EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES 

HEALTH

  • EMA organises public meeting on COVID-19 vaccines on 11 December 2020
  • EMA starts rolling review of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L.
  • EMA marks European Antibiotic Awareness Day

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €10 million Irish scheme to support companies operating in coach tourism sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58995) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €7 million Irish scheme to support commercial venues, promoters, and producers of live performances in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.58562) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Aid measures requested by the Spanish government

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1671 of 2 August 2019 on State aid SA.47867 2018/C (ex 2017/FC) granted by France to Ryanair and Airport Marketing Services 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 19 November 2020 in Case C-775/19, 5th AVENUE Products Trading GmbH Vs. Hauptzollamt Singen
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Community Customs Code - Article 29(1) and (3)(a) - Article 32(1)(c) and (5)(b) - Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 - Article 157(2) - Determination of the customs value - Transaction value of imported goods - Concept of 'condition of sale' - Payment in return for the grant of an exclusive distribution right'
  • Draft agenda - EP INTA Committee of 30 November & 1 December 2020 
  • The Council green-lights mini tariff package with the US 
  • Final version - 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 
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products - See the Annex
  • Report by MEP Christophe Hansen on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of Union tariff rate quotas and other import quotas 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1727 of 18 November 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 as regards certain rules on Authorised Economic Operators 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and human rights 
  • The WCO has published the HS 2017 / HS 2022 Correlation Tables for the Harmonized System
  • WCO -Successful conclusion of the 17th WCO Counterfeiting and Piracy (CAP) Group Meeting
  • WTO report shows slowdown in G20 trade restrictions as COVID-19 impacts world economy 
  • WTO - Co-conveners of e-commerce negotiations: We are seeing convergence being built but need to move faster 
  • Rebooting trade: Can Europe take the lead? - see DigitalEurope Statement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: REACH Committee meeting of 20 November 2020
  • Commissioner Breton attends the informal videoconferences of Ministers for Competitiveness and Space - Midday Express
  • MEPs want the EU's future industrial strategy to help businesses survive the Covid-19 crisis and face the digital and environmental transitions. Find out how.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan on 19 November 2020 in Case C‑388/19, MK Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Articles 63 and 65 TFEU ‐ Free movement of capital - Test to be performed - Principle of non-discrimination ‐ Tax legislation ‐ Tax on capital gains on immovable property ‐ Residents and non-residents ‐ Comparability of situations ‐ Higher tax burden for non-residents - Notion of equal treatment - Possibility for non-residents to opt for the regime applicable to residents
  • First meeting of the EU-South America Forum on financial regulation - see the Joint Statement 
  • ESMA publishes first overview of the size and structure of EU securities markets 
  • EBA analyses effect of the unwind mechanism of the liquidity coverage ratio 
  • EBA publishes Report on benchmarking of national insolvency frameworks across the EU  
  • Technology and Innovation in Europe’s Capital Markets report - See the Afme Report
  • Initial reactions on the new Capital Markets Union action plan - Keynote by Efama’s Tanguy van de Werve

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • A Member State may not prohibit the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) lawfully produced in another Member State when it is extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety and not solely from its fibre and seeds (See CPR No.141/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-663/18 - B S and C A (Commercialisation du cannabidiol - CBD) 
  • Copa and Cogeca Presidents underline the importance of EU action and strong CAP policy to stabilize markets and assist farmers during uncertain times 
  • Copa and Cogeca’s Open Letter - Following the release of CEO's report, Truths are fragile clichés are persistent 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • In the opinion of Advocate General Juliane Kokott, the hunting of thrushes and blackbirds using limes, which is authorised in southern France, may be compatible with the EU Birds Directive if it is of significant cultural importance and if all other conditions placed on a derogation from the general prohibition are fulfilled (See CPR No.144/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-900/19 - Association One Voice and Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux)
  • Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Europe - IP/20/2096 & Q&A/20/2095 - Staff Working Document
  • Team Europe: EU and France support green energy in Benin by financing a solar power plant - IP/20/2159
  • Delivering on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals - A comprehensive approach
  • Further action required to meet 2020 fuel quality targets despite 3.7% drop in greenhouse gas intensity since 2010 - see the Report
  • Carbon Market Report: Emissions from EU ETS stationary installations fall by over 9% 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda of the meeting of 26 and 27 November 2020, PAFF Committee, section SEEDS 
  • Agenda for: Meeting documents - 18th Meeting of the eHealth Network (12-13 November 2020)  
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs as regards food allergen management, redistribution of food and food safety culture – see the Annex 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • ETNO joins GAIA-X Association, calls for EU leadership in the data economy 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Bobek: The prohibition of double jeopardy applicable to the Schengen area may also bar extradition to a third State (See CPR No.143/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-505/19 - Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Notice rouge d’Interpol))
  • In the context of the civil war in Syria, there is a strong presumption that refusal to perform military service there is connected to a reason which may give rise to entitlement to recognition as a refugee (See CPR No.142/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-238/19 - Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge () and asile)
  • Migration: President von der Leyen calls for a system that manages migration in the long term, fully grounded in European values - Read the Speech
  • Statement by EP Conference of Presidents on long-term EU budget and Rule of Law 
  • Independent Ethics Body: strengthening transparency and integrity in the EU - See the EP Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Uncertainty and Monetary Policy in the Euro Area - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee 
    Monetary policy in the time of COVID-19, or how uncertainty is here to stay - Bruegel Statement  
  • Christine Lagarde: Hearing at the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament 
  • Investment funds, monetary policy, and the global financial cycle - ECB Working Paper Series No.2489
  • Central bank digital currency in an open economy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2488
  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Schmit, Gentiloni  and by EVP Dombrovskis at the read-out of the College meeting and press conference on the European Semester Autumn Package 
  • Production in construction down by 2.9% in euro area and by 2.5% in EU - Stat/173/2020

BREXIT

  • Statement following the second meeting of the Specialised Committee on Gibraltar between the European Union and the UK Government

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Building the future of EU strategic foresight - Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the annual conference of the European Policy and Strategy Analysis System 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Joint Statement of the Members of the EEA Council - Members of the EEA Council issued a joint statement after the video conference of 18 November 2020
  • Nagorno Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in emergency aid for civilians affected by the hostilities - IP/20/2161 - see HR/VP Declaration
  • Tigray conflict: EU humanitarian support to Ethiopian refugees reaching Sudan - IP/20/2160
  • Universal Children's Day: Joint Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question - Maintaining diplomatic pressure on Russia through sanctions – follow up
  • EFTA advisory bodies meet with Foreign Ministers