EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: ground-breaking innovations awarded €60 million from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's Crisis Response Initiative - see the EIT Statement - Midday Express
  • Hearing - A framework for resilient organisation of health and social care following the Covid-19 pandemic (20 October 2020)
  • COVID-19: MEPs want safe vaccines, full transparency and liability for companies
  • REACT-EU: EU support to mitigate immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis

COMPETITION

  • Speech by Margrethe Vestager on the role of competition in the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.5 million Maltese direct grant scheme to support land farmers in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58306) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1253 of 4 September 2020 further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, and extended by Decisions (EU) 2020/556, (EU) 2020/702 and (EU) 2020/970, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards specific measures on L-category end-of-series vehicles in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus response: EU Cohesion policy resources redirected to support SMEs in Poland and the Extremadura and La Rioja regions in Spain - Midday Express

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission invites comments on State aid rules for the deployment of broadband networks - IP/20/1576
  • Answer of Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Lufthansa rescue

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 15 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Customs Code Committee - Data Integration & Harmonisation of 29 September 2020 - 02 October 2020
  • Agenda for: 98th Meeting of the Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation of 25 September 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Executive V-P Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - New tariffs imposed on European goods by the US administration
  • Commission adopts proposals to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective - IP/20/1572, see the Proposal & Annex
  • Canada : EU Exporter Guide for alternatives to Methyl Bromide Treatment for exporting certain plant products to Canada
  • Economic Partnerships: State of play - Economic Partnership Agreements Abstract: Regular update of the FTAs for the six ACP regions
  • Valdis Dombrovskis chosen as EU’s trade chief - European Commission president rejigs team after exit of Ireland’s Phil Hogan - Financial Times & Politico.eu
  • African trio set out battlelines for decisive phase of WTO leadership fight - Politico.eu
  • WTO - EU - Cost Adjustment Methodologies and Certain Anti-Dumping Measures on Imports from Russia - (Second complaint) - Notification of an other appeal by the Russian Federation
  • WTO - The Philippines launches safeguard investigation on high-density polyethylene and linear low-density polyethylene pellets and granules

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Preparation of the Competitiveness Council on 18 September 2020 Resilience and recovery: Strengthening international competitiveness of European industry - Policy debate
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Tranparency of the REACH Committee’s vote on lead shot over wetlands 
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Smuggling tobacco products

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)
  • ESMA has decided that trading venues and investment firms may postpone, for operational reasons, the application of the annual transparency calculations for non-equity instruments other than bonds to 21 September 2020.
  • ESMA Newsletter No.6 - 2020

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 23rd Government Experts Group on Environmental Liability of 16 September 2020
  • European Environment Agency Report: Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being - IP/20/1571 & the EEA Statement
  • Europe’s strategy for critical raw materials “a double-edged sword” - See the EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1255 of 7 September 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels ofpolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in traditionally smoked meat and smoked meat products and traditionally smoked fishand smoked fishery products and establishing a maximum level of PAHs in powders of food of plant origin used for the preparation of beverages
  • Agenda for the meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed:
    - section "
    GMFF" of 15 September 2020 
    - section "
    Animal Nutrition" of 14, 15 and 16 September 2020 
    - section "
    Biological safety of the food chain" of 16 September 2020 
    - section "
    Novel Food and Toxicological safety of the food chain" of 21 September 2020 
  • Updated - ePrescription services available in new countries: check our webpage to discover where
  • Indicators on population by sex; age and on old-age-dependency ratio updated with 2019 Eurostat statistics (ECHI 1)
  • Updated - 2020 planned meetings of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and subgroups

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • TikTok joins EU Code of Conduct against illegal online hate speech - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Dangers of automatic facial recognition - latest revelations by journalists in the ‘PimEyes’ case
  • A Telecoms Industry View on the Digital Services Act - Joint Position Paper by the GSMA and ETNO

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Switzerland: FDPIC considers CH-US Privacy Shield does not provide adequate level of data protection

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • State of play of existing instruments for combating impunity for international crimes - Study of EP Subcommittee on Human Rights

€CB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • GDP main aggregates and employment estimates for the second quarter of 2020: GDP down by 11.8% and employment down by 2.9% in the euro area - Stat/133/2020

BREXIT

  • Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision on the authorisation of the United Kingdom to express its consent to be bound, in its own capacity, by certain international agreements to be applied during the transition period in the area of the Union's common fisheries policy
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the framework of the Convention on Future Multilateral Co-operation in the North-East Atlantic Fisheries as regards the application for accession to that Convention submitted by the United Kingdom and repealing Council Decision (EU) 2019/510
  • Barnier ready to warn Johnson on overwriting Brexit divore deal - Financial Times & Politico.eu
  • Johnson keeps Brussels guessing on no-deal plans - Financial Times
  • The perils of Britain's Brexit brinkmanship - Financial Times