EU RESPONSE CORONAVIRUS

HEALTH

  • Minutes - 33rd Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak of 03 September 2020
  • Minutes - 34th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak of 10 September 2020
  • EMA endorses use of dexamethasone in COVID-19 patients on oxygen or mechanical ventilation

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modified Austrian liquidity assistance scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58640) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Council sets priorities for future Single Market policy in the post COVID-19 era - see the Conclusions

TRANSPORT

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing measures for a sustainable rail market in view of the COVID-19 pandemic - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Brussels, 14 to 17 September 2020)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Executive summary of information compiled by Eurojust and EJN

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9479 – PSA/SAFT/ACC)
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    ummary of Commission Decision of 4 July 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 65 of the ECSC Treaty (Case AT.37956)
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions at its meeting on 27 June 2019 and of 17 June 2019
  • Commission clears acquisition of Brisa by APG, NPS and JMI (M.9879) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification MEDE-C/C-20/0028: Belfius Bank NV / Roularta Mediagroup NV / Immovlan
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of Malteser Rhein-Ruhr by Helios

STATE AID

  • State of the Union: Commission adopts revised EU Emission Trading System State aid Guidelines - IP/20/1712 & Factsheet
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into allocation of mobile radio frequencies by Poland to telecoms operator Sferia - IP/20/1711

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Business Group of 13 October 2020
  • Informal Meeting of EU Trade Ministers on 21 September - Midday Express
  • Case C-226/20 P: Appeal brought on 29 May 2020 by Eurofer, Association Européenne de l'Acier, AISBL against the judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) delivered on 12 March 2020 in Case T-835/17, Eurofer Vs. Commission
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the 66th session of the HS Committee of the WCO in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification Opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the HS Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the HS and recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the HS under the HS Convention - Decision to use the written procedure for adoption - see the Annex

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of: High Level Group on Energy Intensive Industries Sherpa meeting of 03 July 2020
  • Draft Council conclusions on "A recovery advancing the transition towards a more dynamic, resilient and competitive European industry"
  • Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards substances in tattoo inks or permanent make-up - Decision not to oppose adoption
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - A standardisation system that works well
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Restrictions on the free movement of services in France

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial Stability: EU rules on third-country central counterparties enter into force - Midday Express
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1302 of 14 July 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to fees charged by the ESMA to central counterparties established in third countries 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1303 of 14 July 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the criteria that ESMA should take into account to determine whether a central counterparty established in a third country is systemically important or likely to become systemically important for the financial stability of the Union or of one or more of its Member States 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1304 of 14 July 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the minimum elements to be assessed by ESMA when assessing third-country CCPs’ requests for comparable compliance and the modalities and conditions of that assessment
  • Financial stability: Commission adopts time-limited decision giving market participants the time needed to reduce exposure to UK central counterparties (CCPs) - IP/20/1713

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Current situation in the pig-farming sector - Information from the Czech delegation
  • Common Declaration of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain on the need to develop plant proteins in European agriculture

ENERGY

  • Appeal brought on 28 July 2020 by Nord Stream 2 AG against the order of the General Court (Eighth Chamber) delivered on 20 May 2020 in Case T-526/19, Nord Stream 2 Vs. Parliament and Council - Case C-348/20 P

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - 89th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (18-21 September 2020)
  • Minutes - 88th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (2 July 2020)
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Post Market Surveillance and Vigilance sub-group of the MDCG of 28 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Medical Device Coordination Group - Nomenclature working group meeting of 12 October 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Food contamination from microplastics: research published by the University of Catania Department of Hygiene
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 14-17 September 2020
  • EMA - New oral treatment for moderate to severe atopic dermatitis
  • EMA - New treatment for children with chronic kidney disease
  • EMA - First treatment for rare metabolic disorder alkaptonuria
  • Seven Member States oppose ambitious EU plans to help consumers eat healthier food - See the Beuc Statement

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1307 of 18 September 2020 on a common Union toolbox for reducing the cost of deploying very high capacity networks and ensuring timely and investment-friendly access to 5G radio spectrum, to foster connectivity in support of economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in the Union
  • Submissions published by the High Level Group on Internet Governance of 10 June 2020
  • Speech by Executive VP Margrethe Vestager on the Digital Package
  • Slow 5G rollout a risk to Europe’s supply chains, warn industrialists - A fragmented approach in EU threatens investment, says roundtable boss Svanberg - Financial Times
  • EU seeks new powers to penalise tech giants - Thierry Breton says concerns exist Silicon Valley companies have become ‘too big to care’ - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Brussels will pay a price for its encryption model - Letter from Guillaume Rischard, Luxembourg

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Remarks by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli at the press conference on the EU anti-racism action plan
  • ‎The impact of algorithms for online content filtering or moderation - Upload filters - Study for the EP Legal Affairs Committee
  • Police Information Exchange - The future developments regarding Prüm and the API Directive - Study for the EP LIBE Committee
  • Romania and UK judicial authorities jointly dismantle ‘loverboy’ criminal network specialized in trafficking and sexually exploiting young girls - See the Eurojust Statement
  • #JusticeDone: Rare books recovered in Romania in €2 million London warehouse heist investigation - See the Eurojust Statement

€URO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Institutional set up of macro-prudential policy in the European Union - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • Accountability Mechanisms of Major Central Banks and Possible Avenues to Improve the ECB's Accountability - Study for the EP ECON Committee
  • Interview of ECB's Luis de Guindos with La Razón
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Unequal scars – distributional consequences of the pandemic
  • Banking euro area stress test model - Working Paper Series No.2469
  • Beware of smoke and mirrors in the EU’s recovery fund - National political pressures will divert money from truly worthwhile projects - Financial Times
  • ECB to review flagship bond-buying tool in fighting Covid crisis - Debate on length of €1.35tn PEPP programme and on transferring its flexibility to other asset-purchase schemes - Financial Times

BREXIT

  • Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1305 of 18 September 2020 authorising the United Kingdom to express its consent, in its own capacity, to be bound by certain international agreements to be applied during the transition period in the area of the Union’s common fisheries policy
  • Brussels rejects Johnson’s changes to internal market bill - Legislation still breaks international law, say EU lawyers - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (General Affairs) of 22 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 23 September 2020
  • Minutes: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 2 & 4 September 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (Foreign Affairs & List of "A Items") of 22 September 2020 - Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell upon arrival
  • Iran/US: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell, Coordinator of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action