EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €103 million Romanian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak (SA.58531) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €12 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies active in poultry production and processing sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58856) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • European Council conclusions on COVID-19 and climate change, 15 October 2020
  • The response to the current COVID-19 crisis must make the EU more resilient - See the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - COVID-19 and the European film industry

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Method of distributing EU financial assistance for Belarus to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9333 - H&F/Blackstone/Scout24) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9282 - HCL Technologies/Certain IBM Assets) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9301 - KDDI/Mitsubishi Securities/Kabu.com)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9303 - LetterOne/DIA) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9235 - OTPP/MDP/Fleet Complete) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9106 - Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations/Reden H2/Berroute)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9853 - HGK/Imperial Shipping Group) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9959 - Advent/Aareal/Aareon)  
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of Aspen's EU Thrombosis Business by Mylan (M.9962) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Financière Colisée by EQT Fund Management  (M.9966) -  Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition d'ARC Holdings par Private Theory Luxco (M.9941) -  Midday Express
  • UK - Instagram to tackle hidden advertising after CMA action
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the disclosure of paid for endorsements on social media platforms
  • UK - The CMA has provisionally found competition concerns as part of its in-depth investigation of the anticipated acquisition by YPO of Findel Education Limited

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Pituzella of 15 October 2020 in Case C‑362/19 P, European Commission Vs. Fútbol Club Barcelona
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Aid implemented for certain professional football clubs - Article 107(1) TFEU - Concept of ‘advantage’ - Aid scheme - Preferential tax rate applied only to clubs authorised to benefit from the status of non-profit entity - Less advantageous tax deduction - Effect 
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections 
  • State aid - Hungary - State aid SA.49073(2017/FC) - Alleged State aid to Malév Ground Handling - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU  
  • State aid - Belgium - State aid SA.54915 (2019/N) - Capacity remuneration mechanism - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU 
  • State Aid Weekly e-News – No.34/20 - Covers from 9 to 15 October 2020 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 12-13 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Electronic Customs Coordination Group (ECCG) of 23 October 2020
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Association Committee meeting in trade configuration established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other, concerning the update of Annex XIII (Approximation of customs legislation) to the Agreement – Adoption 
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures  (Sodium cyclamate - The People’s Republic of China; Indonesia – 17.7.2021) 
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures  (Sodium cyclamate - The People’s Republic of China – 17.7.2021) 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1484 of 13 October 2020 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Republic of Cuba pursuant to Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff-rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1490 of 12 October 2020 establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EPA Committee set up by the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d’Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, concerning the adoption of the procedures for the settlement of disputes and the code of conduct for arbitrators
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1491 of 12 October 2020 establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EPA Committee set up by the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d’Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, concerning the adoption of the list of arbitrators 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1495 of 13 October 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Customs Committee established under the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part, as regards a recommendation on the application of Article 27 of the Protocol concerning the definition of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1496 of 13 October 2020 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Kingdom of Norway pursuant to Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff-rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1494 of 12 October 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Administrative Committee established by the Customs Convention on the international transport of goods under cover of TIR carnets (TIR Convention) as regards certain amendments to that Convention 
  • The Swedish city of Malmö wins the Commission's Fair and Ethical Trade City Award
  • A stiff challenge awaits next chief of the WTO – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 4th Meeting of Caracal Sub-Group - Information Requirements of 22 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Detergents Working Group meeting of 21 October 2020 
  • Agenda for Horizon 2020 Commission Expert group to support the implementation of Bio-economy Policy Support Facility of 21 October 2020 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Agriculture & Fisheries) of 19-20 October 2020
    - C
    ommon Declaration  of Croatia, France, Hungary, Latvia, and Spain on the need to adopt additional measures in the beef and veal sector as a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis - Information from the Spanish delegation, on behalf of the Croatian, French, Hungarian, Latvian and Spanish delegations
  • Agenda for: Committee on Organic Production of 28-29 October 2020 
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Agricultural Product Quality Policy Committee of 19 October 2020
  • Council Conclusions on the Farm to Fork Strategy – Approval 
  • Statement on the International Food Day

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Energy of 19-21 September 2020

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 19-21 September 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Espoo) of 22-23 September 2020
  • Minutes of the 91st Meeting of the CITES Scientific Review Group of 21 September 2020
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the fortieth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Nature Habitats (Bern Convention)
  • EU Green Week puts the spotlight on nature as our strongest ally in green recovery - See more Information
  • Moving towards zero pollution in Europe - see the EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 42 ( Published on: 16/10/2020)
  • EMA cancer symposium: New approaches in patient-focused cancer medicine development

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda & Submissions for: High Level Group on Internet Governance of 10 June 2020 
  • Why does the EU want to regulate the platform economy? - See the EP Statement
  • European telcos welcome Joint EU Member States Declaration on Cloud - see the ETNO Statement
  • DigitalEurope welcomes ambition for an open, collaborative European cloud; applies to join GAIA-X
  • ECTA warns against adverse consequences of a ban of Chinese suppliers for EU welfare and 5G deployment

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Data Protection of 28 October 2020
  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 21 October 2020
  • Reply to National Parliament - Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments' Opinions - reply to the Sénat (FR) - OI_La lutte contre la cybercriminalité

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • What role for the European Semester in the recovery plan? In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee
  • President Sassoli to EU leaders: help get the budget negotiations moving again
  • Europe urgently needs a growth-enhancing recovery plan and clear rules on future EU-UK relations - Message from BusinessEurope to the European Council meeting on 15-16 October 2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel before the European Council meeting on 16 Octobre 2020

BREXIT

  • UK must make ‘necessary moves’ towards a deal, say EU leaders, see the European Council conclusions on EU-UK relations & Remarks by President Charles Michel
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel before the European Council meeting on 15 October 2020
  • Opening statement by Michel Barnier at the joint press conference with President Michel following the European Council meeting of 15 October 2020