EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

TRANSPORT

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 102/20/COL of 31 August 2020 authorising Norway to apply an extension of certain periods specified in Article 2 of Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific and temporary measures in view of the COVID‐19 outbreak concerning the renewal or extension of certain certificates, licences and authorisations and the postponement of certain periodic checks and periodic training in certain areas of transport legislation  
  • Council Decision further extending the temporary derogation from the Council's Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, and extended by Decisions (EU) 2020/556, (EU) 2020/702, (EU) 2020/970 and (EU) 2020/1253, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union – Adoption – Initiation of written procedure

RESEARCH

  • Coronavirus: €128 million granted for research to address pressing needs and the socio-economic impact of the pandemic

ECONOMY

TAXATION

  • Consultation of the European Economic and Social Committee by the Council Consultation of the European Parliament by the Council on a 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

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10003 - Alcentra/Brait/New Look Retail Holdings) 
  • Commission published its decision in Case - M.9434 - UTC / RAYTHEON 
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over newly created joint venture by Unilabs and Medbase (M.9861) - Midday Express
  • Croatia - Unfair trading practices – CCA imposes HRK 65,000 fine on Ribola 
  • Cyprus - Notification of concentration regarding the acquisition by Akzo Nobel Coatings, S.L., of the share capital of Industrias Titan, S.A.U. 
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt – List of Notified Merger Projects 
  • Poland - Yamaha Music Europe has been fined around 512,000 złoty ($132,000) for agreeing on minimum resale prices with distributors for music equipment sold online over a 13-year period 
  • Portugal - Competition Authority adopted a non-opposition decision on the merger 34/2020 - Civilized Pages/GMG  
  • Portugal - Competition Authority adopted a decision of inapplicability to the merger 28/2020 - Magnum Capital II*Alantra / S.Roque  
  • Portugal - Competition Authority adopted a non-opposition decision on the merger 26/2020 - SFS IME*SFS GC/Atives BNP PF 
  • Spain - The CNMC begins disciplinary proceedings against Maquinaria Garrido S.L. for alleged practices prohibited by the Law on the Defence of Competition -  
  • UK - CMA publishes template for confidentiality waivers where a merger is being investigated by competition authorities in other jurisdictions  
  • UK - CMA issues revised guidance on Competition Act investigation procedures  
  • UK - CMA extends period for examining undertakings in lieu in Breedon Group / Cemex merger  

STATE AID

  • State aid – Decision to raise no objections C 374 p.1,2,3
  • Commission approves creation of new national development bank Scottish National Investment Bank (SA.54780) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Export Credits Group of 04 November 2020 
  • Study on the European Commission trade department’s Civil Society Dialogue 
  • EU-Japan EPA Progress Seminar: Programme on 24,25 and 26 November 2020
  • Study on the impact of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) on the Leather Products Market in Japan – October 2020 
  • EU-China Trade and Investment Relations in a post-covid world – see the EP INTA Committee Hearing Programme
  • WTO members highlight key role of investment to increase small economies’ trading capacity 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • ECHA has updated its IT tools and dedicated web section on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU including Q&As with advice to companies
  • EU grants €350 million to pursue ground-breaking research - 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Key relevant provisions of the corporate or similar law of a Member State, under which securities are constituted 
  • ESMA - Consultation Paper - Draft advice to EC under Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party (Taxation) of 20 November 2020 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    -  Int. Chemicals / Synergies of 10 November 2020
    -  Biodiversity of 13 November 2020 
  • EU's Eastern partnership countries face problems with water scarcity and pollution – see the EEA report 
  • Investment Plan in Spain: Support for the construction and renovation of energy-efficient office buildings

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications) - see the Compromise Text

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Digital Europe: Council adopts new rules to modernise judicial cooperation in taking of evidence and service of documents 
  • Collective redress for consumers : Council adopts position at first reading 
  • Targeting child trafficking: 388 arrested across Europe – See Europol Statement 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main results of the Council of the European Union - Economics & Finance ministers of 4 November 2020 - Remarks by EVP Dombrovskis
    - Anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism - Draft Council Conclusions - Approval - Initiation of written procedure  
  • InvestEU: Council agrees its position on revised Commission proposal 
  • Autumn 2020 Economic Forecast: Rebound interrupted as resurgence of pandemic deepens uncertainty - IP/20/2021

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • European Council meeting (10 and 11 December 2020) – Annotated draft agenda 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya 
  • Statement by the Spokesperson on the Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures 
  • Philippines: Joint Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarčič on Typhoon Goni 
  • EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue 5th Round: Joint Press Release 
  • Turkey: Statement by the Spokesperson on renewed seismic surveys in the Eastern Mediterranean 
  • Ukraine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the fight against corruption after the Constitutional Court decision of 27 October