Europe Daily News, December 20, 2022 | Perspectives and events | Popgen Tech



  • Pregular notification of a concentration (Case M.10560 – Sika / MBCC Group)
  • Aopposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10913 – Sadco / HACP / JV)
  • Comission clears acquisition of HERE by Mitsubishi Corporation (M.10944) – Afternoon Express
  • Comission clears the creation of joint venture by Remondis and H&M (M.10907) – Afternoon Express
  • Comission clears acquisition of joint control of Supratuc2020 by EPCG, JTCP and Eroski (M.10884) – Midday Express
  • Commission accepts obligations by Amazon prohibiting it from using marketplace seller data, ensuring equal access to Buy Box and Prime – IP/22/7777
  • Belgium – The Competition Authority approves the acquisition of the Jennes Group by D’Ieteren Automotive
  • France – The Autorité takes action on its own initiative to analyze the competitive functioning of the country’s passenger transport sector
  • France – Circular economy: the Autorité publishes a reserved opinion on the reorganization of the domestic plastic packaging sector and on the balancing mechanism provided for in the new draft decision
  • Germany – Exploitation of energy price caps prohibited – Bundeskartellamt begins to build the required organizational structure
  • Greece – Approval of the notified concentration regarding the acquisition by “Mytilineos SA” of sole control over the entire share capital of “Watt and Volt Exploitation of Alternative Forms of Energy SA”
  • TNetherlands – The European Commission will investigate Cochlear’s acquisition of Oticon
  • Poland – UOKiK organized an ICPEN workshop session on good practices in Riga, Estonia
  • Portugal – AdC sanctions food supplement supplier
  • Portugal – Fertiberia announces the acquisition of sole control over Fertimix
  • Portugal – EDP Renewables announces the acquisition of sole control over Moncorvo Wind Farm
  • Portugal – AdC accuses laboratories and business association of involvement in COVID tests and clinical analysis cartel
  • Romania – The Competition Council has fined 8 companies active in the protective equipment market with a fine of 4,886,811 lei (987,622 euros)
  • YOUK – The CMA has referred the expected acquisition by Cochlear Limited of the hearing implant business of Demant A/S, known as Oticon Medical, for an in-depth investigation – Decision to refer
  • YOUK – The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the anticipated acquisition by GIC (Realty) Private Limited and Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC of Student Roost via Roost Bidco Limited – See the Final Undertakings & Full Text Decision


  • Commission approves amendments to Italian scheme, including budget increase of up to €23 billion, to support companies in context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.104722) – IP/22/7847
  • Commission approves €80 million Finnish recapitalization measure to support Meyer Turku Oy in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.104831) – IP/22/7770
  • Commission approves amendment of a French aid scheme to support enterprises in the fishing sector in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine (SA.105217) – Midday Express
  • Commission approves €50m Slovak scheme to support agricultural sector in context of Russia’s war on Ukraine (SA.104872) – Midday Express
  • YOUniper concludes framework agreement with the federal government – approval by the EU Commission under state aid legislation is expected soon


  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Economic Tariff Quiz – 19 & 20 January 2023
  • Aagenda for: 3rd meeting of the Customs Program Committee – 09 January 2023
  • Sspeech by EVP Dombrovskis at the EU-China Business Association Lunch
  • TThe Trade Committee of the EU-Vietnam FTA (EVFTA) practically held its 2nd meeting on 19 December
  • Aanswer given by the Council to an MEP written question – Including mirror clauses in free trade agreements


  • EYou and New Zealand successfully complete negotiations for association with Horizon Europe
  • InvestEU: Ormazabal signs a €40 million loan with EIB to promote its research and development (R&D) activities in Spain – IP/22/7842
  • InvestEU: Commission signs agreement with Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations to unlock €700 million in investments across France – IP/22/7840
  • Tthe Commission’s ex-post evaluation finds that the Investment Plan for Europe has made an important contribution to mobilizing investment for growth and job creation – Midday Express
  • Aanswered by mr. Breton on a written question from the Member of Parliament – Euro 7 and non-emissions
  • Berlin and Paris urge Biden to extend green subsidy benefits – Two most powerful EU member states call on Washington to extend electric vehicle benefits to European manufacturers – Financial Times


