EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Moderna to ensure access to a potential vaccine - IP/20/2200 & Statement by President von der Leyen
  • Summary report - 40th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 11 November 2020
  • Minutes - EU Scientific Advice platform on Covid-19 - 13 November 2020
  • Communication - Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

ECONOMY

  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: COVID-19 and monetary policy: Reinforcing prevailing challenges
  • Coronavirus response: Over €188 million to support Valle d'Aosta, Veneto, Sardinia, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trento in Italy - Midday Express 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €60 million Luxembourg aid scheme to support certain companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59428) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €28.4 million Czech scheme to support operators of cultural events in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59536) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €216 million Romanian scheme to support small and medium sized companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58462) - Midday Express

EMPLOYMENT

  • Successful third issuance of EU SURE bonds by the European Commission - IP/20/2196

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Team Europe steps up delivery to its COVID-19 recovery package up to €38.5 billion for partner countries - IP/20/2195
  • EU and Australian leaders to hold videoconference focussing on the coronavirus recovery, bilateral relations and global challenges - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 25 November 2020 in Case C-823/18 P, European Commission Vs. GEA Group AG
    Re: Appeal - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Heat stabilisers - Annulment of the decision amending the fine imposed in the initial infringement decision - Application of the ceiling of 10% of turnover to one of the entities forming the undertaking - Impact on joint and several liability for payment of the fine - Concept of an ‘undertaking’ - Date on which the fine is payable in the event of amendment
  • Judgment of the Court of 25 November 2020 in Case C‑372/19, Belgische Vereniging van Auteurs, Componisten en Uitgevers CVBA (SABAM) Vs. Weareone.World BVBA, Wecandance NV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - Article 102 TFEU - Abuse of a dominant position - Concept of ‘unfair price’ - Royalties collected by a collective management organisation for communication to the public of musical works protected by copyright at a festival - Calculation method)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9883 - INEOS/BP Chemicals Business) 
  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9997 - HMM/CMA CGM/DIF/TTIA) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9968 - TOTAL/Ørsted UK) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9948 - Allianz/GE/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9972 - Neste/Bunge Loders Croklaan Oils) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Duferdofin-Nucor by BB Holding Investment (M.9989) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Vantage by Hellman & Friedman and Carlyle (M.10023) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over Citation by Hg and KKR (M.10012) - Midday Express
  • Belgium – The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition of sole control of Fraluc NV by Etablissementen Fr. Colruyt NV
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears merger of eBay Classifieds Group and Adevinta
  • Italy - Benetton raided over possible abuse of economic dependence in franchising contracts
  • Italy - Notification of a concentration - Acquisition by Linea Group Holding S.p.A. of Agripower S.r.l.
  • Italy - Notification of a concentration - Change from joint control to sole control of M-Dis Distribuzione S.p.A. by RCS Media Group S.p.A.. 
  • Italy - Notification of a concentration - Acquisition by OVS S.p.A. of exclusive control of 17 company branches of Margherita Distribuzione S.p.A.
  • Norway - Fines exceeding 1 billion NOK in total imposed on Verisure and Sector Alarm
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR approved the concentration of entrepreneurs DBG Management GP (Guernsey) Ltd., Patel family and Pfaudler group
  • UK - The CMA is consulting on proposed commitments from Essential Pharma to keep a key bipolar drug on the market, and ensure it is affordable to the NHS.
  • UK - Decision on acceptance of undertakings in lieu of reference in the acquisition by ION Investment Group Limited of Broadway Technology Holdings LLC

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 3rd meeting of the C2020 project Group on Seals and e-Seals of 27 November 2020
  • Agenda for: 37th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, General Customs Legislation section of 07 December 2020
  • Agenda for: 18th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Customs Status and Transit section of 08 December 2020
  • Agenda for: 99th Customs Policy Group meeting of 15 December 2020
  • Agenda for: 67th meeting of the EU-Switzerland Joint Committee of 26 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold of 27 November 2020
  • Ongoing bilateral and regional negotiations - State of play of the Free trade agreements and other agreeements – Updated November 2020 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Failings of CETA and presence of hormone-treated meat on the European market
  • WTO - The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of Thailand takes place on 24 and 26 November 2020.  
  • DDG Wolff: “WTO reform is both necessary and feasible” 
  • France demands digital tax payments from US tech groups - Facebook and Amazon among companies issued with requests that could trigger retaliatory tariffs – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Company Law and BRIS Expert Group of 21 September 2020 
  • Good news for consumers: New rules to strengthen collective redress in the EU clear final hurdle - Midday Express
  • Report from the Commission - Evaluation of the Application of the Regulation (EU) No 386/2012 of 19 April 2012

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property to strengthen EU's economic resilience and recovery - IP/20/2187, the QaA, FactSheet
  • 40th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) (16-20 November 2020) - Final EU/Member States statements 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable finance: The European Commission welcomes Japan as a member of the International Platform on Sustainable Finance

ENERGY

  • Global oil and gas companies commit to new Commission-led framework to monitor, report and reduce methane emissions - Midday Express
  • European Hydrogen Forum: EU moves ahead with the clean hydrogen agenda - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes - Second Extraordinary meeting of the Mission Board Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation of 07 September 2020 
  • Updated analysis of the non-CO2 effects of aviation – See the Full-length report
  • European Parliament calls for more sustainable and durable goods – See Beuc Statement 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - 5th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel (2019-2022) (25 November 2020) 
  • EFSA - Existing guidance appropriate for assessment of genome editing in plants 
  • Report from the Commission - On the overall operation of official controls performed in Member States (2017-2018) to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Judgment of the Court of 25 November 2020 in Case C-49/19, European Commission Vs. Portuguese Republic
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - Directive 2002/22/EC - Electronic communications - Financing of universal service obligations - Allocation mechanism - Principles of transparency, minimum market distortion, non-discrimination and proportionality 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERRSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU disburses €400 million in macro-financial assistance to Georgia, Jordan and Moldova - Midday Express
  • ECB review sees increased medium-term vulnerabilities for corporates and banks
  • Interview of Yves Mersch with Financial Times 
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: IMF Policy dialogue: New policy frameworks for a "Lower-for-Longer" world 
  • Nowcasting business cycle turning points with stock networks and machine learning - ECB Working Paper Series No.2494

BREXIT

  • Council Directive (EU) 2020/1756 of 20 November 2020 amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax as regards the identification of taxable persons in Northern Ireland 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1757 of 19 November 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the International Sugar Council concerning the accession of the United Kingdom to the International Sugar Agreement, 1992 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 10-11 December

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1556 of 23 October 2020 amending Decision 2010/638/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Republic of Guinea 
  • Gender Action Plan – putting women and girls' rights at the heart of the global recovery for a gender-equal world - IP/20/2184, see the FactSheet and the Joint Communication
  • Hurricane IOTA: EU channels additional emergency assistance to Central America and Colombia - Midday Express
  • EU and Southern Neighbourhood partner countries to discuss their future partnership - Midday Express
  • EU braces for battle despite new faces in White House - Relief at end of Trump era tempered by prospect of tough talks on data protection, trade and tech – Financial Times