EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP  written question - COVID-19 and its implications for the transformation of healthcare systems to support patients living with chronic conditions
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP  written question - Remdesivir

ECONOMY

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Conditions for granting aid to Member States under the recovery plan
  • Answer given by Ms Ferreira to a MEP written question - First acute aid packages during the Coronavirus crisis 

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Council Conclusions on Strengthening Minimum Income Protection to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond - Decision to use the written procedure for the adoption

DATA PRIVACY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Collection of data on EU citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • The General Court annuls in part the Commission’s inspection decisions following suspicions of anticompetitive practices by a number of French undertakings in the distribution sector (See CPR No.122/2020 - Judgments in Cases T-249/17,T-254/17,T-255/17 - Casino, Guichard-Perrachon and AMC Vs. Commission)
  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 October 2020 in Case T-380/17, HeidelbergCement AG and Schwenk Zement KG Vs. European Commission
    Re: Competition - Concentrations - Market for grey cement in Croatia - Decision declaring the concentration incompatible with the internal market and the EEA Agreement - Undertakings concerned - Relevant market - Substantial part of the internal market - Assessment of the effects of the transaction on competition - Commitments - Rights of the defence - Partial referral to the national authorities
  • Commission takes note of General Court judgment in HeidelbergCement /Schwenk/Cemex Hungary/Cemex Croatia merger case - IP/20/1828
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9933 - Apollo Capital Management/Chyronhego)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9939 - Sampo/RMI/Hastings)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9871 - Telefónica/Liberty Global/JV)
  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Quashing of the Commission’s fine on Apple
  • European Commission published the non-confidential version of the following merger decisions:
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    Umicore/Cattierite Holding Coöperatief (M.9379)
    - Telefónica's and Atresmedia's TV-content JV (M.9743)
    - Blackstonne and KP1 (M.9790)
    - Columbia Threadneedle Investments/Brittany Ferries /Condor (M.9673)
    - Uniqa/AXA (Insurance, Asset Management and pensions - Czechia, Poland and Slovakia) (M.9796)
  • Germany - Fake and manipulated user reviews for online purchases - Bundeskartellamt provides background information and solution approaches
  • Germany - Sustainability initiatives and antitrust law practice - virtual conference of the working group on antitrust law
  • UK - CMA writes to AIB (NI) about breach of directions given under 2002 SME undertakings
  • UK - CMA full text decision in Visa International Service Association / Plaid Inc merger

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 October 2020 in Case T-583/18, Gesamtverband Verkehrsgewerbe Niedersachsen e.V. (GVN), Vs. European Commission, supported by Federal Republic of Germany and Land Niedersachsen
    Re: State aid - Public passenger transport - Compensation for costs inherent in public service obligations - Obligation to establish maximum fares for pupils, students, Apprentices and persons with reduced mobility - Article 7a of the Niedersächsisches Nahverkehrsgesetz (Local Transport Act of the Land of Lower Saxony) - Decision not to raise objections - Article 3(2) and (3) of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 - Transfer of financial resources from a Land to transport organising authorities at municipal level - Concept of aid"
  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 October 2020 in Case T-597/18, Hermann Albers e.K. Vs. European Commission, supported by Federal Republic of Germany and Land Niedersachsen 
    Re: State aid - Public passenger transport - Compensation for costs inherent in public service obligations - Obligation to establish maximum fares for pupils, students, Apprentices and persons with reduced mobility - Article 7a of the Niedersächsisches Nahverkehrsgesetz (Local Transport Act of the Land of Lower Saxony) - Decision not to raise objections - Article 3(2) and (3) of Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 - Transfer of financial resources from a Land to transport organising authorities at municipal level - Concept of aid"
  • Answer given by Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Unequal, discriminatory treatment of TAP in respect of other airlines

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 06 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 09 October 2020
  • Draft Report by MEP Bernd Lange on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the elimination of customs duties on certain products
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the EU, in the Joint Council established under the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part, as regards the adjustment of certain reference quantities contained in Annex IV of the EPA
  • WTO - DDG Yi: Today’s thriving knowledge economy is the result of 25 years of TRIPS Agreement
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Q&A on the COVID-19 pandemic and trade

