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IEU Monitoring Switches to Alert Mode During Christmas and New Year's Break

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As all EU Institutions are celebrating their Christmas and New Year's break, there won't be regular IEU Monitorings, from 21 December 2018 until 6 January 2019. Our regular monitoring will resume on 7 January 2019.

We will switch to an alert mode, though, allowing us to inform you about important changes.

The English and German news coverage of dpa Insight EU, produced by Deutsche Presse-Agentur, continues, of course, as does our co-operation with dpa Agenda, a forward planning tool, and platform.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for following us on www.IEU-Monitoring.com. We are looking forward to welcoming you also as permanent readers of our full IEU monitoring coverage, in 2019.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Blessed and Peaceful New Year.

Yours Sincerely

Joachim O. Weidemann


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IEU Funding Innovation Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 

CHANGES@IEU: IEU Monitoring Funding Innovation changes mode and frequency +++  LIFE: LIFE programme: Council agrees its position on the EU's environmental policy flagship programme +++  SPACE PROGRAMME: EU Council agrees its position on future EU space programme +++  DG CONNECT: Global 5G Event and EuCNC 2019 - Save the dateEU Internet use 2018 – digitalization at work EFSIInvestment Plan for Europe: EIB Group and BBVA will provide EUR 360 million to finance SMEs and midcaps investments projects ESIFSolidarity with Latvia: €17.7 million of EU funds to support reconstruction works after the floods EICPromoting innovation: €173 million to help bring top-class projects to marketParticipation and synergies, a ‘policy imperative’ for H2020 and ESIF COSMEHow COSME supports women entrepreneurs H2020€173.4 million for top-class innovators to bring their innovations faster to marketTwelve near-zero emissions projects selected for Horizon 2020 funding ERCProo…

IEU Single Market Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
SINGLE MARKET: EP Briefing - Single digital gateway - 19-12-2018 +++ Digital Single Market: new EU telecoms rules enter into force +++  EU COMMISSION REGISTER: DG EMPL: COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION amending Implementing Decision C(2014)4969 approving certain elements of the operational programme “Programma operativo nazionale Iniziativa Occupazione Giovani” for support from the European Social Fund and the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative under the Investment for growth and jobs goal in Italy CCI 2014IT05M9OP001COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION amending Implementing Decision C(2014) 9666 approving certain elements of the operational programme “Human Resources” for support from the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and the specific allocation for the Youth Employment Initiative under the Investment for growth and jobs goal in SlovakiaCCI 2014SK05M0OP001COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION amending Implemen…

IEU Trade & Commerce Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
USA: EP At a Glance - The US Congress in 2019: What to expect - 20-12-2018 +++  INVESTMENT SCREENING: Foreign Direct Investment stocks end 2017: EU net investment position down at €1,100bn - USA main FDI partner +++  CHINA: EU steps up WTO action against China's forced technology transfers +++ UK and allies reveal global scale of Chinese cyber campaign +++  MERCOSURUpdate on EU-Mercosur Trade Negotiations PALESTINEEU reaffirms strong commitment to support for Palestine refugees and for Palestine's socio-economic development EGYPTMain results of the EU-Egypt Association Council on 20 December 2018Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini at the joint press conference following the 8th EU-Egypt Association Council RUSSIAVladimir Putin’s annual news conference DUAL USEReport on the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items NON-PROLIFERATIONSeventh EU No…

IEU Euro & Finance Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
BOND TRADING CARTEL: EU Commission sends Statement of Objections in US Dollar supra-sovereign, sovereign and agency bond trading cartel +++  EBA: EBA provides a preliminary assessment of the post-implementation impact of IFRS 9 on EU Institutions +++  ECB: Latest letters by the ECB: Letter from Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board, to Mr Martin, MEP, on bank resolutionLetter from Danièle Nouy, Chair of the Supervisory Board, to Mr Flanagan, MEP, on anti-money launderingECB: Working group on euro risk-free rates seeks market feedback on transition from EONIA to ESTER and ESTER-based term structure methodologiesECB: Recent developments in the wage drift in the euro areaECB: Euro area monthly balance of payments: October 2018ECB: The first twenty years of the European Central Bank: Monetary PolicyECB: Compositional changes behind the growth in euro area employment during the recoveryMEP Question to the ECB - Bank of Greece’s new plan for non-perfor…

