EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system - IP/20/1904, QaA & factsheet
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Stocks of Remdesivir as a COVID-19 treatment
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccination
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Ensuring the protection of the health and lives of elderly people in care facilities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Coronavirus lays bare central Europe’s shortage of doctors - Newly qualified staff leave region in droves each year for better pay and conditions abroad - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY

  • eHealth Security Conference on Covid-19 tracing mobile apps this week and key findings from session 1 - See ENISA Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Team Europe: The European Union disburses €25 million to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis in The Gambia - IP/20/1937

COMPETITION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) lodged on 29 July 2020 - Servizio Elettrico Nazionale SpA and Others Vs. Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato and Others - Case C-377/20
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9728 - Altice/OMERS/Allianz/Covage)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10003 - DWS/Vertex Bioenergy)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10002 - Hoyer/Rhenus/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9885 - HAL Investments/De Drie Eiken) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9350 - Santander Group/Mapfre Group/JV) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9236 - Radeberger/Veltins/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9388 - Clearlake Capital Group/Francisco Partners Management/Perforce SoftwareHoldings)  
  • Competition: EU and China will discuss competition policy priorities during 20th Competition Week
  • UK and Brussels fight over European mergers ahead of Brexit deadline - Regulators discuss oversight for deals such as Virgin/O2 and Aon/Willis Tower Watson - Financial Times 
  • Top UK competition official threatens action against Google and Facebook - Financial Times 

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 21 July 2020 - Netherlands Vs. Commission (Case T-469/20)
    Re: annulment of the Decision C(2020) final 2998 of the European Commission of 12 May 2020 on State aid SA.54537 (2020/NN) - Netherlands; Prohibition of coal for the production of electricity in the Netherlands  

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft opinion Report by MEP Enikő Győri on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine - Amendments 1- 47 
  • Information concerning the date of entry into force of the Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Republic of Tunisia, of the other part, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria and Romania to the European Union 
  • EU Cities for Fair and Ethical Trade Award ceremony: speech of EVP Dombrovskis  
  • The WTO Secretariat has circulated a meeting notice and list of items proposed for the next meeting, on 26 October 2020, of the Dispute Settlement Body
  • New WTO publication addresses common questions about trade and the environment  
  • Short Answers to Big Questions on the WTO and the Environment - Remarks by DDG Wolff  
  • WTO - Negotiations on domestic regulation disciplines for services “very advanced” - Chair 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Standardisation) of 23 October 2020 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Raw material dependency
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Supporting investments in services of general interest

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 22 October 2020 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Environment) of 23 October 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) of 22 October 2020 
  • Chemicals - clarification of requirements for registering, evaluating, authorising and restricting chemicals - Draft act - Feedback period: 19 October 2020 - 16 November 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Interpretation of the new ban on lead shot by Member States
  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 
  • World Circular Economy Forum high-level meeting on the circular economy, Climate Nexus (WCEF+climate) (The Netherlands, 15 April 2021) - Information from the Dutch delegation 
  • Climate Adaptation Summit (CAS 2021) (The Netherlands, 25 January 2021) - Information from the Dutch delegation 
  • New State of Nature report points to persisting pressures on Europe's nature - IP/208/1920, see the EEA Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for Working Party on Public Health of 23 October 2020 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Reauthorisation of neonicotinoids in France 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Cardiotoxicity of cancer treatment
  • OSHA - Join our partners to mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2020!
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety assessment of the process
    - ONDUPET, based on EREMA Basic technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
    - Erreplast, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
    - Flight Plastics (UK), based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
    - PT Asiaplast, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
    - sicht‐pack Hagner, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
    - Somoplast‐ Riachi & Co, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - 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 
  • First long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy for HIV recommended for approval - See EMA Statement
  • New gene therapy to treat rare genetic disorder metachromatic leukodystrophy - See EMA Statement
  • Debate over vegan ‘sausages’ and ‘burgers’ heats up ahead of EU vote - MEPs will decide on Wednesday whether to ban plant-based products from using meat-related labels – Financial Times

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) lodged on 13 July 2020 - Colt Technology Services SpA, Wind Tre SpA, Telecom Italia SpA, Vodafone Italia SpA Vs. Ministero della Giustizia, Ministero dello sviluppo economico, Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze, Procura Generale della Repubblica presso la Corte d’appello di Reggio Calabria, Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di Cagliari, Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di Roma, Procura della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di Locri (Case C-318/20
  • EU High-Performance Computing: one of the fastest AI supercomputer in the world launched in Italy
  • BEREC opinion on Commission proposal to set single maximum EU-wide voice fixed and mobile termination rates

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Defence Union: further progress made towards military mobility in the EU - see the Joint Report
  • Speech: "How regulations can allow for innovations to provide solutions contributing to a green and digital recovery?" 

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Investment Plan in Italy: European Investment Bank Group and Alba Leasing join forces to provide €1 billion to SMEs and mid-caps - IP/20/1945
  • Interview of Christine Lagarde with Le Monde 
  • Remarks by Christine Lagarde at the G30 International Banking Seminar 
  • ‎Interview of Fabio Panetta with Kathimerini 

BREXIT

  • EU economy: fear of no-deal Brexit stalks the fields of Flanders - Tariffs and quotas would hit Belgium’s Dutch-speaking north, one of the regions most closely integrated with the UK - Financial Times 
  • Johnson to warn ‘time running out’ to prepare for end of Brexit transition - Prime minister to launch ad campaign as polls show many companies not ready for new EU relationship - Financial Times 
  • Time is running short to resolve the Brexit drama - A path to a UK-EU trade deal exists, but theatrics risk a breakdown - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 21 October 2020
  • On 15 and 16 October 2020, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, EU-UK relations, climate change and external relations - See the Remarks by President Charles Michel 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1507 of 16 October 2020 implementing Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against persons acting in violation of the arms embargo with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1509 of 16 October 2020 implementing Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Syria: 7 new ministers added to the EU sanctions list - See Regulation (EU) 2020/1505 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/1506 
  • "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" conference: new financial tracking report highlights that international donors have already over fulfilled their 2020 pledges - The co-chairs of the conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" issued tenth financial tracking report on progress against the pledges made at the third Brussels conference (30 June 2020)