EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak (IP/20/1280)
  • Commission approves €25 million Belgian aid to support the ground handling service provider Aviapartner in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.57637) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €23.5 million Hungarian wage subsidy scheme to support the aviation sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57767) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €25 million Dutch subsidised loans scheme to support small and micro companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57850) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Coronavirus - state aid and distortion of competition 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/977 of 7 July 2020 derogating from Regulations (EC) No 889/2008 and (EC) No 1235/2008 as regards controls on the production of organic products due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Clarification regarding advance payments and flexibility in the use of the Structural Funds as part of measures to combat the pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Cohesion policy exceptional measures for Poland approved in record time - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a written question - Effect of coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a written question - Joint roadmap for recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Georgia: EIB Group and Bank of Georgia join forces to support businesses to better deal with the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a written question - Support for platform workers and small businesses during the Covid-19 crisis
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a written question -  Protection of workers against COVID-19 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU allocates over €22 million to help Palestinians in need - IP/20/1298

COMPETITION

  • The General Court orders that the fine imposed on Infineon for its participation in a cartel in the smart card chip market be reduced by almost €6 million, from €82,784,000 to €76,871,600 (See CPR Nº 81/2020 - Judgment in Case T-758/14, RENV Infineon Technologies Vs. Commission)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9816 – Advent/TA/Conservice) 
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 4 May 2020 declaring a concentration compatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement (Case M.9409 – Aurubis/Metallo Group Holding
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on mergers
  • Commission clears the acquisition of NIBC by Blackrock (M.9828) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of NGD by Colony and PSP (M.9843) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - The Commission’s definition of ‘undertaking in difficulty’ 
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned acquisition of The Meet Group Inc., USA, by the ProSiebenSat.1 group 
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt secures innovation in software for recording and billing hospital services
  • UK - CMA to refer ION Investment / Broadway Technology merger unless undertakings in lieu offered
  • UK - CMA secures loan write-off from payday lender following breaches of Payday Lending Market Investigation Order 2015

STATE AID

  • Communication from the Commission concerning the prolongation and the amendments of the Guidelines on Regional State Aid for 2014-2020, Guidelines on State Aid to Promote Risk Finance Investments, Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy 2014-2020, Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty, Communication on the Criteria for the Analysis of the Compatibility with the Internal Market of State Aid to Promote the Execution of Important Projects of Common European Interest, Communication from the Commission - Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation and Communication from the Commission to the Member States on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU to short-term export-credit insurance 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 08 July 2020 in Case T-110/07, Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and key components (i.e. cells) originating in or consigned from the People’s Republic of China - Undertakings - Admissibility - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/2146 - Invalidation of undertaking invoices - Temporal application of new provisions
  • New rules in Union Customs Code package to impact Import Control System 2 , e-commerce and military mobility
  • Kenya nominates Ms Amina C. Mohamed for post of WTO Director-General

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Report on the implementation and relevance of the European Union Work Plan for Sport 2017-2020
  • Draft Act - Product safety - Information & Communication System on Market Surveillance (update) - Feedback period: 06 July 2020 - 03 August 2020 
  • Draft act - Fertilisers authorised for sale in the EU – updated list - Feedback period : 06 July 2020 - 03 August 2020 
  • Public consultation - European vehicle emissions standards – Euro 7 for cars, vans, lorries and buses - Feedback period: 06 July 2020 - 09 November 2020 
  • Answer given Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Competitiveness of the EU aerospace industry
  • Note for consulting the REACH Committee members on a draft Commission Implementing Decision granting an authorisation to Società Chimica Bussi S.p.A. for a use of sodium dichromate under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (REACH) - Date: 25 June 2020 - 16 July 2020
  • Note for consulting the REACH Committee members on a draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards substances in tattoo inks or permanent make-up - Date: 25 June 2020 - 16 July 2020 
  • Note for consulting the REACH Committee members on a draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards lead in gunshot in or around wetlands - Date: 24 June 2020 - 15 July 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Roadmap - Action Plan on the Capital Markets Union - Feedback period: 07 July 2020 - 04 August 2020
  • ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency - July 2020
  • ESMA updates the CSDR Q&As - July 2020
  • ESMA updates list of trading venues temporarily exempted from open access under MiFIR 
  • ESMA publishes updated annual transparency calculations 
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) 
  • EBA Banking Stakeholders Group held its first meeting in its new composition
  • Internal Audit Service (IAS) Conference 2020, 18 November 2020, Brussels

