EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • International regulators and WHO join forces to address COVID-19 challenges - See EMA Statement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €150 million Romanian scheme to support investments in district heating systems based on renewable energy sources (SA.55433) - IP/20/2033 
  • The European Union provides additional €17.2 million to support health systems in Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan - IP/20/2027
  • COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies

DIGITAL SOCIETY

  • Coronavirus: Commission urges online platforms to collaborate and continue fighting consumer scams - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus: New reports by online platforms show progress and need for more granular data on measures taken against disinformation - Midday Express
  • Recommendations for a data-driven EU healthcare system to fight COVID-19 and other diseases - DigitalEurope 

ECONOMY

  • Opinion of the European Central Bank of 23 September 2020 on proposals for regulations amending the Union securitisation framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Isabel Schnabel: Unequal scars – distributional consequences of the pandemic 

ENVIRONMENT

  • EEA - COVID-19 measures have mixed impacts on the environment 

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10012 - Hg / KKR / Citation)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10023 - Hellman & Friedman/Carlyle/Vantage)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9988 - SEGRO/PSPIB/SELP/Gonesse Site)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9989 - BB Holding Investment/Duferdofin-Nucor) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9953 - CalSTRS/Altitude Group/AI THD)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10003 - DWS/Vertex Bioenergy)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9619 - CDC/EDF/ENGIE/La Poste)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8130 - Imerys/Alteo certain assets)
  • Greece – Statement of Objections, following a complaint by STAMATOULIS SA 
  • Slovak Republic – AMO SR approved the merger of undertakings TCL China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd., Samsung Suzhou Module Co., Ltd., and Samsung Suzhou LCD Co., Ltd. 
  • UK - CMA launches consultation on updated merger guidance
  • UK - The CMA is investigating a commercialisation and licensing agreement relating to AMT-061 between CSL Behring LLC and uniQure biopharma BV 

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Action brought on 28 September 2020 - Tirrenia di navigazione Vs. Commission - Case T-593/20
    Re: annulment of the contested decision (Decision C (2020) 1110 final) in so far as indicated in the application and specifically with respect to Articles 2, 3 and 4 only
  • Action brought on 29 September 2020 - Tirrenia di navigazione Vs. Commission - Case T-601/20
    Re: annulment of the contested decision (Decision C (2020) 1110 final) with respect to Article 1(3)
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.37/20 - Covers from 30 October to 5 November 2020
  • Commission approves Italian restructuring aid scheme for SMEs (SA.58790) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agreement amending the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the accessions of the Independent State of Samoa and the Solomon Islands, and of future accessions of other Pacific Island States
    a) Council Decision on signature and provisional application - Decision to use the written procedure for the adoption
    b) Draft Council Decision on conclusion Request for the consent of the European Parliament - Decision to use the written procedure 
  • Joint Statement of the United States and the European Union on a Tariff Agreement 
  • Draft Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the classification of: 
    - salted and dried tomatoes in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 2002 10 90
    - silicone elastomer moulded handbags, bags and cases in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 3926 90 97)  
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1653 of 6 November 2020 terminating the anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in the People's Republic of China and Indonesia 
  • Appeal brought on 18 September 2020 by European Commission against the judgment of the General Court of 8 July 2020 in Case T-110/17, Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Vs. Commission - Case C-439/20 P
  • Appeal brought on 21 September 2020 by Council of the European Union against the judgment of the General Court of 08 July 2020 in Case T-110/17, Jiangsu Seraphim Solar System Vs. Commission - Case C-441/20 P
  • Action brought on 27 August 2020 - Jushi Egypt for Fiberglass Industry Vs. Commission -  Case T-540/20
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) Application pursuant to Article 263(4) of the TFEU for the annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/870 of 24 June 2020 imposing a definitive countervailing duty and definitively collecting the provisional countervailing duty imposed on imports of continuous filament glass fibre products originating in Egypt, and levying the definitive countervailing duty on the registered imports of continuous filament glass fibre products originating in Egypt, in as far as it relates to the applicant
  • Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports - IP/20/2048
  • Introductory Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the Foreign Affairs Council Trade Press Conference
  • Third negotiation round to modernise Energy Charter Treaty – See the Joint Communication
  • WTO - Working group finalises package of declarations and recommendations to assist small business  
  • New WTO paper explores linkages between trade and the spread of diseases of animal origin 
  • EU seeks to ‘reboot’ US trade relationship in post-Trump era - Ministers to discuss renewal of ties even as bloc imposes punitive tariffs on America – Financial Times
  • Britain set to fall short in race to replace EU trade deals - UK still has hopes of securing Canada and Singapore deals before January 1 deadline – Financial Times 
  • EU set to hit US products with tariffs in dispute over aircraft subsidies - WTO has confirmed Brussels can tax up to $4bn of goods in retaliation for state aid to Boeing – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles of 10 November 2020
  • Agenda for: Agenda for: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products on 12 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: 21st meeting of the Committee on Standards of 10 November 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions' - IP/20/2029 - see the Statement by VP Jourová and Commissioners Schmit and Dalli
  • Commissioner Johansson participates in the virtual informal ministerial dialogue on integration of migrants and social cohesion - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda of the 103rd session of the Climate Change Committee of 10 November 2020 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Strengthening the World Health Organization: the EU is ready to take the leading role 
  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 45 ( Published on: 06/11/2020) 
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) 3-5 November 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Green and Digital: study shows technical and policy options to limit surge in energy consumption for cloud and data centres
  • Airbnb at risk of tougher curbs from EU - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Proposal for an amendment of Council Directive 2011/16/EU relating to administrative cooperation in the field of taxation - Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE‎

  • Commissioner Reynders opens the International Product Safety Week 2020 and welcomes two new signatories of the Product Safety Pledge - Midday Express
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and its implementation into EU Company law - Study for the EP Legal Affairs Committee 
  • 40 years of the Hague Convention on child abduction: legal and societal changes in the rights of a child - In-Depth Analysis for the EP Legal Affairs Committee 
  • The Child perspective in the context of the 1980 Hague Convention - In-Depth Analysis for the EP Legal Affairs Committee 
  • Broad common approach needed to tackle abuse via sham marriages - see Eurojust Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • What are the wider supervisory implications of the Wirecard case? – Study for the EP ECON Committee

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Belarus: Alexandr Lukashenko and 14 other officials sanctioned over ongoing repression (See Regulation (EU) 2020/1648 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/1650)
  • 8 Syrian ministers added to EU sanctions list (See Decision (CFSP) 2020/1651 & Regulation (EU) 2020/1649)
  • Sanctions regime against illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean extended by one year (See Regulation (EU) 2020/1655 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/1657)
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1656 of 6 November 2020 on Union support for the activities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the areas of nuclear security and in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction 
  • Statement by President Charles Michel and by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the 2020 US Presidential elections
  • EU Trust Fund for Africa mobilises another €22.6 million to foster stability and security in the Sahel and Lake Chad region - IP/20/1866
  • Commissioners Várhelyi and Gabriel at the Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting in the framework of the Berlin Process ahead of the Sofia Summit - Midday Express, see the Remarks by Commissioner Várhelyi