EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Request from the Spanish Government for funding to support tourism

ECONOMY

  • REACT-EU: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position
  • Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain's recovery - IP/20/1718
  • Tourism Committee MEPs: EU must act, 22 million jobs are at stake
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Initiative to collect funds for vaccines, diagnostics and treatments against COVID-19
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - New Marshall Plan to assist Member States stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • COVID-19 measures: A coordinated European approach is needed - See Business Europe Statement

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - EU cyber defence during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9623 - AMG/Shell/JV)
  • Commission clears acquisition of EQT Credit Platform by Bridgepoint (M.9905) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Popular Seguros by Mapfre and Banco Santander (M.9910) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Hella and Minth (M.9913) - Midday Express
  • France - Green light for two concentration operations in the audiovisual sector
  • France - Green light  given to the acquisition of the Local Finance Company by the CDC subject to conditions
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • GreeceDelta Foods, Mevgal might get deal extension in Greece in November
  • Poland - AmeriGas Polska has been fined by the national competition watchdog for failing to notify its acquisition of Centrum Dystrybucji Gazu
  • PortugalAdC issues statement of objection against Fidelidade - Sociedade Gestora de Organismos de Investimento Imobiliário, S.A. (Fidelidade SGOII) for failure to notify a merger
  • Portugal - Temasek notifies acquisition of sole control over Rivullis
  • Portugal - Magnum Capital II and Alantra notify acquisition of joint control over S.Roque
  • Spain - Repsol faces Spanish probe over failure to comply with antitrust obligations
  • UK - CMA has probed acquisition of NetEnt AB by Evolution Gaming Group AB - see the Notice

STATE AID

  • The Spanish tax system applicable to certain finance lease agreements entered into by shipyards constitutes an aid scheme (See CPR No.116/2020 - Judgment of the General Court in joined cases T-515/13 RENV,T-719/13 RENV, Spain Vs. Commission)
  • Revised EU ETS state aid guidelines published - Eurofer statement

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification Opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the Harmonized System Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System and recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention - See the Annex
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the Harmonized System Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System, and of recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing, on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Agreement amending the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the accessions of the Independent State of Samoa and the Solomon Islands, and of future accessions of other Pacific Island States - See the Annex
  • EP Draft Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the elimination of customs duties on certain products 
  • EP Report by Jörgen Warbornon the implementation of the common commercial policy – annual report 2018
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1317 of 9 September 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 3602 00 00)
  • Commission Implementing Decisions on Member States’ Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) adopted as from 12 March 2020 - September 2020
  • EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences: Stakeholder Forum - 29 September 2020
  • WTO - World merchandise trade fell 14% in volume, 21% in value in Q2 amid global lockdown
  • Biden will end ‘artificial trade war’ with EU, adviser says - US Democratic presidential candidate to heal ‘self-inflicted wound’ brought about by Trump - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises of 18 June 2020
  • Minutes of Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles of 02 July 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Crisis in the automotive sector
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Warning over products that do not comply with European standards and may be dangerous, particularly toys
  • European Research and Innovation Days 2020: Commission announces winners of the EU Prize for Women Innovators and the Horizon Impact Award - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Capital Markets Recovery Package) - MiFID/Securitisation of 28 September 2020
  • Report from the Commission assessing whether Member States have duly identified and made subject to the obligations of Directive (EU) 2015/849 all trusts and similar legal arrangements governed under their laws
  • ESMA - EU financial regulators assess risks to the financial sector after the outbreak of COVID-19 and call for enhanced cooperation 
  • AFME welcomes Commission equivalence decision on UK CCPs
  • Efama position paper on EC consultation paper on Covid-19's "Capital markets recovery package" - Investment research for SME and fixed income instruments

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • ACER finds EU gas market rules successful and recommends decarbonisation to be built on current market design - See the Statement & the Report
  • Angela Merkel stands firm on Nord Stream 2 despite Navalny poisoning - Chancellor’s stance on Russian pipeline backed by bulk of German political establishment - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Climate change of 29 September 2020
    - Biodiversity of 29 September 2020
  • The Commission will propose a revision of EU measures addressing pollution from large industrial installations in 2021, as announced in the European Green Deal

