IEU LEGAL Telegram 8 August 2016


# MERGERS

  • EU Commission Roadmap: Evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control
  • Mergers: Commission approves Konecranes' acquisition of Terex's crane and container handling business, subject to conditions
  • Mergers: EU Commission clears acquisition of Clessidra by Italmobiliare
  • Ministererlaubnis EDEKA/Tengelmann: Bundeswirtschaftsministerium legt vollumfänglich Rechtsmittel ein

# BREXIT

  • Library of the U.S. Congress: European Union: Measures Adopted Following Brexit
  • VoteWatch Europe: How will the British defend their interests in the EU after Brexit? 
  • ifo Institut: Brexit bleibt vor allem europäisches Problem

# TAXATION

  • EU Council update on Corporate tax avoidance: New rules adopted
  • EU Council Update: EU and Monaco sign deal on automatic exchange of tax data

# EU REGISTERS

# EU COMMISSION

  • Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Congreso de los Diputados/Senado (ES) - COM(2016) 159 final
  • Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Bundestag (DE) - Own Initiative Opinion on the Transposition of Directive 2014/26/EU - ASAP/DOS/2016/260
  • Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Sénat (FR) - ASAP/DOS/2016/155 final
  • Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Senát (CZ) - COM(2016) 290 final
  • Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Congreso de los Diputados/Senado (ES) - COM(2016) 106_107 final

# EU COUNCIL

  • ST 11639 2016 INIT - Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches doc. 7949/16 DRS 6 COMPET 156 ECOFIN 289 FISC 53 CODEC 461 - COM (2016) 198 final - Reasoned opinion on the application of the Principles of Subsidiarity and Proportionality  
  • ST 11512 2016 INIT - Directive 2012/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on coordination of safeguards which, for the protection of the interests of members and others, are required by Member States of companies within the meaning of the second paragraph of Article 54 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in respect of the formation of public limited liability companies and the maintenance and alteration of their capital, with a view to making such safeguards equivalent (Recast)  
  • Cm 3684 2016 Init Working Party on Civil Law Matters (Contract Law)  
  • St 10633 2016 Rev 1 Draft Council Conclusions on the European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters  
  • St 11075 2016 Init Regulation (EU) 2016/794 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and replacing and repealing Council Decisions 2009/371/JHA, 2009/934/JHA, 2009/935/JHA, 2009/936/JHA and 2009/968/JHA  
  • Cm 3676 2016 Init Working Party on Civil Law Matters (General Questions)

