EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €20 million Italian schemes to support small book publishers and the music, recording and phonographic industry in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.58801 and SA.58847) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €5 million Slovenian scheme to support airlines affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59124) - Midday Express

INDUSTRY

  • Video message by Commissioner Breton on "The Industrial Strategy in times of COVID-19" - Launch event of the CEPS Task Force on Industrial Policy

EMPLOYMENT

  • Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States - IP/20/2137

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9975 - Warburg Pincus/Vista Equity Partners Management/Infoblox) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10056 - PSPIB/Tishman Speyer/Carré Saint Germain)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9974 - Groupe Crédit Agricole/Groupe Generali/Europ Assistance France/Viavita)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Casinos Austria by SAZKA Group and ÖBAG (M.9882) - Midday Express
  • Common Shareholding in Europe - Study commissioned by the Joint Research Center - 2020
  • Portugal - SIT S.p.A. notifies the acquisition of sole control over Janz - Contagem e Gestão de Fluídos, S.A.
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Mitie Group PLC of Interservefm (Holdings) Ltd
  • UK - Open consultation - Updates to the Merger Assessment Guidelines (CMA129)

STATE AID

  • Commission closes investigation into public support for Air Nostrum's fleet renewal in Spain (SA.50707) - Midday Express
  • Judgment in Case E-9/19 – Abelia and WTW AS Vs. EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered in open Court on 17 November 2020 - Press Release

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Export Credits Group of 26 November 2020 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1707 of 13 November 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the 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 HS Convention 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1713 of 16 November 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1382 amending certain Regulations imposing anti-dumping or anti-subsidy measures on certain steel products subject to safeguard measures
  • WTO - Committee on Safeguards - Turkey - Notification under article 12. 1(b) of the Agreement on Safeguards on finding a serious injury or threat thereof caused by increase imports - Polyethylene terephthalate chips
  • WTO - DDG Agah urges APEC ministers to help WTO deliver results 
  • 11th Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) Trade Ministers Conference (videoconference, 10 November 2020) - Declaration
  • Registration of Turkish imports of hot-rolled flat steel welcomed by EUROFER 
  • Carbon Border Adjustment - EUROFER contribution to the public consultation 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 23 November 2020
  • Revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 November 2020
  • Towards a more dynamic, resilient and competitive European industry: Council adopts conclusions
  • Regulatory sandboxes and experimentation clauses as tools for better regulation: Council adopts conclusions 
  • Minutes of the Joint Ad Hoc Coal and Steel Advisory Group meeting of 17 July 2020
  • Guidance on Article 10 (10) of Radio Equipment Directive (Directive 2014/53/EU)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Study on primary and secondary equity markets in the EU - Final Report
  • ESMA - SFD Designated Payment and Securities Settlement Systems - ESMA70-151-2767

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agricultural market situation - Presentation by the Commission - Exchange of views
  • Total agricultural output in the EU up by 2.4% in 2019 - Stat/170/2020

ENERGY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1714 of 16 November 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1119 as regards the testing methodology for certain not-off vehicle charging hybrid electric passenger cars and to take into account the use of alternative fuels and Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1339 as regards rear position lamps
  • Progress on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations, report confirms
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Export licenses for European pesticides the use of which is banned within the EU  

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1712 of 16 November 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 37/2010 to classify the substance lidocaine as regards its maximum residue limit  

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the European Commission’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust (See the full text
  • EDPB Stakeholder Workshop on Legitimate Interest – 27 November 2020 
  • Apple tracks iPhone users without consent, claims activist Max Schrems – Financial Times
    - Complaint filed to the Data Protection Authority Berlin
    - Complaint filed to the Spanish Data Protection Authority  

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: Transcript of interview with Portuguese public broadcaster RTP3 
  • Solidarity Fund: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states - See the EP Statement 
  • Public hearing with Christine Lagarde, Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee - 19 November 2020
  • EU’s budget and recovery package stalls over rule of law spat - Move by Budapest and Warsaw holds up the centrepiece of the bloc’s economic response to the pandemic - Financial Times 

BREXIT

  • A post-Brexit trade deal is vital to the UK’s future - Boris Johnson should follow the path to an acceptable compromise – Financial Times 
  • UK’s Brexit negotiator predicted Brussels would have upper hand - David Frost wrote in 2016 that Britain would be the one having to blink to secure EU trade deal - Financial Times 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Revised Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 18 November 2020 
  • Possible items for College agendas 18 November – 23 December 2020