EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir - IP/20/1845
  • Coronavirus: the Commission approves third contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine - IP/20/1829 
  • EMA starts second rolling review of a COVID-19 vaccine  
  • EU regulators fully uphold transparency and independence standards for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines

STATE AID

  • Commission approves one-year prolongation of tax exemption for biofuels in Sweden (SA.55695) - Midday Express 
  • Commission finds €12.5 million Czech scheme to support SMEs' participation in capital markets involves no aid (SA.57590) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €10.5 million Danish scheme to support companies affected by restrictive measures implemented to limit the spread of coronavirus (SA.58780) - Midday Express 

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19 and the Future of Quantitative Easing in the Euro Area: Three Scenarios with a Trilemma - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9796 — Uniqa/AXA (Insurance, Asset Management and Pensions - Czechia, Poland and Slovakia))
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over 20 Station Road by PSP and Aviva (M.9955) - Midday Express 
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission decision to accept commitments by Broadcom to ensure competition in chipset markets for modems and set-top boxes
  • The Netherlands - ACM: rates charged by ATM operator Geldmaat to other banks not unreasonable, information about its services to be more transparent
  • UK - CMA requests review of Virgin and O2 merger

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - Addressing market asymmetries stemming from unfair advantages provided by the State aid Temporary Framework)
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections OJ C332 p.5,6 & 7 
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority’s notice on State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates for the EFTA States applicable as from 1 July 2020 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of of 8 October 2020 in Case C-330/19, Staatssecretaris van Financiën Vs. Exter BV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs union - Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Community Customs Code - Article 121(1) - Inward processing procedure - Release for free circulation - Incurrence of a customs debt - Determination of the debt - Concept of 'elements of taxation' - Entry in the accounts of a preferential tariff measure
  • Judgment of the Court of of 8 October 2020 in Case C 476/19, Allmänna ombudet hos Tullverket Vs. Combinova AB
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Union Customs Code - Article 124(1)(k) - Extinction of the customs debt where the goods are not used - Concept of 'used goods' - Inward processing procedure - Customs debt incurred as a result of failure to comply with the rules laid down under the inward processing procedure - Failure to present the statement of discharge within the prescribed period 
  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 09 October 2020 and of 17 October 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 13 October 2020 
  • 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 – See the Annex
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1410 of 25 September 2020 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

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C-602/19, kohlpharma GmbH Vs. Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Articles 34 and 36 TFEU - Free movement of goods - Quantitative restrictions - Measures having equivalent effect - Refusal to approve a change in the information and documents relating to a medicinal product which is the subject of a parallel import authorisation - Protection of the health and life of humans - Directive 2001/83/EC
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Better Regulation) of 14 October 2020
  • Investment Plan in Poland: €67.5 million for sustainable development of chemical company - IP/20/1807
  • European Capitals of Culture: Council proposes to extend Galway and Rijeka beyond 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Member states' EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on the proposed amendments to the Benchmark Regulation, see the - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament = Statement from the IT delegation 
  • Anti-money laundering directive IV (AMLD IV) - transposition status as of 05 October 2020
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C‑235/19, United Biscuits (Pension Trustees) Limited, United Biscuits Pension Investments Limited Vs. Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 135(1)(a) - Exemption of insurance transactions - Supply of pension fund management services to trustees by investment fund managers - Exclusion of any risk indemnity - Occupational pension scheme - National tax practice - Exercise of an insurance activity - Authorised entities - Entities not holding such authorisation - Concept of ‘insurance transactions’ 
  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C-657/19, Finanzamt D Vs. E
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Exemptions - Article 132(1)(g) - Supply of services closely linked to social assistance and social security - Drawing up of dependency assessment reports - Taxable person mandated by the medical service of the care insurance scheme - Bodies recognised as having a social character 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Standing Forestry Committee of 15 October 2020 
  • Agriculture: Commission approves two new geographical indications from Greece and Cyprus - Midday Express 
  • Future EU Forest strategy: High-quality management of EU forests and woodlands - See the EP Statement

ENERGY

  • A customer may submit a complaint against the operator of the national grid following a power failure  (See CPR No.130/2020 - Judgment in Case C-360/19 - Crown Van Gelder)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 13 October 2020 
  • EU climate law: MEPs want to increase 2030 emissions reduction target to 60%
  • Opening Remarks by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans at the European Parliament Plenary Session on the European Climate Law 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • France validly informed the Commission of the need to take measures intended, in particular, to protect bees (See CPR No.129/2020 - Judgment in Case C-514/19 - Union des industries de la protection des plantes) 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Health of 13 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Medical Device Coordination Group
    - Nomenclature working group meeting of 12 October 2020
    - Eudamed working group meeting of 19 October 2020
    - New Technologies working group meeting of 23 October 2020  
    - Eudamed Vigilance of 29 October 2020 
  • Parliament objects to legislation on food products that might be harmful to kids
    - Draft resolution on objection to draft Commission regulation amending specifications for food additives as regards specifications for titanium dioxide (E 171) -  
    - Draft resolution on the objection to draft Commission regulation as regards maximum levels of acrylamide in certain foodstuffs for infants and young children -  
  • EMA - New online platform for scientific advice 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Belgian Data Protection Authority has issued a warning and reprimand to a regional public environmental institution for wrongful processing of personal data from the National Register. 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Joint Statement following the videoconference between Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • What Role for the European Semester in the recovery plan? - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee  
  • This Time is Different: The PEPP Might Not Work in a Sectoral Recession - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee
  • Portugal’s Performance after the Macroeconomic Adjustment Programme - Economic Briefs 058|
  • Spain sets out plans to spend share of EU recovery fund - Government will use €72bn between 2021 and 2023, says prime minister – Financial Times 
  • Germany tables EU budget offer to break impasse with parliament - Extra billions could unlock dispute over linking payments to rule of law – Financial Times 

BREXIT

  • Barnier and Frost hint at space for compromises in Brexit trade talks - Optimistic comments come as new round of intensified negotiations starts in London – Financial Times  

EXTERNAL RELATIONS/FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Minutes of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly of the Partnership Agreement concluded between the members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part 
  • Visit to Ethiopia by HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič to strengthen EU-Africa Partnership - IP/20/1859
  • EU to consider sanctions against Russia over Navalny poisoning - Germany and France propose targeted move against officials linked to attack on Kremlin critic – Financial Times