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COVID 19 – US and EU Competition Law Implications (24 April 2020)

The Covington US and EU Competition/Antitrust teams will be updating you regularly, through the Covington Competition blog, on the competition/antitrust law implications – both procedural and substantive – of the COVID-19 crisis in the US and the EU.  This is our update for Friday 24 April. Today’s new updates as compared to the previous update … Continue Reading

Competition Enforcement Under the COVID-19 Crisis: DG COMP Staff’s Views

In two recent webinars covering antitrust, mergers and state aid, DG COMP senior officials shared their views on how DG COMP is operating under the current COVID-19 crisis. Antitrust: More Flexible Enforcement Maria Jaspers, head of unit for antitrust case support and policy, gave the following key messages: The absence of legal deadlines creates certain … Continue Reading

COVID 19 – US and EU Competition Law Implications (16 April 2020)

The Covington US and EU Competition/Antitrust teams will be updating you regularly, through the Covington Competition blog, on the competition/antitrust law implications – both procedural and substantive – of the COVID-19 crisis in the US and the EU.  This is our update for Thursday 16 April. Today’s new updates as compared to the previous update … Continue Reading

Belgium replaces COVID-19 medicines export ban to non-EEA countries with system of export control

As previously reported on this blog, on 1 April 2020 Belgium adopted a complete ban on exports of certain medicines and raw materials to non-EEA countries to avoid shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak. On 8 April 2020, Belgium reversed this ban, and instead installed a system of export controls. Coincidentally or not, the same day … Continue Reading

German Government decides on tightening the National FDI Screening Regime

The German government has proposed a new draft bill reforming the current foreign direct investment (“FDI”) regime, which is likely to have a significant impact on all M&A transactions involving acquisitions of 10% or more of the voting rights in German companies active in “critical infrastructures” and “critical technologies” by any non-EU investors. Under the … Continue Reading

COVID 19 – US and EU Competition Law Implications (9 April 2020)

The C&B US and EU Competition/Antitrust teams will be updating you regularly, through the Covington Competition blog, on the competition/antitrust law implications – both procedural and substantive – of the COVID-19 crisis in the US and the EU.  This is our update for Thursday 9 April. Today’s new updates as compared to the previous update … Continue Reading

Climate Change: The EU Moves Toward a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Last week, the European Commission took a major step to implement the climate aspects of its European Green Deal.  It presented a proposal for a European Climate Law and two consultations on its announced Climate Pact and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (“CBAM”). The European Commission intends to present a proposal for a CBAM by the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  March 6, 2020

Summary Next week, there will be a plenary sitting of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Although the Treaties provide that the European Parliament’s plenary sessions must take place in Strasbourg, France, due to the extraordinary circumstances caused by coronavirus COVID-19, the plenary session will exceptionally take place in Brussels. Several significant debates and votes … Continue Reading

The EU Lifts Restrictions to Imports of Poultry Meat from Ukraine Following the Regionalization of the Country Due to an Outbreak of HPAI

The European Commission has just adopted a Regulation that will lift the existing ban on imports of poultry meat from Ukraine that was triggered by the January 2020 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (“HPAI”) outbreak in the western part of the country. On January 19, 2020 the Ukrainian authorities informed the World Organization of Animal Health … Continue Reading

The Brussels Effect –The EU’s Digital Strategy Goes Global

On February 19, the European Commission laid out its ambitious plans for regulating data, AI, and the digital sphere. These set the stage for the next five years’ work for President von der Leyen’s Commission in this critically important, and ever expanding, domain. Crucially, in its plans the Commission is making a concerted attempt to … Continue Reading

The French telecoms regulator has entered the fray “prevailing digital platform”

In his speech in Austin, Texas in 2019[1] and subsequent interviews,[2] the Chairman of the French Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP) and former general rapporteur at the French Competition Authority, Sébastien Soriano, suggested that it is no longer appropriate to apply the “Schumpeterian paradigm” to technology companies that he characterised as having reached … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  February 14, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for Committee Meetings.  Many interesting votes and debates are scheduled to take place. On Wednesday, during a joint meeting of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) and the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (“IMCO”), Commissioner for the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 24, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels for committee meetings and plenary sessions.  Important votes and interesting debates are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, MEPs of the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (“ITRE”) will have a structured dialogue with Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton.  It … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 17, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for Committee Meetings.  Several interesting debates, hearings and votes are scheduled to take place. On Thursday, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs (“AFCO”) will vote on a recommendation to the European Parliament to consent to the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement (also known as the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  January 10, 2020

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary session.  Several interesting debates and votes are scheduled to take place. On Tuesday, the High Representative of the Union and Vice-President of the Commission Joseph Borrell, who has been in office since December 1, 2019, will make a statement regarding the … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 13, 2019

Summary Next week, the Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will travel to Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  This will be the last week of the European Parliament before they recess for the Christmas holidays.  They will return on January 6, 2020. On Monday, MEPs will debate fair taxation in a digitalised and global economy.  In … Continue Reading

New Challenges for European Defense

Two days before NATO celebrated its seventieth anniversary in Watford, close to London on December 3–4, Ursula Von Der Leyen started her 5 years as president of the European Commission. She had announced that her Commission would be ‘geopolitical’, and appointed a commissioner, the French Thierry Breton, to deal with ‘Defense Industry and Space’, among … Continue Reading

Advanced Competition Law Conference Brussels – Joint Presentation on Recent EU Cartel Enforcement

On 27 November, Johan Ysewyn and Annemarie ter Heegde (DG COMP) presented the highlights of recent EU cartel enforcement in their annual presentation at the Advanced EU Competition Law Conference in Brussels. They covered the developments in the traditional three pillars of enforcement, policy and court review. In terms of enforcement, the European Commission ( … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  December 6, 2019

Summary Next week will be a mixed week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will meet in Brussels for political group meetings, several committee meetings, and a plenary session on Wednesday. On Wednesday, during this plenary session, Executive (First) Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans will present his ambitions for … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 29, 2019

Summary Next week will be a Committee week in the European Parliament.  Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Brussels to participate in debates and votes. On Monday, the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (“ECON”) will have its first monetary dialogue with the new President of the European Central Bank (“ECB”), Christine … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  November 15, 2019

Summary Next week is a committee and political group week in the European Parliament. Only a few committee meetings are scheduled, as Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will spend the majority of their time with their political groups, preparing for the plenary week in Strasbourg on November 25-28. That week will be important, as … Continue Reading

The Week Ahead in the European Parliament –  October 18, 2019

Summary Next week, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) will gather in Strasbourg for plenary sessions.  Important debates and votes are scheduled to take place. What won’t take place next week is a vote to confirm the next European Commission.  A spokesman of the Parliament indicated that the vote will be delayed after three Commissioners-designate … Continue Reading
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