‎EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - How is the EU preparing for the distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines? 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - SARS-CoV-2
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Russian vaccine for COVID 19 – testing  
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Lack of a unified COVID-19 health protocol and restrictions on freedom of movement within the EU  
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Contracts for purchases of vaccines against COVID-19 – names of negotiators

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €175 million Italian scheme to support companies operating in the tourism and thermal bath sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59295) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves a €7.5 million Czech scheme to support undertakings located in the City of Pilsen affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58430) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €264 million Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57172)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears €40m Polish scheme to support chrysanthemum producers affected by coronavirus pandemic (SA.59382)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €5 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies active in the fur farming sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59345)  - Midday Express
  • Speech by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager - Shaping the future: the role of State aid and competition rules for ensuring a sustainable green and digital recovery

EMPLOYMENT

ENVIRONMENT

  • Opportunities of post Covid-19 European recovery funds in transitioning towards circular and climate neutral economy - Briefing - EP ENVI Committee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Sanctions: Commission further expands Guidance on COVID-19-related humanitarian aid in sanctioned environments - IP/20/1608

COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the World Customs Organization (WCO) with regard to the adoption of Explanatory Notes, Classification Opinions or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System and recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonised System Convention – Adoption (End of the written procedure) 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1215/2009 introducing exceptional trade measures for countries and territories participating in or linked to the European Union's Stabilisation and Association process - Outcome of European Parliament's proceedings (Brussels, 11 to 13 November 2020)
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measure (Cold-rolled flat steel products - The People’s Republic of China; The Russian Federation - Anti-dumping duty - 5.8.2021) 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1701 of 10 November 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1702 of 10 November 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature 
  • Commission launches new complaints system to fight trade barriers and violations of sustainable trade commitments - IP/20/2134
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - US customs duties (Boeing-Airbus dispute)
  • Beuc - WTO trade talks must safeguard privacy, 42 organisations urge 
  • WTO - DDG Wolff calls for new initiatives to cut tariffs on medical supplies and equipment 
  • RCEP: Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc – 15 countries have formed the world’s largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy  - The Summary and The Legal Text of the RCEP Agreement 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • What do EU citizens think about nanomaterials? - ECHA/PR/20/08 
  • Draft Council Conclusions: Public Investment through Public Procurement: Sustainable Recovery and Reboosting of a Resilient EU Economy - Approval - Decision to use the written procedure
  • Report from the Commission on the implementation and administration of Directive 2000/14/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 May 2000 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the noise emission in the environment by equipment for use outdoors
  • Annual SME Assembly discusses resilience of Europe's small and medium enterprises and awards innovative companies and projects - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services of 16 November 2020 
  • ESMA -EU derivative clearing showed strong growth in 2019
  • EBA publishes the methodology for the 2021 EU-wide stress test 
  • EU regulators seek solution to post-Brexit derivatives rule clash - Overlapping requirements risk leaving banks having to trade on other continents – Financial Times 

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions of 18 November 2020 
  • Minutes of the 22nd Meeting of the Working Group on Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation Sub-group "Automatic exchange of information" of 05 November 2020

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 19 November 2020 
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Annex IV (Energy) to the EEA Agreement [Guideline on congestion management "CM"] - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Annex IV (Energy) to the EEA Agreement [Guideline on electricity transmission system operation "ETS" - "SOGL"] - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Annex IV (Energy) to the EEA Agreement [Guideline on forward capacity allocation "FCA"] - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the EEA Joint Committee concerning an amendment to Annex IV (Energy) to the EEA Agreement [ Guideline on electricity balancing "EB"] - See the Annex

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 18 and 20 November 2020 
  • EU4Health: MEPs pave the way for an effective EU health programme - See the EP Statement and the Text adopted 
  • EFSA - Pest survey card on Agrilus planipennis 
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Assessment of the application for renewal of authorisation of pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6) as a feed additive for all animal species
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Assessment of the application for renewal of the authorisation of Calsporin® (Bacillus velezensisDSM 15544) as a feed additive for weaned piglets 
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - A Web‐based open source tool for Toxicokinetic and Toxicodynamic modelling 
  • EFSA - Methodology - 2020 Crisis Preparedness Exercise with EFSA Focal Points & Observers 
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme α‐amylase from the genetically modified Bacillus licheniformis strain DP‐Dzb45 
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of STENOROL® (halofuginone hydrobromide) as a feed additive for chickens for fattening and turkeys

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Google says sorry for planned attack on EU Commissioner in reform pushback - Financial Times

TRANSPORT

  • Report from the Commission on the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 on the reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation
  • EU Cohesion policy: €46 million of investment for new green transports in Poland's capital - Midday Express

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 20 November 2020 
  • European Rail: Report unveils challenges and stresses the need for investment in cybersecurity - See ENISA Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Justice & Home Affairs - Foreign Relations (JAIEX) of 19 November 2020 
  • Joint statement by the EU home affairs ministers on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe
  • Fight against terrorism and the EU’s security strategy - see the EP Statement
  • European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency, MEPs say – see the Text as adopted 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Monetary-Fiscal Interactions in the Euro Area: Assessing the Risks - In-Depth Analysis - EP ECON Committee
  • Blurred Boundaries Between Monetary and Fiscal Policy - In-Depth Analysis - EP ECON Committee
  • Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities – See the EP Statement and the Text adopted 
  • InvestEU Fund for sustainable and social investment, MEPs ready for negotiations – See the EP Statement  
  • Speech by Luis de Guindos: The euro area financial sector in the pandemic crisis

FUTURE OF EUROPE

BREXIT

  • Draft - Commission Implementing decision determining, for a limited period of time, that the regulatory framework applicable to central securities depositories of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is equivalent in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 909/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Ireland warns of crunch moment in Brexit negotiations - Dublin says key outstanding issues on trade deal must be resolved this week – Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Yemen: The EEAS launches an awareness raising event about the conflict and its impact on people - Midday Express
  • Keynote speech by President Charles Michel at the ASEAN Business and Investment summit 2020
  • European Union backs peace and security in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with new aid for police reform - IP/20/2086
  • Varosha: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell