EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Consumer protection in Europe - Lessons learned from the COVID-19-pandemic - Joint Paper of the Trio Partners Germany, Portugal and Slovenia & Beuc reaction

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - European protection against and responses to pandemics
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Blood donation management at the EU level
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Very high number of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Spain

ECONOMY

  • Press speakings by Commissioner Hahn at the press conference on the first issuance of EU social bonds under SURE 

EDUCATION

  • COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education - see the EP Statement & the EP resolution  

TRANSPORT

  • Policy considerations for a pandemic and other major crisis contingency plan for the European freight transport sector - Approval of Council Conclusions 

INDUSTRY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards specific measures on L-category end-of-series vehicles in response to the COVID-19 outbreak - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Brussels, 19 to 22 October 2020) 

MOBILITY

  • Council Recommendation amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction – Adoption – Initiation of written procedure 

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 29 October 2020 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9975 - Warburg Pincus/Vista Equity Partners Management/Infoblox) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9957 - Advent International/Otto/Hermes Parcelnet/Hermes Germany) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Hastings by Sampo and RMI (M.9939) - Midday Express
  • France - Purchasing offices: the Autorité accepts the commitments proposed by Casino, Auchan, Metro and Schiever
  • Portugal - The Board of the AdC adopted a non-opposition decision on the 20/2020 - Portuguese Republic / TAP SGPS merger.
  • Portugal - DIF Managment notifies the acquisition of sole control over AUTOESTRADA DO ALGARVE and AUTO-ESTRADAS NORTE LITORAL
  • Portugal - The Board of the AdC adopted a non-opposition decision in merger 32/2020 - Audax Renovables/PH Energia
  • UK - CMA finds competition concerns in viagogo and StubHub merger

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 27 October 2020 
  • Draft report by Bernd Lange Elimination of customs duties on certain products - Amendments 1 - 4  
  • Draft Recommendation by MEP Gabriel Mato on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the Union and Cuba 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 
  • Draft Recommendation by MEP Jörgen Warborn on the proposal for a Council decision on the Conclusion on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the Union and Norway 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 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1534 of 21 October 2020 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain prepared or preserved citrus fruits (namely mandarins, etc.) originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1532 of 12 October 2020 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the World Customs Organization in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification Opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the Harmonized System Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System, and of recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention
  • 7th Public Session of the Trade and Sustainable Development Sub-committee under the EU-Colombia/Ecuador/Peru Trade Agreement: Dialogue with Civil Society 
  • Agenda of the 3rd Geographical Indications CETA Committee on 22 October 2020
  • Agenda 3rd Meeting - CETA EU Dialogue Biotech Market Access Issues
  • 5th meeting of the Republic of Moldova–EU: Joint statement to the civil society dialogue forum
  • Moldova – 2020 EU Trade and Sustainable Development Sub-Committee - operational conclusions
  • Final inception report of the sustainability impact assessment in support of negotiations with partner countries in Eastern and Southern Africa in view of deepening the existing interim economic partnership agreement
  • Dumping of wind towers from China highlights the need for adequate trade enforcement - entire EU value chains at risk - see Eurofer Position Paper

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Capital Markets Union: Commission launches public consultation on the EU's Alternative Investment Fund market
  • Capital Markets Recovery Package: Council agrees its position
  • Capital Markets Recovery Package (CMRP) - Mandates for negotiations with the European Parliament = Statements by Member States at the Coreper meeting of 21.10.20
  • Opinion of the European Banking Autority on measures in accordance with Article 458 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • European Parliament resolution of 22 October 2020 on the employment and social policies of the euro area 2020

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Introductory remarks by Commissioner WOJCIECHOWSKI at the AGRIFISH press conference 
  • Implementing regulation: Organic farming - new authorised inputs and extended exemption for non-organic hens and non-organic protein feed - Feedback period: 21 October 2020 - 18 November 2020
  • Deep-sea fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks in the North-East Atlantic - See the Annex of the TACs proposal

