UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8711 MACQUARIE / OILTANKING / OILTANKING ODFJELL TERMINAL SINGAPORE

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UPDATED – Merger Case: M.8727 CGE / EDPR / TRUSTWIND / DGE / REPSOL / WINDPLUS

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) 2015/1017 as regards the extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments as well as the introduction of technical enhancements for that Fund and the European Investment Advisory Hub

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Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2003/87/EC to continue current limitations of scope for aviation activities and to prepare to implement a global market based measure from 2021

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2293 of 3 August 2017 on the conditions for classification, without testing, of cross laminated timber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 16351 and laminated veneer lumber products covered by the harmonised standard EN 14374 with regard to their reaction to fire

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UPDATED – Annotated Draft Agenda: Meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) (15 December 2017)

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (19 December 2017)

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Agenda: General Affairs Council (Art. 50) (12 December 2017)

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

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Press Release: EU budget: provisional deal reached on simpler implementation

On 12 December 2017, the Estonian presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional deal on the final elements of the Commission proposal for the so-called Omnibus regulation. The regulation will amend the financial regulation governing the implementation of the EU budget as well as a series of sectorial legislative acts. Together these changes constitute a significant revision of the current EU financial rules to make them simpler and more focused on results.

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Briefing: Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 14-15 December 2017

On 14 and 15 December 2017, EU leaders will convene in four different settings with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular summit of the European Council, a Leaders’ meeting on migration, a European Council (Article 50) meeting, and an enlarged Euro Summit. The agenda of the formal European Council concentrates on defence, social policy, and education and culture, whilst the informal Leaders’ meeting will focus exclusively on migration, and notably on the reform of the Common European Asylum System. At the European Council (Article 50) meeting, EU leaders will consider the Commission’s recommendation that ‘sufficient progress’ has been made in the negotiations with the United Kingdom, and decide whether to move to the next phase. The enlarged Euro Summit will discuss further developments in the euro area, the banking union and the gradual completion of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

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Press release: Climate change adaptation – The EU and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation step up support for research and innovation in agriculture

The European Union and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work together on a joint initiative to drive research and technical and organisational innovations across agricultural and food systems in developing countries. More science and innovation is required to address some of the most pressing challenges posed by climate change. This joint initiative will build on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement and the recent COP 23 held in Bonn on the role for agriculture in the Climate Change agenda. Full article…

Press Release: Council approves the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019

On 12 December, the Council approved the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019 which have been agreed with the European Parliament and the Commission. The priorities are set out in a joint declaration due to be signed by the Presidents of the three institutions on 14 December. The declaration lists the main legislative initiatives on which the three institutions aim to achieve substantial progress and, where possible, agreement, before the 2019 European elections.

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European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 21/2017: Greening: a more complex income support scheme, not yet environmentally effective

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Press release: Extracting and recycling vital metals to tackle supply risk

Rare earths account for almost a third of the weight of magnets in electric vehicle motors. While this is thought to be their single largest use, they are also needed for camera and telescope lenses, catalytic converters, aircraft engines, welding and glassmaking visors, X-ray and MRI scanners, televisions and computer screens. Full article…

Press Release: France: Juncker Plan – first green financing in the maritime transport sector signed

The European Investment Bank (EIB), Societe Generale and Brittany Ferries are pleased to announce the success of the first green maritime financing under EIB’s EUR 750m Green Shipping Guarantee (GSG) programme put in place last year by the EIB and Societe Generale. The new vessel ‘Honfleur’ will be Brittany Ferries’ first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ferry. It is scheduled to enter into service in April 2019 on its Caen-Ouistreham (France) and Portsmouth (UK) route.

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Press Release: Restriction proposal on diisocyanates and several authorisation applications agreed by RAC and SEAC

The Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) agreed on proposed restrictions on diisocyanates and on lead stabilisers in PVC articles. RAC also endorsed the joint ECHA/RAC-SCOEL Task Force report on scientific methods to assess exposure to chemicals at the workplace. Full article…

UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (12 December 2017)

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