EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €44 billion Italian recapitalisation scheme to support large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57612) - IP/20/1668
  • Commission approves €1.46 billion UK scheme to distribute free medical grade personal protective equipment in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.58477) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • COVID-19 and urban mobility: impacts and perspectives - In-Depth Analysis - Research for TRAN Committee

ECONOMY

INFORMATION SOCIETY

COMPETITION

  • Competition: Commission publishes call for proposals for training national judges in EU competition law - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over WellSky by LGP and TPG (M.9930) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of certain Coty hair and nail businesses by KKR (M.9895) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Guidelines of the Belgian Competition Authority on the calculation of fines
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Supermarket chain Edeka's proposed acquisition of 72 Real markets from Russian investment firm SCP Retail is facing an in-depth merger review
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Merger Control: 2nd phase proceedings - 17 September 2020
  • Greece: HCC initiatives in relation to sustainable development in the context of effective competition
  • Poland - UOKiK has instigated two anti-trust proceedings against companies operating in the field of forest management
  • UK - CMA to refer Ardonagh/ Bennetts merger unless undertakings in lieu offered

STATE AID

  • Seized with an interpretation request concerning the arrangements for implementing a Commission decision penalising France for State Aid declared incompatible with the common market, the Court of Justice rules that the decision is invalid (See CPR Nº 109/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-212/19, Compagnie des pêches de Saint-Malo)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice pursuant to Article 6(6)(f) of Protocol II concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part and the Pacific States, of the other part
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1296 of 16 September 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 88/97 on the authorization of the exemption of imports of certain bicycle parts originating in the People's Republic of China from the extension by Council Regulation (EC) No 71/97 of the anti-dumping duty imposed by Council Regulation (EEC) No 2474/93
  • EU arms exports: need for more control and transparency - See the EP Resolution
  • Minutes of the Customs Expert Group, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section, HS/WCO Coordination Sector of 02/07 September 2020
  • WTO - Agriculture discussions to enter new phase this month
  • WTO issues report on measures to expedite access to COVID-19 critical goods, services
  • The Comoros reaffirms ambition to secure WTO membership by next Ministerial Conference

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Dangerous substances — List of authorisation decisions taken by the EEA EFTA States in accordance with Article 44(5) of Regulation (EU) 528/2012 in the second half of 2019 Subcommittee I on the free movement of goods To be noted by the EEA Joint Committee
  • Dangerous substances – List of authorisation decisions taken by the EEA EFTA States in accordance with Article 64(8) of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) in the second half of 2019 Subcommittee I on the free movement of goods To be noted by the EEA Joint Committee
  • Medicinal products – List of marketing authorisations granted by the EEA EFTA States for the second half of 2019 Subcommittee I on the free movement of goods To be noted by the EEA Joint Committee  
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  • The Court of Justice dismisses the appeals brought by EUIPO and a Spanish company against the judgment of the General Court authorising football player Lionel Messi to register the trade mark ‘MESSI’ for sports equipment and clothing  (See CPR Nº 108/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-449/18 P, C-474/18 P, EUIPO Vs. Messi Cuccittini)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA Decision - renewal Article 28 SSR reporting threshold - September 2020

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 17 September 2020 in Case C-791/18, Stichting Schoonzicht Vs. Staatssecretaris van Financiën
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Immovable property investments - Deduction of input tax - Adjustment of the deduction initially made - Adjustment in one go of the total amount of that deduction following the first use of the property concerned - Period of adjustment
  • Opinion of Advocate General Maciej Szpunar of 17 September 2020 in Case C-288/19, QM Vs. Finanzamt Saarbrücken
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Value added tax - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2(1)(c) - Supply of services for consideration - Article 45 - Place of supply of services - Article 56 - Place of supply of means of transport hire services - Provision of company cars to workers.
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation / VAT) of 30 September 2020

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 17 September 2020 in Case C-648/18, Autoritatea naţională de reglementare în domeniul energiei (ANRE) Vs. Societatea de Producere a Energiei Electrice în Hidrocentrale Hidroelectrica SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Internal market in electricity - Free movement of goods - Article 35 TFEU - Quantitative restrictions on exports - Measures having equivalent effect - National measure requiring electricity producers to offer all available electricity exclusively on a centralized competitive market of the Member State concerned
  • European Green Deal: New financing mechanism to boost renewable energy - see Regulation (EU) 2020/1294 
  • Parliament requests more support for regions to make energy transition a success
  • Germany offered €1bn for gas terminals in exchange for US lifting NS2 sanctions - Deal, detailed in a letter by Olaf Scholz to Steven Mnuchin, predates the poisoning of Alexei Navalny - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 17 September 2020 in Case C-92/19, Burgo Group SpA Vs. Gestore dei Servizi Energetici SpA - GSE, in the presence of : Ministero dello Sviluppo economico, Autorità per l'Energia elettrica e il Gas
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Promotion of cogeneration - National legislation providing for a support scheme - Support scheme for non-high-efficiency cogeneration installations extended beyond 31 December 2010 
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 17 September 2020 in Case C‑499/18 P, Bayer CropScience AG and Bayer AG Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal – Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 – Plant protection products – Implementing Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 – Active substances clothianidin and imidacloprid – Conditions for approval – Unacceptable environmental effects – Review of approval – Scope of the examination – Precautionary principle – Burden of proof – Prohibition of use outside greenhouses – Prohibition of the sale of seeds treated with those active substances
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 21,22 & 23 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals / Synergies) of 22 September 2020
  • State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030 - IP/20/1599 & QaA
    - Communication: Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition Investing in a climate-neutral future for the benefit of our people (Annex), see the Impact Assessment (Annex), its Summary (Annex), Opinion of the Board (Annex) and Staff Working Document
    - Amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law)
    - Communication: An EU-wide assessment of National Energy and Climate Plans - Driving forward the green transition and promoting economic recovery through integrated energy and climate planning
  • European Green Deal Call: €1 billion investment to boost the green and digital transition - IP/20/1669
  • MEPs want new cars to respect emission limits under real driving conditions - see the EP Resolution

HEALTH, FOOD  & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Indicators on drug-related deaths updated with most recent EMCDDA data (ECHI 14
  • EFSA - PFAS in food: EFSA assesses risks and sets tolerable intake
  • EFSA - Outcome of a public consultation on the draft risk assessment of perfluoroalkyl substances in food
  • EFSA - Risk to human health related to the presence of perfluoroalkyl substances in food

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • EU's Cohesion Policy to finance the enlargement of Poland's Port of Szczecin - Midday Express
  • Opening of the EU-funded cross-border bridge connecting Hungary and Slovakia

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy - IP/20/168 & Q&A
    Communication: 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
    Guidance to Member States on recovery and resilience plans
    Draft Template for recovery and resilience plans
    - Recovery and Resilience Facility – Grants allocation
  • ECB’s Governing Council says that exceptional circumstances justify leverage ratio relief
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP)

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • State of the EU: MEPs debate measures to improve Europe
  • Letter of intent with regard to the preparation of the Commission Work Programme 2021
  • List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 September - Revision 12

BREXIT

  • BEIS published a draft version of the Consumer Protection (Enforcement) (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (Draft Regulations) and a draft explanatory memorandum

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The Court of Justice upholds the judgment of the General Court dismissing an action brought against the restrictive measures imposed on Russian oil companies that are members of the Rosneft group in the context of the Ukraine crisis (See CPR Nº 107/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-732/18 P, Rosneft e.a Vs. Council) 
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the ACP Working Party of 18 September 2020
  • Iraq: High Representative/Vice-President Borrell meets Foreign Minister Hussein