# EU CASE LAW

  • CELEX:62014TB0409: Case T-409/14: Order of the General Court of 22 June 2016 — Marcuccio v European Union (Action for damages — Applicant having ceased to respond to the requests from the General Court — No need to adjudicate)
  • CELEX:62015FB0057: Case F-57/15: Order of the Civil Service Tribunal of 28 June 2016 — Loquerie v Commission
  • CELEX:62014FB0115: Case F-115/14: Order of the Civil Service Tribunal of 28 June 2016 — Loquerie v Commission
  • CELEX:62015TA0134: Case T-134/15: Judgment of the General Court of 28 June 2016 — salesforce.com, Inc. v EUIPO (SOCIAL.COM) (European Union trade mark — Application for European Union word mark SOCIAL.COM — Absolute grounds for refusal — Descriptive character — Lack of distinctive character — Article 7(1)(b) and (c) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009)
  • CELEX:62014FB0022: Case F-22/14: Order of the Civil Service Tribunal of 27 June 2016 — Gyarmathy v EMCDDA
  • CELEX:62016TN0316: Case T-316/16: Action brought on 21 June 2016 — Moravia Consulting v EUIPO — Citizen Systems Europe (SDC-554S)
  • CELEX:62014TA0727: Joined Cases T-727/14 and T-728/14: Judgment of the General Court of 29 June 2016 — Universal Protein Supplements Corp. v EUIPO — H Young Holdings (animal) (EU trade mark — Invalidity proceedings — EU figurative marks animal — Unregistered earlier national word mark ANIMAL — Relative ground for refusal — Application of national law by EUIPO — Article 53(1)(c) and Article 8(4) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 — Particulars of the right on which the application for a declaration of invalidity is based — Rule 37(b)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 2868/95)
  • CELEX:62011FB0142(01): Case F-142/11 RENV: Order of the Civil Service Tribunal (Second Chamber) of 24 June 2016 —Simpson v Council (Civil service — Referral back to the Tribunal after setting aside — Officials — Upgrade — Decision not to award the applicant grade AD 9 after he had passed a grade AD 9 open competition — Obligation to state grounds — Equal treatment — Manifest error of assessment — Article 81 of the Rules of Procedure — Action manifestly unfounded)
  • CELEX:62014TA0656: Case T-656/14: Judgment of the General Court of 28 June 2016 — Peri v EUIPO (Shape of a formwork coupler) (EU trade mark — Application for three-dimensional EU trade mark — Shape of a formwork coupler — Absolute ground for refusal — Sign consisting exclusively of the shape of the product required to obtain a technical result — Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009)
  • CELEX:62014TA0652: Case T-652/14: Judgment of the General Court of 28 June 2016 — AF Steelcase v EUIPO (Public service contracts — Tender procedure — Supply and installation of furniture and accessories at EUIPO’s head offices — Rejection of a tenderer’s tender — Action for annulment — Award decision — No direct concern — Inadmissibility — Obligation to state reasons — Principle of sound administration — Proportionality — System for excluding tenders — Non-contractual liability — Material damage — Non-material damage)
  • CELEX:62015FA0118: Case F-118/15: Judgment of the Civil Service Tribunal (Single Judge) of 28 June 2016 — Kotula v Commission (Civil service — Officials — Article 45 of the Staff Regulations — 2014 promotion exercise — General implementing provisions for Article 45 of the Staff Regulations — List of officials recommended for promotion by the Directors-General and Heads of Department — Omission of the applicant’s name — Inter-institutional transfer — Taking into account staff reports drawn up by the previous institution — Possibility of contesting the list of officials recommended for promotion before the Joint Promotions Committee — Consideration of the comparative merits of the officials eligible for promotion)
  • CELEX:62016TN0315: Case T-315/16: Action brought on 20 June 2016 — Tamasu Butterfly Europa v EUIPO — adp Gauselmann (Butterfly)
  • CELEX:62015FA0040: Case F-40/15: Judgment of the Civil Service Tribunal (Second Chamber) of 28 June 2016 — FV v Council (Civil service — Assessment — Staff report — Interest in bringing proceedings — Downgrading of analytical assessments — Referral to the Reports Committee — Amendment by the second reporting officer of certain assessments not affecting the overall assessment — Manifest error of assessment — Duty to provide a statement of reasons — Duty to have regard to the welfare of staff)
  • CELEX:62016TN0313: Case T-313/16: Action brought on 21 June 2016 — Grupo Riberebro Integral and Riberebro Integral v Commission
  • CELEX:62013TA0216: Case T-216/13: Judgment of the General Court of 28 June 2016 — Telefónica v Commission (Competition — Agreements, decisions and concerted practices — Portuguese and Spanish telecommunications markets — Non-competition clause in relation to the Iberian market inserted into the agreement for the acquisition by Telefónica of the share held by Portugal Telecom in the Brazilian mobile operator Vivo — Statutory safeguard ‘to the extent permitted by law’ — Infringement by object — Ancillary restriction — Autonomy of the applicant’s conduct — Potential competition — Infringement by effects — Calculation of the amount of the fine — Request for the hearing of witnesses)
  • CELEX:62016CN0296: Case C-296/16 P: Appeal brought on 25 May 2016 by Dextro Energy GmbH & Co. KG against the judgment of the General Court (Fifth Chamber) delivered on 16 March 2016 in Case T-100/15 Dextro Energy GmbH & Co. KG v European Commission
  • CELEX:62014CA0438: Case C-438/14: Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Amtsgericht Karlsruhe — Germany) — Nabiel Peter Bogendorff von Wolffersdorff v Standesamt der Stadt Karlsruhe, Zentraler Juristischer Dienst der Stadt Karlsruhe (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Citizenship of the Union — Article 21 TFEU — Freedom to move and reside in the Member States — Law of a Member State abolishing privileges and prohibiting the conferring of new noble titles — Surname of an adult, national of that State, obtained during a habitual residence in another Member State of which that person also holds the nationality — Name comprising tokens of nobility — Residence in the first Member State — Refusal by the authorities of the first Member State to enter the name acquired in the second Member State in the register of civil status — Justification — Public policy — Incompatibility with the essential principles of German law)
