EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

  • Presidency progress report on EU coordination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Uniform indicators to give guidance on restrictions due to COVID-19 and their subsequent relaxation  

TAXATION

  • Draft - Council Directive amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards temporary measures in relation to VAT applicable to COVID-19 vaccines and in vitro diagnostic medical devices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/2256

TRANSPORT

EMPLOYMENT

  • Draft - Council Implementing Decision granting temporary support under Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to Ireland to mitigate unemployment risks in the emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9787 - Česká Spořitelna/Československá Obchodní Banka/Komerční Banka/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9977 - EPGC/Metro)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9981 - Bain Capital/Ahlstrom-Munksjö) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10069 - HDI Assicurazioni/Amissima Assicurazioni)  
  • Commission clears joint acquisition of ORIX India Wind Business and GEH Assets by ORIX and Cambourne (M.10011) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Radeberger (Dr. Oetker) can acquire message in a bottle - Bundeskartellamt clears merger
  • Greece - Publication of the Manual of Operational Procedures of the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC)
  • Italy - Sanction of 10 mln Euro to Apple for misleading and aggressive business practices
  • The Netherlands - ACM clears acquisition of northern newspapers by media company Mediahuis
  • The Netherlands - Big Tech and the Dutch payment market: tightening of rules needed to maintain a level playing field
  • UK - CMA accepts undertakings in lieu in Breedon Group / Cemex merger
  • UK - CMA is launching a market study into electric vehicle charging, to make sure that this new and fast-growing sector works well for UK drivers
  • UK - CMA has published further Guidance to explain how it will conduct its work following the end of the Transition Period for the UK’s exit from the EU

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1814 of 28 June 2019 on the State Aid SA.33846 - (2015/C) (ex 2014/NN) (ex 2011/CP) implemented by Finland for Helsingin Bussiliikenne O 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Generalised System of Preferences of 08 December 2020 
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EU-Central America Association Council as regards modifications to Appendix 2 to Annex II and the introduction of Explanatory Notes to Articles 15, 16, 19, 20 and 30 of Annex II to the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and Central America on the other, and repealing Decisions (EU) 2016/1001 and (EU) 2016/1336
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Central America Association Council introducing Explanatory Notes to Articles 15, 16, 19, 20 and 30 of Annex II of the Agreement regarding the Movement Certificate EUR.1, invoice declarations, approved exporters and verification of proofs of origin  
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Central America Association Council modifying Appendix 2
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the General Council of the World Trade Organization as regards the adoption of a decision exempting certain purchases of foodstuffs from application of export prohibitions or restrictions 
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EU-Canada Joint Customs Cooperation Committee as regards the adoption of the decision concerning the mutual recognition of the Partners in Protection Programme of Canada and the Authorised Economic Operators Programme of the European Union
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Canada Joint Customs Cooperation Committee concerning the mutual recognition of the Partners in Protection Programme of Canada and the Authorised Economic Operator Programme of the European Union 
  • 2020 Export Control Forum - Register Now (11 December 2020 - virtual event) - See the Agenda with speakers
  • EU-Canada: Report of the 2nd meeting of the Joint Committee on Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications - 24 November 2020
  • Agenda - 3rd meeting of the Joint sectorial group on pharmaceuticals (CETA) - 01 December 2020
  • Trade Policy Review 2020: Summary of contributions received - 01 December 2020
  • State of play of WTO negotiations on e-commerce, investment facilitation and domestic regulations - 15 December 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • New European Research Area : Council adopts conclusions
  • Commission welcomes the political agreement on the Common Provisions Regulation for shared management funds - IP/20/2255
  • Inception impact assessment on EU protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA reactivates its Guidelines on legislative and non-legislative moratoria
  • ESMA - Compliance table on ESMA Guidelines on the enforcement of financial information
  • ESMA - ASR on EU Securities Markets - 2020

TAXATION

  • Fair Taxation: Member States agree on new tax transparency rules on digital platforms - IP/20/2253

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

  • Commissioners Schmit and Dalli participate in videoconference of employment and social policy ministers - Midday Express
  • Equality: City of Jönköping in Sweden wins 2021 Access City Award - IP/20/2231
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Conference of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • MEPs call for an EU-wide “right to disconnect” - See the EP Statement

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Waiting for the impact assessment - What does the European Commission's extended silence on the ”Farm to Fork Strategy” mean for farmers (and EU consumers)? - Opinion Piece by Copa-Cogeca

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues: Desertification & Biodiversity of 07 December 2020
  • Use of climate-warming fluorinated gases continues to drop across EU - See the EEA Report
  • MEPs approve deal on tap water and demand that EU water legislation be respected - see the EP Resolution 
  • Climate change: the EU needs to be better prepared so it can better adapt - See the EP Statement
  • 8th and 4th session of the meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (virtual, 8-11 December 2020) - First EU coordination 
  • Sustainable renewable fuels are crucial to the success of EU mobility legislation - See ePURE Joint letter
  • EU Ecolabel for screens and paper gets more ambitious - see Beuc Statement
  • Cefic position on the Commission proposal to step up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for meeting of the PAFF Committee, section General Food Law of 4 December 2020
  • Agenda for meeting of the PAFF Committee, section Phytopharmaceuticals - Legislation of 3-4 December 2020
  • Minutes of the 14thPlenary meeting of Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) of 27-28 October b2020
  • Presentations - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (25 November 2020)
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EU Health Summit
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the S&D event ‘A strong and inclusive Health Union'
  • SCHEER - Request for a scientific Opinion on
    - "A technical assessment by JRC on nuclear energy under the ‘do no significant harm’ criterion of the taxonomy regulation"
    - the safety of cobalt in toys with regard to a possible derogation from its prohibition
    - the safety of titanium dioxide in toys with regard to a possible derogation from its prohibition
  • ‘Use by’ or ‘best before’? New tool to support food operators - EFSA Statement
  • Guidance on date marking and related food information: Part.1 (date marking)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission launches public consultation to gather views on improving fast broadband network rollout
  • Report from the Commission - Assessment of the cooperation of the .eu Registry operator with EUIPO and other Union agencies with a view of combating abusive and speculative domain name registrations, pursuant to Article 16 of Regulation (EU) 2019/517
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Digital Summit of the German Federal Government

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • During its 39th & 40th plenary session, the EDPB adopted the following documents:
    39th plenary session:
    - EDPB Guidelines on the concept of relevant and reasoned objection - version for public consultation
    40th plenary session:
    - EDPB Guidelines on Data Protection by Design & Default (following public consultation)
    - EDPB document on the Coordinated Enforcement Framework
    - EDPB letter to Europäische Akademie für Informationsfreiheit und Datenschutz concerning the data protection implications of Art.17 of the Copyright Directive 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at the joint press conference with Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS