EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EU increases its contribution to COVAX to €500 million to secure COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries - IP/20/2075
  • Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine - IP/20/2081 
  • Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe - IP/20/2041, the Q&A, see the Communication
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    Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness and management for medicinal products and medical devices
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 1082/2013/EU - See the Annex
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 851/2004 establishing a European Centre for disease prevention and control
  • Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on Building a European Health Union 
  • Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space - IP/20/2049
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question -SARS-CoV-2 vaccine 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - EMA recommendations for distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available 
  • Hungary to become first EU state to trial Russian Covid vaccine - Procurement comes as global race for a vaccine heats up and is latest sign of Budapest’s cosiness with Moscow - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €110 million Czech scheme to support enterprises active in primary agricultural sector and food production in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59336) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €484 million Italian scheme to reduce labour costs through exemption from social security contributions in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.59255) - Midday Express

    ECONOMY
  • European Commission issues second emission of EU SURE social bonds 
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Rules on the allocation of funds under the Next Generation EU initiative and the effectiveness of Member States in combating the COVID-19 pandemic 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9954 - Sumitomo/AAR/JV) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10002 - Hoyer/Rhenus/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9445 - Natura Cosméticos/Avon Products 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9827 - International Flavors & Fragrances/Nutrition & Biosciences)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9996 - Trenitalia/Netinera Deutschland)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9995 - Permira/Neuraxpharm)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9984 - CIMIC/Elliott/Thiess) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9907 – Exclusive Networks/Veracomp Business)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10007 - Telefónica/Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria/Movistar Money Colombia JV)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10013 - Vestas/MHI Vestas JV)  
  • 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 – Statement by Ms Vestager - See Beuc reaction
  • Commission clears acquisition of Gunnebo AB of Sweden by Altor Fund Manager and Stena (M.9935) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Cinfoni by Bertelsmann and Schweizerische Post (M.9835) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA has agreed to ‘fast track’ the anticipated merger of Crowdcube and Seedrs to an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, after finding likely competition concerns.
  • UK - CMA  consults on undertakings in lieu offered in relation to Breedon Group / Cemex Investments merger
  • UK - CMA full text of Phase 1 decision in Sinch Holding's acquisition of the SAP Digital Interconnect Unit from SAP SE
  • UK - CMA publishes decision to accept final undertakings in Stryker / Wright Medical merger

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid - Decision to raise no objections - see OJ C381 - p.24;25;26;27;28;29 & 30
  • Commission approves liquidity support scheme for Italian banks (SA.57515) - Midday Express
  • Commission invites comments on revision of Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - EU State aid rules

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 18 November 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 17 November 2020
  • EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe's businesses - IP/20/2091 - See the 4th Annual ReportBrochure on the report, Staff Working Document
  • Speech by Commissioner Várhelyi at Union for the Mediterranean Trade and Investment Forum
  • China and the EU agree to protect each other’s food and drink specialities - see the EP Statement & Resolution
  • Introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union’s Stabilisation and Association process - See the EP Resolution
  • European Parliament - INTA Webinar on data flows, artificial intelligence and international trade - Programme & Recording of the webinar
    - Geopolitical Aspects of Digital Trade by Dennis Görlich & Niclas Poitiers
    - Briefing Socio-Economic effects of digital trade and artificial intelligence on EU industries including their value chains and EU imports and exports with major trade partners by Georgios Petropoulos and André Sapir
  • UK struggling to conclude Canada trade deal, says Justin Trudeau - Ottawa claims British government does not have ‘the bandwidth’ to finalise agreement - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1666 of 10 November 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purpose of including a new type of EC fertiliser in Annex I
  • Key principles for the global space economy: EU Council adopts conclusions
  • Future EU intellectual property policy: Council adopts conclusions

