EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59755) - IP/20/2310
  • Commission approves €500 million scheme to sustain business activities in historic centres of the most touristic Italian cities affected by coronavirus (SA.59590)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10 million Estonian scheme to support research and development by companies affected by coronavirus outbreak, as well as coronavirus-related research and development (SA.59278) - Midday Express

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 and the WHO
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Composition of the team negotiating advance purchase agreements for potential COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19: Member State interpretations of patient data

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • European Council President Charles Michel proposed an international treaty on pandemics while participating by video message in the Special Session of the UN General Assembly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9725 - Ardian/Groupe Cérélia)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9675 - Apollo Capital Management/Lopesan Group/IFA Faro Hotel/IFA Buenaventura Hotel) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9684 - Parks Bottom/Omers/Accor/Fairmont Hotels) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9769 - VW Group/Munich RE Group/JV) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10013 - Vestas/MHI Vestas JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10058 - Porsche/Transnet/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10065 - Advent/Nielsen Global Connect) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9993 - Allianz/Noble) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10092 - Accel-KKR Capital Partners/OMERS Private Equity/KCS)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10035 - Burnam Parties/Kroenke Parties/SMG/Cascade Investment/StorageMart)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Chrysaor by Premier Oil (M.10022)  - Midday Express
  • Commission authorizes the acquisition of a commercial real estate property, "Carré Saint Germain" by Tishman Speyer and PSPIB (M.10056)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture NORDTEAM by SKN and Lother Group (M.10025) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the transfert de Vitrociset Space Business to Leonardo and Thales (M.9892) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition of Autopolis SA by Van Mossel Automotive Groep 4 NV
  • Germany - BayWa’s legal action to establish Bundeskartellamt’s liability dismissed
  • Portugal - AdC imposes fine of 84 million euros to MEO for cartel with NOWO
  • Slovak Republic - Selected Findings and Conclusions from the Investigations of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic in the Sector of Retail Sale of Fuels
  • Slovak Republic -PMÚ SR initiated administrative proceedings in the matter of concentration of entrepreneurs Optifin Invest, s.r.o., BUDAMAR LOGISTICS, a.s., ŽOS Vrútky, a.s., Ing. Víťazoslav Moric, ŽOS-EKO, s.r.o., ŽOS-MEDIKA, s.r.o., and ŽOS TRADING, s.r.o.
  • UK - CMA full text fast track reference decision on Crowdcube / Seedrs merger

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission requires Italy to put an end to tax exemptions for ports (SA.38399) - IP/20/2313
  • Commission concludes that the Madeira Free Zone (“Zona Franca da Madeira”) scheme not implemented in line with approved conditions (SA.21259) - IP/20/2314
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Worsening of KLM staff working conditions as a condition for Dutch state aid – Termed ‘very good’ by Commissioner Vestager

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the CARIFORUM-EU Trade and Development Committee of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the establishment of a Special Committee on Services - Adoption
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of aluminium converter foil originating in the People’s Republic of China 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1831 of 30 November 2020 on the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU within the Joint Council established by the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and the SADC EPA States, of the other part, as regards the adjustment of certain reference quantities set out in Annex IV to that Agreement
  • Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the P.R. of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications - See the Council Decision on the conclusion
  • Agenda - CETA Meeting of the Committee on Trade and Sustainable Development - 10-11 December 2020
  • Agenda - 2nd meeting of EU-Japan Committee on Sanitary & Phytosanitary Measures, 9 and 11 December 2020
  • A Practical Report on EU-Canada Mobility of Professionals  
  • Report of the 2nd meeting of the Joint Sectoral Group on Pharmaceuticals of 21 November 2019
  • Value limits expressed in Euro and corresponding amounts in national currencies for Columbia, Ecuador & Peru have been published.
  • What role can trade policy play to advance the objectives of the Green Deal? Hearings - EP INTA Committee - See the Programme
  • WTO - DDG Agah: Trade key to mitigating impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Africa
  • WTO - UK and Switzerland confirm participation in revised government procurement pact