  • CThe council agrees on the establishment of a framework for the recovery and resolution of insurance and reinsurance undertakings (IRRD)
  • Ffinancial markets: Member States agree to revise EU rules on central securities depositories (CSDR)
  • Capital Markets Union: Council agrees in negotiating mandate on proposal to strengthen market transparency
  • Esma gives positive opinion on amended RTS 1 and 2


  • Agenda for: Working Group on Tax Questions (Indirect Tax – VAT) – 13 January 2023
  • CCarbon border tax: EU levy justly penalizes carbon-intensive imports – CBAM must stop ‘carbon leakage’, where output moves elsewhere and employment in Europe takes a hit – Financial Times
  • YOUS must follow Europe’s lead on global minimum tax – or be left behind – It is not in the interests of US corporations that Congress blocks implementation – Financial Times
  • EU deal set to trigger ‘domino effect’ for global minimum tax deal – Bloc pledge to introduce levy expected to trigger wave of implementation around world – Financial Times


  • REACT-EU: €1.8 billion to promote employment, healthcare and social inclusion in Spain – IP/22/7645
  • Commission together with social and economic partners confirms the commitment to better integration of refugees and migrants in the labor market – IP/22/7773


  • CThe council is asking for a supplementary impact assessment on the proposal for sustainable use of crop protection products
  • EIB lends €32 million to Carraro to support decarbonisation of the agricultural sector – IP/22/7839
  • Ssustainable fisheries: EU and UK agree fishing opportunities for 2023 – IP/22/7843


  • main results – TTE Council (Energy) – 19 December 2022, see press comments by Commissioner Simson
    – REPowerEU: Council agrees on accelerated permit rules for renewable energy – see Analysis of the final compromise text with a view to agreement
    – Proposal for a Council Regulation laying down a framework to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy – see the text of the Political Agreement
    – Council agrees on temporary mechanism to limit excessive gas prices – see the text of the Political Agreement
    – Member States agree on new rules to reduce methane emissions
  • EYour energy crisis: US industry views – see the AmCham EU position


  • Comission Recommendation (EU) 2022/2510 of 8 December 2022 to establish a European assessment framework for ‘safe and sustainable by design’ chemicals and materials
  • Comission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2508 of 9 December 2022 on the best available techniques (BAT) conclusions, under Directive 2010/75/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on industrial emissions, for the textile industry


  • SCHEER – Final opinion on “Draft environmental quality standards for priority substances under the Water Framework Directive” – ​​Hexachlorobutadiene
  • SCCS – Preliminary opinion open for comments on salicylic acid – deadline for comments: 17 February 2023
  • Gguidance on applicable supervision regarding MDR Art.120 transitional provisions – devices covered by MDD or AIMDD certificates (MDCG 2022-4 rev.1) – December 2022
  • Gguidance on periodic safety update report (PSUR) according to Regulation (EU) 2017/745 (MDCG 2022-21) – December 2022
  • Aapplication of the Union veterinary medicines acquis in markets historically dependent on the supply of medicines from or through parts of the United Kingdom other than Northern Ireland – Commission notice


  • Aanswer given by Mr Reynders to a written question from the Member of Parliament – The Dutch government’s use of Twitter user data without consent


  • mIntroduction of: 6th meeting – European Ports Forum – 16 November 2022
  • Aanswer given by Ms Vălean to a written question from an MEP – What solutions does the Commission intend to promote to combat the environmental damage caused by the explosion in maritime cargo?


  • minutes of: Meeting of the Resettlement Expert Group – 1 July 2022
  • Joint Investigation Teams – Highlights of the Annual Meeting of the Network of National Experts on Joint Investigation Teams (Eurojust, The Hague, 5 and 6 October 2022
  • Anti-money laundering: Commission’s updated list of high-risk third countries strengthens international fight against financial crime; see the Regulation & Appendix – Afternoon Express


  • CCouncil Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/2506 of 15 December 2022 on measures for the protection of the Union budget against violations of the principles of the rule of law in Hungary
  • ECB review its risk control framework for credit operations
  • ECB – Euro area monthly balance of payments: October 2022
  • ECB – Study on the payment attitudes of consumers in the euro area (SPACE) – 2022
  • Cas remains the most used means of payment in shops, but electronic payments continue to grow, ECB study shows
  • Pendemic lending: micro and macro effects of model-based regulation – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2760
  • mdishonest communication rules – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2759
  • Banc bond holdings and bail-in regulatory changes: evidence from securities registries in the euro area – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2758
  • model-based regulation: lending in times of Covid – ECB Research Bulletin No.102




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