TAXATION

  • Pre-COVID tax revenue one of the highest ever, says report

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 10 July 2020
  • Agenda of the 2nd meeting of the Energy Union Committee on 10 July 2020
  • Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen - IP/20/1259
    - Proposal and Q&As; FactSheet: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration
    - Proposal and Q&As; FactSheet: A Hydrogen Strategy for a climate neutral Europe
  • Progress on North Seas Energy Cooperation - See the Statement 
  • Parliament to vote on revision of trans-European energy guidelines

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Opening Remarks by Frans Timmermans at virtual Ministerial meeting on Climate Action 
  • EIB and International Climate Finance Accelerator Luxembourg join forces to shape the leading climate finance fund managers of tomorrow

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • The General Court dismisses the action brought by two Brazilian meat producers seeking the annulment of the regulation prohibiting, for public health reasons, the export to the EU of certain products of animal origin from establishments belonging to those producers (See CPR Nº 83/2020 - Judgment in Case T-429/18, BRF and SHB Comercio e Industria de Alimentos Vs. Commission)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The EU’s position in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control working group   
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency in the pricing of medicines  
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance clodinafop (variant evaluated clodinafop‐propargyl)
  • EFSA  - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain AH2  
  • EFSA  - Pest survey card on Geosmithia morbida and its vector Pityophthorus juglandis 
  • EFSA  - Scientific Opinion - Pest categorisation of Helicoverpa zea 
  • EFSA  - Scientific Opinion - Pest categorisation of tomato leaf curl New Delhi virus 
  • EFSA  - Technical Report - Assessment of the outcomes of the project “Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Organisms in the EU and Switzerland” (RAGES) -  
  • EFSA  - Determination and Metrics for Emerging Risks Identification DEMETER: Final Report 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Migration: Relocation of unaccompanied children from Greece to Portugal and Finland - IP/20/1288 & Q&As
  • Joint investigation team supported by Eurojust uncovers money-laundering scheme in Romania
  • Italian and Romanian judicial authorities, with Eurojust’s support, dismantle major criminal network in financial fraud, cybercrime and money laundering -

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • The General Court delivers its first four judgments concerning decisions of the European Central Bank imposing pecuniary penalties as part of its prudential supervision of credit institutions (See CPR Nº 82/2020 - Judgments of the General Court in Cases T-203/18,T-576/18,T-577/18,T-578/18, VQ Vs. ECB)
  • Guideline (EU) 2020/978 of the European Central Bank of 25 June 2020 on the exercise of the discretion under Article 178(2)(d) of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council by national competent authorities in relation to less significant institutions with regard to the threshold for assessing the materiality of credit obligations past due  
  • Interview of ECB's Isabel Schnabel with NRC Handelsblad
  • Central banks in parliaments: a text analysis of the parliamentary hearings of the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve - ECB Working Paer Series No.2442
  • Modeling the consumption response to the CARES Act - ECB Working Paer Series No.2441
  • EIB provides funding of €20 million to NavVis as part of the Investment Plan for Europe - IP/20/1303
  • Urban Innovative Actions: €45 million of EU funds for 11 projects from EU cities - Midday Express

BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/979 of 7 July 2020 in support of the development of an internationally recognised system for the validation of arms and ammunition management according to open international standards 
  • Work programme of Germany's Presidency in the field of civil protection
  • The European Union increases its support to fight the severe desert locust outbreak in East Africa - IP/20/1148