EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

SOCIAL POLICY

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

INDUSTRY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Impact of COVID-19 on the automotive industry and its transformation

ECONOMY

  • Loan guarantees and other national credit-support programmes in the wake of COVID-19 - see Bruegel Paper

AGRICULTURE

  • Still under distress facing COVID, fruit and vegetable growers concerned that their situation is poorly taken into account within the Green Deal - COPA-COGECA Statement
  • No deal would compound COVID-19 impact - COPA-COGECA Statement

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Issue of deferral of tax and social security contributions in the context of state aid

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 05 October 2020
  • Draft- Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 25.9.2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards Armenia and Vietnam
  • Commission notice concerning the application of the Regional Convention on pan-EuroMediterranean preferential rules of origin or the protocols on rules of origin providing for diagonal cumulation between the Contracting Parties to this Convention
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of stainless steel cold-rolled flat products originating in India and Indonesia
  • Sixth round of negotiations on the title 'Trade and Trade Related Matters' of the EU-Uzbekistan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement: Joint Report
  • Guidance - Customs Valuation - Implementing Act - Articles 128 and 136 UCC IA - Article 347 UCC IA
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - UK threatens EU agri-food sector with tariffs
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Trade is the best option for ensuring supply of essential goods
  • WTO - Minutes of the Dispute Settlement Body meeting on 28 September 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Members of the Financial Services Committee on 7 October 2020 
  • Progress on financial services legislative files
  • ESMA publishes Final Report for Guidelines on Internal Control

TAXATION

  • The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes - Report by the Code of Conduct Group (business taxation) suggesting amendments to the Annexes of the Council conclusions of 18 February 2020 = Adoption = Initiation of written procedure

ENERGY

  • Draft Agenda of the CEF Coordination Committee - Energy meeting of 01 October 2020
  • Response by Eurelectric to ENTSOE consultation on the methodology for coordinating operational security analysis

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Report from the Commission on The availability of refrigerants for new split air conditioning systems that can replace fluorinated greenhouse gases or result in a lower climate impact
  • Report from the Commission assessing the availability of alternatives to fluorinated greenhouse gases in switchgear and related equipment, including medium-voltage secondary switchgear
  • European Union joins world leaders in committing to reverse nature loss by 2030 at UN Biodiversity Summit - Midday Express
  • Higher climate targets must go hand in hand with stronger incentives and infrastructure ramp-up - See ACEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1360 of 28 September 2020 authorising the placing on the market of products containing, consisting of or produced from genetically modified soybean MON 87708 × MON 89788 × A5547-127, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • EFSA - Avian influenza overview May – August 2020  
  • EFSA - Updated peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance flumioxazin
  • EFSA - Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for chlorothalonil, including assessments for import tolerances for banana, papaya and peanuts -
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for penthiopyrad in Florence fennels and celeries
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for the active substance tri‐allate in light of confirmatory data submitted 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • The Digital in a fractious world: Europe's way - Speech by President Charles Michel at the FT-ETNO Forum

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on EDPS Opinion on the European strategy for data
  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the European Commission’s action plan for a comprehensive Union policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing
  • European Cybersecurity Month 2020 ‘Think Before U Click’ kicks off today - see ENISA Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union - IP/20/1756, Q&A & Factsheet
    - 2020 Rule of Law Report - Country Chapters
    - The EU's rule of law toolbox - Factsheet
  • Security Union: EU law on combatting terrorism led to stronger criminal justice rules against terrorism and more rights for victims - See the Report - Midday Express
  • High-level conference on anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing - closing the door on dirty money - Midday Express
  • Antisemitism/hate speech - Exchange of views with the Director of the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
  • Human Rights, Participation and Well-Being of Older Persons in the Era of Digitalisation - draft Council Conclusions
  • Twelve arrested for smuggling migrants in small boats across the English channel - See Eurojust Statement
  • Slovak and Belgian authorities agree to cooperate in investigation of Chovanec case  - See Eurojust Statement
  • Schengen under Pressure: Differentiation or Disintegration? - see EPC Paper

ECB, EURO & 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)
  • Statement by Federal Minister of Finance, Olaf Scholz in his capacity as Chairman of the EU Council of Economic and Finance Ministers at the IMFC Annual Meeting,15-16 October, 2020
  • Draft EU terms of reference for the G20 FMCBG Meeting on 14 October 2020
  • EU's Structural Reform Support Programme achieving its objectives (See the Report from the Commission) - Midday Express
  • Speech by Christine Lagarde: The monetary policy strategy review: some preliminary considerations
  • ECB publishes statement of compliance of €STR with IOSCO Principles for Financial Benchmarks
  • Independence with Weak Accountability: The Swiss Case - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their special meeting on 1-2 October 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Kuwait: Joint Statement by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the HR/ VP on the passing of late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad al-Sabah
  • Georgia: Meeting between HR/VP Josep Borrell and Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia
  • Saudi Arabia: HR/VP Borrell meets Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan Al Saud
  • Reinforcing the EU-UN Strategic Partnership on Crisis Management
  • UN and EU sign agreement to enhance cooperation and strengthen response in peace operations
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - EU trade with Turkey
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Turkish acts of provocation directed at EU Member
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Sanctions against Turkey for its aggressive actions within the Greek continental shelf
  • Can the EU's Strategic Compass steer European defence? - see CER Paper