EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1474 of 13 October 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 360/2012 as regards the prolongation of its period of application and a time-bound derogation for undertakings in difficulty to take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Commission approves €2.5 million Maltese direct grant scheme to support animal farmers in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58297) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Statement by Commissioner Adina Vălean on the Commission's intention to extend the airport slot waiver - See the Proposal
  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question - Suspension of the 80/20 rule governing airline slots

FREE MOVEMENT

  • Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 of 13 October 2020 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Restrictions on travel between EU Member States

AGRICULTURE

  • Draft - Commission implementing Regulation (EU) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/600 of 30 April 2020 derogating from Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/892, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1150, Implementing Regulation (EU) No 615/2014, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1368 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9954 - Sumitomo/AAR/JV)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9861 - Unilabs/Medbase/JV)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of Terra-Gen Power Holdings II by ECP ControlCo and First Sentier Investors ( M.9965) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Aareon by Aareal Bank and Advent International (M.9959) - Midday Express
  • Full text of Commission decision to conditionally approve the merger of Mylan and Pfizer's Upjohn division 
  • Denmark - Competition in the Danish market for recurring payments can be strengthened 
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence clears the takeover of Babilou by investment fund Antin Infrastructure 
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects  
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Case summary from 9 September: Launch of electronic trading platform for oil products by OLF Deutschland GmbH (Decision of 14 May 2020) 
  • Poland - UOKiK imposed a fine of over 1.6 million PLN on Swiss-Med
  • Portugal - Páginas Civilizadas notifies the acquisition of sole control over Global Notícias 
  • Romania - The Competition Council shall be consulted in public, in accordance with the provisions of Legislation no. 52/2003 on the transparency of decision-making in the public administration, as amended and further completed, the project "Regulation on the selection procedure for members of the National Council of Supreme Governors of Domeniul Feroviar"
  • UK - CMA consults on undertakings in lieu offered in relation to Ardonagh/ Bennetts merger 
  • UK - CMA publishes Article 9 request in Liberty Global (Virgin Media) / Telefónica (O2) merger 

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Follow up to question E-003066/2020: ‘new’ Alitalia company and EU rules on economic discontinuity – ensuring fair competition in the EU single market for aviation

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 100th Meeting of the Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation of 23 October 2020
  • Draft Council Conclusions on European Court of Auditors' Special Report 17/2020 - "Trade defence instruments: system for protecting EU businesses from dumped and subsidised imports functions well" – Approval 
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of birch plywood (CN:4412 33 00) originating in Russia  
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of mono ethylene glycol (CN: 2905 31 00) originating in the United States of America and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of wire rod originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Boeing subsidy case: WTO confirms EU right to retaliate against $4 billion of U.S. imports - See the Report - IP/20/1895 - Financial Times / Wall Street Journal
  • Work for Others, not Yourself: Globalization, Protectionism and Europe’s Quest for Strategic Autonomy - See ECIPE Policy Brief No.7/2020 

INTERNAL MARKET INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 October 2020 in Case C-677/19, SC Valoris SRL Vs. Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Craiova - Administraţia Judeţeană a Finanţelor Publice Vâlcea, Administraţia Fondului pentru Mediu
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Principles of Union law - Principle of cooperation in good faith - Principles of equivalence and effectiveness - Refund of charges levied by a Member State in breach of Union law - Time-limit laid down for lodging applications for the refund of such charges - No similar time-limit for the refund of sums collected by that Member State in breach of national law
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European standardisation organisations in support of Regulation (EU) 2019/424 as regards ecodesign requirements for servers and data storage products
  • Investment Plan supports SMEs in cultural and creative sectors in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland - IP/20/1900

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA published final draft regulatory technical standards specifying the prudential treatment of software assets

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 October 2020 in Case C-629/19, Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG, Wasserverband "Region Gratkorn-Gratwein" Vs. Landeshauptmann von Steiermark
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Waste - Directive 2008/98/EC - Article 2(2)(a), Article 3(1) and Article 6(1) - Waste water - Sewage sludge - Scope - Concept of 'waste' -Cessation of waste status - Recovery or recycling operation 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law) - Outcome of the European Parliament's proceedings (Brussels, 5 to 8 October 2020)  
  • Communication from the Commission to the Institutions - Improving access to justice in environmental matters in the EU and its Member States
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on amending Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on the application of the provisions of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters to Community institutions and bodies
  • Green Deal: Commission adopts new Chemicals Strategy towards a toxic-free environment - IP/20/1839, QaA & FactSheet
    - Communication: Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. Towards a toxic-free environment
    - Annex to the Communication (Action Plan)
    - Staff Working Document on the review of a number of provisions under article 138 of REACH
    - Staff Working Document synopsis report, summarising contributions received by external stakeholders
    - Staff Working Document on Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
    - Staff Working Document on progress report on the assessment and management of combined exposures to multiple chemicals and associated risks
    - Staff Working Document on the Fitness Check on endocrine disruptors
    - Executive Summary of the Staff Working Document on the Fitness Check on endocrine disruptors
  • Countries and cities in Europe urgently need to step up adaptation to climate change impacts - See EEA Statement 
  • Coup for big farmers worth € billions in EU payments: Organic farmers face funding threat - Transition to agro-ecological farming could be “frozen” until 2027 - See EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • The European Commission decided to appoint Ms Sandra Gallina as a new Director-General in the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety - Midday Express
  • Commission organises the first Farm to Fork 2020 conference on 15-16 October - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Imports of citrus fruit (oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes, pomelos, etc.) from third countries to the EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Assessment of botanicals under Article 8 of Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006
  • SCCS - Final Opinion on Titanium dioxide (TiO2) used in cosmetic products that lead to exposure by inhalation 
  • SCHEER - Public consultation on the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes - See the preliminary Opinion - Deadline 26 October

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB - Norwegian Data Protection Authority: Decision to fine Bergen Municipality  
  • Cybersecurity exercise boosts preparedness of EU Agencies to respond to cyber incidents - See ENISA Statement 

BREXIT

  • Germany urges rapid progress in UK-EU talks as it warns of no-deal damage - Minister airs concerns over economic impact and says time is at risk of ‘running away from us’ - Financial Times 
  • UK lawyers and accountants risk losing in EU deal, warns report - Professional services ignored in negotiations, Lords committee says - See the Report -  Financial Times 
  • Chemicals sector faces double blow of Brexit and new EU rules - Industry chiefs say coming changes risk damaging highly integrated EU-UK supply chains - Financial Times 

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Industrial production up by 0.7% in euro area and 1.0% in EU - Stat/153/2020
  • MEPs dance on the EU’s budget ceiling - European parliament demands additional tens of billions of euros as price for compromise - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS