EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Minutes - 3rd Drafting group meeting on organisation of health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic (16 September 2020)

STATE AID

  • Commission approves a €1.5 billion Greek scheme to support micro and small enterprises in 12 regions affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58616) Midday Express

°ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: Council approves €87.4 billion in financial support for member states under SURE
  • Draft amending budget No 8 to the general budget for 2020: Increase of payment appropriations for the Emergency Support Instrument to finance the COVID-19 vaccines strategy and for the impact of the Corona Response Investment Initiative Plus
  • Coronavirus response: €550 million of Cohesion policy funds to support SMEs in Romania
  • EU recovery fund should endure beyond the crisis - There is a powerful argument for making the facility permanent - Financial Times

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Council Conclusions on Strenghtening Minimum Income Protection to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

COMPETITION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Audiencia Provincial de León (Spain) lodged on 15 June 2020 - AB Volvo and DAF TRUCKS N.V. v RM (Case C-267/20)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9900 - ZF China/ Wolong/ Wolong ZF Automotive Electric Motors JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9959 - Advent/Aareal/Aareon)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9937 - BC Partners/Sofima/IMA)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9963 - Iliad S.A./Play Communications S.A.)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Monleasing by KKR and HPS (M.9906) - Midday Express
  • Commission decision on purchaser approval in Nidec/ Whirlpool (Embraco Business) merger
  • Full text of Commission decision prohibiting Wieland/ Aurubis Rolled Products/ Schwermetall merger
  • Google Shopping accused of failing to address competition problems - Study finds search giant’s move to grant rivals access to its retail platform has made little difference - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 14 August 2020 - Asempre Vs. Commission (Case T-513/20)
    Re: annulment of the European Commission Decision C (2020) 3108 final of 14 May 2020, concerning State aid SA.50872 (2020/NN) — Compensation to Correos under the universal service obligation, 2011-2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 62nd  meeting of the Electronic Customs Coordination Group (ECCG) joint with TCG of 5-6 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 02 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 30 September 2020
  • Annex to the Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union 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 Republic of Serbia, 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
  • EP Draft Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the agreement amending the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Independent State of Samoa and of future accessions of other Pacific Island States
  • Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security - IP/20/1703, FaQ, FactSheet, see the Communication  2nd Biennal Report & Press remarks by Paolo Gentiloni
  • WTO - Structured discussions on investment facilitation for development move into negotiating mode
  • WTO members intensify work on technical barriers to trade

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Action brought on 14 August 2020 - Daimler Vs. Commission (Case T-509/20)
    Re: annulment of the contested decision adopted by the defendant pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 443/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council, (1) in particular under the second subparagraph of Article 8(5), in so far as Article 1(1) of the decision in conjunction with Tables 1 and 2 in Annex I shows the average specific emissions of CO2 and the CO2 savings from eco-innovations for the applicant in columns D and I, respectively
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) of 29 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 30 September 2020
  • Agenda for: European Raw Materials Alliance – Launch meeting (online) of 29 September 2020
  • Draft standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation as regards toy safety in support of Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Nord Stream 2
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Incident at Almaraz nuclear power plant
  • Most trans-European energy projects allocate costs on a territorial basis, decisions appear to be taken to enable EU grants - see Acer Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: MDCG - Nomenclature working group meeting of 12 October 2020
  • The Commission authorises a genetically modified soybean for food and feed - Midday Express
  • Statement on World Heart Day by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Roadmap: Action Plan on synergies and cross-fertilisation between the civil, defence and space industries - Feedback period: 25 September 2020 - 23 October 2020
  • Towards a new EU strategy on children's rights – VP Šuica and Commissioners Reynders, Johansson and Schmit to participate in the 13th European Forum on the Rights of the Child - Midday Express
  • European Public Prosecutor's Office: EU Prosecutors take their oath at the European Court of Justice

€URO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • EURO: The Commission launches an evaluation and impact assessment on the use of the 1- and 2-cent coins*
  • Statement by President Donohoe on the candidates for the post of ECB executive board member
  • ECB amends monetary policy implementation guidelines
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Women are central, not just in central banks

BREXIT

  • Agenda of the ninth round of UK-EU Future Relationship negotiations: 29 September - 2 October 2020
  • Brexit teams in race against time as trade talks enter the final straight - Financial Times
  • EU officials debate Brexit threat to dual London listings - Diplomats in fresh push to prevent trading frictions with City of London - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • A stronger and more autonomous EU powering a fairer world - Speech by President Charles Michel at the UN General Assembly
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the result of the Swiss referendum regarding freedom of movement with the EU
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Influence of Russia on an EU accession candidate
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Renewed pressure and threats from Turkey
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Turkish intimidation in the wake of the EEZ agreement