EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1341 of 28 September 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 as regards the period of application of temporary measures

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €32 million Polish aid scheme to compensate airports for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58212) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €2.2 million Belgian aid measures to support Flemish airports in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58299) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €32 million Polish aid scheme to compensate airports for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58212) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €26 million German scheme to compensate youth hostels, school country homes, youth education centres and family holiday centres in Bavaria for damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58464) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

EMPLOYMENT

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9917 - Liberty/Ascoval/Hayange)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9695 - LVMH/Tiffany) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9946 - MSI/Altice/Lightpath) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9929 - EDP/Viesgo) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9965 - ECP ControlCo/First Sentier Investors/Terra-Gen Power Holdings II)
  • Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement (AT.40299) - IP/20/1774
  • Commission clears acquisition of Chyronhego by Apollo Capital Management (M.9933) - Midday Express 
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • The Netherlands : ACM has imposed fines on four major cigarette manufacturers, totaling over 82 million euros
  • Nordic Competition Authorities release joint memorandum on digital platforms and the future of European policy
  • UK - Provisional findings  published in CMA review of water price controls

TRADE CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union of 30 September 2020 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1336 of 25 September 2020 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols originating in the People’s Republic of China 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  •  61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO (Geneva, 21 - 25 September 2020) - Final EU/Member States statements

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Recovery and Resilience Facility – Endorsement
  • ESMA updates regulatory technical standards (RTS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)
  • ESMA working paper on DVC mechanism and impact on EU equity markets
  • ESMA Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors conference call - 9 September 2020
  • ESMA has updated its Q&A document on data reporting under the Market in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR)
  • ESMA updates Q&A on data reporting under EMIR
  • EU regulators to vet LCH on future European market access - Watchdog to assess systemic risk in 18-month grace period and may force activities to relocate – Financial Times 

ENERGY

  • ACER and the EFTA Surveillance Authority increase their cooperation 

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE and other regional issues) of 06 October 2020 
  • Decision No 2/2019 of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the EU and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their GreenHouse Gas Emissions trading systems of 5 December 2019 amending Annexes I and II to the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems  
  • Increasing the EU’s 2030 emissions reduction target is necessary and feasible – see the EP Statement 
  • Roadmap: Industrial pollution  – European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (updated rules) - Feedback period: 28 September 2020 - 26 October 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on safety of breast implants in relation to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) of 14 September 2020
  • SCCS - Request for a scientific Opinion on:
    - Methyl-N-methylanthranilate
    - Methyl salicylate used in cosmetic products
  • Public consultation: SCHEER preliminary Opinion on e-cigarettes
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on e-cigarettes of 15 September 2020
  • Statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • MEPs spell out their priorities for the Digital Services Act
  • Brussels urged to revolutionise rules for Big Tech companies - European parliament wants landmark EU regulation to target power of largest online platforms – Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 05 October 2020 
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - A Paris-style agreement on privacy and data protection
  • EU countries test their ability to cooperate in the event of cyber attacks - Midday Express
  • Blue OLEx 2020: the European Union Member States launch the Cyber Crisis Liaison Organisation Network(CyCLONe
  • Letter from Deputy Assistant Secretary James Sullivan on the Schrems II Decision

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • New Migration Pact proposal gets mixed reactions from MEPs 
  • Europol - Nearly 28 million counterfeit and illegal goods including 27 million facemasks were seized
  • Proposal for a regulation - EU police cooperation - Feedback period: 28 September 2020 - 16 November 2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • According to Advocate General Pitruzzella, EU law provides that creditors have an obligation in principle to accept cash in euros for the payment of monetary debts
    (See CPR Nº 119/2020 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-422/19 et C-423/19 Hessischer Rundfunk) 
  • Speech by Christine Lagarde: Hearing at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: When markets fail – the need for collective action in tackling climate change
  • Global financial markets and oil price shocks in real time - Working Paper Series No.2472
  • Employer mainly decides on working time in the EU (Stat/141/2020)

BREXIT

  • Guidance - Help and support if your business trades with the EU - Learn more about trading with the EU from 1 January 2020
  • Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 28 September - See the Statement
  • Press statement by VP Maroš Šefčovič following the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee 
  • Brexit trade deal: So near and yet so far - Bilaterals.org 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: Joint statement on behalf of the Council of Europe and the European Commission
  • HR/VP Borrell addresses the EU-Western Balkans Media Literacy Conference
  • Lebanon: Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell on the resignation of the Prime Minister-designate
  • North Macedonia: HR/VP Josep Borrell met with Foreign Minister Osmani