EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Draft opinion on the organisation of resilient health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Europe’s Covid-19 testing programs creak as demand surges - Wall Street Journal

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves €15.8 million Belgian scheme to support hotels and aparthotels in Brussels in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.58763) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Measuring price stability in Covid times - See CEPS Paper

TRANSPORT

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the International Civil Aviation Organization as regards notification of differences to Annexes 1, 3, 4, 6, Parts I, II and III, 10, Volumes I and II, 11, 14, Volumes I and II, 15 and 16, Volumes I, II and III, to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and in the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization in respect of the adoption of Amendments 46 and 39 to Annex 6, Parts I and II, to that Convention, related to deferral of the future equipage requirement for 25-hour cockpit voice recorder (CVR) to avoid unintended consequences due to the COVID-19 contingency - See the Annex

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Sanctions: Commission expands Guidance on COVID-19-related humanitarian aid in sanctioned environments

COMPETITION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hoganof 8 October 2020 in Case C 440/19 P, Pometon SpA Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European steel abrasives market - Participation in bilateral and multilateral contacts with the aim of coordinating prices throughout the European Economic Area (EEA) - Chronologically staggered ‘hybrid’ procedure - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 41 - Principle of impartiality of the Commission - Article 48 - Presumption of innocence - Obligation to state reasons -Single and continuous infringement - Equal treatment - Unlimited jurisdiction -
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9379 - Umicore/Cattierite Holdings Coöperatief) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9756 - Nouryon/CP Kelco)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9736 - Lone Star/BASF Construction Chemicals (EB) business)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9951 - PSPIB/Tishman Speyer/Espace Lumière)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9891 - Hayfin Capital Management/Frans Bonhomme Group) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9967 - Kohlberg/Mubadala/Partners Group/Pioneer UK Midco 1)
  • Commission publishes responses to consultation on possible new competition tool 
  • EU publishes Harris-L3 conditional clearance decision
  • Market Definition in EU Competition Law Enforcement: Need for an update – see Beuc Position Paper
  • UK - CMA requests right to review Liberty Global/Telefonica merger (M.9871)
  • UK - CMA has cleared the proposed joint venture between brewing companies Carlsberg and Marston’s
  • UK - CMA Statistics showing the outcomes of merger inquiries examined under the Enterprise Act 2002

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.33/2020 - Covers from 2 October 2020 to 8 October 2020 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a written question - Possible sale of TK-AST steelworks in Terni

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1420 of 15 October 2018 on the signing, on behalf of the European Union and its Member States, and provisional application of a Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union  
  • EU foreign investment screening mechanism becomes fully operational - IP/20/1867 - See the Regulation
  • Consultation on the Trade Policy Review - Closing Date: 15 November 2020 
  • Commitments made at the hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis Commissioner for Trade - Briefing for the EP Econ, Inta, Budgets, Afet, Foreign Affairs and Development Committees
  • Definitive Anti-Dumping duties on Indonesia, China and Taiwan stainless steel imports a necessary measure - see Eurofer Press Release  
  • A challenging agenda for the new Trade Commissioner – See European Policy Centre Paper 
  • Blockchain for Trade: the next gold standard or the fool’s gold? - See ECIPE Paper
  • Britain can finesse EU rules of origin with Irish customs agent - Financial Times
  • WTO  - Committee on Safeguards - Notification under article 12.1(a) of the Agreement on Safeguards - United Kingdom - Certain Steel Products
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Open markets essential to global economic recovery
  • WTO - The United States launches safeguard investigation on fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries

‎INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C-456/19, Aktiebolaget Östgötatrafiken Vs. Patent-och registreringsverket
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Trade marks - Directive 2008/95/EC - Article 3(1)(b) - Signs of which a trade mark may consist - Distinctive character - Application for registration as a trade mark of a sign in respect of a service, consisting of motifs of colour and intended to be affixed to goods used to provide that service - Assessment of the distinctive character of that sign - Criteria
  • List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 October
  • Parliament calls on member states to fully exploit the European Youth Guarantee 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Call for Evidence on the review of transparency requirements for equity and non-equity instruments

