EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €500 million Spanish reinsurance scheme to support trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak (SA.58458) - Midday Express

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: The Commission Joint Research Centre releases new reference materials for the quality control of COVID-19 antibody tests

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • European Union and African Union sign partnership to scale up preparedness for health emergencies - IP/20/2320

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9868 - Raytheon Technologies Corporation/Saudi Arabian Oil Company/Middle East Cyber Services JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9884 - Thoma Bravo/Madison Dearborn Partners/Axiom)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9799 - Goldman Sachs/Summa Equity/EcoOnline)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9903 - SoftBank Group/Mizuho Financial Group/One Tap BUY)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9858 - Bosch Group/ELCO Group/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10011 - ORIX/Cambourne/ORIX India Wind/GEH Assets)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9989 - BB Holding Investment/Duferdofin-Nucor) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10063 - Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance/Hitachi Capital)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10057 - Schlumberger/CEA/Genvia JV)  
  • Case T-472/20: Action brought on 15 October 2020 - LC Vs. Commission
    Re: annulment of Commission Decision C(2020) 3503 final of 28 May 2020
  • Commission clears acquisition of EDPL by Platinum Compass, OTPP and Equis (M.10033) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Postbank Systems by Tata Consultancy Services Netherlands (M.10036) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of 34 Telia Carrier entities by Första AP-fonden, Tredje AP-fonden and Fjärde AP-fonden (M.10019) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of Neuraxpharm by Permira (M.9995) - Midday Express
  • France - Dammann Frères tea sanctionned for imposing sales prices on the retailers selling its products online
  • Poland - Decision of the President of UOKiK concerning collusion on Warsaw heat market. First penalty for manager
  • Spain - The CNMC will analyze the concentration operation Mooring & Port Services, S.L. / Cemesa Amarres Barcelona, S.A.

STATE AID

  • Case T-643/20: Action brought on 23 October 2020 - Ryanair v Commission
    Re : annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 13 July 2020 on State aid SA. 57116 - The Netherlands - COVID-19: State loan guarantee and State loan for KLM 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1994 of 4 December 2020 correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1156 extending the definitive anti-dumping duty imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/186 on imports of certain corrosion resistant steels originating in the People’s Republic of China to imports of slightly modified certain corrosion resistant steels 
  • 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 HS 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 406, 3.12.2020 )  
  • 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 HS 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 )  
  • 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 HS 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 406, 3.12.2020 )  
  • 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 HS 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 ) 
  • EU-Central Asia: speech by EVP Dombrovskis at the EU-Central Asia Dialogue on Partnership for Prosperity 
  • WTO - DDG Wolff calls for deepening work on “Trade for Peace” efforts
  • WTO - Electronics and automotive products lift global merchandise trade in Q3, services lag behind 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA updates reporting under the Money Market Funds Regulation 
  • EU Biofuels Chain: EBB Joint position paper on the Sustainable finance draft Delegated Regulation

TAXATION

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • European Bioeconomy Alliance: Joint letter to Member States on the EU Taxonomy Regulation
  • Scientists warn of ‘disconnect’ between EU climate goals and finance rules - Experts say commission is at risk of jeopardising pledge to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050 - Financial Times
  • Japan warns against allowing EU to set emission rules - Suntory’s chief executive says country risks losing competitive edge if international standards are set by European regulators - Financial Times

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Online platforms: Commission publishes ranking guidelines to increase transparency of online search results
  • Member States join forces for a European initiative on processors and semiconductor technologies - See the Full Declaration
  • ETNO - The Telecom Social Dialogue Committee Joint Declaration on Artificial Intelligence

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1992 of 2 December 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 as regards the list of air carriers banned from operating or subject to operational restrictions within the Union

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Deficiencies in how healthcare providers control staff access to patient journal data - EDPB Statement
  • ENISA issues a National Capabilities Assessment Framework (NCAF) to help EU Member States self-measure the level of maturity of their national cybersecurity capabilities

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 09 December 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.2) of 07 December 2020
  • 5th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 December 
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at his press conference "Taking stock of the past year and looking forward to future challenges" 
  • One year after taking office, President of the European Council Charles Michel, takes stock of 2020 and looks forward to future challenges in "Going forward with confidence", a collection of his speeches 
  • Angela Merkel faces final challenge at EU summit - Failure to settle budget stand-off could tarnish German chancellor’s legacy - Financial Times 

BREXIT

  • Joint Statement from European Commission President von der Leyen and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson 
  • Twenty-seventh Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) met on 3 December 2020
  • Barnier tells EU officials he ‘cannot guarantee’ Brexit trade deal - Sterling drops as EU chief negotiator warns that key sticking points remain - Financial Times 
  • UK trade talks with EU on knife edge, says Irish premier - Micheál Martin says it’s ‘50-50’ with deadlock in Brussels over keeping ‘level playing field’ - Financial Times 
  • Plans for Irish Sea trade border after Brexit in ‘a mess’ - Industry bodies call for one-year implementation period to bed down new processes - Financial Times 
  • UK and EU agree to ‘last throw of the dice’ in Brexit trade deal talks - Negotiations remain deadlocked after call between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen - Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998 of 7 December 2020 concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violationsand abuses
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999 of 7 December 2020 concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violationsand abuses
  • Civilian CSDP Compact 2021: Council adopts conclusions
  • Lebanon: Council approves conclusions on Lebanon
  • European Parliament recommendation of 21 October 2020 to the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on relations with Belarus (2020/2081(INI)) 
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1483 of 14 October 2020 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya 
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1506 of 16 October 2020 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Syria