EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission prolongs and expands Temporary Framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses - IP/20/1872
  • Commission approves two Swedish schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak and related restrictive measures implemented to limit its spread - Midday Express

SOCIAL POLICY 

  • Strengthening minimum income protection in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond: Council adopts conclusions
  • Labour ministers must give workers a say over companies’ Covid restructuring - See ETUC Statement

HEALTH

  • "COVID-19: mental health support network - Addressing mental health needs of healthcare workers" - EU Health Policy Platform webinar of 16 October 2020

ECONOMY

MOBILITY

  • COVID-19: Council adopts a Recommendation  to coordinate measures affecting free movement - Statement
  • European Commission Statement on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the European Union related to the coronavirus pandemic - See the Q&A

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9955 - PSP/Aviva/20 Station Road) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9927 - MVM/iCR)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9979 - Brookfield/Simon/JCPenney)
  • Commission published its Decision in Case M.9500 - Lindsay Goldberg Group / Bilcare Ressearch Swiss Holding I and II
  • Commission published in Case M.9234 - Harris Corporation / L3 Technologies the Approval of Elbit Systems Ltd. as purchaser of Harris's night vision business following the letter of 10 July 2019 and the Trustee’s opinion of 28 August 2019
  • Competition: Commission publishes call for contributions on ‘Competition Policy supporting the Green Deal' - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee - Full Members & - Deputy Members of 14 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 20 October 2020 
  • Agenda for: Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 22 September 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1427 of 12 October 2020 extending the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/83 on imports of monosodium glutamate originating in the People’s Republic of China to imports of monosodium glutamate in mixture or in solution originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1428 of 12 October 2020 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of aluminium extrusions originating in the People’s Republic of China 
  • Notice to economic operators - New round of requests for the suspension of the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain industrial and agricultural products 
  • Commission launches Access2Markets portal to support trade by small businesses
  • Agenda for the Joint civil society dialogue forum under the trade and sustainable development chapter of the EU-Moldova DCFTA - 19 October 2020
  • Report of the 8th round of negotiations for a trade agreement between the EU and Australia from 14 to 25 September 2020
  • Recommendations on the implementation of EU free-trade agreements - See Business Europe Position Paper
  • WTO - Trade has a role to play in making the COVID-19 response more effective, says DDG Agah - see the Remarks 
  • WTO - 2nd round of Negotiations on an investment facilitation agreement show high level of engagement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda of the REACH Committee meeting of 19 October 2020
  • Biocides committee backs approval of two active substances used in disinfectants - ECHA/NR/20/35
  • Deadlines for updating registration dossiers clarified - ECHA/NR/20/33
  • Consultations start on authorisation substitution plans - ECHA/NR/20/34

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Council appoints Mairead McGuinness as new member of the European Commission with the portfolio of financial services, financial stability and the Capital Markets Union

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Draft - Council Decision on guidelines for the employment policies of the Member States 
  • Council adopts conclusions on improving the well-being of older persons in the era of digitalization  
  • Council adopts conclusions on improving the working and living conditions of seasonal and other mobile workers 
  • Press remarks by Commissioner Schmit on the launch of the 2020-2022 EU-OSHA campaign 'Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load' on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Commission report on quality of life in European cities says 9 out of 10 people are satisfied with living in their city 

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) of 21 October 2020 
  • Open Method of Coordination (OMC) group of Member States’ experts on Strengthening Cultural Heritage Resilience for Climate Change - Final mandate 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius given to a MEP written question - Versalis
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius given to a MEP written question - Waste water treatment in Calabria
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius given to a MEP written question - Implementation of Article 6(2) and Article 6(3) of Directive 92/43/EEC
  • DigitalEurope recommendations for the EU guidelines on EPR modulated fees
  • German city threatened by Polish coal mine joins call on EU to uphold water laws - See EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes - 4th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health (2019-2022) (23 September 2020)
  • Updated - 2020 planned meetings of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and subgroups

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coordination in preparation for the 221st session of the ICAO Council (Montreal, 26 October -13 November 2020) - Presidency compromise

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Schengen Committee meeting on 16 October 2020
  • Digital justice: Council adopts conclusions on digitalisation to improve access to justice

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Thirty-ninth plenary session: EDPB adopts guidelines on the concept of relevant and reasoned objection
  • Eurelectric - Response to the Public Consultation on the revision of the NIS Directive

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: "A digital euro for the digital era" 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 14 October 2020  
  • Minutes of the Meetings of the Coreper of 23,25 & 28 October 2020
  • Legislative Programming Letter from the Presidency to the Commission

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Main Results for: Foreign Affairs Council of 12 October 2020
    • Nicaragua: Council renews EU sanctions regime for one year - See Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467 &  the Notice 1 & 2
    • EU sanctions regime for chemical weapons renewed for one year - See Regulation (EU) 2020/1463, Decision (CFSP) 2020/1466 & the Notice 1 & 2
    • Annual Progress Report on the implementation of the European Union Strategy against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (2019) 
    • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1464 of 12 October 2020 on the promotion of effective arms export controls  
    • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1465 of 12 October 2020 on a European Union action in support of the United Nations Verification and Inspection Mechanism in Yemen  
    • The Council adopted conclusions on the European Union's response to the latest developments in Belarus
    • The Council adopted conclusions on Bosnia and Herzegovina / EUFOR Operation Althea
  • Cyprus: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the developments around Varosha