IEU Legal & Corporate Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
BREXIT: IMF:  The Effect of Brexit on Different Sectors in the UK Economy +++ Brexit: Switzerland and the UK guarantee citizens’ existing rights +++ Joint Communiqué between the Prime Ministers of the UK and Poland +++  ANTITRUST: EU Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, and Sky in pay-TV investigation +++ EU Commission sends Statement of Objections in US Dollar supra-sovereign, sovereign and agency bond trading cartel +++  STATE AIDState aid: Commission approves €9 million public funding to promote shift of transport of iron slabs from road to rail in ItalyAides d'État: la Commission approuve la prolongation du régime d'aide d'État en faveur du transport maritime en France MERGERSMergers: Commission clears acquisition of joint control over a real estate joint venture at Middlewood Locks site by OMERS, DV4, ABP and QIAMergers: Commission clears the creation of two joint ventures between…

IEU Environment Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL: Main results of the Environment Council on 20 December 2018 +++  CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS: EU Commission FAQ: Protecting workers against cancer-causing chemicals +++  PLASTICS: EC Answer to a written question - Reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment - P-005585/2018(ASW) +++ cep Freiburg: Plastikverbote sind Symbolpolitik +++  SCCS BRIEFSSCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 12 December 2018SCCS factsheet on the Notes of Guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation (10th revision) now also available in French, German, Italian and Spanish EFSA BRIEFSAvian influenza overview August – November 2018Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance propanilALPHA webinar N/A 12 February 2019 ALPHA webinar
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IEU Climate Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
CLIMATE TARGETS 2050: EU environment ministers kick-off discussions on EU climate neutrality by 2050 +++ EEA: Total greenhouse gas emission trends and projections +++  CLIMATE RISKS: Climate change abroad also affects the German economy - Federal Environmental Agency UBA +++  COP24: Kleingedrucktes zum Pariser Abkommen verabschiedet, Umsetzung steht aus Ergebnispräsentation und Analysebericht zur COP24 - Wuppertal Institut +++  TRANSPORT EMISSIONSCO2 emission standards for trucks: Council agrees its positionBriefing - Review of the Clean Vehicles Directive - 19-12-2018Bruegel: Is the European automotive industry ready for the global electric vehicle revolution?T&E: Ministers’ first step towards truck CO2 targets don’t go far enoughTruck CO2 targets: industry reacts to common position of EU member states - ACEA EU COUNCIL REGISTERdetermining transitional Union-wide rules for harmonised free allocation of emission allowances pursuant to Article 10a of…

IEU Energy Telegram 20 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
ENERGY UNION: DG Energy: Updated annual work programmes 2018 and 2019 uploaded (PDF) +++ Annual work programme for 2019 in the field of energy C(2018) 8399 +++ Annual work programme for 2018 in the field of energy C(2018) 407 +++ EEA: Overview of electricity production and use in Europe +++ EEA: Energy intensity +++ DG Energy Call for applications for candidate projects of common interest (PCIS) for smart grids +++ Save the date: 9-10 April - Conference: Leading practices in RES integration & Signing ceremony of RGI’s Marine Grid Declaration +++  BREXITUK Parliament: Ministers quizzed on ‘no deal’ energy and environment plans ENERGY REGULATIONACER updates Guidance on implementation of web feeds for Inside Information PlatformsENTSO-E: Ongoing public consultations31/12 Core TSOs informal survey on market participants hedging needs (Article 16(2)(a) FCA)   02/01 Report assessing the progressive coordination and harmonisation of mechanisms and agreemen…

IEU Funding Innovation Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
ESIF: €405 billion invested in Europe's real economy under the European Structural and Investment Funds +++ Evaluation of the support to social inclusion by the European Social Fund +++  EFSI: Investment Plan for Europe: EIB Group supports PLN 2.1 billion of SME loans from Alior Bank in Poland +++  EIBFrance : la BEI et Crédit Mutuel Aliance Fédérale lancent un partenariat inédit pour accélérer le financement des entreprises ERCEU Commission appoints top scientists to the European Research Council's governing body H2020Latest calls published in the framework of H2020Clean Sky 2 Call for Proposals 09Development and long-term sustainability of new pan-European research infrastructuresBuilding A Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Secure, Clean And Efficient Energy DG RESEARCHResearch Headlines - Better hydraulic research to reduce risks of floodingResearch Headlines - Connecting the dots for multi-messenger astrophysics EU COMMISSION REGISTERDG …

