EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the Paris Peace Forum during the session ACT-A: COVID-19 vaccines, tests and therapies - the global public good solution
  • Presidency Report on the state of play of EU-coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Covid-19: how is the EU doing on health? (Interview of Pascal Canfin
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Centralised purchasing of a future COVID-19 vaccine
  • EFSA - SARS-Cov-2 variants in mink: rapid assessment published

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €665 million Greek scheme to protect primary residences of vulnerable borrowers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58555) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves amended Danish support for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59091 and SA.59055) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €6.5 million Dutch loan for pharmaceutical company InnoGenerics in the context of coronavirus pandemic (SA.59021) - Midday Express
  • COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme

INDUSTRY

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1694 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards specific measures on L-category end-of-series vehicles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19 and Economic Policy Toward the New Normal: A Monetary-Fiscal Nexus after the Crisis? - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee  
  • EU budget 2021: supporting a sustainable recovery from the pandemic – See the EP Statement & Resolution

TRANSPORT

  • European Commission to extend select measures for coronavirus-hit aviation sector

MOBILITY

  • Answer given by Ms Johanson to a MEP written question - Request for results of the European political coordination triggered in order to manage the COVID-19 crisis  
  • Answer by the Council to a MEP written question - Common standard for the imposition of COVID-19 restrictions in the EU
  • Answer by the Council to a MEP written question - Restrictions on free movement at EU internal borders -
  • Answer by the Council to a MEP written question - Restrictions on travel between EU Member States

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9929 - EDP/Viesgo)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9892 - Leonardo/Thales/VSB) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of three US Gulf Coast Terminals by BlackRock and Vopak (M.9999)
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt launches sector inquiry into messenger services
  • Portugal - AdC issues Statement of Objections to National Association of Land Surveyors for price fixing
  • Portugal - HAL Investments notifies acquisition of sole control over T.B.T. and PD Greenhouse Beheer
  • Slovak Republic -AMO SR imposed a fine on the undertaking Slovenská pošta, a.s., for a failure to submit required documentation and information within a stipulated time limit and the submission of false information – additional information
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceedings in the matter of a merger of companies ČEZ ESCO, a.s., and Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a. s.
  • UK - Viagogo-StubHub merger probe extended by UK's CMA

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections 
  • Commission approves German nation-wide scheme to support deployment of Gigabit networks in Germany - IP/20/2132
  • Commission approves prolongation of Polish scheme to support SMEs in difficulty (SA.58255) - Midday Express
  • State Aid Weekly e-News

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 17 November 2020
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 12-13 November 2020
    - 1st ETQG meeting Round 2021-07 working document quotas suspensions
  • Agenda for: Customs 2020 programme: CLEN Preparatory Meeting for the 23rd CLEN Plenary Meeting of 03-04 December 2020
  • Agenda for: Customs 2020 programme: CLEN discussion meeting on the 2nd proficiency test on textile and method validation of 19-20 November 2020 
  • Minutes of the CLEN - Project Group SAMANCTA of 22 September 2020
  • Report by MEP Bernd Lange on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the elimination of customs duties on certain products
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products - See the Annex
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (Heading 4202
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1686 of 12 November 2020 making imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey subject to registration
  • Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis engages with civil society on EU trade policy
  • WTO - DDG Agah stresses importance of open and predictable markets to foster economic recovery
  • WTO - Least developed countries hit hard by trade downturn triggered by COVID-19 pandemic
  • WTO - Trade and Environment Week to debate key issues, showcase examples of sustainable trade

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 8th meeting of the Expert Group on Radio Equipment of 17 November 2020 
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in granules or mulches used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds or in sport applications
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1676 of 31 August 2020 amending Article 25 of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures as regards bespoke paints 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1677 of 31 August 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in order to improve the workability of information requirements related to emergency health response
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Product safety in the Single Market  
  • Update data population for the purposes of qualified majority voting in the Council 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA Decision (EU) 2020/1689 of 16 September 2020 renewing the temporary requirement to natural or legal persons who have net short positions to lower the notification thresholds of net short positions in relation to the issued share capital of companies whose shares are admitted to trading on a regulated market to notify the competent authorities above a certain threshold in accordance with point (a) of Article 28(1) of Regulation (EU) No 236/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • José Manuel Campa opens the 2020 EBA Policy Research Workshop
  • EU funds’ resilience in the COVID era - keynote address by Steven Maijoor at EFAMA IMF 2020
  • Guidelines compliance table - Guidelines on model MoU concerning consultation, cooperation and the exchange of information related to the supervision of AIFMD entities
  • ESMA tells fund managers to improve readiness for future adverse shocks
  • ESMA - Recommendation of the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) on liquidity risk in investment funds
  • ESMA - List of trading venues and CCPs benefiting from a transitional exemption from the access provisions under Article 54(2) of MiFIR
  • ESMA publishes first report on use of sanctions under the AIFMD
  • ESMA - Penalties and measures imposed under the AIFMD Directive in 2018- 2019
  • ESMA publishes third annual report on use of sanctions for UCITS 
  • ESMA - Penalties and measures imposed under the UCITS Directive in 2019

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Impacts of climate change and air pollution on the health of the EU population - Briefing for the EP ENVI Committee
  • Farm to Fork strategy - An overview of Parliament’s positions - Briefing for the EP ENVI Committee 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: MDCG – In Vitro Diagnostics Working Group – Stakeholders and Regulators Session of 16 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Group on Cosmetic Products – Plenary of 12 November 2020 
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1682 of 12 November 2020 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products  
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 of 12 November 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products  
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1684 of 12 November 2020 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Road Transport Committee of 16 November 2020
  • European Year of Rail 2021 – informal agreement with the European Parliament 
  • 1st public workshop impact assessment for the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive
  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question – Cancellation of tolls in Gipuzkoa that conform to European regulations

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Commission sets out to modernise the GDPR toolbox for international data transfers - Midday Express
    - Commission Implementing Decision on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries
    - Commission Implementing Decision on standard contractual clauses between controllers and processors located in the EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Commission initiatives regarding the use of codes of conduct under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • New Consumer Agenda:  European Commission to empower consumers to become the driver of transition - IP/20/2069 - FactSheet
  • Union of Equality: The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ equality in the EU - IP/20/2068 - Speech by Commissioner Dalli and by VP Jourová
  • MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria - See the EP Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1695 of 12 November 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) No 267/2012 concerning restrictive measures against Iran
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1699 of 12 November 2020 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran
  • Council extends sanctions on Venezuela until 14 November 2021 (See Regulation (EU) 2020/1696 &  Decision (CFSP) 2020/1700)
  • Opinion by MEP Seán Kelly on connectivity and EU-Asia relations
  • Hong Kong: Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU on the disqualification of Members of the Hong Kong Legislative Council
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Method for drawing up EU sanctions against representatives of the repressive regime in Belarus
  • Keynote speech by President Charles Michel at the ASEAN Business and Investment summit 2020
  • Hurricane Eta: EU channels initial emergency aid to Central America - Midday Express