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • The conditions introduced by Hungary to enable foreign higher education institutions to carry out their activities in its territory are incompatible with EU law  (See CPR No.125/2020, Judgment in Case C-66/18 - Commission Vs. Hungary)
  • Final vote on EU rules for crowdfunding platforms - see the EP Statement & the EP Resolution
  • Brussels reaffirms post-Brexit stance on airline ownership rules - BA parent IAG says it has agreed contingency plans with national regulators on non-EU shareholdings - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • European Parliament legislative resolution of 5 October 2020 on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments
  • EBA saw that NPL ratios remained stable in Q2-2020 although early signals of asset quality deterioration in banks’ balance sheets start to appear

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The upcoming Commission's Communication on the long-term vision for rural areas - In-Depth Analysis for the EP AGRI Committee

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • A former migrant worker and his or her children who have a right of residence on the basis of children's schooling may not be automatically excluded from basic social benefits under national law on the grounds that he or she has become unemployed (See CPR No.126/2020, Judgment in Case C-181/19 - Jobcenter Krefeld)

ENERGY

  • ACER consults on barriers to efficient price formation and easy entry and participation in European electricity markets
  • ACER sets the methodologies to assess electricity resource adequacy in the EU

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EU device specific vigilance guidance on insulin infusion pumps and integrated meter systems
  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on E-cigarettes and WoE of 15 September 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 6 October 2020 in Case C-443/19, Vodafone España SAU Vs. Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Electronic communications networks and services - Directive 2002/20/EC - Article 13 - Fees for rights of use of radio frequencies - National sectoral legislation making the reservation of the public radio domain subject to a tax - National legislation making the constitution of administrative concessions on public domain property subject to a tax on proprietary transmissions

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Court of Justice confirms that EU law precludes national legislation requiring a provider of electronic communications services to carry out the general and indiscriminate transmission or retention of traffic data and location data for the purpose of combating crime in general or of safeguarding national security (See CPR No.123/2020 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-511/18,C-512/18,C-520/18,C-623/17 - La Quadrature du Net and Others)
  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 08 October 2020
  • The EU Agency for Cybersecurity, Europol and CERT-EU team up to identify the main security risks of IoT and to work towards achieving a more secure IoT ecosystem across Europe

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The right to an effective remedy guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union requires that persons who hold information that is requested by the national administration, in the context of a cooperation procedure between Member States, must be able to bring a direct action against such a request. Nevertheless, Member States may deny the taxpayer subject to the tax investigation and the third parties concerned by the information in question the right to bring such a direct action, provided that there are other remedies enabling them to obtain an incidental review of that request (See CPR No.127/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-245/19,C-246/19)
  • Brussels urges agreement over rule of law - Top official says member states need to agree budget safeguards to ease tensions - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Remarks by Paschal Donohoe and by Mr Gentiloni following the Eurogroup video conference of 5 October 2020
  • The Eurogroup adopted its work programme until June 2021, focusing on the economy, financial issues and the euro
  • ECB Executive Board: Eurogroup gives support to Frank Elderson's candidacy
  • Accountability at the Fed and the ECB - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee
  • How Can the European Parliament Better Oversee the European Central Bank? - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee
  • Accountability Mechanisms of the Bank of England and of the European Central Bank - Study for the EP ECON Committee
  • Green asset pricing - ECB Working Paper Series No.2477

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by VP Maroš Šefčovič at the Joint debate on European Council meetings of 1-2 October and of 15-16 October 2020, European Parliament Plenary, 6 October
  • European Council President Charles Michel to discuss recent and next EU summit with MEPs

EXTERNAL RELATIONS/FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • The Court of Justice upholds the judgment of the General Court dismissing Bank Refah Kargaran’s action for damages for the harm suffered as a result of the restrictive measures adopted concerning it (See CPR No.124/2020, Judgment in Case C-134/19 P, Bank Refah Kargaran Vs. Council)