  • CELEX:62016CN0229: Case C-229/16: Request for a preliminary ruling from the Supremo Tribunal Administrativo (Portugal) lodged on 25 April 2016 — Ministério da Saúde, Administração Regional de Saúde de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, I.P. v João Carlos Lombo Silva Cordeiro
  • CELEX:62014CA0410: Case C-410/14: Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf — Germany — Dr. Falk Pharma GmbH v DAK-Gesundheit (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Public contracts — Directive 2004/18/EC — Article 1(2)(a) — Concept of ‘public contract’ — Scheme for acquiring goods consisting of the authorisation as a supplier of any economic operator who meets the predetermined criteria — Supply of medicinal products that are refundable under a general social security scheme — Contracts concluded between a statutory health insurance fund and all the suppliers of medicinal products based on a given active ingredient who consent to a rebate on the sale price at a predetermined rate — Legislation providing, in principle, for the substitution of a refundable medicinal product marketed by an operator not having concluded such a contract by a medicinal product of the same type marketed by an operator having…
  • CELEX:62014CA0418: Case C-418/14: Judgment of the Court (Ninth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Wojewódzki Sąd Administracyjny we Wrocławiu -Poland) — ROZ-ŚWIT Zakład Produkcyjno-Handlowo-Usługowy Henryk Ciurko, Adam Pawłowski spółka jawna v Dyrektor Izby Celnej we Wrocławiu (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Excise duties — Directive 2003/96/EC — Differentiated rates of excise duty for motor fuels and heating fuels — Condition for the application of the rate for heating fuels — Submission of a monthly list of statements that the products purchased are for heating purposes — Application of the rate of excise duty laid down for motor fuels where that list is not submitted — Principle of proportionality)
  • CELEX:62015CA0263: Case C-263/15: Judgment of the Court (Eighth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Kúria — Hungary) — Lajvér Meliorációs Nonprofit Kft., Lajvér Csapadékvízrendezési Nonprofit Kft. v Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Dél-dunántúli Regionális Adó Főigazgatósága (NAV) (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Taxation — Value added tax — Directive 2006/112/EC — Article 9(1) — Definition of ‘taxable person for the purposes of value added tax’ and ‘economic activity’ — Article 24(1) — Definition of ‘supply of services’ — Agricultural engineering works — Construction and operation of a water disposal system by a non-profit company — Effect of the works being funded by means of State and EU aid)
  • CELEX:62014CA0355: Case C-355/14: Judgment of the Court (Ninth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Аdministrativen sad Pleven — Bulgaria) — ‘Polihim-SS’ EOOD v Nachalnik na Mitnitsa Svishtov (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Indirect taxation — Excise duties — Directive 2008/118/EC — Chargeability of excise duties — Article 7(2) — Concept of ‘departure of excise goods from a duty suspension arrangement’ — Taxation of energy products and electricity — Directive 2003/96/EC — Article 14(1)(a) — Use of energy products to produce electricity — Purchase and resale by an intermediate purchaser of energy products located in a tax warehouse — Direct delivery of energy products to an operator for the production of electricity — Indication of the intermediate purchaser as the ‘consignee’ of the products in the tax documents — Infringement of the requirements of national law as regards exemption from excise duty — Refusal of exemption — Proof of the use of the…
  • CELEX:62013TA0208: Case T-208/13: Judgment of the General Court of 28 June 2016 — Portugal Telecom v Commission (Competition — Agreements, decisions and concerted practices — Portuguese and Spanish telecommunications markets — Non-competition clause in relation to the Iberian market inserted into the agreement for the acquisition by Telefónica of the share held by Portugal Telecom in the Brazilian mobile operator Vivo — Statutory safeguard ‘to the extent permitted by law’ — Obligation to provide reasons — Infringement by object — Ancillary restriction — Potential competition — Infringement by effects — Calculation of the amount of the fine — Request for the hearing of witnesses)
  • CELEX:62015CA0241: Case C-241/15: Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 1 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Curtea de Apel Cluj — Romania) — Parchetul de pe lângă Curtea de Apel Cluj v Niculaie Aurel Bob-Dogi (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters — Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA — European arrest warrant — Article 8(1)(c) — Obligation to include in the European arrest warrant information concerning the existence of an ‘arrest warrant’ — No national arrest warrant issued prior to and separately from the European arrest warrant — Effect)
  • CELEX:62014CA0252: Case C-252/14: Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen — Sweden) — Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek v Skatteverket (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Free movement of capital — Article 63 TFEU — Taxation of pension funds’ income — Difference in treatment of resident and non-resident pension funds — Resident pension funds subject to lump sum taxation on the basis of a notional yield — Withholding tax applied to dividends received by non-resident pension funds — Whether comparable)
  • CELEX:62016TN0341: Case T-341/16: Action brought on 29 June 2016 — De Masi v Commission
