News on EU Polices

04 May: Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

04-05-21

Source: EU Parliament

Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. The EU Merger Regulation obliges companies in a merger investigation to provide correct and non-misleading information. On 15 June 2015, the Commission approved the proposed acquisition subject to the divestiture of certain Sigma-Aldrich assets, which would address the competition concerns identified in markets for specific laboratory chemicals. In the context of the divestment process, …

03 May: AFET DRAFT Report : A new EU-China strategy

03-05-21

Source: EU Parliament

DRAFT REPORT

on a new EU-China strategy (2021/2037(INI))

Committee on Foreign Affairs Rapporteur: Hilde Vautmans

Rapporteur for opinion (*):

Iuliu Winkler, Committee on International Trade

(*)Associated committees – Rule 57 of the Rules of Procedure

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03 May: BUD DRAFT Report : The mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund fol-lowing an application from Germany

03-05-21

Source: EU Parliament

DRAFT REPORT

Committee on Budgets

 on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund following an application from Germany – EGF/2020/003 DE/Germany GMH Guss (COM(2021)0207 – C9-0156/2021 – 2021/0107(BUD))

Committee on Budgets Rapporteur: Jens Geier

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01 May: Law-making

(Source: Europa.eu)

There are 3 main institutions involved in EU legislation:

the European Parliament, which represents the EU’s citizens and is directly elected by them;the Council of the European Union, which represents the governments of the individual member countries. The Presidency of the Council is shared by the member states on a rotating basis.the European Commission, which represents the interests of the Union as a whole.

Together, these three institutions produce through the “Ordinary Legislative Procedure” (ex “co-decision”) the policies and laws that apply throughout the EU. In principle, the Commission proposes new laws, and the Parliament and Council adopt them. The Commission …

30 Apr: Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights: focus on COVID-19 and the EU industry

30-04-20

Source: EU Parliament  

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the EU industry has been unprecedented. In an attempt to mitigate the shock and to help recovery, extraordinary measures were taken, says ITRE Chair Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, in the April issue of the Policy Departments’ Monthly Highlights newsletter. He presents a new study that looks into the effects of the pandemic on the EU industrial sector and strategic value chains, and the adequacy and consistency of the recovery plans.

Other issues featured in this issue include climate change and the Cohesion Policy, institutional issues at the time of Brexit …

28 Apr: The coronavirus pandemic in Latin America

Source: EU Parliament

The coronavirus pandemic in Latin America

28-04-2021

Latin America is among the world’s regions worst affected by Covid-19, and its economies, employment and even human rights are already suffering seriously, and are expected to continue to do so. Governments and international organisations, including the EU, are making efforts to mitigate the consequences, but the results remain uncertain. This is an update of an ‘At a glance’ note from October 2020.

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