EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Joint strategy sets direction for EMA and EU medicines regulatory agencies to 2025  
  • Authorising COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs to debate with European Medicines Agency
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The Emergency Support Instrument and COVID-19 vaccines

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.5 million Luxembourg scheme to support the meat sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59726)  - Midday Express 

TAXATION

  • Coronavirus response: Commission welcomes agreement on crucial VAT relief for vaccines and testing kits

EMPLOYMENT

  • European Parliament resolution of 22 October 2020 on the future of European education in the context of COVID-19
  • Employment and social policies of the euro area 2020 

COMPETITION

  • ‎Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10022 - Premier Oil/Chrysaor Holdings)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10056 - PSPIB/TTishman Speyer/Carré Saint Germain) 
  • Commission autorise l'acquisition du contrôle conjoint d'EAF et Viavita par Crédit Agricole et Generali (M.9974)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of InhabitIQ by Goldman Sachs and Insight (M.10032)  - Midday Express
  • The Court of Justice annuls a Commission decision making binding the commitments offered by a company in order to preserve competition on the markets (See CPR Nº 157/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-132/19 P, Groupe Canal + Vs. Commission) - see Beuc reaction
  • UK - CMA full text decision on Evolution / NetEnt merger
  • UK watchdog plans global revenue fines if Big Tech behaves badly - Financial Times 

STATE AID

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2008 of 8 December 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 702/2014, (EU) No 717/2014 and (EU) No 1388/2014, as regards their period of application and other relevant adjustments 
  • Commission approves prolongation of Finnish short-term export-credit insurance scheme (SA.58879) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 14 December 2020  
  • Council Decisions on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Councils of the bilateral agreements as regards the amendments of the Protocols concerning the implementation of the revised rules of the PEM Convention - Adoption 
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the CARIFORUM-EU Trade and Development Committee established by 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 and concerning the establishment of a Special Committee on Services  
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Central America Association Council modifying Appendix 2 (List of working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order that the product manufactured can obtain originating status) of Annex II (Concerning definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation)  
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Central America Association Council introducing Explanatory Notes to Articles 15, 16, 19, 20 and 30 of Annex II (Concerning Definition of the Concept of 'Originating Products' and Methods of Administrative Cooperation) of the Agreement regarding the Movement Certificate EUR.1, invoice declarations, approved exporters and verification of proofs of origin   
  • EU-South Korea FTA: a quick reading guide & 10 key benefits of the EU-South Korea FTA  
  • Joint Activity Report to the CETA Joint Committee – climate 
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body on 18 December 2020  
  • WTO seeks applications for new phase of Chairs Programme 
  • Ninth China Round Table to reflect on 25 years of WTO accessions 
  • The EU-Mercosur agreement: increasing pesticide use and GMOs, and undermining healthy food production and standards – see the IATP FactSheet 
  • UK will break ranks with EU and halt US tariffs over state subsidies - London pursues post-Brexit trade deal with Biden by suspending penalties in Boeing-Airbus dispute – Financial Times 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EU) No 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council for the purpose of adding pyrolysis and gasification materials as a component material category in EU fertilising products
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EU) No 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council for the purpose of adding thermal oxidation materials and derivates as a component material category in EU fertilising products 
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Annexes II and IV to Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council for the purpose of adding precipitated phosphate salts and derivates as a component material category in EU fertilising product
  • Single Market Programme: Provisional political agreement reached on the first multiannual financial programme to boost the Single Market  
  • Women researchers gain ground in €655 million ERC frontier research competition - ERC Press release 
  • Commissioner Gabriel takes part in the EIT Awards Ceremony 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Opinion of the Advocate General of Jean Ricard de la Tour of 9 December 2020 in Case C-815/19, Natumi GmbH Vs. Land Nordrhein-Westfalen, in the presence of Vertreter des Bundesinteresses beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 - Regulation (EC) No 889/2008 - Organic production and labelling of organic products - Use of certain non-organic ingredients of agricultural origin in the processing of foodstuffs - Lithothamnium algae (Lithothamnium calcareum) - Mention of 'calcium

