Review of the Notice on relevant market definition – AFEP contribution
Review of the 1997 Notice on the definition of the relevant market for the purposes of Community competition law
AFEP Priorities for the Trade and Technology Council Working Groups
Large French companies have welcomed the relaxation of trade tensions between the EU and the United States as well as the rebound in transatlantic cooperation that occurred in 2021, especially with the official launch of the Trade and Technology Council at the occasion of the Pittsburgh meeting last September. With a view to fueling bilateral discussions within the TTC working groups, French companies have listed their priorities on the basis of agreed roadmaps for each working group.
AFEP positions on the priorities of the French presidency of the Council of the EU
France will take over the EU Council presidency on 1st January 2022. AFEP is seizing this opportunity to put forward its priorities to “create conditions for companies’ recovery in a sustainable, competitive and attractive Europe”.
Position on the « Fit for 55 » Package: energy taxation (ETD), renewable energies (RED) and energy efficiency (EED)
French companies are engaged in the energy and climate transition. They therefore welcome the proposals in this package. They are particularly mindful that the proposed framework be able to trigger the unprecedented amount of investment needed for the transition, while maintaining economic activity within Europe.
Position on the EU “Fit for 55” package: Emission Trading System (ETS) and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)
AFEP strongly supports the European objective of climate neutrality by 2050, as well as the increased climate objective of the EU for 2030. French companies are engaged in the energy and climate transition. They therefore welcome the proposals in this package. They are particularly mindful that the proposed framework be able to trigger the unprecedented amount of investment needed for the transition, while maintaining economic activity within Europe.
AFEP position on the review of the EU “Blocking Statute”
In the context of the public consultation of the European Commission on the review of the EU “Blocking Statute” aiming at neutralising extraterritorial measures by third countries, AFEP has put forward its priorities.
AFEP comments on the inclusion of sustainable development objectives in EU FTAs (TSD 15 point Action plan review)
In the context of the public consultation by the European Commission on the review of the 15 point Action plan on Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) provisions in the EU FTAs, AFEP has clarified its position on the type of “TSD” commitments and enforcement mechanisms to be favoured
AFEP Position – Revised Guidelines on State Aid for Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid (CEEAG)
Several modifications are envisaged: scope extension, enhanced flexibility and simplification of the existing rules, better targeting and improved coherence with other EU environmental and energy policies.
Proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies – AFEP comments
AFEP welcomes the adoption of the proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market as a import step forward to tackle unfair competition based on subsidies from third countries. Large French companies are largely supportive of the proposed text (structure, cross-cutting competence of the European Commission inter alia) and make several proposals to strengthen the instrument while allievating administrative burden and minimizing legal uncertainty for EU companies.