  • CELEX:62014CA0233: Case C-233/14: Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 2 June 2016 — European Commission v Kingdom of the Netherlands (Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Articles 18 TFEU, 20 TFEU and 21 TFEU — Citizenship of the Union — Right to move and reside freely — Discrimination on grounds of nationality — Financial support for travel costs awarded to national students — Directive 2004/38/EC — Article 24(2) — Derogation from the principle of equal treatment — Maintenance aid for studies consisting in student grants or student loans — Scope — Formal requirements of the application initiating proceedings — Coherent statement of the pleas in law)
  • CELEX:62016TN0308: Case T-308/16: Action brought on 13 June 2016 — Marsh v EUIPO (ClaimsExcellence)
  • CELEX:62015CA0122: Case C-122/15: Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (reqeust for a preliminary ruling from the Korkein hallinto-oikeus — Finland) — proceedings brought by C (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Social policy — Principles of equal treatment and non-discrimination on grounds of age — Directive 2000/78/EC — Equal treatment in employment and occupation — Articles 2, 3 and 6 — Difference in treatment on grounds of age — National legislation providing, in certain situations, for higher taxation of pension income than earned income — Scope of application of Directive 2000/78 — Competence of the European Union in the field of direct taxation)
  • CELEX:62016CN0314: Case C-314/16: Action brought on 1 June 2016 — European Commission v Czech Republic
  • CELEX:62016TN0327: Case T-327/16: Action brought on 24 June 2016 — Aldi Einkauf v EUIPO — Fratelli Polli (ANTICO CASALE)
  • CELEX:62014CA0226: Joined Cases C-226/14 and C-228/14: Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (requests for a preliminary ruling from the Finanzgericht Hamburg — Germany) — Eurogate Distribution GmbH v Hauptzollamt Hamburg-Stadt (C-226/14), DHL Hub Leipzig GmbH v Hauptzollamt Braunschweig (C-228/14) (References for a preliminary ruling — Value added tax — Customs warehousing — External transit procedure — Incurrence of a customs debt as a result of non-fulfilment of an obligation — Chargeability of value added tax)
  • CELEX:62015CA0117: Case C-117/15: Judgment of the Court (Grand Chamber) of 31 May 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Köln — Germany) — Reha Training Gesellschaft für Sport- und Unfallrehabilitation mbH v Gesellschaft für musikalische Aufführungs- und mechanische Vervielfältigungsrechte eV (GEMA) (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Intellectual property — Copyright and related rights — Directive 2001/29/EC — Article 3(1) — Directive 2006/115/EC — Article 8(2) — Concept of ‘communication to the public’ — Installation of television sets by the operator of a rehabilitation centre making it possible for patients to watch television programmes)
  • CELEX:62016TN0326: Case T-326/16: Action brought on 20 June 2016 — Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel v EUIPO — Tiertafel Deutschland (Tafel)
  • CELEX:62014CA0205: Case C-205/14: Judgment of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 — European Commission v Portuguese Republic (Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations — Air transport — Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 — Allocation of slots at European Union airports — Article 4(2) — Independence of the coordinator — Concept of ‘interested party’ — Airport managing body — Functional separation — System of financing)
  • CELEX:62016TN0305: Case T-305/16: Action brought on 14 June 2016 — Lidl Stiftung v EUIPO — Primark Holdings (LOVE TO LOUNGE)
  • CELEX:62016TN0267: Case T-267/16: Action brought on 27 May 2016 — Tarmac Trading v Commission
  • CELEX:62015CA0081: Case C-81/15: Judgment of the Court (Sixth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Symvoulio tis Epikrateias — Greece) — Kapnoviomichania Karelia AE v Ypourgos Oikonomikon (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Taxation — General arrangements governing excise duty — Directive 92/12/EEC — Manufactured tobacco moving under an excise duty suspension arrangement — Liability of the authorised warehousekeeper — Whether Member States may make the authorised warehousekeeper jointly and severally liable for the payment of sums corresponding to the financial penalties imposed on those engaged in smuggling — Principles of proportionality and legal certainty)
  • CELEX:62016TN0264: Case T-264/16: Action brought on 27 May 2016 — Korea National Insurance v Council and Commission
  • CELEX:62016TN0318: Case T-318/16: Action brought on 21 June 2016 — Moravia Consulting v EUIPO — Citizen Systems Europe (SDC-444S)
  • CELEX:62016CN0303: Case C-303/16: Request for a preliminary ruling from the Conseil d’État (France) lodged on 30 May 2016 — Solar Electric Martinique v Ministre des finances et des comptes publics
  • CELEX:62016TN0253: Case T-253/16: Action brought on 17 May 2016 — Cleversafe v EUIPO (Storage Beyond Scale)
  • CELEX:62016TN0317: Case T-317/16: Action brought on 21 June 2016 — Moravia Consulting v EUIPO — Citizen Systems Europe (SDC-888TII RU)
  • CELEX:62016TN0252: Case T-252/16: Action brought on 17 May 2016 — Cleversafe v EUIPO (Beyond Scale)
  • CELEX:62015CA0031: Case C-31/15 P: Judgment of the Court (Eighth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 — Photo USA Electronic Graphic, Inc. v Council of the European Union, European Commission, Ancàp SpA, Cerame-Unie AISBL, Confindustria Ceramica, Verband der Keramischen Industrie eV (Appeal — Dumping — Implementing Regulation (EU) No 412/2013 — Imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in China — Definitive anti-dumping duty)
  • CELEX:62015CA0027: Case C-27/15: Judgment of the Court (Sixth Chamber) of 2 June 2016 (request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Giustizia amministrativa per la Regione siciliana — Italy) — Pippo Pizzo v CRGT Srl (Reference for a preliminary ruling — Public procurement — Directive 2004/18/EC — Participation in a call for tenders — Possibility of relying on the capacities of other undertakings in order to satisfy the necessary criteria — Failure to pay a fee not expressly provided for — Exclusion from the contract without the possibility of rectifying that omission)

