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/772
  • EFSA – Public consultation on the draft scientific guidance on the data required for the risk assessment of flavourings to be used in or on foods
  • EFSA – Scientific Guidance on the data required for the risk assessment of flavourings to be used in or on foods
  • ECDC – Hepatitis B – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2021

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on Cyber issues – 11 January 2023

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Public Consultation – Fisheries – Fishing Vessel Safety Directive (evaluation) – Evaluation – Feedback period: 22 December 2022 – 16 March 2023

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE 

  • SIRIUS Digital Evidence Situation Report shows strong increase in requests for support – Eurosjust
  • Portraits of Law Enforcement: launch of Europol’s 2023 calendar – Europol utilises AI technology to create annual calendar

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Belarus: Statement by the Spokesperson on new law allowing to deprive Belarusians of their citizenship
  • Ethiopia: Statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union
  • The RACC contributes to the EU’s support on border security in the Sahel
  • 2nd edition of the European Union – Palestine Investment Review

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Thanks to EU and UNDP, university dormitories in Kharkiv hosting over 1,000 IDPs receive household appliances to get through the winter
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question – Amount of military equipment sent to Ukraine by each Member State

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