ENERGY

  • EIT InnoEnergy study says that offshore wind energy could stimulate job creation
  • Commission supports Flanders Investment and Trade agency become an artificial intelligence-ready organisation  
  • Electricity Regulatory Forum: ACER welcomes discussion on the relevance of the Clean Energy Package implementation  
  • Belgium asks European Court of Justice to opine on compatibility of Energy Charter Treaty's investor-State arbitration provisions with EU law  
  • Open letter from climate leaders and scientists to signatories of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Aarhus) of 14 December 2020
  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Delivering the European climate law  
  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Definition of carbon removals in the Impact Assessment on Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030: the issue of light pollution
  • Draft implementing regulation determining revised benchmark values for the period 2021-2025 open for 4-week stakeholder feedback
  • EU set to introduce recycling targets for battery makers - Financial Times 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The Commission is confusing the opinions of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) and the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) 
  • EFSA - Improving models of wild boar hunting yield distribution: new insights for predictions at fine spatial resolution
  • EFSA - Outcome of the consultation with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for approval of sunflower oil for the extension of use in plant protection as a fungicide on vegetables (common bean, cucumber), Rosaceae (like Prunus, Fragaria, Rosa, Rubus etc.), apple, pear, grapevine, wheat, barley, potato and carrot
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. israelensis (serotype H‐14) strain AM65‐52
  • EFSA - Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review and setting of an import tolerance for flutriafol in cucurbits (inedible peel)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Main Results of the Transport Council of 08 December 2020 
  • A fundamental transport transformation: Commission presents its plan for green, smart and affordable mobility

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: Audiovisual Working Party of 15 December 2020  
  • ECA - Audit preview: Implementing secure 5G networks in the EU and its Member States 
  • Third European Education Summit to address the transformation of Digital Education

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of the Advocate General of Jean Ricard de la Tour of 9 December 2020 in Case C-414/20, PPU, MM Criminal Procedure in the presence of Spetsializirana prokuratura
    Re: Preliminary reference - Urgent preliminary ruling procedure - Judicial cooperation in criminal matters - European arrest warrant - Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA - Articles 6(1) and 8(1)(c) - Surrender procedures between Member States - European arrest warrant issued on the basis of a national indictment - Concept of 'arrest warrant or any other enforceable judicial decision having the same force' - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 47 - Effective judicial protection
  • Security Union report: Keeping up the momentum on implementation of key initiatives - IP/20/2328 & 1st Progress Report 
  • Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU's resilience - IP/20/2326Q&A20/2325
    - Communication on a Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU: Anticipate, Prevent, Protect, Respond
    - Proposal for a Regulation strengthening Europol's mandate
    - Strengthening Europol's mandate – Impact assessment Part 1 and Part 2
    - Strengthening Europol's mandate – Executive summary of the impact assessment

  • The EU is improving its Visa Information System (VIS), a tool used by authorities to register and check persons applying for a short-stay visa to enter the Schengen area - see the EP Statement
  • EU renews push to curb online terrorist content - Measure is part of a series of proposals to be detailed this week - Financial Times 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Council and Parliament reach provisional political agreement on new framework for regional investment 
  • EU disburses €600 million in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine - Midday Express
  • Commission welcomes the political agreement on the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund - IP/20/2333
  • GDP main aggregates and employment estimates for the third quarter of 2020: GDP up by 12.5% and employment up by 1.0% in the euro area - Stat/2020/178
  • Lagarde prepares to boost ECB’s economic stimulus efforts - Four key things to watch out for at this week’s ECB meeting - Financial Times 
  • Eurogroup resets focus on banking union - Financial Times 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

BREXIT

  • A UK-EU Joint Committee statement on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2020
  • International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime: Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell
  • EU-Africa partnership: EU and the Tony Elumelu Foundation join forces to improve economic empowerment of women - IP/20/2353
  • EU and African Union join forces to empower a new generation of African research talents - IP/20/2324
  • Foreign Affairs MEPs welcome North Macedonia’s Foreign Minister
  • MEPs urge the Council to stop delaying EU accession talks further - see the Statement