The Expert Group will work in two formations: a Product Liability Directive formation managed by DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and a New Technologies formation managed by DG GROW, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) and DG Justice and Consumers (JUST).
On 9 March 2018, the Council adopted its position on the directive on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment. The Council is now ready to start negotiations with the Parliament as soon as the latter agrees on its position.
At the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Copenhagen, 9 March 2018.
A summary of the Committee’s exchange of views with a focus on digital and transport policy is now available.
The ALDE Group has today thrown its full support behind a report drafted by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP for the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, concerning the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. The parliamentary report, which was adopted today by the Committee with strong cross-party support, recognises the growing workload of the European Commission’s DG Competition and the strong actions taken by Commissioner Vestager with regard big major Antitrust and State Aid cases such as Google, Apple, Amazon but also in the truck cartel case.
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 130 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
The Commission today addressed a letter of formal notice to Bulgaria for not having established a Single Point of Contact as required by EU document security legislation. The establishment of such contact points is mandatory. They allow for the exchange of information necessary to access the fingerprint images stored on e-passports and e-residence permits for third country nationals. By not implementing this important part of the EU document security legislation, Bulgaria prevents other Member States from securely accessing and verifying the fingerprints stored on the chips in Bulgarian passports. All Single Points of Contact should have been operational by 20 May 2012. This procedure replaces an earlier one on the same matter which has since been withdrawn for procedural reasons. If Bulgaria does not act within the next two months, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion, the next stage in the infringement procedure. (For more information: Natasha Bertaud – Tel.: +32 229 67456; Markus Lammert – Tel.: +32 229 58602)
Source: European Commission
The key decisions taken by the Commission are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 122 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
In addition, today, the Commission decided to send a number of letters of formal notices.