EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission lists key steps for effective vaccination strategies and vaccines deployment - IP/20/1903, see the Factsheet and the Communication
  • Labelling and packaging flexibilities for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Opening remarks by Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Kyriakides at the press conference on the Vaccination Strategy

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €8.5 million Italian tax scheme to support agricultural cooperatives affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58418) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.5 million Slovenian scheme to support farmers and SMEs active in the agri-food sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58887) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1477 of 14 October 2020 amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 as regards the temporary extension of exceptional measures to address the consequences caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9994 - Alcentra/Brait/New Look Retail Holdings)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9622 - EUROVIA Industrie/ASA-Bau/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9541 - Advent/Cobham)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9435 - ADNOC/OCI/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9442 - Elliott/Insight/WorkForce)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9577 - Genstar/Oak Hill Capital/Mercer ADV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9354 - AXA/NN Group/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9338 - Primonial/Samsung SRA/Building Lumière)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9500 - Lindsay Goldberg Group/Bilcare Research Swiss Holding I and II)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Ascoval and of FRI by Liberty (M.9917) - Midday Express
  • Commission has released a public version of its Salling-Tesco Polish referral decision
  • Commission has published the EU decision in the Engie-Powerlines merger
  • Norway - The Competition Authority has closed an investigation against Circle K Norge AS and YX Norge AS

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1472 of 20 March 2020 on the State aid SA.39078 – 2019/C (ex 2014/N) which Denmark implemented for Femern A/S
  • EEA - State aid - Decision to raise no objections 2020/C 343 p.16, 17 & 18
  • Action brought on 28 August 2020 by Telenor ASA and Telenor Norge AS against the EFTA Surveillance Authority (Case E-12/20)
  • According to Advocate General Kokott, the Polish tax on the retail sector and the Hungarian advertisement tax do not infringe EU State aid rules - State aid rules do not preclude taxation of turnover of undertakings at a progressive rate (See CPR No.132/2020 - Advocate General’s Opinions in Cases C-562/19 P, Commission Vs. Poland and C-596/19 P, Commission Vs. Hungary) 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 October 2020 in Case C-543/19, Jebsen & Jessen (GmbH & Co.) KG Vs. Hauptzollamt Hamburg
    Re: Preliminary reference - Customs union - Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Article 78 - Article 236(1) - Import procedure - Revision of the customs declaration - Commercial policy - Anti-dumping - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/82 - Definitive anti-dumping duty - Price undertakings - Exemption - Article 2(1) - Requirement to present an undertaking invoice - Failure to mention an item listed in the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2015/82" 
  • Judgment of the Court of 15 October 2020 in Case C-117/19, "Linas Agro" AB Vs. Muitinės departamentas prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 999/2014 - Definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of solid fertilisers with an ammonium nitrate content exceeding 80 % by weight - Definition - Regulation (EC) No 945/2005 - Determination of ammonium nitrate content - Presumption that a product with a nitrogen content exceeding 28 % by weight has an ammonium nitrate content exceeding 80 % by weight 
  • Agenda to the 100th Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation with ECCG of 23 October 2020  
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Steel, textiles and other industrial sectors) of 19 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 21 October 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Revised agenda of the REACH Committee meeting of 19 October 2020
    - Draft - Commission Implementing Decision of XXX granting an authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council to Ariane Group for a use of pitch, coal tar, high-temp. (CTPht) 
  • Agenda of the Webex Meeting of the REACH Committee of 5 November 2020
  • Judgment of the Court of 15 October 2020 in Case C-778/18, Association française des usagers de banques Vs. Ministre de l'Économie et des Finances
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Consumer protection - Payment services in the internal market - Directive 2007/64/EC - Article 45 - Directive (EU) 2015/2366 - Article 55 - Termination of a framework contract - Directive 2014/17/EU - Consumer credit agreements relating to immovable property for residential use - Article 12(1)(2)(a), and paragraph 3 - Tied sales - Bundled sales - Directive 2014/92/EU - Payment accounts - Articles 9 to 14 - Change of account - Obligation to direct income to a payment account with the lender for a period of time fixed by the loan agreement in return for an individualized benefit - Duration of the obligation - Loss of the individualized benefit in the event of early closure of the account 

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - DAC) of 19 October 2020
  • France reinstates digital tax, courting trade war - Bruno Le Maire said digital giants musts begin paying levy in December - Politico.eu

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Green Deal: Commission launches Level(s) - the European Framework for Sustainable Buildings - See the Factsheet
  • Natura 2000 Awards : EU rewards excellence in nature protection across Europe
  • Report from the Commission - The state of nature in the EU Report on the status and trends in 2013 - 2018 of species and habitat types protected by the Birds and Habitats Directives
  • Opening remarks by Executive VP Timmermans at the press conference on the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • Opening remarks by Executive VP Timmermans and Commissioner Simson at the press conference Building a Climate Neutral Europe

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Updated - 2020 planned meetings of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and subgroups
  • The Commission finances a training programme for healthcare professionals in intensive care skills
  • Investment Plan in Sweden: €40 million for biotech company researching cancer treatments - IP/20/1914
  • EFSA - Assessment of the impact of the IARC Monograph Vol. 121 on the safety of the substance styrene (FCM No 193) for its use in plastic food contact materials
  • EFSA - Review of the existing maximum residue levels for quinmerac according to Article 12 of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005
  • EFSA - Assessment of the 2018 post‐market environmental monitoring report on the cultivation of genetically modified maize MON 810 in the EU

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 81st Cocom Meeting of 22 Sept. 2020
  • Commission welcomes Member States' declaration on EU cloud federation - Midday Express
  • EU-funded projects to support media freedom and pluralism in the EU - see the Factsheet
  • Brussels eyes bigger stick to take on big tech – Politico.eu
  • France and Netherlands join forces to back EU move against tech giants - Joint position paper says breaking up large companies is ‘on the table’ – Financial Times
  • EU needs to think bigger to develop tech champions - Regulators should accept that scale is necessary to compete with US giants – Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU Cohesion policy: Commission publishes a new survey on cross border cooperation and a declaration from young people on the future of the European territorial cooperation
  • EU Cohesion policy: Commission announces the winners of the REGIOSTARS 2020 awards - IP/20/1890
  • Speech of Commissioner Hahn in the 9th joint DZ BANK – Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
  • Central bank information effects and transatlantic spillovers – ECB Working Paper Series No.2482
  • ‎Firm-specific shocks and contagion: are banks special? – ECB Working Paper Series No.2481

BREXIT

  • EU-UK relations: Council adopts Channel Tunnel railway safety measures

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Ukraine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the attempted conscription by Russia in Crimea
  • Libya: further sanctions over violations of the UN arms embargo (See Decision (CFSP) 2020/1483 & Regulation (EU) 2020/1481)
  • Use of chemical weapons in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny: EU sanctions six individuals and one entity (See Decision (CFSP) 2020/1482 & Regulation (EU) 2020/1480)
  • International donor conference for urgent humanitarian support for Rohingya refugees