EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves extension of Hungarian scheme to support research and development and production of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.58718) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Authorisation of State aid measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic  
  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Distortions of competition in the single market as a consequence of the Temporary Framework for State aid 

HEALTH

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9913 - Hella/Minth/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9910 - Mapfre Group/Santander Group/Popular Seguros JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9905 - Bridgepoint/EQT Credit Platform)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9957 - Advent International/Otto/Hermes Parcelnet/Hermes Germany)
  • Prior notification of a concentration Case M.9941 - Private Theory Luxco/ARC Group )
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 5 February 2019 declaring a concentration incompatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement (Case M.8900 – Wieland/ Aurubis Rolled Products/Schwermetall)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on mergers
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections 
  • State Aid weekly e-News No.32/20 - Covers from 25 September to 1 October 2020 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda of the meeting of the "CETA Committee" on Wines and Spirits of 5-6 October 2020
  • Agenda of the 15th Meeting of the "EU-Uzbekistan" Sub-Committee on Economic, Trade and Investment Relations of 02 October 2020
  • Agenda of the 4th meeting of the "EU-Republic of Kazakhstan" Cooperation Committee in Trade Configuration - 09 October 2020
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on the international transport of goods under cover of TIR Carnets as regards the proposal to amend the Convention - Adoption
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1369 of 29 September 2020 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (CN: 6307 90 98)
  • Determination of the non-preferential origin of e-bikes - DG Taxud

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • EU Cohesion policy invests in Poland's research and innovation network - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Response to EC consultation on EU Green Bond Standard
  • EBA publishes final guidelines on the appropriate subsets of sectoral exposures in the application of a systemic risk buffer
  • EFAMA comments IASB Primary Financial Statements Exposure Draft

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 1 October 2020 in Case C-405/19, Vos Aannemingen BVBA Vs. Belgische Staat,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Taxation – Common system of value added tax (VAT) – Sixth Directive 77/388/EEC – Article 17(2)(a) – Right to deduct input tax – Services also having benefited third parties – Existence of a direct and immediate link with the taxable person’s economic activity – Existence of a direct and immediate link with one or more output transactions
  • Conferring implementing powers on the Commission in the area of value added tax - Roadmap - Feedback period: 01 October 2020 - 29 October 2020

ENERGY

  • Renewables could cover more than one-third of energy demand in Central and South Eastern Europe - See the new report by the IRENA
  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Simson at the Central and South-Eastern European Connectivity High-level Group Ministerial meeting
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the Eurogas Annual Conference 
  • Investing in new energy infrastructure: Green light for EU grants worth nearly €1 billion - IP/20/1803, see the List of actions &  List of PCI

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Reducing packaging waste – review of rules - Public consultation - Feedback period: 30 September 2020 - 06 January 2021
  • EU emissions trading system - updated rules for aviation - Public consultation - Feedback period - 01 October 2020 - 14 January 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues 
    - UNECE Espoo of 08 October 2020
    Biodiversity of 08 October 2020
  • Commission launches global cooperation platform to fight deforestation
  • Report from the Commission on the Regulation (EU) No 995/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 laying down the obligations of operators who place timber and timber products on the market (the EU Timber Regulation) - Biennial report for the period March 2017 - February 2019 - see the Annex

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 40 (Published on: 02/10/2020)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme isoamylase from a Dyella sp. strain
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme α‐cyclodextrin glucanotransferase from Escherichia coli strain WCM105xpCM703 -
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme β‐cyclodextrin glucanotransferase from Escherichia coli strain WCM105xpCM6420
  • Food and Veterinary Office - audit reports - Germany - Animal welfare - quality controls and indicators
  • EMA reminds physicians to use Tecentriq with nab-paclitaxel for treating breast cancer

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • New 5G Survey: Europeans are positive, but disinformation looms and citizens call for action
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Online platforms and unsafe products

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Improved rail passenger rights: informal deal with the European Parliament - See Beuc reaction
  • Draft - Commission delegated Directive (EU) .../… amending the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards adaptation to scientific and technical progress

AREA FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Combating terrorism – evaluation of EU rules - Roadmap - Feedback period: 01 October 2020 - 19 November 2020
  • Eurojust Memorandum on Battlefield Evidence - September 2020

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB intensifies its work on a digital euro - Financial Times 
  • Greece – evaluation of EU financial assistance package - Roadmap - Feedback period: 01 October 2020 - 29 October 2020
  • Philip R. Lane: "The euro area: a laboratory for international macroeconomic research" 
  • Borrowing constraints, own labour and homeownership: does it pay to paint your walls - ECB Working Paper Series No.2474
  • Sectoral output effects of monetary policy: do sticky prices matter? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2473
  • Business profit share recovers back to 39.8% while business investment decreases to 23.2% in the euro area - Stat/146/2020
  • Euro area annual inflation down to -0.3% - Stat/144/2020
  • Household saving rate at record high at 24.6% in the euro area while household investment rate at record low at 7.9% - Stat/145/2020
  • Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - Stat/142/2020
  • Industrial producer prices up by 0.1% in euro area - Stat/143/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS/FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • European Council conclusions on external relations, 1 October 2020  
  • Ukraine: two persons and four entities involved in the construction of the Kerch bridge added to EU sanctions list
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1380 of 1 October 2020 implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya  
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1385 of 1 October 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell - Data protection rights in an increasingly non-democratic cyber space
  • EU provides initial emergency aid to civilians affected by the Nagorno Karabakh conflict
  • EU summit deal opens door to sanctions on Belarus - Leaders reach accord on Turkey and eastern Mediterranean in late-night talks - Financial Times