EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

MOBILITY

  • Communication from the Commission - COVID-19 Guidance on persons exempted from the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU as regards the implementation of Council Recommendation 2020/912 of 30 June 2020
  • Council Conclusions on policy considerations for a pandemic and other major crisis contingency plan for the European freight transport sector

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €7.7 million Greek scheme to support cultural activities in the Municipality of Athens in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.59033) - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1573 of 28 October 2020 amending Decision (EU) 2020/491 on relief from import duties and VAT exemption on importation granted for goods needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak during 2020 (notified under document C(2020) 7511)

ECONOMY

  • Cohesion Policy Measures in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Study for the EP REGI Committee
  • InvestEU Fund: boost for sustainable, innovative and social investment - See the EP Statement
  • 2021 EU budget must focus on supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic - See the EP Statement

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9960 - KKR/Elsan)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9882 - SAZKA Group/ÖBAG/Casinos Austria)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9976 - Silver Lake Partners/Engie/Hall Des Lumieres JV)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of the joint control of Altitude Infrastructure THD by CalSTRS and the Altitude Group (M.9953) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Ballyhoura Wind and CCWFL by AAUK2 and MUL (M.9940) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Viesgo by EDP (M.9929) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Joint advertising marketing by FAZ and SZ does not raise antitrust concerns
  • Slovakia -  PMÚ SR imposed a fine on the entrepreneur Slovenská pošta, a.s. for failure to submit the required documents and information within the specified time limit and submission of false information
  • Apple hit with antitrust complaint in France over privacy controls - Coalition of trade groups opposes tech company’s plan to restrict trackers used for mobile advertising - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections - see OJ C 365 p.3,4,5,6 & 7
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 90/20/COL of 15 July 2020 amending, for the one hundred and seventh time, the procedural and substantive rules in the field of State aid, by amending and prolonging certain State aid guidelines
  • According to Advocate General Tanchev, the Court should dismiss the appeal of the Commission against the judgment of the General Court on support measures adopted by an Italian consortium of banks for the benefit of one of its members (See CPR Nº 135/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-425/19 P - Commission Vs. Italy and Others)  
  • Commission approves €50 million German scheme to support roll-out of infrastructure for mobile communication services in German Land of Hesse (SA.55578)- Midday Express
  • Commission approves prolongation of the Polish resolution scheme for cooperative and small commercial banks (SA.58389) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Trade: EU reaches political agreement on updated enforcement regulation - IP/20/1994
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the amendment of certain provisions of Protocol II concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation - Adoption
  • 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
  • Corrigendum to Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1051 of 16 July 2020 terminating the absorption reinvestigation concerning imports of certain cast iron articles originating in the People’s Republic of China  
  • Customs Union: Commission proposes new ‘Single Window' to modernise and streamline customs controls, facilitate trade and improve cooperation - IP/20/1970QaAFactSheet & the Communication
  • WTO - Indonesia launches safeguard investigation on cigarette paper

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The refusal by a patient’s Member State of affiliation to grant prior authorisation for the reimbursement of cross-border healthcare costs when effective hospital treatment is available in that Member State but the method of treatment used is against the insured person’s religious beliefs brings about a difference in treatment indirectly based on religion (See CPR Nº 134/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-243/19 - Veselības ministrija)
  • Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States - IP/20/1968 & QaA, Opening remarks by Executive VP Dombrovskis and by Commissioner Schmit

ENERGY

  • Progress on Clean energy for EU islands initiative
  • ACER extends period for reaching an agreement on AT-IT electricity interconnection’s exemption request
  • Whilst gas wholesale markets for the most part function efficiently, challenges remain for both electricity and retail energy markets across Europe - See Acer Press Release
  • CEER review of regulatory frameworks for innovation in electricity transmission infrastructure
  • New energy labelling rules kicking in on 1 November: what to expect? - see Beuc Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission to launch four public consultations in an important step towards climate neutrality
  • More efforts needed globally to reduce emissions from shipping, say MEPs
  • EU solidarity in action: €56.7 million to Spain to repair the damages of the extreme weather DANA in autumn 2019 - Midday Express
  • Germany - Further increase in packaging consumption in 2018 in Germany - Systems for reusables and recycling need to be expanded

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (10 September 2020)
  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee for Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks(E-cigarettes and WoE) of 15 September 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Combating child abuse online – Council ready to negotiate a temporary measure
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the roundtable ‘Internet, a new human right' after the intervention by Simona Levi and by Sir Berners-Lee 
  • The functioning of the Internal Market for Digital Services: responsibilities and duties of care of providers Challenges and opportunities - Briefing for the IMCO Committee
  • Internal Google document reveals campaign against EU lawmakers - Report reveals strategy aimed at weakening support for new rules curbing big tech’s power - Financial Times 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU budget talks: Council rejects Parliament’s breakthrough proposal - See the EP Statement
  • ECB adopts opinion on appointment of new Executive Board member 
  • Fall in household real consumption per capita accelerates in both euro area and EU - Stat/159/2020
  • Taxation 2019 - Tax-to-GDP ratio at 41.1% in EU - Stat/160/2020 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Statement by the International Contact Group on Venezuela: Senior Officials Meeting and the Dominican Republic joining the Group 
  • Nagorno Karabakh: Statement by the Spokesperson on recent attacks targeting civilians 
  • EU-Thailand: The European Union and Thailand hold their 15th Senior Officials' Meeting