EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

EMPLOYMENT

  • Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1561 of 23 October 2020 granting temporary support under Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to Hungary to mitigate unemployment risks in the emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak

HEALTH

ECONOMY

  • Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland - IP/20/1990
  • EUR 17 billion EU SURE social bond listed on LuxSE - IP/20/1981

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Szpunar of 27 October 2020 in Case C-453/19 P, Deutsche Lufthansa AG Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Individual aid - Decision regarding the measures in favour of Frankfurt Hahn airport as State aid compatible with the internal market and finding no State aid in favour of airlines using that airport - Inadmissibility of an action for annulment - Individual concern - Effective judicial protection
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEp written question- Siemens Gamesa closes its factory in Aoiz 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for the 213th meeting of the Customs Code Committee, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section Mechanical/Miscellaneous/Textiles) from 16 to 17 November 2020
  • Updated agenda to the 100th Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation of 30 October 2020
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature
    - Stainless steel drinking straws - (CN: 7323 93 00)
    - Cable winders with a cable - (CN: 8544 4290
  • Draft - Commission Proposal for an amendment to the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature - Small plastic bags with closure (Heading 4202)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EU-Canada Joint Customs Cooperation Committee as regards the adoption of the decision concerning the mutual recognition of the Partners in Protection Programme of Canada and the Authorised Economic Operators Programme of the European Union - See the Annex
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain tube and pipe fittings of iron or steel originating in the People’s Republic of China (CN codes ex 7307 93 11, ex 7307 93 19 and ex 7307 99 80)
  • Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity: European Union calls for G20 to address the excess capacity – See the Statement
  • Boeing WTO case: the EU gets formal green light to impose duties on U.S. imports
  • EU prioritises settlement talks in Airbus-Boeing dispute - Diplomats say punitive duties unlikely before US presidential election – Financial Times
  • WTO - United States appeals panel report regarding US tariffs on Chinese goods
  • WTO - Negotiations on e-commerce continue, eyeing a consolidated text by the end of the year

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 30 October 2020
  • Agenda for meeting of the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products of 12 November 2020
  • Draft agenda of 21st meeting of the Committee on Standards of 10 November 2020
  • Revised draft Council conclusions on "A recovery advancing the transition towards a more dynamic, resilient and competitive European industry"
  • Note launching the written consultation of the REACH Committee members on a draft Commission Implementing Decision 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)
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1562 of 26 October 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167 as regards harmonised standards for certain radio equipment concerning advanced surface movement guidance and control systems, primary surveillance radars, broadcast sound receivers, international mobile telecommunications equipment and fixed radio systems
  • First six agreements signed under InnovFin Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain pilot - IP/20/1991
  • New Joint Research Centre report shows influence of social media on political behaviour and democracies
  • EU consumers should enjoy a “right to repair” and enhanced product safety - See the EP Statement
  • EU lagging regions: state of play and future challenges - Study - Research for REGI Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Progress on financial services legislative files
  • ESMA updates Statement to address credit ratings from the United Kingdom
  • ESMA Public Statement on CRA Endorsement Oct 2020
  • EU takes step to ease jitters over dual listings after Brexit - European investors will be allowed to trade sterling-quoted shares of EU companies - Financial Times
  • Brussels debates building up a Fortress Europe in finance Premium - EU consultation on hedge funds reflects direction of post-Brexit policymaking - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021 - IP/20/1979, see the Proposal, and Annex 1 & 2

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 19.10.2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products - See the Annex

ENERGY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1563 of 14 October 2020 on energy poverty
  • ACER/ CEER joint market monitoring 2020: energy retail and consumer protection volume published
  • Understanding the world of tomorrow through the great challenges of energy and climate change – see Bruegel Opinion
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Hydrogen and energy independence

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1559 of 26 October 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 establishing the Union list of novel foods
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1560 of 26 October 2020 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 152/2009 laying down the methods of analysis for the determination of constituents of animal origin for the official control of feed
  • Information Package for the Committee of Inquiry on the protection of animals during transport (ANIT) - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ANIT Committee
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki strain SA‐12 and  SA‐11
  • EFSA - Statement on the translocation potential by Pseudomonas chlororaphis MA342 in plants after seed treatment of cereals and peas and assessment of the risk to humans

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Booking.com hits out at EU rules it says will ‘hobble’ platform - Brussels is preparing sweeping legislation to curb the market dominance of Big Tech - Financial Times 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Pikamae of 27 October 2020, Case C‑481/19, DB Vs. Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (Consob), Intervener Presidenza dei Consiglio dei Ministri
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of legislation - Market abuse - Directive 2003/6/EC - Article 14(3) - Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 - Article 30(1)(b) - Failure to cooperate with the competent authorities - Administrative penalties and/or other administrative measures - Interpretation consistent with fundamental rights - Articles 47 and 48 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Right to remain silent - Scope
  • The Commission's 'new migration pact': Handle with care - see CER Insight

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB - October 2020 euro area bank lending survey 
  • EU capitals hesitate over recovery fund loans - Countries worry about debt as future of bloc’s fiscal rules remains unclear - Financial Times
  • Italy seeks to ride wave of demand unleashed by EU Covid bonds - Country’s debt chief says ‘message of European cohesion’ is helping it to stretch out maturities - Financial Times
  • The EU needs its own bad bank - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Possible items for College agendas 11 November – 23 December 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • EU-African Union relations: joint communiqué of the AU Peace and Security Council and the EU Political and Security Committee