EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission presents “Staying safe from COVID-19 during winter” strategy – IP/20/2254 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €20 million UK aid scheme to compensate Scottish airports for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58466) - Midday Express
  • COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels

TRANSPORT

ECONOMY

  • Brussels considers creating recovery fund without Hungary and Poland - Commission exploring extreme fallback option if budget impasse cannot be resolved in coming weeks - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9996 - Trenitalia/Netinera Deutschland)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9705 - EXOR/GEDI)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9324 - ALSO/ABC Data Group) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9750 - HIG Capital/Lagardère Sports and Entertainment SAS/Lagardère Sports Inc.) 
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of MMC by Telefonica and BBVA (M.10007)- Midday Express
  • The European Commission published its Decision on the Iliad, Play Communications merger
  • The Netherlands - ACM imposes fines on four construction firms for illegal arrangements in tender processes in Amsterdam

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1827 of 26 May 2020 on the measures SA.39990 - (2016/C) (ex 2016/NN) (ex 2014/FC) (ex 2014/CP) - implemented by Belgium for Ducatt NV 
  • Tax rulings: According to Advocate General Kokott, the Commission was right to consider that the Belgian practice of making downward adjustments to profits of undertakings forming part of multinational groups constituted an aid scheme (See CPR Nº 153/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-337/19, Commission Vs. Belgium and Magnetrol International)
  • Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece - IP/20/2295
  • Commission approves €23 million investment aid to support high efficiency cogeneration fuelled by biomass in Poland (SA.57476) - Midday Exprress

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 03 December 2020 in Case C‑461/18 P, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd, Vs. Distillerie Bonollo SpA, Industria Chimica Valenzana (ICV) SpA, Distillerie Mazzari SpA, Caviro Distillerie Srl, Comercial Química Sarasa, SL, Council of the European Union, European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Dumping - Imports of tartaric acid originating in China - Appeal brought by an intervener at first instance - Second sentence of the second paragraph of Article 56 of the Statute of the Court of Justice of the European Union - Partial interim review - Loss of market economy treatment during the review procedure - Modification of the definitive anti-dumping duty - Determination of the normal value - Article 11(9) of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 - Cross-appeal - Action for annulment brought by competing producers established in the European Union - Admissibility - Direct concern - Allocation of powers to comply with a judgment
  • Agenda for: 101th meeting of the Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation Section (CCC/GEN/101) of 07 December 2020 
  • Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications - see the Council Decision on the conclusion
  • Corrigendum to Council Decision (EU) 2020/1410 of 25 September 2020 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the WCO in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the HS Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System, and of recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention (OJ L 327, 8.10.2020 )  
  • Corrigendum to Council Decision (EU) 2020/1532 of 12 October 2020 on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the 66th session of the Harmonized System Committee of the WCO in relation to the envisaged adoption of Classification Opinions, classification decisions, amendments to the HS Explanatory Notes or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System, and of recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonized System Convention (OJ L 352, 22.10.2020 )  
  • Commission reports on negotiating round with five Eastern and Southern African countries 
  • Powerpoint presentation “Trade and climate & Gender” at the Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 03 November 2020 
  • Report on the third negotiation round between the EU and five Southern African countries - 24-27 November 2020
  • EU preferences for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia - Report of the EU covering the period from 1 January to 31 December 2019
  • “Pressing needs for a breakthrough” in WTO farm trade talks - See WTO Statement
  • France sees EU-US push for carbon tax under Biden - Environment minister Barbara Pompili expects more pressure on China over climate pledges - Financial Times 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Working Group on Motor Vehicles (On Board Fuel Comnsuption and Payload Measurement TF) of 13 October 2020 
  • Commission welcomes the political agreement on the Interreg Regulation - IP/20/2261

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on financial services (Capital Markets Recovery Package) of 07 December 2020 
  • Opening Statement ECON Public Presentation FTPR 2 
  • Council Conclusions on the Commission’s CMU Action Plan
  • A chance to press on with EU banking union - Agreement on bolstering crisis-fighting tools shows that solidarity holds - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 03 December 2020 in Case C-44/19, Repsol Petróleo SA Vs. Administración General del Estado
    Re: "Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2003/96/EC - Taxation of energy products and electricity - Article 21(3) - Absence of taxable event - Consumption of energy products on the premises of an establishment where they were manufactured carried out for the production of final energy products during which non-energy products are also inevitably obtained. 
  • Participants' Submission of the Meeting of the Working Group 'Structures of taxation systems' of 03 December 2020

