November 20, 2023

Europe Daily News, 20 November 2023

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COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections - SA.109167; SA.106554 & SA.108989
  • Commission approves amendments to Spanish State aid scheme, including €5.61 billion budget increase, to compensate energy-intensive companies for indirect emission costs (SA.106491) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves changes to France's regional state aid map for the period 2022-2027 (SA.109458) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for:  70th Meeting of the Joint Committee Swiss-EU Free Trade Agreement - 23 November 2023
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Curtea de Apel București of 08 August 2023 - Network One Distribution SRLv Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcția Generală Regională a Finanțelor Publice București, Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcția Generală de Administrare a Marilor Contribuabili, Autoritatea Vamală Română - Direcția Regională Vamală București Ministerul Finanțelor - Direcția Generală de Soluționare a Contestațiilor (Case C-506/23, Network One Distribution)
    Re: Article 114 of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013; amount of anti-dumping duty; periodic penalty payments
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the CETA Joint Committee established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision on the interpretation of Article 8.10, Annex 8-A, Article 8.9.1 and Article 8.39.3 of CETA in accordance with Article 26.1.5(e) of CETA - See the Annex
  • Council Decision (EU) 2023/2600 of 9 November 2023 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the
  • European Union, of the one part, and the Government of the Faroe Islands, of the other part, on the participation of the Faroe Islands in Union programmes, as regards the adoption of the Joint Committee’s Rules of Procedure
  • Council Decision (EU) 2023/2608 of 9 November 2023 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Committee in Trade configuration and within the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part as regards the positive assessment of the implementation of phases 1 and 2 as set out in Annex XXI-A to the Association Agreement, and the market access linked thereto
  • EU and Angola sign first-ever Sustainable Investment Facilitation Agreement - IP/23/5774, FactSheet
  • Commission launches new ‘EU One Stop Shop' to boost Green Line trade in Cyprus - Midday Express
  • We were not hard enough’: how past trade tensions inspired Brussels’ fresh China crackdown - EU believes ramping up pressure on Beijing is the only way to tackle huge bilateral trade deficit - Financial Times
  • EU and Mercosur trade bloc ramp up talks in bid to close deal in coming weeks - Negotiations over pact have dragged on for decades - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Tourism) - 23 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) - 21 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market - Attachés) - 23 November 2023
  • Preparation of the Council (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) on 7-8 December 2023
    - Draft Council conclusions on strengthening the role and impact of research and innovation in the policymaking process in the Union - Approval
    - Reducing administrative burdens for companies in unprecedented times - Information from the Danish Delegation 
    - The future EU policy on space in a changing world - Exchange of views

CHEMICAL

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 as regards digital labelling of EU fertilising products - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Report from the Commission on the activities of the IFRS Foundation, EFRAG and PIOB in 2022
  • The EBA publishes final templates to collect climate-related data from EU banks
  • The EBA’s monitoring of IFRS 9 implementation by EU institutions confirms need to timely address practices misaligned with expectations

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Council (EPSCO) on 27 and 28 November 2023
    Social investment - Steering note for the Policy debate
    - Key messages from EMCO and SPC on the implementation of the Council Recommendation on ensuring a fair transition towards climate neutrality

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Informal meeting of Forest Ministers of the „For Forest Group“ (Vienna and Stuhleck, Austria, 25-26 September 2023) - Information from the Austrian delegation, on behalf of the Austrian, Finnish, Slovenian and Swedish delegations
  • Implementation of the EU Forest Strategy for 2030 - Information from the Commission

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy - 21 November 2023
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) /... setting the filling trajectory with intermediary targets for 2024 for each Member State with underground gas storage facilities on its territory and directly interconnected to its market area
  • European Hydrogen Week 2023 kicks off in Brussels

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment - 22 November 2023 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment - 20, 21 & 24 November 2023
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) - 23 November 2023
  • Climate neutrality: Council ready to start talks with Parliament on EU carbon removals certification framework - See the Mandate
  • Thanks to its technical support instrument, the Commission is improving the monitoring of migratory birds and their habitats - Midday Express
  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2023/2585 of 6 October 2023 on improving the rate of return of used and waste mobile phones, tablets and laptops

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP Written question - 3D printed salmon: Commission protection for consumers by banning the use of misleading vegetarian and vegan names on labels
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP Written question - Request for clarification on the glyphosate authorisation renewal
  • ECDC - Reducing antimicrobial resistance: is the EU progressing towards the 2030 targets?
  • ECDC - Communicable disease threats report,12 - 18 November 2023, week 46
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme catalase from the non‐genetically modified Aspergillus tubingensis strain AE‐CN
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme α‐l‐rhamnosidase from the non‐genetically modified Penicillium adametzii strain AE‐HP
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme bacillolysin from the non‐genetically modified Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain HPN 131
  • EFSA - Overall conclusions on the application for approval of Allium fistulosum as a basic substance to be used in plant protection as a bactericide

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Action brought on 10 October 2023 - Tiktok Technology Vs. European Data Protection Board - Case T-1030/23
    Re : annulment of Binding Decision 2/2023 on the dispute submitted by the Irish SA regarding TikTok Technology Limited (Art. 65 GDPR) of 2 August 2023
  • Agenda for: Attachés & Experts - Horizontal Working Party on Cyber Issues - 20 November 2023 
  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Regulation on:
    - a framework for Financial Data Access (See the full text of this Opinion)
    - European statistics (See the full text of this Opinion)
    - the Proposal for a Regulation on EU labour market statistics on businesses (See the full text of this Opinion)
  • Guidelines 2/2023 on Technical Scope of Art. 5(3) of ePrivacy Directive

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Council gives go-ahead to EU annual budget for 2024
  • Investors bet on earlier interest rate cuts in eurozone and UK - Weak economic data have added to investors’ conviction on ECB and BoE moves next year - Financial Times
  • Berlin is hoist with its own legalistic petard - The repercussions of Germany’s top court striking down a domestic budgetary manoeuvre will spread to EU politics - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) - 22 & 24 November 2023
  • Overview of the main topics and events at the Council of EU and European Council for the coming fortnight - 20 November - 3 December 2023

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU organises Air Bridge flight for those in need in Sudan - Midday Express
  • Mexico: Joint Press Release for the 11th High-Level Dialogue with the EU on Human Rights
  • World Children's Day: Joint Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative
  • A first joint annual report with the High Representative highlights the significant results of the Military Mobility Action Plan - Midday Express
  • Europe needs a new framework for Turkey - There are four basic principles that can foster good relations between the two entities - Financial Times

UK/EU RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the United Kingdom - 21 November 2023
  • Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: ‘The EU is not the same one the UK left’ - French politician says British ministers did not know the consequences of leaving the bloc - Financial Times

MIDDLE EAST

  • Press statement by President von der Leyen at El Arish Airport
  • Gaza/Israel: Intervention of HR/VP Josep Borrell at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain
  • Gaza/Israel: Press remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell after meeting with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Prince Faisal in Bahrain
  • Palestine: Press remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrel after his meeting with Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad Shtayyeh
  • Qatar: Press remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell after meeting with Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani
  • EU poised to approve continued Palestinian development aid - Brussels’ review of funding prompted by Israel-Hamas war finds bloc is not financing terror groups - Financial Times

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