EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • COVID-19: EU countries should harmonise testing procedures and frequency - see the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 and rare diseases
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - In order to protect themselves appropriately, European citizens need benchmarks when purchasing protective equipment

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €47.4 million Romanian schemes to support companies active in the pig and poultry breeding sectors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58452)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €24 million Danish schemes to support airlines and airports affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58157) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Protectionist approaches in the French agri-food sector during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Europe’s economic outlook as a result of COVID-19, and the pandemic’s asymmetric impact on Member States

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU channels assistance to Montenegro and Kosovo -  Midday Express
  • How the COVID-19 crisis has affected security and defence-related aspects for the EU - Briefing - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

COMPETITION

  • Opinion of the Advocate General Pitruzzella of 03 September 2020 in Case C-563/19 P, Recylex and Others v Commission
  • Opinion of the Advocate General Pitruzzella of 03 September 2020 in Case C-308/19, Whiteland import/export
  • Summary of EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision 070/20/COL of 29 June 2020 relating to proceedings pursuant to Article 54 of the EEA Agreement (Case No 71480 – Telenor)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9878 – Total/EDP Comercializadora)
  • Poland - Allegro's cooperation with retailers comes under Polish antitrust scrutiny
  • Switzerland - COMCO has opened an antitrust probe against Markant and several Swiss wholesalers, retailers (See FR, DE & IT version)
  • UK - CMA signs Multilateral Mutual Assistance and Co-operation Framework for Competition Authorities
  • UK - CMA consults on undertakings in lieu offered in relation to Stryker / Wright Medical merger
  • UK - Sinch buyout of SAP Digital Interconnect probed by CMA

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of justice of 03 September 2020 in Case C-817/18 P, Vereniging tot Behoud van Natuurmonumenten in Nederland and Others v Vereniging Gelijkberechtiging Grondbezitters and Others
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Aid scheme relating to the subsidised acquisition or free granting of nature land - Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Concept of ‘interested party’ - Serious difficulties
  • Opinion of the Advocate General Kokott of 03 September 2020 in Case C-445/19, Viasat Broadcasting UK

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business on 22 September 2020
  • Minutes of the 16th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, section Customs Status and Transit of 02 July 2020
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Joint Committee established by the Euro-Mediterranean Interim Agreement on trade and cooperation between the European Community, of the one part, and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Protocol 3 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Protocol 3 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Protocol 4 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Protocol 4 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Arab Republic of Egypt, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Protocol 4 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • DG Trade Statistical Guide - August 2020
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Regular discussion of specific trade concerns helps to reduce trade friction

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • The provision of Italian law preventing Vivendi from acquiring 28% of the capital in Mediaset is contrary to EU law (See CPR Nº 99/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-719/18 Vivendi)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation) of 09 September 2020
  • Minutes of the Company Law Expert Group - Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS) of 01 July 2020
  • Towards guidance by the Competitiveness Council on priorities and coordination needs for the recovery of the European economy
  • Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable - IP/20/1542Q&AFacSheet & Speech by VP Šefčovič
    - Critical Raw Materials Resilience: Charting a Path towards greater Security and Sustainability (Com(2020) 474)
    - Critical materials for strategic technologies and sectors in the EU – A foresight study
  • Shareholder rights: new rules to improve the communication between companies and their shareholders enter into force - Midday Express
  • EU Space: Promising start for the In-Orbit Demonstration and Validation (IOD/IOV) initiative - Midday Express
  • EU grants €677 million to top early-career researchers - see the ERC Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Support and protection for European producers by making product-labelling compulsory

ENERGY

  • Report from the Commission - On the implementation of the European Energy Programme for Recovery and the European Energy Efficiency Fund - See the Annex

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 07-08 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 09 September 2020
  • Minutes of the 10th meeting of the Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters of 08 July 2020
  • Draft Act - Persistent organic pollutants – amended exemption for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) - Feedback period: 01 September 2020 - 29 September 2020
  • Draft Act - Chemical pollutants – new limits for pentachlorophenol - Feedback period: 01 September 2020 - 29 September 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases of 10 September 2020
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1245 of 2 September 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 31.8.2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in order to improve the workability of information requirements related to emergency health response - see the Annex
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 31.8.2020 amending Article 25 of Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The fight against counterfeit goods and protecting citizens’ health

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Passengers whose flights have been cancelled or subject to a long delay may demand payment of the compensation provided for under EU law in the national currency of their place of residence (See CPR Nº 100/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-356/19 Delfly)
  • Public Consultation - Proposal to amend common rules for the allocation of slots at European Union airports - Feedback period: 31 August 2020 - 28 September 2020
  • The EU's Cohesion Policy invests almost €1.5 billion in better transport network and disaster management in Romania

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Privacy and data protection implications of the Google-Fitbit merger
  • Polish DPA imposes a Penalty of a Reprimand for the Processing of Students’ Personal Data
  • Polish DPA imposes 100 000 PLN fine on the Surveyor General of Poland

€CB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Volume of retail trade down by 1.3% in euro area - Stat/132/2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Keynote Address by Michel Barnier at the Institute of International and European Affairs - see also the IIEA Brexit Brief Issue No.93
  • EU Court of Justice: three judges and an advocate-general appointed - See the Press Release

EXTERNAL RELATIONS