EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer - IP/20/1556
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Funds to strengthen care services for the most vulnerable in the aftermath of COVID-19 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €305 million Czech scheme to support self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57358) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €7.4 million Romanian scheme to support companies active in the bovine breeding sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58453) - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - European Recovery Plan, new recovery instrument: Next Generation EU and the need for a new fair taxation system for EU own resources

PRIVACY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - New forms of discrimination in connection with COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Opinon of Adovocate General Saugmandsgaard ØE of 9 September 2020 in Cases C‑152/19 P and C‑165/19 P, Deutsche Telekom AG (C‑152/19 P), Slovak Telekom a.s. (C‑165/19 P) Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Abuse of dominant position - Slovak market for broadband services - Conditions laid down by the incumbent operator for unbundled access by other operators to the local loop - Decision finding an infringement of Article 102 TFEU and Article 54 of the EEA Agreement - Access obligation imposed by the regulatory framework - Bronner case-law - Inapplicability - Imputability of a subsidiary’s conduct to the parent company - Concept of an ‘economic unit’ - Decisive influence - Actual exercise of such influence - Body of consistent evidence
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9902 – HPS/Temasek/Cypress Creek Holdings)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9669 – PPF Group/Central European Media Enterprises)
  • Belgium - MEDE-C/C-20/0026 : BAM Contractors NV / Viabuild NV
  • Finland - All Nordic countries have now joined the Agreement on Cooperation in Competition Cases
  • France - Treatment of AMD: the Authority sanctions 3 laboratories for abusive practices
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Hungary - Notification - ÖB/037/2020 - Hiventures Zrt.; Drycom Kft.; Herczku Milán; Pásztor Gergely; Gemil Pharma Zrt.
  • UK - CMA publishes full text of infringement decision on resale price maintenance in supply of musical instruments
  • UK - Proposed acquisition of Impcross Ltd by Gardner Aerospace: undertakings accepted

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 9 September 2020 in Case T-745/17, Kerkosand spol. s r. o. v. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Aid for an investment project in Western Slovakia - Regional investment aid - Rejection of a complaint - Decision not to raise objections - Conditions for exemption - Article 14 of Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 - Scope of the Commission's power of control - Guidelines on national regional aid for the period 2014-2020 - Concept of SMEs - Article 3, paragraphs 2 and 3 of Annex I to Regulation No 651/2014 - Data to be used for the calculation of staff and financial amounts and reference period - Article 4 of Annex I to Regulation No 651/2014 - Doubts as to the compatibility of the aid with the internal market - Article 4(4) of Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 - Serious difficulties

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on financial services (Capital Markets Recovery Package) - MiFID/Prospectus (am) - Securitisation (pm) of 17 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on financial services Committee of 16 September 2020

TAXATION

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Judgment of the Court of 09 September 2020 in Joined Cases C-674/18 and C-675/18, EM Vs. TMD Friction GmbH (C-674/18), and FL Vs. TMD Friction EsCo GmbH (C-675/18),
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Social policy - Transfers of undertakings - Directive 2001/23/EC - Articles 3 and 5 - Safeguarding of employees' rights - Protection of employees in the event of the insolvency of their employer - Assignment made by the liquidator of the transferring undertaking subject to insolvency proceedings - Insurance benefits occupational old age - Limitation of the assignee's obligations - Amount of the benefit due under the supplementary occupational pension scheme calculated on the basis of the employee's remuneration at the time of the opening of the insolvency proceedings - Directive 2008/94/EC - Article 8 - Direct effect - "Conditions"

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The General Court dismisses Slovenia’s action for annulment of the delegated regulation pursuant to which the designation ‘Teran’ may be used on the labels of Croatian wines (See CPR Nº 101/2020 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-626/17 Slovenia Vs. Commission)
  • Agenda for: Expert Group on Organic Production of 15 & 16 September 2020
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee for:
    - Direct Payments of 26 August 2020
    - Common Organisation of the Agricultural markets of 27 August 2020

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: CEF Coordination Committeee-Energy meeting of 01 October 2020
  • Minutes of the Energy Union Committe meeting of 10 July 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Announcement of new US cross-party sanctions against NS2 vs. lobbying in EU in support of controversial Russo-German gas project
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Assessment of the Directive on safety of offshore oil and gas operations
  • Poland plans $40bn nuclear push to cut reliance on coal - Nation accelerates drive to wean itself off fossil fuel that makes up 74% of its electricity generation - Financial Times

ENIVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 9 September 2020 in Case C‑254/19, Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd Vs. An Bord Pleanála, intervening party: Shannon Lng Ltd
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 92/43/EEC - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - Article 6(3) - Scope - Concepts of ‘project’ and ‘agreement’ -Appropriate assessment of the implications of a plan or project for a protected site - Decision extending the duration of a development consent for the construction of a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal - Original decision based on national legislation which did not properly transposed Directive 92/43
  • Agenda for: 89th meeting of representatives of Members States Competent Authorities for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products - 24-25 September 2020
  • Agenda for the EP ENVI Committee of 10 & 11 September 2020
  • Green transition: Global CO2 emissions continue to rise but EU bucks global trend - see the JRC Press Release - Midday Express

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 11 September 2020
  • EDPB - Hungarian DPA fines Forbes

AREA OF FREEDOM SECURITY JUSTICE

  • Draft - Commission delegated Directive (EU) .../… amending the Annex to Council Framework Decision 2004/757/JHA as regards the inclusion of the new psychoactive substance N,N-diethyl-2-[[4-(1-methylethoxy)phenyl]methyl]-5-nitro-1H-benzimidazole-1-ethanamine (isotonitazene) in the definition of 'drug'

€CB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Economic Dialogue with the other EU Institutions under the European Semester Cycles during the 9th legislative term State of play - September 2020 - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • Recovery Plan: powering Europe's strategic autonomy - Speech by President Charles Michel at the Brussels Economic Forum
  • The ECB decision is coming — here’s what to expect - Wall Street Journal

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

BREXIT

  • Agenda of the eighth round of UK-EU Future Relationship negotiations: 8 - 10 September 2020
  • Bill introduced to protect jobs and trade across the whole of the United Kingdom
  • French trade minister warns UK on Brexit level playing field - Franck Riester also signals rethinking of globalisation in wake of coronavirus pandemic - Financial Times
  • Why Boris Johnson is considering a no-deal Brexit for a bruised economy - In order to have a more activist state, the UK risks making exports to its biggest market more expensive - Financial Times
  • It is legality not policy that pushes a government lawyer to quit - Jonathan Jones resigns, as attorney-general plans non-compliance over Brexit deal - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS