EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1564 of 6 August 2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/985 as regards its transitional provisions in order to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Coronavirus resurgence: Commission steps up action to reinforce preparedness and response measures across the EU - IP/20/1986
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Peter Piot, Special Advisor to the President, on additional measures for the EU's response to coronavirus

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency of clinical data for the EU strategy on COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question -  COVID-19 vaccine as a public good

TAXATION

  • Proposal for a Council Directive amending Council Directive 2006/112/EC as regards temporary measures in relation to value added tax for COVID-19 vaccines and in vitro diagnostic medical devices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

AREA OF FREEDOM

  • European values: COVID-19 emergency measures pose a “risk of abuse of power” - The Civil Liberties Committee urges the Commission to evaluate “first wave” national measures to assess their impact on citizens’ rights and freedoms 

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2020 in Case C-611/18 P, Pirelli & C. SpA Vs. European Commission, Prysmian Cavi e Sistemi Srl
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for electrical cables - Market sharing in the context of projects - Regulation (EC) No. 1/2003 - Article 23, paragraph 2 - Powers of the European Commission with regard to fines - Imputability of the infringement - Presumption of effective exercise of decisive influence - Obligation to state reasons - Fundamental rights - Benefit of order or discussion - Jurisdiction of full jurisdiction
  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9748 - KKR/Dentix Health Corporation)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9911 - Voith/PCSH/TSA) 
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt: List of Notified Merger Projects
  • France - Playstation: the Autorité considers that the commitments proposed by Sony do not adequately address the identified competition concerns
  • The Netherlands - Dutch tour operator Sunweb is allowed to acquire rival operator Corendon

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2020 in Case C‑608/19, Istituto nazionale per l’assicurazione contro gli infortuni sul lavoro (INAIL) Vs. Zennaro Giuseppe Legnami Sas di Zennaro Mauro & C.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Regulation (EU) No 1407/2013 - Article 3 - De minimis aid - Article 6 - Monitoring - Undertakings exceeding the de minimis ceiling because of cumulation with aid obtained previously - Option of choosing between reduction and forgoing previous aid so as to comply with the de minimis ceiling

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 67th Electronic Customs Coordination Group jointly with Trade Contact on 24 & 25 November 2020 
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation on Commercial Policy measures concerning certain products from the United States of America following the abjudication of a trade dispute under the dispute settlement understanding of the World Trade Organisation 
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established under the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership regarding the amendment of Appendices 2-C-1 and 2-C-2 to Annex 2-C on Motor Vehicles and Parts - See the Annex
  • EU agri-food products to be protected in China - Parliament should back the deal between the EU and China that would protect 200 European and Chinese products, said the Trade Committee on Tuesday
  • Overview of active WTO dispute settlement cases involving the EU as complainant or defendant, of cases under bilateral agreements, and of active cases under the trade barriers regulation
  • EU backs Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO - Ambassadors confirm frontrunner as bloc’s joint candidate after summit talks - Financial Times  
  • WTO - DDG Yi calls on ministers to ramp up cooperation on trade to bolster economic recovery 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH -  
  • Tracking chemicals of concern in products – SCIP database ready for use - ECHA/PR/20/07  
  • 15 years of public-private partnership: EPAA achievements
  • European Clean Hydrogen Alliance – declaration 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes translations for decision of renewal to lower the reporting thresholds of net short positions
  • ESMA decision renewal of 16 September 2020 to lower the reporting thresholds of net short positions under Art.28 of the SSR

TAXATION

  • Traffic police-related costs cannot be taken into account in the calculation of tolls for the use of the trans-European road network by heavy goods vehicles (See CPR Nº 133/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-321/19 - Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Détermination des taux des péages pour l'utilisation d'autoroutes)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2020 in Case C-313/19 P, Associazione Nazionale GranoSalus - Liberi Cerealicoltori & Consumatori (Associazione GranoSalus) Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Placing of plant protection products on the market - Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 - Renewal of the approval of the active substance glyphosate - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2324 - Action for annulment brought by an association - Admissibility - Fourth paragraph of Article 263 TFEU - Regulatory measure not including implementing measures - Person directly concerned
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex IV to Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the forest reference levels to be applied by the Member States for the period 2021-2025
  • Land cover accounts — an approach to geospatial environmental accounting – See the EEA Briefing

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2020 in Case T‑594/18, Pharma Mar, SA Vs. European Commission
    Re: Medicinal products for human use - Application for marketing authorisation for the medicinal product Aplidin - plitidepsin - Commission decision refusing authorisation - Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 - Scientific evaluation of the risks and benefits of a medicinal product - Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use - Objective impartiality
  • Agenda for the meeting of 12 November 2020 of the Regulatory Committee on Directive 2001/18/EC 
  • Agenda for MDCG - Clinical Investigation and Evaluation (CIE) working group meeting of 05-06 November 2020 
  • Draft Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States on the role of the EU in strengthening the World Health Organization 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Not there yet’: Rule of law conditionality trilogues continue - The talks by the EP and Council will continue on Thursday when the co-legislators will meet for the fourth trilogue on mechanism to link the EU funds to the respect of rule of law 
  • MEPs warn of attempts by some EU countries to silence and subdue critical media - Media freedom within the EU has deteriorated recently, says the Civil Liberties Committee, concerned about journalists faced with violence, harassment and pressure 

BREXIT

  • Boris Johnson faces Brexit bill defeat at pivotal moment - Lords poised to challenge PM on flouting international law just as talks enter final stage – Financial Times 
  • Spain and Gibraltar seek last-minute Brexit deal - Keeping free movement would give British territory closer ties to EU than when it was part of bloc – Financial Times 

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • EU Candidate Countries’ & Potential Candidates’ Economic Quarterly (CCEQ) – 3rd Quarter 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2020 in Case T-151/18, Slim Ben Tijani Ben Haj Hamda Ben Ali Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Common Foreign and Security Policy - Restrictive measures taken in view of the situation in Tunisia - Measures taken against persons responsible for misappropriation of public funds and associated persons and entities - List of persons, entities and bodies to which the freezing of funds applies - Maintenance of the applicant's name on the list - Rights of the defense - Right to effective judicial protection - Reasonable time limit for judgment - Sufficient factual basis - Time limits for appeal - Legal aid - Suspensive effect - Admissibility - Conditions
  • Report of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to the Council "CFSP Report – Our Priorities in 2020" 
  • Petition response: Statement of Belarusian human rights organizations on the current human rights situation in Belarus