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

  • Ocean Energy Europe Conference - Speech by Kadri Simson
  • Cost of electricity losses driving significant increase in Inter-TSO compensation fund which now reaches 289 million euros – See the ACER Report 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • According to Advocate General Kokott, the excessive abstraction of groundwater in the Andalusian Doñana natural area infringes EU law (See CPR Nº 152/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-559/19, Commission Vs. Spain (Détérioration de l’espace naturel de Doñana)) 
  • The Brussels Capital Region’s action for annulment of the Commission’s Implementing Regulation renewing the approval of the active substance ‘glyphosate’ is inadmissible (See CPR No 150/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-352/19, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Vs. Commission) 
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Environment) of 17 December 2020 (see the “List of A Items”)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 7 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: Expert group on the implementation of the nitrates Directive of 15 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: 20th Meeting of Group of Experts of the competent CITES Management Authorities of 4 December 2020 
  • European countries taking action on putting in place UN’s environment-related SDGs – see EEA Report  

HEALTH, FOOD &PRODUCT SAFETY

  • MDCG 2020-17 - Questions and Answers related to MDCG 2020-4 
  • Climate change and its impact on food and nutrition security - Briefing for the EP ENVI Committee 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • According to Advocate General Pikamäe, the mere diversion of a flight to an alternative airport which is near the airport for which the booking was made does not give rise to a right to lump-sum compensation (See CPR Nº 154/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-826/19, Austrian Airlines 
  • Channel Tunnel rail traffic at the end of the transition period: Coreper agrees mandate to ensure it can continue

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission consultation on review of Broadband Cost Reduction Directive 
  • Communication Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade: An Action Plan to Support Recovery and Transformation
  • A service that puts taxi passengers directly in touch with taxi drivers by means of an electronic application constitutes an information society service where it does not form an integral part of an overall service the principal component of which is the provision of transport (See CPR No 149/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-62/19 - Star Taxi App) 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • According to Advocate General Bobek, the Court should dismiss Hungary’s action against the Parliament’s resolution on the triggering of a procedure for determining the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach by this Member State of the EU’s fundamental values (See CPR No 151/2020, Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-650/18, Hungary Vs. Parliament) 
  • Migration: Commission and Greece agree joint plan for a new reception centre in Lesvos - IP/20/2287MoU & QaA
  • Antisemitism: Council declaration on fighting antisemitism - See the Statement by VP Schinas
  • Draft Council Conclusions on Human Rights and Decent Work in Global Supply Chains - Statement by Poland & Declaration by Austria
  • Manual on Law Enforcement Information Exchange
  • Communication on the European democracy action plan

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Council conclusions set out priorities to ensure the highest standards of resilience, safety and security of connected devices. 
  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 08 December 2020 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main results of the Eurogroup of 30 November 2020 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Third Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 December 
  • Speech by President von der Leyen to the Global Forum of Local Governments on the New European Bauhaus

BREXIT

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 as regards the forms for guarantor's undertakings and the inclusion of air transport costs in the customs value, to take account of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union 
  • EU capitals urge Barnier to take tougher line with UK - France presses bloc’s negotiator to wring concessions from Britain on trade deal - Financial Times
  • UK trade - Cars will cost more in UK after Brexit, says industry chief - PSA and Bentley warn of extra tariffs and vent frustration at last-minute trade talks - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the Court of 03 December 2020 in Joined Cases C-72/19 P and C-145/19 P, Suzanne Saleh Thabet, Gamal Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak, Alaa Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak, Heddy Mohamed Magdy Hussein Rassekh, Khadiga Mahmoud El Gammal, Vs. Council of the European Union, and Gamal Mohamed Hosni Elsayed Mubarak, Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Appeal - Restrictive measures adopted in view of the situation in Egypt - Freezing of funds and economic resources - List of the persons, entities and bodies covered by the freezing of funds and economic resources - Maintenance of the applicants’ names - Decision of an authority of a third State - Obligation of the Council of the EU to verify that that decision was taken in accordance with the rights of the defence and the right to effective judicial protection -Obligation to state reasons
  • Corrigendum to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1536 of 22 October 2020 of implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/796 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States (OJ L 351 I, 22.10.2020)
  • New Africa-Europe Foundation and five Strategy Groups launched to enhance a common vision for a strengthened partnership - IP/20/2271
  • EU agreement with ACP countries at risk - No EP consent to Post-Cotonou without parliamentary dimension 
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at the International conference in support of the Lebanese people
  • College read-out by HR/VP Josep Borrell on the New Transatlantic Agenda for Global Change