EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modified Hungarian schemes to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59306) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Temporary state aid framework

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: first go-ahead given to the new Recovery and Resilience Facility - See the EP Statement

DATA PRIVACY

  • Covid-19 tracing apps: ensuring privacy and use across borders - See the EP Statement

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9434 - UTC/Raytheon)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9861 - Unilabs/Medbase/JV)  
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 17 September 2019 declaring a concentration compatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement (Case M.8870 – E.ON/ Innogy) 
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on mergers
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer  
  • Commission sends Statement of Objections to Amazon for the use of non-public independent seller data and opens second investigation into its e-commerce business practices - IP/20/2077
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over Infoblox by Warburg Pincus and Vista (M.9975) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves compensation to energy-intensive companies in Czechia for indirect emission costs (SA. 58608) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Possible inappropriate State aid from the Spanish Government to unnamed digital broadcasting services II

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 13 November 2020 
  • 6th Public Session of the Trade and Sustainable Development Sub-committee under the EU-Central America Trade Agreement: Dialogue with Civil Society of 24 November 2020 
  • Boeing WTO case: EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports- see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1646
  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the Foreign Affairs Council Trade Press Conference of 9 November 2020 
  • New rules on trade of dual-use items agreed 
  • Commission welcomes agreement on the modernisation of EU export controls - See the EP Statement
  • Union for the Mediterranean Ministers highlight the importance of regional trade in economic recovery - IP/20/2063 & Joint Statement
  • Draft opinion by MEP Karin Karlsbro: Towards a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism - Amendments 1 - 105 
  • Hearings - EU-China Trade and Investment Relations in a post-covid world - 09 November 2020
    - China-EU economic relations in the era of US-China economic competition by Alicia Garcia Herrero
    - EU-China Trade and Investment Relations in a post-covid world by Andreea Brinza
  • Answer given to a MEP written question - The elimination of tariffs on lobster imports from the US
  • DDG Wolff: WTO accession is a catalyst for domestic reform and economic growth

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Council conclusions on intellectual property policy and the revision of the industrial designs system in the Union 
  • Draft Council conclusions on the New European Research Area 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Insurance) of 17 November 2020 
  • Communication from the Commission - Commission Interpretative Communication on the preparation, audit and publication of the financial statements included in the annual financial reports drawn up in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/815 on the European Single Electronic Format (ESEF) 
  • ESMA updates Brexit statements for the end of UK transition period
  • ESMA consults on guidance for funds’ marketing communications
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)
  • The EBA reminds financial institutions of the need for readiness in view of the Brexit transition period ending on 31 December 2020

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Common Agricultural Policy reform: First trilogue starts today - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Climate Change and Defence Roadmap 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Espoo) of 13 November 2020 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Climate policy
  • Circular Plastics Alliance: A step closer to 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics
  • European Energy Exchange appointed as EU ETS common auction platform from 2021
  • Green and Digital: study shows technical and policy options to limit surge in energy consumption for cloud and data centres

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Health of 13 November 2020 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • The impact of emerging technologies on the transport system - Study & Summuary for the EP TRAN Committee 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Annual rule of law assessment and the role of national parliaments - See EP Statement
  • Rule of law conditionality: MEPs strike a deal with Council

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • European Commission welcomes the European Court of Auditors' decision to sign off the EU accounts for 13th year in a row - IP/20/2057
  • Reversal interest rate and macroprudential policy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2487
  • Press Conference by the EP’s negotiating team on the MFF and Own Resources

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Syria: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the refugee conference in Damascus 
  • 3rd Session of the Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Geneva, 2 to 3 November 2020) - Final EU/Member States statements  
  • Progress report of the EEA Joint Committee 
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EU Ambassadors' Conference 2020