IEU Single Market Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES: Food supply chain: EU Council and Parliament deal on new rules to clamp down on unfair trading +++ Fairer contractual relations in the agri-food chain agreed - EU Council release +++ EU Commission: Agreement on unfair trading practices in the food supply chain will protect all EU farmers +++ EPP Group: EU-wide rules to protect farmers agreed +++ S&Ds: We had promised to get rid of unfair trade practices in the food supply chain. We did it for the first time in the EU’s history! +++ Eurocommerce on UTPs – a great Christmas present for food manufacturers, a doubtful benefit to farmers, and consumers footing the bill +++  ACCESSIBILITY ACT: More accessible products and services for EU citizens: EU Council approves the provisional agreement with the European Parliament MARKET SURVEILLANCEBriefing - Strengthening market surveillance of harmonised industrial products - 19-12-2018 THE FUTURE OF WORKFuture of work: EU Commission…

IEU Trade & Commerce Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
USA: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Second review shows improvements but a permanent Ombudsperson should be nominated by 28 February 2019 +++ Ambassador Shea’s Statement at the WTO Trade Policy Review of the United States – Day 2 +++  INVESTMENT SCREENING: Stärkung unserer nationalen Sicherheit durch verbesserte Investitionsprüfung +++  SWITZERLAND: Federal Council extends freeze on assets relating to Tunisia and Ukraine +++  GEORGIAIMF Executive Board Completes the Third Review of the Extended Arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility for Georgia WTOWTO Panels established to review claims against trade measures of Costa Rica, Russia, Saudi Arabia TRADE DEFENCEDG Trade: Notice extending the duration of the safeguard investigation concerning imports of certain steel products ILLICIT TRADEEU Council: Agreement on new rules to clamp down on illicit trafficking in cultural goodsEU Commission: Agreement to crack down on illicit trade in cultural goods EU COMMISS…

IEU Euro & Finance Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
GREEN FINANCE: EU Council agrees position on low carbon benchmarks and disclosure requirements +++  MONEY LAUNDERING: Anti-money laundering: EU Council agrees on joint position to reinforce supervision of banks +++  BANKING UNION: The Court of Justice alone has jurisdiction to determine whether the legality of the ECB’s decision opposing the acquisition by Fininvest and Mr Berlusconi of a qualifying holding in Banca Mediolanum is affected by any defects vitiating the preparatory acts by the Banca d’Italia +++ Payments in the EU: EU Council confirms political agreement to reduce charges and increase transparencyA better deal for consumers: EU Commission welcomes agreement on cheaper cross-border payments and fairer currency conversionsEP At a Glance - Briefing papers: “Debt Sustainability Assessment: the State of the Art” - PE 624.395 - Committee on Economic and Monetary AffairsEBF: Responsible Banking Workshop, 5 February 2019 in Brussels ITALYThe Europ…

IEU Legal & Corporate Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
BREXIT: Brexit: European Commission implements “no-deal” Contingency Action Plan in specific sectors +++ EVP/CSU zu den EU-Gleichwertigkeitsbeschlüssen für die UK-Finanzmarktinfrastruktur im Zuge von Brexit +++ Europa-SPD: "Großbritannien taumelt Richtung harter Brexit" +++ UK Public Bill: European Union (Revocation of Notification of Withdrawal) +++ Emergency debate on no-deal Brexit - UK Parliament +++ Rapport n° 1508 - Union européenne : mesures de préparation au retrait du Royaume-Uni de l'Union européenne - France - Assemblée nationale +++ Introduction to the Mini-Symposium: EU Citizenship in the Shadow of BrexitPart I Mini-Symposium on EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit: The Brexit effect – European Parliamentary Elections in the UKPart II Mini-Symposium on EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit: Political participation by EU citizens in Scotland after BrexitPart III Mini-Symposium on EU Citizenship in the Shadow of Brexit: The R…

IEU Environment Telegram 19 December 2018

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Our telegram headlines today*: 
ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING: Alignment of environmental reporting obligations: Presidency reaches provisional deal with Parliament +++  PLASTICS: Parliament and Council agree on drastic cuts to plastic pollution of the environment - EP release +++ EU Council on Single-use plastics: Presidency reaches provisional agreement with Parliament +++ Single-use plastics: EU Commission welcomes ambitious agreement on new rules to reduce marine litter +++ Bundesumweltministerin Svenja Schulze zum Verbot von Einwegplastik +++ EPP Group: New EU rules on single-use plastics drive growth and jobs +++ EVP/CDU: EU beschließt Maßnahmen gegen Plastikmüll - Besteck, Teller und andere Produkte aus Plastik verboten +++ EVP/CDU II: Statement zur Trilog-Einigung über ein Verbot von Einwegplastik +++ S&Ds are determinant in brokering an ambitious deal to reduce plastic marine pollution +++ Europa-SPD begrüßt Maßnahmen gegen Einwegkunststoff: "Weniger Plastik in Supermarktr…

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