EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Liability for defects in COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - AstraZeneca seeks exemption from liability for side-effects of COVID-19 vaccine! 

ECONOMY

  • Answer given by to a MEP written question - Updated deadline for the exemption on duties and VAT for equipment and medicine needed to fight against COVID‑19

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59322 ) - IP/20/2186

COMPETITION

  • A hotel using the platform Booking.com may, in principle, bring proceedings against Booking.com before a court of the Member State in which that hotel is established in order to bring to an end a possible abuse of a dominant position (See CPR Nº 147/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-59/19 - Wikingerhof)
  • Special Report 24/2020 - ‘The Commission’s EU merger control and antitrust proceedings: a need to scale up market oversight’
  • The European Commission has published its decision to clear Connect Airways' acquisition of Flybe 

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 November 2020 in Case C-445/19, Viasat Broadcasting UK Ltd Vs. TV2/Danmark A/S, Kingdom of Denmark
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Public service broadcaster - Article 106(2) TFEU - Services of general economic interest - Aid compatible with the internal market - Article 108(3) TFEU - Notification - None - Obligation on the recipient to pay interest for the period during which the aid was unlawful - Calculation of interest - Amounts to be taken into account
  • Roadmap - Revision of Communication on important projects of common European interest - Feedback period: 23 November 2020 - 21 December 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 5th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Taric sub-section of 26 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: 18th meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Customs Status & Transit section of 08 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: 22nd meeting of the Customs Expert Group, Data Integration & Harmonization section - joint with Trade Contact Group (TCG) of 26 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party of the Directors General of Customs of 30 November 2020
  • EU and Mongolia take stock on trade and investment relations 
  • Answer given to a MEP written question - CETA and hormone-treated beef: ‘failures’ in checking Canadian beef imports to Europe 
  • EUROFER's response to the public consultation on the EU trade policy review 
  • WTO - World Trade Report 2020 explores increasing use of policies to foster digital innovation
  • WTO members committed to delivering new subsidy rules, chair says on World Fisheries Day
  • DDG Wolff calls on Ottawa Group to table formal reform proposals at WTO
  • Future WTO environment work in the spotlight, as members report on two new initiatives

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Capital Markets Recovery Package) of 26 November 2020
  • ESAs propose to adapt the EMIR implementation timelines for intragroup transactions, equity options and novations to EU counterparties 
  • The EBA calls on the European Commission to harmonise the significant risk transfer assessment in securitisation 

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on Organic Production of 30 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Agricultural Markets, in particular concerning aspects falling under the single CMO Regulation - Horticultural products of 24 November 2020 
  • The Green Deal and the CAP: policy implications to adapt farming practices and to preserve the EU’s natural resources - Study - Research for the AGRI Committee (see the Annexes and Summary)
  • EU-China: Council gives final green light to the agreement on geographical indications

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF, section General Food Law of 4 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: MDCG - Market Surveillance working group meeting of 26 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 27 November 2020
  • Minutes of the SCCS 14th Plenary meeting of 27 October 2020 
  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on organic chemicals in Squishy toys of 21 October 2020 
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion on application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2016‐132 for authorisation of GM of insect‐resistant and herbicide‐tolerant soybean DAS–81419–2 × DAS–44406–6 for food and feed uses, import and processing submitted in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 by Dow Agrosciences LCC
  • EFSA - Response to comments on the Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel Foods and Food Allergens (NDA) on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to
    - coffee C21 and protection of DNA from strand breaks
    - Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis Bi‐07 contributes to increasing lactose digestion 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 23rd Meeting of the Competent Authorities for Regulation (EU) N° 2019/1021 on Persistent Organic Pollutants – Cas of 24 November 2020 
  • Agenda for: 104th of the session of the Climate Change Committee of 02 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: Committee on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (HABITAT) of 02 December 2020 
  • Agenda for the meeting of the Committee established under Article 25 of Regulation (EU) No 1257/2013 on ship recycling of 26 November 2020 
  • Marked improvement in Europe's air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution - IP/20/2168, the EEA Statement & Remarks by Mr Sinkevicius
  • Three quarters of EU urban population exposed to toxic air as governments fail to cut emissions - See EEA Statement 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: 73rd meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee of 09-10 December 2020 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda of the TEN-T Committee meetin of 8 December 2020 
  • Roadmap - Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) - revised guidelines - Feedback period: 20 November 2020 - 18 December 2020
  • The impact of emerging technologies on the transport system - Study for EP TRAN Committee 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • European SMEs facing increased cyber threats in changing digital landscape - see ENISA Statement
  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 25 November 2020 
  • Draft Council Conclusions on the cybsercesurity of connected devices - Approval - Decision to use the written procedure

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • A Member State which adopts a decision refusing a ‘Schengen’ visa because of an objection raised by another Member State must indicate, in that decision, the identity of the Member State concerned and the specific ground for refusal based on that objection, accompanied, where appropriate, by the reasons for that objection (See CPR Nº 145/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-225/19, C-226/19 - Minister van Buitenlandse Zaken)
  • EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively - see the EP Statement
  • Corruption is rotting the EU's fringes - Financial Times
  • EU’s rule of law mechanism threatens to fall short Premium - For all the hype, conditionality tool risks never being used against illiberal governments - Financial Times
  • Romania PM berates Poland and Hungary over EU budget veto - Ludovic Orban says their stance on rule of law ‘is against the whole of Europe’ - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB - Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises in the euro area: small businesses report strong declines in turnover and profits but improved access to finance
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Shifting tides in euro area money markets: from the global financial crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Frank Elderson recommended as member of European Central Bank Executive Board - see the EP Statement
  • How news affects sectoral stock prices through earnings expectations and risk premia - ECB Working Paper Series No.2493
  • Banks, low interest rates, and monetary policy transmission - ECB Working Paper Series No.2492

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • EU reconfirms support for Afghanistan at 2020 Geneva Conference - IP/20/2193 - Opening remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell
  • China: HR/VP Josep Borrell speaks to State Councillor/Foreign Minister Wang Yi
  • Read out of the phone call between President Charles Michel and US President-elect Joe Biden
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Belarus
  • Germany navy forced to halt inspection of Libya-bound Turkish ship - Financial Times