EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

SOCIAL POLICY

  • European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds - IP/20/1808, QaA & Social Bond Framework 
  • Commission proposes to provide €504 million in financial support to Hungary under SURE - Proposal for Decision for Hungary

ECONOMY

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in Southern Italy (SA.58802) - IP/20/1847
  • Commission approves €5.1 million Belgian scheme to support coach companies in Flanders in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.58691) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €1.5 million Estonian scheme to support companies in the food processing sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58678) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €61 million Lithuanian scheme to support research, development and production of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.58645) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €57 million prolongation of Swedish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancelled or postponed cultural events due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58690) – Midday Express 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9895 - KKR/Waves UK Divestco)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9932 - Kaufland/SCP Real Digital Assets)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9960 - KKR/Elsan)  
  • Commission accepts commitments by Broadcom to ensure competition in chipset markets for modems and set-top boxes (AT.40608) - IP/20/1852
  • Commission approves PPF's acquisition of CME (M.9669) - IP/201842
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Ivanti Software by Clearlake and TA Associates (M.9950) - Midday Express 
  • Commission authorizes the acquisition of a commercial real estate property, "Espace Lumière" by Tishman Speyer and PSPIB (M.9951)  – Midday Express  
  • Portugal - AdC prohibits the acquisition of Grupo Fundão by the Transdev Group due to risk of eliminating competition in passenger transportation in central Portugal
  • Poland Nord Stream 2 - maximum penalties imposed by UOKiK President
  • UK - CMA opens investigation into suspected abuse of dominance in supply of lithium-based medication for the treatment of bipolar disease 

STATE AID

  • Roadmap - Trade & Insvestment - Addressing distortions caused by foreign subsidies - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 29 October 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Executive VP Vestager to a MEP written question - Dispute involving AST Terni  

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: EP INTA Committee of 12 and 15 October 2020
  • Revised Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 08 October 2020
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification Opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the Harmonized System Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System, and of recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention - See the Annex 
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation EU) …/... amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items - Annex 1, Part.1, Part. 2, Part.3, Part.4, Part.6, Part.7, Part.8, Part.9, Part.10, Part.11, Annex 2 & Annex 3
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures
    - Silicon - The People’s Republic of China - Anti-dumping duty - 06.07.2021
    - Ring binder mechanisms - The People’s Republic of China - Anti-dumping duty - 13.05.2021
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1407 of 6 October 2020 accepting a request for new exporting producer treatment with regard to the definitive anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1198 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1408 of 6 October 2020 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty and definitively collecting the provisional duty imposed on imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in Indonesia, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan 
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1409 of 29 September 2020 concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 88/97 
  • Commission imposes further anti-dumping duties on steel imports - Midday Express 
  • Ex post evaluation of the implementation of the Trade Agreement between the EU and its Member States and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador - Inception Report - Draft, September 2020
  • Civil Society Dialogue - Sustainability impact assessment in support of the negotiations to deepen the EU-Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)
  • Answer given by Mr Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Free Trade Agreement with New Zealand
  • Japan-UK trade deal keeps low tariffs for cars made with EU parts - Nikkei Asian Review

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH
  • Investment Plan in Bulgaria: €10 million for SMEs in cultural and creative sector affected by pandemic - IP/20/1826
  • Investment Plan supports robotic microsurgery company in Italy - IP/20/1850
  • DigitalEurope contribution to TRIS notification 2020/468-473/F (French proposed repairability index for electronic equipment)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on financial services (Capital Markets Recovery Package) of 14 October 2020

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Enough with surrealistic meat and dairy denominations! – See Copa-Cogeca Press Release

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of October 2020
  • Consultation - Energy efficiency – updated EU rules on ecodesign and energy labelling - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
  • Consultation - Energy efficiency – updated EU rules on energy labelling - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
  • Consultation - Food safety - standard official certificates for farmed fish & their by-products - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
  • Consultation - Food safety – standard health certificates for animals & goods - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 03 November 2020 
  • Consultation - Food safety - standard official certificates for land animals & reproductive material - Feedback period: 06 October 2020 - 03 November 2020

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Joint position paper on the Increase of the EU Climate Ambition for 2030 in the Transport Sector 
  • Many of Europe's protected areas lack specific conservation measures and objectives - See the EEA Report 
  • EU climate credibility rescued in tight Parliamentary vote - See EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Flash report - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (02 October 2020)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • New reports show progress and substantial remaining gaps on actions taken by the signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation
  • Harmonisation of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for real-time information exchange will improve road and urban rail transport safety - See the Proposal Implementation Decision

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 09 & 12 October 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - GDPR - Evaluation and implementation
  • Transport sector calls for an EU framework on the governance of B2B data - See the Joint Statement 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB publishes summary of feedback on public consultation on compounded €STR rates
  • ECB appoints Wolfgang Proissl as Director General Communications
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: The ECB’s monetary policy in the pandemic: meeting the challenge 
  • The impact of G-SIB identification on bank lending: evidence from syndicated loans - ECB Working Paper Series No.2479
  • Covid-19 and rural landscape: the case of Italy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2478
  • House prices up by 5.0% in the euro area - Stat/149/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS/FOREIGN AFFAIRS