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party (Taxation) of 22 October 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The use of deferred tax assets (DTAs) and deferred tax credits (DTCs) in the financial sector

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 13 October 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Updating the TEN-E Regulation and projects in the field of gas infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Environment) of 23 October 2020 - See the "List of A Items"
  • EU Solidarity Fund: Commission puts forward financial assistance worth €823 million for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland and the coronavirus crisis - IP/20/1857

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C-641/19, EU Vs. PE Digital GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Consumer protection - Directive 2011/83/EU - Point 11 of Article 2, Article 14(3) and Article 16(m) - Distance contract - Supply of digital content and digital services - Right of withdrawal - Obligations of the consumer in the event of withdrawal - Determination of the amount to be paid by the consumer for the services provided before the exercise of the right of withdrawal - Exception to the right of withdrawal in the case of the supply of digital content
  • BEUC’s Response to the Public Consultation on the European Commission’s Consumer Agenda 2021-2027

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: JHA Counxsellors (Data Retention) of 14 October 2020
  • Judgment of the Court of 8 October 2020 in Case C-568/19, MO Vs. Subdelegación del Gobierno en Toledo
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Area of freedom, security and justice - Directive 2008/115/EC - Common standards and procedures for returning illegally staying third-country nationals - Article 6(1) and Article 8(1) - Illegal stay - National legislation providing for either a fine or removal, depending on the circumstances - Consequences of the judgment of 23 April 2015, Zaizoune (C‑38/14, EU:C:2015:260) - National legislation more favourable to the interested party - Direct effect of directives - Limits
  • Council Conclusions “Access to Justice - Seizing the Opportunities of Digitalisation” - Text as agreed by Coreper & Approval
  • Speech by Commissioner Reynders for the visit to the European Public Prosecutor's Office
  • Bulgaria: MEPs calls for EU values to be fully and unconditionally respected
  • Schengen will survive the pandemic - the single market may not - See CER Paper

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 as regards runway safety and aeronautical data - See the Annex
  • EU Biofuels Chain: The not-so-secret solution to decarbonising EU transport

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Yves Mersch: "European economic governance: early lessons from the crisis"
  • The (unobservable) value of central bank’s refinancing operations - ECB Working Paper Series No.2480
  • EU labour market in the second quarter 2020 - Total labour market slack up to 14% -Sharp drop in hours worked - Stat/150/2020

BREXIT

  • Proposal for a Council Decision the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Consultative Working Group established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community as regards the adoption of its rules of procedure 
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at the joint press conference with Micheál Martin, Taoiseach of Ireland 
  • Joint statement following the third meeting of the Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights between the European Commission and UK Government via video conference 
  • EU-UK relations: MEPs approve rules to ensure Eurotunnel safety and cooperation - see the EP Resolution
  • Brussels looks to divvy up old UK fishing rights in Brexit deal - Effort to win round sceptical EU maritime nations on compromise over access to British waters - Financial Times
  • Thousands of UK businesses not prepared for Brexit, MPs told - Sites for inland border points unveiled but fears remain of chaos on Dover-Calais crossing - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) of 12 October 2020 - See the "List of A Items"
  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 13 October 2020
  • Uzbekistan: Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs, Human Rights and related Issues
  • Ethiopia: Keynote address by the HR / VPJosep Borrell at the webinar on the role of the media in promoting silencing the guns of Africa
  • Ethiopia: Speech on behalf of HR/VP Borrell in the EP plenary on the situation of migrants in detention centres in Saudi Arabia
  • Nicaragua: Speech on behalf of HR/VP Borrell in the European Parliament plenary on the “Foreign Agents” law in Nicaragua
  • Human rights breaches in Eritrea, Nicaragua and Saudi Arabia