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • The principle of the freedom to provide services and the directive on cross-border healthcare preclude national legislation which excludes the reimbursement without prior authorisation of the costs connected to emergency surgery undergone by an insured person, who is a resident of a Member State, in another Member State  (See CPR No.113/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-777/18 - Vas Megyei Kormányhivatal)
  • Agenda - 4th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel (2019-2022) of 23 September 2020
  • Agenda - 9th Meeting of the MDR Eudamed NB & Certificate WG of 05 October 2020
  • EFTA - Outcome of a public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on the safety of chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.) subject to thermal processing in relation to the formation of process contaminants as a novel food for extended uses
  • EFTA - Safety of chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.) subject to thermal processing in relation to the formation of process contaminants as a novel food for extended uses
  • EFTA - Pesticide Monitoring Program: Re‐allocation of number of samples considering population changes

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • eGovernment: Commission report shows digital public services improved across Europe - Midday Express
  • Shaping digital education policy Concomitant expertise for INI report - In-Depth Analysis for Research for CULT Committee 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos - IP/20/1728
  • A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity - IP/20/1706; see the Migration and Asylum Package
    - Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on a New Pact on Migration and Asylum
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council introducing a screening of third country nationals at the external borders and amending Regulations (EC) 767/2008, (EU) 2017/2226, (EU) 2018/1240 and (EU) 2019/817
    - Amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of biometric data for the effective application of Regulation on Asylum and Migration Management
    - Amended proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common procedure for international protection in the Union and repealing Directive 2013/32/EU
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on asylum and migration management and amending Council Directive concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council addressing situations of crisis and force majeure in the field of migration and asylum
    - Commission Recommendation on an EU mechanism for Preparedness and Management of Crises related to Migration (Migration Preparedness and Crisis Blueprint)
    - Commission Guidance on the implementation of EU rules on definition and prevention of the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence
    - Commission Recommendation on legal pathways to protection in the EU: promoting resettlement, humanitarian admission and other complementary pathways
    - Roadmap to implement the New Pact on Migration and Asylum
    - Commission Staff Working Document - New Pact on Migration and Asylum
  • The European Commission appoints Mr Johannes Luchner as new Deputy Director-General for the migration and home affairs department - Midday Express
  • According to Advocate General Bobek, the interim appointment of the Chief Judicial Inspector and the national provisions on the establishment of a specific prosecution section with exclusive jurisdiction for offences committed by members of the judiciary are contrary to EU law (See CPR No.114/2020 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-83/19, C-129/19, C-195/19, C-291/19, C-355/19, C-397/19 - Asociaţia "Forumul Judecătorilor Din România")

€CB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • The General Court annuls the decision of the Single Resolution Board on the calculation of the 2017 ex-ante contributions to the Single Resolution Fund and declares that Delegated Regulation 2015/63 is unlawful in part (See CPR No.115/2020 - Judgments of the General Court in Cases T-411/17,T-414/17,T-420/17 - Landesbank Baden-Württemberg Vs. SRB)
  • Report from the Commission on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies
  • Commission presents seventh enhanced surveillance report for Greece
  • Interview of ECB's Yves Mersch with Bloomberg
  • Country-specific recommendations: An overview - September 2020 - Briefing for EP ECON Committee
  • The ECB's Asset Purchase Programmes: Experience and Future Perspectives - Study for EP ECON Committee
  • ECB calls on Brussels to make recovery fund permanent - Periphery states are net winners from crisis response while ‘frugal four’ lose out - Financial Times

BREXIT

  • Brussels renews legal threat over UK internal market bill - EU says it will keep talking but vows not to renegotiate Brexit deal - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Main Results of the "General Affairs" Council of 22 September 2020
  • Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 September
  • List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 October

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main results of the "Foreign Affairs Council" of 21 September 2020 - see Remarks by the Josep Borrell
  • Ukraine: Remarks by the HR/VP Josep Borrell at the joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Approval of the Hong Kong security law
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - China
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Actions of the Polisario Front
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Response to the plan to annex territories in Palestine
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Further illegal operations by the ‘Yavuz’ drilling vessel in the Cyprus EEZ during the pandemic