EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1595 of 28 October 2020 on COVID-19 testing strategies, including the use of rapid antigen tests
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €378 million Slovenian scheme to support farmers and other self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59149) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €13 million Polish scheme to support companies active in the wood sector affected by coronavirus outbreak
    (SA.58185) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €99.4 million Danish scheme to support cafés, restaurants, nightclubs, discotheques, venues and their suppliers in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.59048) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Communication from the Commission - upgrading the transport Green Lanes to keep the economy going during the COVID-19 pandemic resurgence

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

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • State Aid Weekly e-News No.36/20 - Covers from 23 to 29 October 2020
  • Commission publishes results of evaluation of EU State aid rules - IP/20/2008
  • Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union restructuring scheme (SA.58819) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: EP INTA Committee of 09 & 10 November 2020
  • CETA - Agenda of the meeting of the bilateral dialogue on raw materials of 17 November 2020
  • Recommendation on the proposal for a draft Council decision on the conclusion of the agreement between the European Union and the government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications 
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (High fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars - The People’s Republic of China - 30.07.2021) 
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of acesulfame potassium (Ace-K) originating in the People's Republic of China (ex 2934 99 90 ) 
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Aspartame - The People’s Republic of China - 30.07.2021) 
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of grain-oriented flat-rolled products of silicon-electrical steel originating in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United States of America (USA) (ex 7225 11 00 and ex 7226 11 00) 
  • Notice concerning the adaptation of the level of Tariff Rate Quotas under the safeguard measures on certain steel products following the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union as of 1 January 2021  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1577 of 21 September 2020 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff  
  • Joint press release: EU-Canada Leaders' virtual meeting, see also the Remarks by President Charles Michel
  • Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis engages with stakeholders on Trade Policy Review
  • EFTA celebrates its 60th anniversary with an online panel discussion on global trade
  • EFTA parliamentarians discuss global trade with Pascal Lamy
  • EFTA advisory Bodies meet with ministers to discuss current trade challenges
  • WTO - Members indicate strong preference for Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as DG but US objects
  • WTO - Over 60 safeguard actions reviewed at WTO committee
  • What’s driving the EU on rules of origin? - Carmakers and others are concerned at Brussels’ stance on tariff-free trade with UK - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Group on Competitiveness & Growth of 05 November 2020
  • Recognition of professional qualifications: Commission decides to refer Slovakia to the Court of Justice of the European Union - IP/20/1889
  • Trade secrets: Commission decides to refer Cyprus to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Secrets Directive - IP/20/1683
  • October infringements package: key decisions - 30 October 2020 
  • Chemicals: The EU steps up action against hazardous chemicals in clothing, textiles and footwear - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA launches consultation on revised Guidelines on sound remuneration policies 

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - DAC) of 05 November 2020
  • Commission decides to refer Poland to the Court of Justice for its rules depriving medicine producers of excise duty exemptions - IP/20/1898
  • Commission decides to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding its rules on the tax deductibility of alimony payments for non-residents - IP/20/1897
  • Commission decides to refer the Netherlands to the Court for its rules on the cross-border transfer of pension capital and cross-border provision of pensions - IP/20/1678
  • European Commission decides to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding its income tax rules for businesses with foreign branches - IP/20/1689

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Desertification of 03 November 2020
    - Global of 04 November 2020
  • Air quality: Commission decides to refer France to the Court over failure to meet its obligation to protect citizens against poor air quality  - IP/20/1880
  • Climate finance: EU and member states' contributions continued to increase in 2019 
  • Fairly apply carbon pricing in EU climate action, consumer groups say - See Beuc Statement 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission awards €508 million to 75 health research projects - Midday Express
  • Investment Plan supports development of therapies for rare genetic diseases
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Metarhizium brunneum BIPESCO 5/F52
  • EFSA - Potential BSE risk posed by the use of ruminant collagen and gelatine in feed for non‐ruminant farmed animals
  • EFSA - Annual Report of the Scientific Network on BSE‐TSE 2020
  • EFSA - Evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the microbial characterisation and environmental risk assessment of microorganisms obtained through synthetic biology
  • EFSA - Outcome of the public consultation on the draft Scientific Opinion on the evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the microbial characterisation and environmental risk assessment of micro‐organisms obtained through synthetic biology

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 04 & 06 November 2020
  • Parliament's ideas for tackling harmful or illegal content online - see the EP Statement

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Aviation: new Performance Review Body Annual Monitoring Report 2019 supports implementation of Single European Sky performance and charging scheme
  • Boosting Europe's railways: new harmonised procedures across EU will make rail more attractive and competitive

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in all EU countries - see the EP Statement
  • Everything is still to be agreed’: informal talks between Parliament and Council on Rule of law conditionality continue - see the EP Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Results of the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters in the fourth quarter of 2020
  • Introductory statement by Christine Lagarde, Luis de Guindos to the press conference & Monetary policy decisions
  • The wage-price pass-through in the euro area: does the growth regime matter? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2485
  • ‎Spillover effects in international business cycles - ECB Working Paper Series No.2484

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the video conference of the members of the European Council on 29 October 2020
  • Joint statement by the Members of European Council

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1578 of 29 October 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1755 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Burundi 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1585 of 29 October 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Burundi - see Notice 1 & 2  
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1586 of 29 October 2020 amending Decision 2010/573/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova
  • Humanitarian Aid: EU provides €8.1 million for most vulnerable in South and South-East Asia - IP/20/2005
  • Nagorno Karabakh: additional €400,000 in emergency aid for civilians affected by the hostilities - Midday Express