Europe Daily News, 15 February 2024

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  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11320 - CIisco/ Splunk)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11455 - LGP / HG / IRIS)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11459 - Cinven / Barentz)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11441 - CVC / Emma / Packeta)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11437 - Bain Capital / Eleda Group)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11247 - Ineos/ Certain Assets of Totalenergies)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.11464 - Swiss Life / Digitalbridge / Infrabridge Investor NILE)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M. 11331 - Aces / Prezero / Enagas Renovable / Prezero Biometano)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11452 - Dachser / Frigoscandia)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11444 - ERG / Apex / Project Pinnacle I)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.11449 - Telefonica Brasil / Auren Comercializadora / JV)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of V Sports par Atairos, NNS UK et AVI (M.11438) - Midday Express
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence fines Chocolats De Neuville for hindering its franchisees’ commercial freedom
  • UK - Referral of the proposed Network Support Grant by Transport Scotland
  • Start-ups worry over EU’s Big Tech crackdown - Some entrepreneurs believe there will now be less deal activity, reducing exit routes from their business - Financial Times
  • Brussels open to telecoms mergers to support investment - European Commission says industry fragmentation could prevent operators reaching ‘scale needed to invest in the networks of the future’ - Financial Times


  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections – SA.111129 & SA.110022
  • Commission approves up to €6.9 billion of State aid by seven Member States for the third Important Project of Common European Interest in the hydrogen value chain - IP/24/789 & Statement by EVP Vestager


  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (Foreign Affairs / Trade) - 25 to 29 February 2024
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) - 21 February 2024
  • Agenda for: 5th Meeting of the Committee on Trade in Goods under the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership - 15 February 2024
  • Minutes of: 48th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Origin - 06 December 2023
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2024/567 of 14 February 2024 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/761 with regard to the use of digital proof of origin for products originating from Brazil and the management of tariff quotas
  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - Enhanced coordination of development finance and export credits
  • WTO - Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - European Union - Mustard seeds
  • WTO - Barbados, Dominica, Senegal, Uruguay formally accept Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies
  • WTO - Speech by DG Okonjo-Iweala on MC13: “We are going to get it done”
  • The Baltic border loophole in EU's Russia sanctions - Customs officials in EU frontline states know that truckers are shipping banned goods into Russia — but they can’t do much about it -


  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules promoting the repair of goods and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2394, Directives (EU) 2019/771 and (EU) 2020/1828 [2023/0083 (COD)] - Letter to the Chair of the IMCO Committee of the European Parliament
  • Digital transformation in enterprises: Council adopts position on upgrading digital company law tools
    - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament & 4-column table
  • Landmark EU legislation hangs in the balance Premium content - Directive on corporate supply chains has been thrown into uncertainty - Financial Times



  • Minutes of: Committee on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of Energy–related Products - 01 & 07 February 2024
  • The Commission provides financial assistance to Estonia to support the investigation of the disruption of the Balticconnector - Midday Express
  • AggregateEU launches the first mid-term call for tenders to guarantee the stability and predictability of energy supply - Midday Express




  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Very large online platforms and the use of AI systems aimed at children – Snapchat’s MyAI and the Digital Services Act (DSA)
  • BEREC delegation learns about digital transformation in Brazil - 12 February 2024
  • The EU’s online content rulebook isn’t ready for primetime - As the European election looms, internal rivalries and strained resources risk kneecapping the Digital Services Act -


  • InvestEU supports EIB investment to make Italian road infrastructure safer and more resilient to climate-related challenges - IP/24/841
  • Transport Committee pushes for “greener” trucks and buses - See the EP Statement


  • EDPB clarifies notion of main establishment and calls on EU legislators to make sure CSAM Regulation respects rights to privacy and data protection
    - Statement 1/2024 on legislative developments regarding the Proposal for a Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse
    - Opinion 04/2024 on the notion of main establishment of a controller in the Union under Art. 4.16(a) GDPR
  • Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2009/917/JHA as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data


  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards the time limits for the adoption of sustainability reporting standards for certain sectors and for certain third-country undertakings - Letter to the Chair of the JURI Committee of the European Parliament
  • Child sexual abuse: Council and European Parliament agree to prolong protection measure
  • Commissioner Johansson in Moldova to strengthen cooperation on border security and child safety online - Midday Express


  • Winter 2024 Economic Forecast: A delayed rebound in growth amid faster easing of inflation - IP/24/730 & Statement by Commissioner Gentiloni
  • Updated Ukraine Recovery and Reconstruction Needs Assessment Released - IP/24/801
  • Answer given by McGuinness to a MEP written question - The digital euro
  • Mortgage borrowing limits and house prices: evidence from a policy change in Ireland - ECB Working Paper Series No.2909
  • Speech by Christine Lagarde: Hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament


  • College members at the Munich Security Conference to boost EU's role in security and defence - Midday Express
  • GOB and EU reinforce their partnership by signing a Green Growth, Trade, Border Management Programme
  • EULINK/Rawabet Project: A milestone achieved in securing Libya's Coastal Road and fostering unity

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