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 12 November 2020 in Case C-842/19, European Commission Vs. Kingdom of Belgium
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Judgment of the Court establishing a failure to fulfil obligations - Failure to fulfil obligations - Free movement of capital - Article 63 TFEU - Incompatibility of Belgian tax provisions relating to income from immovable property situated abroad - Article 260(2) TFEU - Application for imposition of a penalty payment and a lump sum
  • Judgment of the Court of 11 November 2020 in Case C-287/19 DenizBank AG Vs. Verein für Konsumenteninformation
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Consumer protection – Directive (EU) 2015/2366 – Payment services in the internal market – Article 4(14) – Concept of ‘payment instrument’ – Personalised multifunctional bank cards – Near-field communication (NFC) functionality – Article 52(6)(a) and Article 54(1) – Information to be provided to users – Change in the conditions of a framework contract – Tacit consent – Article 63(1)(a) and (b) – Rights and obligations related to payment services – Derogation for low-value payment instruments – Conditions under which applicable – Payment instrument that does not allow its blocking – Payment instrument used anonymously – Limitation of the temporal effects of the judgment
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 241/2014 as regards the deduction of software assets from Common Equity Tier 1 items
  • ESMA - Updated list of Competent Authorities Responsible for the Authorisation and Supervision of Central Securities Depositories (CSDs)
  • ESMA sees potential for sudden reversal in investors’ risk assessment
  • EBA announces timing for publication of 2020 EU-wide transparency exercise and Risk Assessment Report
  • Jose Manuel Campa delivers keynote speech at the XVII international professional conference on good corporate governance

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 12 November 2020 in Case C‑42/19, Sonaecom SGPS SA Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – VAT – Sixth Directive 77/388/EEC – Article 4 – Concept of ‘taxable person’ – Mixed holding company – Article 17 – Right to deduct input VAT – Input VAT paid by a mixed holding company in respect of consultancy services relating to a market study with a view to the possible acquisition of shareholdings in other companies – Abandonment of proposed acquisition – Input VAT paid on a bank commission for organising and putting together a bond loan, intended to provide subsidiaries with the necessary means to make investments – Investments not made
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Direct Taxation - DAC) of 16 November 2020
  • European Parliament legislative resolution of 11 November 2020 on the proposal for a Council directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax as regards the identification of taxable persons in Northern Ireland
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU – deferring certain time limits for the filing and exchange of information in the field of taxation due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Tax evasion and tax avoidance, potential lost resources for national and EU budgets quantified as ranging from EUR 50-70 billion to EUR 160-190 billion – EU actions

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLCIY

  • Education and training: basic and digital skills essential for education, work and life - IP/20/2050

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Nord Stream 2 and the extraterritoriality of US law 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety)
  • Commission launches consultation on Zero Pollution Action Plan - Midday Express
  • Italy has infringed EU law on ambient air quality (See No.136/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-644/18 - Commission Vs. Italy (Valeurs limites - PM10)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MAREKT

  • A contract for the provision of telecommunications services containing a clause stating that the customer has consented to the collection and storage of his or her identity document cannot demonstrate that that customer has validly given his or her consent where the box referring to that clause has been ticked by the data controller before the contract was signed (See CPR No 137/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-61/19 - Orange Romania)

DATA PRIVACY

  • Agenda for:Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 13 November 2020
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1669 of 10 November 2020 on a pilot project to implement certain administrative cooperation provisions set out in Regulation (EU) 2018/1807 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the free flow of non-personal data in the European Union by means of the Internal Market Information System 
  • European Data Protection Board - 41st Plenary session: EDPB adopts recommendations on supplementary measures following Schrems II

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona: the worsening of the generalised deficiencies affecting judicial independence in Poland do not justify the automatic non-execution of every European Arrest Warrant issued by that Member State (See CPR No.138/2020 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-354/20, PPU, C-412/20 PPU - Openbaar Ministerie (Indépendance de l’autorité judiciaire d’émission) 
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Chancellor Kurz, Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, and President Michel, following the videoconference on the fight against terrorism 
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the video conference on Europe’s response to the terrorist threat

ECB, EUROPE & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Read-out of the meeting between President von der Leyen, President Sassoli and Chancellor Merkel (rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU)  

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Hong Kong: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the disqualification of Members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
  • Team Europe: EU seals agreements to generate €10 billion in investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood and stimulate global recovery - IP/20/2076
  • Yemen: humanitarian community to discuss deteriorating humanitarian situation
  • EFTA Council reviews the Ministerial meeting and third-country relations