EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus response: EU funds help better equip emergency healthcare services, save jobs and businesses in Poland - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €10 million Belgian scheme to support potato producers affected by coronavirus outbreak in Wallonia (SA.58649) - Midday Express

AGRICULTURE

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Direct financial support to greenhouse growers necessitated by COVID-19
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Support for wine producers

EMPLOYMENT

  • Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision granting temporary support under Council Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to Cyprus, to Latvia to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency situation following the COVID-19 outbreak

TRANSPORT

  • Final Draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing measures for a sustainable rail market in view of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Answer given to a MEP written question - Need for a coordinated European exit strategy from the COVID-19 crisis in the transport sector

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 September 2020 in Case C‑601/18 P, Prysmian SpA, Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi Srl, Vs. European Commission, The Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Pirelli & C. SpA,
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Cartels - European market for submarine and underground power cables - Market allocation in connection with projects - Single and continuous infringement - Succession of legal entities - Attributability of unlawful conduct - Principle of equal treatment - Distortion of evidence - Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 - Article 20 - European Commission’s powers of inspection in cartel proceedings - Power to copy data without a prior examination and to examine the data subsequently at the Commission’s premises - Fines
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9879 - APG/NPS/JMI/Brisa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9955 - PSP/Aviva/20 Station Road)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Cypress Creek Holdings by HPS and Temasek (M.9902)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Impexmetal by Gränges (M.9560)  - Midday Express
  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager to "The Ambrosetti Club"
  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager to "The Green Deal and competition policy"
  • UK - CMA publishes notice of cancellation of Taboola / Outbrain Phase 2 merger investigation

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 September 2020 in CaseC-516/19, NMI Technologietransfer GmbH Vs. EuroNorm GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Articles 107 and 108 TFEU - Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 - Exemption of certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market - Annex I - Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - Definition - Independence criterion - Article 3(1) - Autonomous enterprise - Article 3(4) - Exclusion - Indirect control of 25 % of the capital or voting rights by public bodies - Concepts of 'control' and 'public bodies
  • Opinion of the Advocate General of 24 September 2020 in Joined Cases C-434/19 and C-435/19, Poste Italiane SpA Vs. Riscossione Sicilia SpA agente riscossione per la provincia di Palermo e delle altre provincie siciliane (C-434/19) and Agenzia delle entrate - Riscossione Vs. Poste Italiane SpA (C-435/19), with the intervention of : Poste Italiane SpA - Bancoposta
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - State aid - Abuse of a dominant position - Undertaking in receipt of special or exclusive rights granted by the Member States - Services of general economic interest (SGEI) - Management of the service linked to the postal current account used to collect municipal property tax - Commissions set unilaterally by the recipient undertaking
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid - Decision to raise no objections (OJ C 316, p.4,5 & 6)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda to the 99th meeting of the Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation Section of 28 September 2020
  • Agenda for: 59th meeting of the Customs Code Committee - Data Integration & Harmonisation section joint with Trade Contact Group of 29 September 2020 - 02 October 2020
    - Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending and correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 as regards certain rules on Authorised Economic Operators
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (Annex 10 of the CN - Taric codes for face masks)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Partnership Committee established by the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part, as regards the amendment of the list of individuals to serve as arbitrators in dispute-settlement proceedings - See the Annex
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of optical fibre cables originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • EP Draft Report by Christophe Hansen on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of Union tariff rate quotas and other import quotas
  • EFTA-Ecuador FTA enters into force 1 November 2020 - see the Statement
  • WTO members consider EU-Armenia, MERCOSUR-Israel trade agreements
  • Laconic Latvian looks to fix US-EU trade relations - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 37th meeting of the Expert Group of the European Securities Committee (main group) of 24 September 2020
  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH
  • 1 in 4 imported products found to be non-compliant with REACH and CLP - ECHA/NR/20/30
  • ECHA’s committees back restricting over 1 000 skin sensitising chemicals used in clothing and other articles - ECHA/NR/20/29
  • Magazino raises €21 million to expand robot software ACROS.AI on third-party hardware - IP/20/1738
  • EIC Horizon Prize on Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid: Commission awards five outstanding solutions

FINANCIAL SERVCICES

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directives 2006/43/EC, 2009/65/EC, 2009/138/EU, 2011/61/EU, EU/2013/36, 2014/65/EU, (EU) 2015/2366 and EU/2016/2341 - see the Impact Assessment Report
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on digital operational resilience for the financial sector and amending Regulations (EC) No 1060/2009, (EU) No 648/2012, (EU) No 600/2014 and (EU) No 909/2014 - Impact Assessment& its Summary
  • Communication from the Commission on a Retail Payments Strategy for the EU
  • Communication from the Commission on a Digital Finance Strategy for the EU
  • ESMA has published a review of the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR)
  • ESMA makes proposals to help prevent and detect WHT reclaim schemes 
  • ESMA has published three opinions on position limits regarding commodity derivatives under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and Regulation (MiFID II/MIFIR)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 24 September 2020 in Case C‑471/18 P, Federal Republic of Germany Vs . Esso Raffinage SAS, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
    Re: Appeal - Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH Regulation) - Articles 41, 42, 50 and 51 - Dossier evaluation - Compliance check of registrations - Statement of non-compliance - Action for annulment - Challengeable act - Standing - Legal basis - Allocation of competences between the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the Member States - Articles 125 and 126 - Enforcement - Articles 13 and 25 - Reduction of animal testing
  • Agenda for: SCHEER WG on organic chemicals in squishy toys of 10 September 2020
  • Agenda for: SCHEER WG on E-cigarettes of 01 September 2020
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1322 of 23 September 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of 3‐monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), 3-MCPD fatty acid esters and glycidyl fatty acid esters in certain foods
  • Minutes - Informal Meeting of the Steering Group on Promotion and Prevention (SGPP) (27 July 2020)
  • Toy safety: Commission consults on limiting aniline in toys (Feedback period: 24 September 2020 - 22 October 2020) - Midday Express

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education
  • Artificial intelligence: threats and opportunities - See the EP Statement

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on cyber issues of 25 September 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Privacy Shield and standard contractual clauses

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • World Maritime Day: Commissioner Vălean calls for support and safe return of seafarers
  • Statistical pocketbook 2020 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • A measure involving deprivation of liberty taken against a person referred to in a first European Arrest Warrant (EAW) on the basis of a prior offence different from the one which justified his surrender under a second EAW is not contrary to EU law if that person’s departure from the Member State that issued the first EAW was voluntary (See CPR No.117/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-195/20, PPU Generalbundesanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof (Principe de spécialité))
  • Speech by VP Schinas and by Commissioner Johansson on the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

BREXIT

  • Brexit: Amendments to UK Internal Market Bill in House of Commons committee stage relating to notwithstanding clauses
  • Electricity and Gas etc. (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 published: Brexit SIs - UK Statutory Instruments 2020 No.1016

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.2) of 25 & 28 September 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Belarus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the so-called ‘inauguration’ of Aleksandr Lukashenko
  • Answer given by Mr HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - EU-Turkey relations