EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • Draft - Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Danish wage compensation scheme to support companies prohibited from operating due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58515) - Midday Express

SOCIAL POLICY

  • Strengthening Minimum Income Protection to Combat Poverty and Social Exclusion in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond Council Conclusions (9 September 2020) – Outcome of Proceedings & End of written procedure
  • Improving the working and living conditions of seasonal and other mobile workers - Council Conclusions (9 September 2020) & End of written procedure

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: Council agrees its position on the Recovery and Resilience Facility 
  • Coronavirus: President von der Leyen highlights role of regions and cities in recovery and beyond - Midday Express - Speech by President von der Leyen 

TRANSPORT

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1429 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 October 2020 establishing measures for a sustainable rail market in view of the COVID-19 outbreak

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: Further assistance delivered to Western Balkans through rescEU and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9517 - Mylan/Upjohn) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9986 - KPS Capital Partners/Garrett Motion)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9875 - BGL BNP Paribas/POST Luxembourg/i-Hub)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9953 - CalSTRS/Altitude Group/AI THD)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9940 - AAUK2/MUL/Ballyhoura Wind/CCWFL)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Burgo by QuattroR and Holding Gruppo Marchi (M.9928) - Midday Express
  • Review of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation - See the Consultation
  • Belgium - The Competition Authority approves the creation of a joint venture by Belfius Bank NV and Roularta Media Group NV - Press Release n°40 – 2020 -  
  • Greece - Decision regarding the complaints of the company SERKO LTD  
  • Latvia - Annual Report 2019 by the Competition Council  
  • Norway - New survey of purchase prices confirms significant differences in grocery chains in 2018 and 2019 
  • Slovakia - AMO SR stopped an administrative proceedings in the matter of a merger of undertakings Conti Tech Techno-Chemie GmbH and dk Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH  
  • Slovakia - Notice of proposal of commitments - public consultation 
  • The Netherlands – ACM: food price monitor offers insight into pricing and obstacles for organic production 
  • UK - CMA published the text of the Decision of the Breedon Group plc / Cemex Investments Limited merger  
  • UK - CMA has closed the merger investigation as Tobii completed its sale of Smartbox to CareTech Holdings Plc. 

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1411 of 2 March 2020 on the State aid No C 64/99 (ex NN 68/99) implemented by Italy for the Adriatica, Caremar, Siremar, Saremar and Toremar shipping companies (Tirrenia Group)  
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1412 of 2 March 2020 on the measures SA.32014, SA.32015, SA.32016 (11/C) (ex 11/NN) implemented by Italy for Tirrenia di Navigazione and its acquirer Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione
  • Action brought on 15 August 2020 - Uno Vs. Commission (Case T-514/20)
    Re: annulment of European Commission Decision C (2020) 3108 final of 14 May 2020 on State aid SA.50872 (2020/NN) - Compensation to Correos on account of the universal service obligation (‘USO’), 2011-2020; 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature (Sub-section: Agriculture/Chemistry) - 14-16 September 2020 
  • Minutes: Customs 2020 programme: CLEN preparatory meeting of the proficiency test on vegetable fats and oils of 24 April 2020 
  • Information concerning the signing 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 
  • 2020 Update of the EU Dual Use control list - The Delegated Regulation amending Annex I to Reg(EC) No 428/2009 was adopted on 7 October 2020 
  • Report on current trade disputes involving the EU at the WTO as of 30 September 2020 
  • The EU and its Member States submitted comments to the Secretariats of ICSID and UNCITRAL on a draft code of conduct for investment adjudicators. 
  • WTO launches new import licensing platform 
  • UK to join government procurement pact in its own right in the new year - See the Decision
  • EU-Mercosur FTA: draft text (June 2020), as leaked by Greenpeace, The analysis of the text, by Greenpeace
  • EU’s new trade commissioner pledges more ‘assertive’ posture - Valdis Dombrovskis pushes new ‘anti-coercion tool’ in trade-defence arsenal even as he seeks aircraft accord with US – Financial Times 
  • Brussels calls on US to drop tariffs in Airbus-Boeing dispute - New trade chief says EU will impose its own duties unless Washington de-escalates – Financial Times  

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Technical Committee - Motor vehicles (TCMV) of 01 July 2020  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX laying down rules on the online data exchange and the notification of EU type-approvals under Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1435 of 9 October 2020 on the duties placed on registrants to update their registrations under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)  
  • Kick-off of the Outermost Regions Forum with Commissioners Ferreira, Breton and Sinkevičius - IP/20/1868
  • European Tourism Convention to launch dialogue on sustainable and resilient EU tourism 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Standardisation process 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Harmonisation of standards for building materials

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESAs’ Board of Appeal dismisses case against ESMA on alleged non-application of Union law

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia on the important elements of the Common Agricultural Policy reform in relation to the agreement on the 2021-2027 Multiannual Financial Framework - Information from the Polish delegation, on behalf of the Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian delegations
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financing, management and monitoring of the common agricultural policy and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 - Presidency compromise 
  • Proposal for a a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing rules on support for strategic plans to be drawn up by Member States under the Common agricultural policy (CAP Strategic Plans) and financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF) and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council - Presidency note

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes for: Meeting of the Committee on Waste established under Article 39 of Directive 2008/98/EC OF 16 June 2020 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EMA - Minutes of the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting of 6-7 October 2020 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • EU targets Big Tech with ‘hit list’ facing tougher rules - Brussels broadens search for extra powers to curb power of digital platforms – Financial Times 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: Interview with Wall Street Journal
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: The ECB’s independence in times of mounting public debt
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Pulling together: fiscal and monetary policies in a low interest rate environment

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • France nabs the leaders of a document fraud network active in the EU - See Europol Statement
  • Europe must be tougher on rule of law, says Slovak president - Zuzana Caputova warns EU risks becoming ‘hostage’ to authoritarian member states – Financial Times

BREXIT

  • Draft Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council empowering France to negotiate an agreement supplementing its existing bilateral Treaty with the United Kingdom concerning the construction and operation by private concessionaires of a Channel Fixed Link - Initiation of the written procedure: - Adoption of the legislative act
  • EU leaders to insist on tough enforcement powers in Brexit deal - Johnson’s internal market bill hardens bloc’s resolve to secure retaliation rights - Financial Times
  • EU warned of global risks to overhauling fund rules - Hong Kong association says a Brexit-driven shutout of foreign managers would dent popularity of EU funds in Asia - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (General Affairs) of 13 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 14 October 2020
  • List of meetings (Rev.6) taking place between 1 and 31 October

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Nagorno-Karabakh: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union 
  • World Day against the Death Penalty, 10 October 2020: Joint Declaration by the High Representative of the European Union and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe