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

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €403 million scheme to reimburse costs borne by Italian companies for reducing contagion risks at workplace (SA.58727)  - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Investment Plan backs up to €500 million in loans for SMEs affected by coronavirus crisis in Germany - IP/20/1773

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9778 - TUI AG/RCCL/Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
  • Commission approves Worldline's acquisition of Ingenico, subject to conditions (M.9776) - IP/20/1781
  • Commission authorizes the creation of a joint venture by Natixis Investment Managers and La Banque Postale (M.9810) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Delphi by BorgWarner (M.9798)  - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt safeguards freedom to set prices for guitars
  • The Netherlands - ACM imposes fine on Innova Energie for offering consumers contracts with too high termination fees
  • Polish energy deal signals a more political Vestager - Politico.eu

STATE AID

  • Commission launches public consultation on availability of private short-term export-credit insurance capacity for exports in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Subsidising Estonia's oil shale industry with co-firing biomass does not merit state aid
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections - p.9, 10 & 11

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-US agreement on tariff reductions
  • Council Decision establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EPA Committee set up by the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, in connection with the adoption of the procedure for:
    - the settlement of disputes and the code of conduct for arbitrators - Adoption
    - the list of arbitrators - Adoption
  • EU won’t grant preferential trade terms to UK car industry, admits Frost - Chief Brexit negotiator says Brussels not willing to be flexible on zero-tariff access to bloc - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 1 October 2020 in Case C-331/19, Staatssecretaris van Financiën Vs. X
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 98 - Member States' option to apply a reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies of goods and services - Annex III, point 1 - Concepts of 'foodstuffs for human consumption' and 'products normally used to supplement or replace foodstuffs' - Aphrodisiac products

EDUCATION &  RESEARCH

  • Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age - IP/20/1743
    - Factsheet – European Education Area
    - Factsheet – Digital Education Action Plan
    - Communication – European Education Area
    - Digital Education Action Plan
  • A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery - IP/20/1749, FactSheet, see the Communication
  • Speech by Executive VP Margrethe Vestager on a New Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 and a New European Research Area
  • Europe has a new plan for digital education: now it’s time to turn it into action - see DigitalEurope Statement

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 05 to 08 October 2020
  • More climate-friendly alternatives to harmful greenhouse gases used in air-conditioning and switchgear
    - Report on climate friendly alternatives in split air - conditioning systems
    - Report on climate friendly alternatives in electrical switchgear
  • As Czech government prepares to take Poland to court for illegal mining, activists urge European Commission to act - See the EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 01 October 2020 in Case C-649/18, A Vs. Daniel B, UD, AFP, B, L
    Re: Preliminary referral - Medicinal products for human use not subject to compulsory medical prescription - Online sales - Advertising for the website of a pharmacy dispensary - Limitations - Discount prohibitions in the event of orders exceeding a certain quantity and recourse to paid referencing - Obligation to have a health questionnaire completed by the patient before validating his first order on the website - Protection of public health - Directive 2000/31/EC - Electronic commerce - Article 2, (a) - Information Society Service - Article 2(h) - Coordinated area - Article 3 - Country of origin principle - Derogations - Justification - Protection of public health - Protection of the dignity of the profession of pharmacist - Prevention of the abuse of medicinal products
  • Judgment of the Court of 01 October 2020 in Case C-485/18, Groupe Lactalis Vs. Prime Minister, Keeper of the Seals, Minister of Justice, Minister of Agriculture and Food, Minister of the Economy and Finance
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 - Information to consumers on foodstuffs - Article 9(1)(i) and Article 26(2)(a) - Compulsory indication of the country of origin or place of provenance of foodstuffs - Omission liable to mislead consumers - Article 38(1) - Expressly harmonised questions - Article 39, paragraph 2 - Adoption of national measures providing for additional mandatory indications concerning the country of origin or place of provenance of specific types or categories of foodstuffs - Conditions - Existence of a proven link between one or more properties of the foodstuffs concerned and their origin or provenance - Concepts of "proven link" and "properties" - Evidence that the majority of consumers attach significant importance to this information - National measure providing for the mandatory indication of the national, European or non-European origin of milk
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Health of 07 October 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Lead poisoning in children in the EU and worldwide
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Discontinuation of confirmation screening for salmonella in poultry
  • Toxic shock: health officials block progress on chemical safety - See the EEB Statement

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET &  INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 7th Web Accessibility Directive Expert Group of 14 July 2020
  • Building Next Generation Connectivity for Europe The Future Is Now - See ETNO Statement
  • MEP Kaili teams up with the EU Agency for Cybersecurity to explore the cybersecurity challenges of AI at one-day virtual workshop - see the Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Minutes of the 1st meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence in the domain of Home Affairs of 02 July 2020
  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1366 of 23 September 2020 on an EU mechanism for preparedness and management of crises related to migration
  • Communication from the Commission - Commission Guidance on the implementation of EU rules on definition and prevention of the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence
  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1364 of 23 September 2020 on legal pathways to protection in the EU: promoting resettlement, humanitarian admission and other complementary pathways
  • Vice-President Jourová Press speaking points – 2020 Rule of Law Report
  • Commissioner Reynders Press speaking points – 2020 Rule of Law Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Multiannual financial framework and recovery package: Council agrees mandate for negotiations with Parliament on the regulation for the protection of the EU budget
  • Investment Plan helps Dutch fund to raise close to €100 million for social entrepreneurs - IP/20/1784

BREXIT

  • Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations - IP/20/1798 / Politico.eu / Financial Times
  • Press statement by President von der Leyen on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK
  • Statement by the European Commission following the extraordinary meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee
  • ESMA updates statements on the impact of Brexit on MiFID II/MiFIR and the Benchmarks Regulation 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS/FOREIGN POLICY

  • Judgment of the Court of 1 October 2020 in Case C-158/19 P: Razan Othman Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Appeal - Common foreign and security policy - Restrictive measures taken against the Syrian Arab Republic - Measures directed against prominent businessmen and businesswomen operating in Syria - List of persons to whom the freezing of funds and economic resources applies - Inclusion of the appellant's name - Action for annulment'