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Environment) of 23 October 2020 (List of “A Items”)
    - Conclusions on Biodiversity - the need for urgent action - Approval = Statement  
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - UNECE TEIA of 27 October 2020
    - Climate change of 27 October 2020 
  • Commission Notice on the application of Articles 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Directive 2009/33/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of clean road transport vehicles in support of low-emission mobility 
  • Just transition towards climate neutrality - Council agrees its position on new public sector loan facility
  • EU recognises best nature, environment and climate action projects
  • LIFE programme awards: EU recognises best nature, environment and climate action projects
  • Investment Plan supports construction and operation of four wind farms in Poland - IP/20/1963
  • Proposal for a Directive: End-of-life vehicles – revision of EU rules - Feedback period: 22 October 2020 - 19 November 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Updated presentation - Information on the applications for designation as a notified body under Regulations (EU) 2017/745 and 2017/746
  • Documents - 90th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (21 October 2020)
  • Summary record and documents - 89th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (18-21 September 2020)
  • EU4Health: the Council agrees its mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
  • EFSA - Technical Report - Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium and S. Anatum infections linked to Brazil nuts – 21 October 2020
  • EMA - 10th ESVAC report shows continued decrease in sales of veterinary antibiotics

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • European Data Protection Board - 40th Plenary session: Guidelines on Data Protection by Design & Default, Coordinated Enforcement Framework, Letter on Copyright Directive 
  • Lithuanian DPA imposes fine for improperly processed personal data of the parents of an adopted child 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1530 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2020 amending Directive (EU) 2016/798, as regards the application of railway safety and interoperability rules within the Channel Fixed Link 
  • Decision (EU) 2020/1531 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2020 empowering France to negotiate, sign and conclude an international agreement supplementing the Treaty between France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Construction and Operation by Private Concessionaires of a Channel Fixed Link 
  • Improved rail passenger rights: Council approves the informal deal 

AREA OF FREEDOM SECURITY JUSTICE

  • MEPs call on the European Commission to take the measures foreseen in EU legislation to guarantee full visa reciprocity between the EU and the US - See the EP Resolution

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Judgment of the Court of 21 October 2020 in Case C‑396/19 P, European Central Bank (ECB), Vs. Insolvent Estate of Espírito Santo Financial Group AS
    Re: Appeal - Decision 2004/258/EC - Article 4(1)(a) - Protocol on the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and of the European Central Bank (ECB) - Article 10.4 - Access to ECB documents - Decision of the Governing Council - Confidentiality of the meetings and deliberations of ECB bodies - Outcome of deliberations - Partial refusal of access - Undermining of the protection of the public interest - Obligation to state reasons  
  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: On the edge of a new frontier: European payments in the digital age 
  • ECB enhances internal whistleblowing framework 
  • Speech by Luis de Guindos: Loukas Karabarbounis’s contribution to research on the interaction between labour and capital market imperfections and macroeconomic outcomes 
  • Euro area government deficit at 0.6% and EU at 0.5% of GDP
  • Government debt up to 95.1% of GDP in euro area
  • Seasonally adjusted government deficit at 11.6% of GDP in the euro area and 11.4% of GDP in the EU
  • Change intra-EU trade to counter US currency aggression - There is a way to protect the bloc from beggar-my-neighbour policies - Financial Times

BREXIT

  • Deal on EU-UK relations must not compromise EU values - see the EP Statement 
  • UK and EU to resume talks in final push for post-Brexit trade deal - London agrees to lift block on negotiations following comments from EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • European Parliament recommendation of 21 October 2020 to the Council and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy concerning the preparation of the 10th Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) review process, nuclear arms control and nuclear disarmament options  
  • Parliament says negotiations on the EU-Belarus Partnership Priorities must be suspended until new, free and fair presidential elections can be organized - See the EP recommendation
  • EU mobilises international donors to support Rohingya refugees and countries in the region - IP/20/1966