EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • International Democracy Week 2020: how democracy is dealing with COVID-19 - See the EP Statement

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus response: €135 million of Cohesion policy to strengthen the health sector and support the economy in Croatia

TRANSPORT 

  • COVID-19 transport measures: Council agrees its position on temporary derogations in support of the rail sector - see the Outcome of Proceedings

INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation - IP/20/1568, see the Assessment

COMPETITION

  • Opinion of the Advocate General Pituzzella of 10 September 2020 in Case C‑450/19; Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto in the presence of: Eltel Group Oy, Eltel Networks Oy
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Determining the duration of a competition infringement – Criteria – Cartels whose effects continue after they have formally ceased to be in force – Conditions – Determining the economic effects of anti-competitive behaviour – Completion of works several years after the contract is entered into – Instalments paid after the works
  • Evaluation of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation & Its Summary
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9942 – Partners Group/Bridgepoint/Rovensa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9906 – KKR/HPS/Monleasing Holdco)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9932 – Kaufland/SCP Real Digital assets)
  • Worldline offers EU concessions over Ingenico deal - (M.9776 - Commitments submitted in N/1 on 09.09.2020)
  • Commission published its Final Decision in Case M.9674 – Vodafone Italia / TIM / INWIT JV
  • Commission Decision on the implementation of the commitments - Waiver of the Commitments in Case M.8955 - Takeda/Shire
  • ETNO - GSMA Position Paper on a New Competition Tool 

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Influence of EU General Court rulings T-778/16 and T-892/16 on the Commission’s tax package

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 September 2020 in Case C–509/19, BMW Bayerische Motorenwerke AG Vs. Hauptzollamt München
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Customs Union – Union Customs Code – Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 – Article 71(1)(b) – Customs value – Imports of electronic products equipped with software
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending and correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 as regards certain rules on Authorised Economic Operators
  • Minutes of the Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 09 June 2020
  • Slight increase in EU27 agri-food trade despite Coronavirus and Brexit challenges -Publication of latest agri-food trade figures
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Restrictions on European companies with regard to Indian tender enquiries
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - New US tariffs and consequences for the agri-food sector
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Date of suspension of CETA agreement following its rejection by Cyprus’ Parliament
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question -  Human rights risks in the mineral supply chains of ICT and electronic products

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 11 September 2020
  • Entry into office of a new Advocate General at the Court of Justice - No.105/2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules
  • ESMA publishes a Working Paper on Closet Indexing Indicators and Investor Outcomes
  • ESMA Report on Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities No. 2, 2020

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 10 September 2020 in Case C‑449/19, WEG Tevesstraße Vs. Finanzamt Villingen-Schwenningen
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Value Added Tax - Exemption for letting of immovable property - National provision exempting the supply of heat by an association of property owners to those owners
  • VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus - IP/20/1579Q&A, the FactSheet and the Report
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Turnover tax on legal betting

AGRICULTURE 1 FISHERIES

  • AG Hogan proposes that the Flemish Law prohibiting slaughter of animals without stunning including those subject to particular methods of slaughter prescribed by religious rites is not permitted under EU law (See CPR No.104/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-336/19,   Centraal Israëlitisch Consistorie van België and Others - Agriculture and fisheries)

ENERGY

  • EU energy in figures: key EU energy data in your pocket
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the First World Solar Technology Summit

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • EU-UK relations: Coreper agrees mandate on Channel tunnel railway safety

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • EU-China: Commission and China hold first High-level Digital Dialogue - IP/20/1600
  • Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes interim legislation to enable communications services to continue detecting child sexual abuse online
  • According to Advocate General Szpunar, the embedding in a webpage of works from other websites by means of automatic links (inline linking) requires the authorisation of the holder of the rights in those works (See CPR No.103/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-392/19, VG Bild-Kunst)
  • According to Advocate General Szpunar, a service that puts taxi passengers directly in touch, via an electronic application, with taxi drivers constitutes an Information Society service (See CPR No.102/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-62/19 - Star Taxi App)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Measures to combat fake news on Facebook

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Facebook to be forced to stop sending EU data to the US - The Irish regulator is expected to stop the social media giant from moving data to the US because of privacy concerns - see the Facebook' StatementPolitico.eu

€CB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on the 2021 EU draft budget
  • Eurogroup and Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meetings, 11 - 12 September 2020 - Midday Express

BREXIT

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: 30th ENI Committee meeting of 23 September 2020
  • Agenda for: 24th IPA II Committee meeting of 22 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the DCI Committee Pan-African Programmes of 16 September 2020
  • Judgment of the Court of 10 September 2020 in Case C-122/19 P, Hamas Vs. Council of the European Union, French Republic, European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Common Foreign and Security Policy - Fight against terrorism - Restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities - Freezing of funds - Common Position 2001/931/CFSP - Article 1(4) and (6) - Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 - Article 2(3) - Maintaining an organisation on the list of persons, of groups and entities involved in terrorist acts - Conditions - Competent authority equivalent to a judicial authority - Conviction decision - Persistence of the risk of involvement in terrorist activities Factual basis for decisions to freeze funds - Obligation to state reasons - Right to effective judicial protection
  • Judgment of the Court of 100September 2020 in Case C-386/19 P, Hamas Vs. Council of the European Union, European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Common Foreign and Security Policy - Fight against terrorism - Restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities - Freezing of funds - Common Position 2001/931/CFSP - Article 1(4) and (6) - Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 - Article 2(3) - Maintaining an organisation on the list of persons, of groups and entities involved in terrorist acts - Conditions - Competent authority equivalent to a judicial authority - Conviction decision - Persistence of the risk of involvement in terrorist activities Factual basis for decisions to freeze funds - Obligation to state reasons - Right to effective judicial protection