EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer givenby Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Position of EMA and Commission regarding the non-compliant placebo in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises €12.4 million Romanian scheme to support wine producers affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.59520) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.7 million Romanian aid scheme for airlines starting or resuming operations at Sibiu airport following the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59156) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €434 million wage subsidy scheme to support Belgian companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59297) - Midday Express

MOBILITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - The single market: free movement of people and freedom to provide services during the pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: COVID-19 and the liquidity crisis of non-banks: lessons for the future 
  • EU economies need public investment-led stimulus, ECB President tells MEPs 
  • EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic - see the Report
  • Answer given by Mr Varhelyi to a MEP written question - The facts used to calculate needs in order to tailor ALL of the EU’s COVID-19 aid interventions, both completed and planned, to a list of non-EU-states 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Team Europe: EU mobilises €86.5 million to fight COVID-19 in Ghana - IP/20/2133
  • Team Europe: the European Union and Germany, meeting Senegal with more than 200 million euros - IP/20/2108

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9882 - SAZKA Group/ÖBAG/Casinos Austria) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10033 - Platinum Compass/OTPP/EDPL) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10019 - AP1/AP3/AP4/Telia Carrier Entities) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of TSA by Voith and PCSH (M.9911) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of MVC Capital by MassMutual (M.9991) - Midday Express
  • European Commission needs to scale up antitrust and merger control to fit a more globalised world - ECA Press Release and Report
  • EU has been too slow to tame Big Tech, says bloc’s auditor - Competition investigations are too slow and remedies have not worked, report claims - Financial Times
  • Belgium - The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority has submitted a motivated proposal for decision in a case concerning the imposition by Caudalie of a maximum discount level on its network of selective distributors
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears merger of Thalia and Osiander
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR decided to impose fines on three entrepreneurs for a cartel agreement in the implementation of supplies of machinery and machinery and technological equipment
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR initiated administrative proceedings in the matter of possible abuse of a dominant position in the field of waste management services
  • UK - CMA opens Liberty Global (Virgin Media) / Telefónica (O2) merger review after European Commission accepts Article 9 referral request - Financial Times
  • UK - CMA issues infringement decision against ComparetheMarket for its network of MFN clauses in contracts with home insurers  
  • UK - CMA full text of Phase 1 decision in Elis / Central Laundry merger
  • Europe needs to build the digital future not just bash Big Tech - Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager will require all her ingenuity to change data economy rules - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves an additional state guarantee for Klaipėda LNG terminal in Lithuania (SA.57032) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves orderly liquidation scheme for small Italian banks (SA.57516) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Possible selective state aid for Hard Rock Cafe and the BCN World project

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Better Regulation) of 26 November 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Fertilising Products of 24-25 November 2020
  • Minutes of Joint Ad Hoc Coal and Steel Advisory Group meeting of 17 July 2020
  • Minutes of Group of experts on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents of 22 September 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeals (Cases A-009-2018 and A-010-2018) – what remains of the scope of the ban on animal testing for cosmetics
  • European defence: the Commission has signed contribution agreements with OCCAR for the management of defence projects

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1732 of 18 September 2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to fees charged by the European Securities and Markets Authority to securitisation repositories 
  • Sustainable Finance and Taxonomy: Commission launches public consultation on criteria defining environmentally sustainable activities - See Text of the draft delegated act
  • Answer given by Ms Mc Guinness to a MEP written question - Compliance with SEPA Regulation (260/2012) by tax authorities 
  • ESMA launches a public consultation on supervisory fees for data reporting services providers (DRSPs) to be supervised by ESMA starting in 2022
  • Future challenges for fund managers - Keynote address by Verena Ross at the AIMA forum on 19 November 2020
  • Piers Haben speaks at the European Association for Banking and Financial Law event
  • Lack of clarity on Brexit equivalence stirs alarm - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Still insufficient progress in making transport fuels more climate friendly, latest EEA data show
  • Agenda for Working Party on the Environment of 23, 26 & 27 November 2020
  • Agenda for Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) of 24 November 2020 
  • Press remarks by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Kadri Simson on the EU Offshore Renewable Strategy
  • Commissioner Simson participates in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan 2020 Conference

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Medical Device Coordination Group - Market Surveillance working group meeting of 26 November 2020
  • European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 helped to remove barriers - See the evaluation - Midday Express

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Aggressive telemarketing practices: Vodafone fined over 12 million Euro by Italian DPA 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Christine Lagarde: Fostering sustainable growth in Europe
  • EU warns of serious obstacles to budget deal after Poland and Hungary veto - Leaders begin talks to break impasse over ‘rule of law’ conditions weeks before December deadline - Financial Times
BREXIT
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 as regards the time-limits for lodging entry summary declarations and pre-departure declarations in case of transport by sea from and to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
  • Brexit talks go online after EU team member contracts Covid-19 - Disruption adds to uncertainty, with time running out for a trade deal - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council approves conclusions on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 
  • High Representative/Vice-President Borrell in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement - Midday Express
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures
    - in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine
    - against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova
    - against Belarus