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 3 December 2020 in Case C‑311/19, BONVER WIN, a.s. Vs. Ministerstvo financí ČR
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Freedom to provide services - Restrictions - National legislation prohibiting the operation of gambling in certain places - Applicability of Article 56 TFEU - Existence of a cross-border element
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property of 16 December 2020
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1835 of 3 December 2020 on the harmonised standards for accreditation and conformity assessment
  • December infringements package: key decisions - 03 December 2020
  • Web Summit: EIB finances Worldsensing with €10 million to develop next-generation industrial monitoring solution - IP/20/2304
  • Support SMEs  to realise European goals - Declaration of the General Assembly - 3rd December 2020 - See Speech by President von der Leyen

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 3 December 2020 in Case C-320/19, Ingredion Germany GmbH Vs. Bundesrepublik Deutschland,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Directive 2003/87/EC - Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading - Article 3(h) - New entrants - Article 10a - Transitional regime for the allocation of allowances free of charge - Decision 2011/278/EU - Article 18(1)(c) - Level of activity relating to fuels - Article 18(2), second subparagraph - Value of the applicable capacity utilisation coefficient
  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 3 December 2020 in Case C‑470/19, Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd Vs. Commissioner for Environmental Information, joined party: The Courts Service of Ireland
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Access to environmental information held by public authorities - Aarhus Convention - Directive 2003/4/EC - Concept of ‘acting in a judicial capacity’
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1829 of 24 November 2020 on the submission, on behalf of the EU, of proposals to amend Annex IV and certain entries in Annexes II and IX to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal for consideration at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, and on the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU at that meeting as regards proposals by other Parties to that Convention to amend Annex IV and certain entries in Annexes II, VIII and IX to that Convention
  • Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/1833 of 2 October 2020 amending the Annexes to Directive 2008/68/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards adaptation to scientific and technical progress
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1834 of 3 December 2020 on greenhouse gas emissions covered by Decision No 406/2009/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council for the year 2018 for each Member State
  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - The unaddressed problem of carbon leakage caused by the EU ETS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Insurance) of December 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Directive (EU) 2020/1828 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2020 on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers and repealing Directive 2009/22/EC

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Council conclusions ‘The European arrest warrant and extradition procedures – current challenges and the way forward’ 
  • European Democracy Action Plan: Remarks by Vice-President Vera Jourová

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • New EU financing instrument of up to €150 million to support European artificial intelligence companies
  • Investment Plan for Europe supports digital technologies development in Portugal - IP/20/2302
  • Brussels seeks to demand more from Big Tech in revamp of internet rules - EU leans towards adopting ‘asymmetric measures’ to enforce policing of online content  - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 04 December 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders o a MEP written question - Infringement by Chinese intelligence agencies of European data protection rules

BREXIT

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/125 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to take into account the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union - See the Annex
  • UInternal Market Bill completes third reading in House of Lords and returns to House of Commons 
  • EU and UK must push to get a Brexit deal over the line - Details that some do not like cannot be allowed to get in the way - Financial Times
  • France issues veto warning over any unacceptable Brexit trade deal - Paris intervention comes as negotiators attempt to finalise an agreement by start of next week  - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Council conclusions on the implementation of EU macro-regional strategies
  • Economic Dialogue with the European Commission on the 2021 European Semester Cycle - In-Depth Analysis for the EP Committee
  • ECB warns banks are ‘all over the place’ on bad loan preparations - Europe’s top banking supervisor worried region’s biggest lenders ill-prepared for pandemic fallout - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 4th Revision of the "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 December 
  • EU identity crisis: Poland, Hungary and the fight over Brussels’ values - The dispute over the rule of law in some countries is damaging the union’s moral legitimacy - Financial Times
  • Brussels warns Poland and Hungary they cannot stop EU recovery fund - Bloc drawing up plans to push through €750bn project over two nations’ objections - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) of 07 December 2020 (see "List of A Items")
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1699 of 12 November 2020 amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Iran. 
  • Declaration  by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1385 of 1 October 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Mapping Fake News and Disinformation in the Western Balkans and Identifying Ways to Effectively Counter Them - Study for the EP AFET Committee
  • Post-Cotonou: Negotiators reach a political deal on a new EU/Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Partnership Agreement - IP/20/2291 & QaA
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - European arms exports to imperialist Turkey