EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission steps up actions on testing with a recommendation on rapid antigen tests and support to increase testing capacity - IP/20/2047 & FactSheet

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €100 million Lithuanian scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58885) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €22.2 million Cypriot term loan to Hermes Airports Limited in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58923) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Product claims of leave-on hydro alcoholic hand gels in the context of COVID-19 pandemic - Agreed by the Sub-Working Group on Borderline Products - 12 November 2020
  • EEA Joint Parliamentary Committee meets online amid the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • The General Court upholds the Commission’s decision finding that the national railway company of Lithuania abused its dominant position on the Lithuanian rail freight market (See CPR Nº 140/2020 - Judgment of the General Court in case T-814/17, Lietuvos geležinkeliai Vs. Commission)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9997 - HMM/CMA CGM/DIF/TTIA)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9990 - Vattenfall/Engie/GASAG)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10027 - Lone Star/McCarthy & Stone)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10031 - FSI/WTI/MEL)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9935 - Altor Fund Manager/Stena/Gunnebo) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of SUEZ Nordic by PreZero (M.10000) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture by Silverlake and Engie (M.9976) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Market power issues related to dominant platforms, Europe’s economic recovery and digital competition
  • Belgium - Notification - MEDE-C/C-20/0033: Van Mossel Automotive Groep 4 NV / Autopolis SA
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt has concerns about Kaufland’s acquisition of Real stores - negotiations on commitments - deadline extended to 30 December
  • Greece - Statement of Objections following an ex officio investigation in the market of Press
  • Poland - UOKiK has initiated an investigation procedure under which it will inspect the market of oxygen supply to hospitals
  • Coalition for App Fairness urges European regulators to Change App Store Policies

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes - EP INTA Committee of 26 & 27 October 2020  
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part, as regards the adjustment of certain reference quantities set out in Annex IV to that Agreement
  • Draft - Decision of the Joint Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part, on the adjustment of the reference quantities for certain products eligible for safeguard measures listed in Annex IV to the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement 
  • Answer by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Change to the rules of origin in EU trade agreements to incorporate cross-border supply chains on the island of Ireland post Brexit
  • WTO Informal Dialogue on Plastic Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade - Remarks by DDG Alan Wolff  
  • New initiatives launched to intensify WTO work on trade and the environment 
  • WTO - SPS Committee marks 25 years of SPS Agreement, sees high number of trade concerns
  • WTO concludes first online regional trade policy course for Caribbean states

MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 November 2020 in Case C-299/19, Techbau SpA Vs. Azienda Sanitaria Locale AL
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Combating late payment in commercial transactions - Directive 2000/35/EC - Concept of 'commercial transaction' - Concepts of 'supply of goods' and 'supply of services' - Article 1 and the first subparagraph of Article 2(1) - Public works contract
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EU) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the substance group 4-(1,1,3,3-Tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (covering well-defined substances and substances of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products or biological materials, polymers and homologues) - See the Annex
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 as regards applications for authorisation and review reports for the uses of substances in the production of legacy spare parts and in the repair of articles and complex products no longer produced and amending Regulation (EC) No 340/2008 - See the Annex
  • EU industrial strategy needs to be measured to succeed - Plan to revamp the bloc’s approach comes amid declining global competitiveness - Financial Times 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 November 2020 in Case C-147/19, Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación SA Vs. Asociación de Gestión de Derechos Intelectuales (AGEDI), Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes, Sociedad de Gestión de España (AIE)
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Intellectual property - Rights related to copyright - Directive 92/100/EEC - Article 8(2) - Directive 2006/115/EC - Article 8(2) - Communication to the public of an audiovisual work incorporating a phonogram or a reproduction of a phonogram - Single equitable remuneration
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) of 30 November 2020

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 November 2020 in Case C‑77/19, Kaplan International Colleges UK Ltd Vs. The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 132(1)(f) - Exemption of supplies of services made by independent groups of persons to their members - Applicability to VAT groups - Article 11 - VAT group

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the General Court of 18 November 2020 in Case T‑735/18, Aquind Ltd Vs. European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)
    Re: Energy - Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 - Decision of ACER refusing a request for exemption relating to new electrical interconnectors - Appeal before the Board of Appeal of ACER - Intensity of the review
  • ACER consults to revise gas tariffs formation for short-term capacity - Deadline 09 December 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Number of accidents on offshore oil and gas platforms increases

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Espoo) of 20 November 2020 & (UNECE PRTR) of 25 November 2020 
  • Report on the functioning of the European carbon market
  • Start of phase 4 of the EU ETS in 2021: adoption of the cap and start of the auctions 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Reform of the methodology for tracking climate expenditure
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - New circular economy action plan

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for the meeting of the PAFF, section Plant Health of 18-19 November 2020
  • The role of the EU in strengthening the World Health Organization - Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States (6 November 2020) 
  • Feedback on the initiative roadmapopen until 14 December 2020 - Revision of the EU blood and tissues and cells legislation

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • A national collective agreement may reserve to mothers alone an additional maternity leave (CPR Nº 139/2020 - Judgment in Case C-463/19, Syndicat CFTC)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • EU Cohesion policy: €150 million for a high-quality and inclusive education in Croatia thanks to digital technologies

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 November 2020 in Case C-519/19, Ryanair DAC Vs. DelayFix
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters - Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 - Air transport contract - Clause conferring jurisdiction on a passenger who is a consumer - Passenger's claim against the airline - Assignment of that claim to a debt collection agency - Enforceability of the clause conferring jurisdiction by the airline against the company assigning the passenger's claim - Directive 93/13/EEC

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • President von der Leyen and Commissioner Johansson participate in the Inter-parliamentary Conference on Migration and Asylum in Europe - Midday Express
  • Hungary and Poland stand firm against EU rule of law conditions - Both feel unfairly targeted, while febrile domestic politics constrain Warsaw’s room for manoeuvre - Financial Times 
  • EU states push for Hungary and Poland to drop budget deal veto - Leaders set to discuss resistance from Budapest and Warsaw on rule of law in video call on Thursday - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the 2020 Women's Forum Global Meeting
  • European Semester Autumn Package: Supporting a sustainable and inclusive recovery amid high uncertainty - IP/20/2105QaA, the Communication
  • Euro Summit (11 December 2020) - Draft annotated agenda 
  • Interview of ECB’s Isabel Schnabel with CNBC 
  • A broad set of indicators for early detection of macroeconomic imbalances - Stat172/2020
  • Annual inflation stable at -0.3% in the euro area - Stat171/2020

BREXIT

  • UK - Policy paper - Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol  
  • UK - Guidance - Help and support if your business trades with the EU - Learn more about trading with the EU from 1 January 2021 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 11th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 November  
  • Possible items for College agendas: 24 November – 23 December 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ACCESSIONS

  • The High Representative and various Commissioners attend the 7th EU-Nigeria Ministerial Political Dialogue - Midday Express
  • North Macedonia’s EU odyssey hits rough seas again - Bulgaria opposes start of accession talks in latest blow to European bloc’s battle for regional influence - Financial Times