EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission approves €110 million Czech rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59118) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Speech by Yves Mersch: Legal aspects of the ECB’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – an exclusive but narrow competence

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9985 - GardaWorld/G4S) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9609 - Mann Mobilia/Tessner Holding/Tejo/Roller)  
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 20 March 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 54 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40411 – Google Search (AdSense))
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions at its meeting on 15 March 2019 and on 19 March 2019
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer 
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Pioneer UK Midco 1 Limited by Kohlberg, Mubadala and Partners Group (M.9967) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of New Look by Alcentra and Brait (M.9994) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture between Sumitomo and AAR (M.9954) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of control of Vertex by DWS (M.10003) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 04 November 2020
  • Agenda of the sixth public session of the EU-Central America trade and sustainable development sub-committee: dialogue with civil society – 24 November2020 
  • Management of Bilateral Trade Issues in DG Trade – 03 November 2020
  • Report of the 33rd round of negotiations on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment – 27 October 2020 
  • Draft - 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
  • Draft - Decision of 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, amending certain provisions of Protocol II concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating products' and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1605 of 30 October 2020 terminating the partial interim review of the anti-dumping and countervailing measures applicable to imports of certain graphite electrode systems originating in India 
  • WT/DS583 - Turkey - Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing of Pharmaceutical Products - Second Written Submission by the European Union 
  • WTO - DDG Wolff underlines central role of SPS Agreement in facilitating trade in safe food 
  • WTO - Fisheries subsidies negotiations chair introduces revised draft consolidated text 
  • WTO - Anti-Dumping Committee holds first 2020 meeting 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: REACH Committee meeting of 05 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 04 November 2020
  • EU market surveillance conference - Berlin, 4 and 5 November 2020 - Presentation - 04-05 November 2020

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions of 06 November 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Tax havens and financial support for businesses
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - VAT for veterinary care and medication for cats and dogs

EMPLOYMENT

  • Decision (EU) 2020/1598 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2020 on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund following an application from Spain - EGF/2020/001 ES/Galicia shipbuilding ancillary sectors

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda of the 103rd session of the Climate Change Committee of 10 November 2020 
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1604 of 23 October 2020 determining, pursuant to Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on fluorinated greenhouse gases, reference values for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 for each producer or importer which has lawfully placed hydrofluorocarbons on the market in the Union from 1 January 2015, as reported under that Regulation 
  • Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: together for a cleaner and more competitive Europe - Midday Express
  • Fisheries: Building a new strategy for Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries and aquaculture- Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Presence of microplastics in humans 
  • Joint position on existing alternative fuels within the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy - ePure/EBB Statement
  • Fairly apply carbon pricing in EU climate action, consumer groups say - See Beuc Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for meeting of the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products of 12 November 2020 
  • Networking of organisations operating in the fields within the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) mission
  • EFSA - Reasoned opinion - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for flupyradifurone and DFA in rapeseeds/canola seeds and mustard seeds
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Welfare of cattle at slaughter

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU should focus on terror threat, not rule of law, says Hungary’s justice minister - Judit Varga calls on the bloc to ‘start talking about real problems’ - Financial Times 

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Eurogroup and Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) meetings, 3 - 4 November 2020 - Midday Express

BREXIT

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1599 of 23 October 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Consultative Working Group established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community as regards the adoption of its rules of procedure
  • Brexit costs likely to build slowly as UK enters end game - The possibility of a rupture with parts of Europe adds another dimension to uncertain times – Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Team Europe: EU provides €100 million to Mozambique for education, health and social protection - IP/20/1989
  • Tanzania – Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the elections in Tanzania
  • Study Requested by the EP DEVE committee - Intra-African Migration