# OFFICIAL JOURNAL C

  • OJ:JOC_2016_286_R_0002: Notice of the Government of Denmark pursuant to Council Directive 2009/119/EC imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products
  • OJ:JOC_2016_286_R_0001: Euro exchange rates

# OFFICIAL JOURNAL L

  • CELEX:32016D1345: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1345 of 4 August 2016 on minimum data quality standards for fingerprint records within the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) (notified under document C(2016) 4988)
  • CELEX:32013R1387R(04): The corrigendum does not concern the search language used.
  • CELEX:32013L0033R(04): The corrigendum does not concern the search language used.
  • CELEX:32014R0598R(01): The corrigendum does not concern the search language used.
  • CELEX:22016A0806(01): Agreement between the European Union and Tuvalu on the short-stay visa waiver
  • CELEX:32016R1343: Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1343 of 5 August 2016 establishing the standard import values for determining the entry price of certain fruit and vegetables
  • CELEX:32016D1344: Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1344 of 4 August 2016 authorising the placing on the market of organic silicon (monomethylsilanetriol) as a novel food ingredient under Regulation (EC) No 258/97 of the European Parliament and of the Council (notified under document C(2016) 4975)
  • CELEX:32016D1342: Council Decision (EU) 2016/1342 of 24 June 2016 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Agreement between the European Union and Tuvalu on the short-stay visa waiver
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