EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Learn about how COVID-19 vaccines are approved in the EU in online event with experts from the European Medicines Agency
  • Coronavirus: new reports by online platforms include specific measures taken against vaccines disinformation
  • COVID-19: how the EU is promoting research on vaccines 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Danish umbrella scheme to support self-employed undertakings affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59764) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €132.5 million Hungarian aid scheme to support catering, culture, sports and accommodation sectors in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.59477) - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Coronavirus: EU agrees rules to make capital markets work for Europe's recovery - Midday Express

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 December 2020 in Case C-160/19 P, Comune di Milano (Italy), Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Air transport sector - Groundhandling services at the airports of Milan-Linate (Italy) and Milan-Malpensa (Italy) - Capital injections made by the manager of those airports into its wholly-owned subsidiary providing those services - Public shareholding of the manager - Decision declaring those State aid measures unlawful and incompatible with the internal market - Article 107, paragraph 1, TFEU - Concepts of "State resources", "measure imputable to the State" and "economic advantage" - Private operator principle - Private investor test - Burden of proof - Complex economic assessments - Intensity of judicial review - Distortion of evidence"
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Conclusions of the Spanish Court of Auditors’ report on state aid for the Catholic Church

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on mutual recognition of goods of 15 December 2020 
  • Roadmap - Harmful chemicals – updated list of endocrine disrupting substances (REACH Regulation) - Feedback period - 08 December 2020 - 05 January 2021 
  • Investment Plan for Europe backs Finnish crowdlending platform to support SMEs - IP/20/2371
  • Investment Plan for Europe helps unlock additional lending for Dutch businesses - IP/20/2358

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Council endorses new rules addressing cessation of financial benchmarks
  • EBA updates impact of the Basel III reforms on EU banks’ capital

TAXATION

  • Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Report to the Council 
  • Roadmap: Tobacco taxation - excise duties for manufactured tobacco products (updated rules) - Feedback period - 08 December 2020 - 05 January 2021 
  • Roadmap - Alcohol & tobacco bought abroad - review of tax rules - Feedback period - 08 December 2020 - 05 January 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Roadmap - EU milk exports - negotiations with Panama on compensation for its withdrawal of WTO tariff rate quotas - Feedback period - 08 December 2020 - 05 January 2021 

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 15 December 2020 
  • Deal on financing a just energy transition in EU regions – see the EP Statement 
  • ACER finds implementation of EU Regulation on Requirements for Generators on track in most countries

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy - IP/20/2312 
    - Q&A on Sustainable Batteries proposal - Factsheet
    - Proposal for a Regulation on batteries and waste batteries & Annexes
    - Speech by VP Šefčovič, by Commissioner Breton and Sinkevicius at the Press conference on sustainability requirements for batteries in the EU 
  • Human activities put pressure on every part of Europe’s seas - see EEA Statement 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes - 5th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel (2019-2022) (25 November 2020)  

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Expert Group on Transport of Dangerous Goods of 15 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Aviation on 17 December 2020 
  • In-Depth Analysis - Study presentation proceedings: The Impact of Unfair Commercial Practices on Competition in the EU Passenger Transport Sector, in particular Air Transport 
  • A fundamental transport transformation: Commission presents its plan for green, smart and affordable mobility - IP/20/2329QaA & FactSheet
    Legislative Action Plan & Staff Working Document
  • Remarks by Executive Vice President Timmermans and Commissioner Vălean on the European Climate Pact and Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 December 2020 in Case C-620/19, Land Nordrhein-Westfalen v. D.-H. T., acting as trustee in bankruptcy of J & S Service UG, in the presence of : Vertreter des Bundesinteresses beim Bundesverwaltungsgericht,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Personal data - Regulation (EU) 2016/679 - Article 23 - Limitation of the rights of the data subject - Material financial interest - Enforcement of civil law claims - National legislation referring to the provisions of Union law - Tax data relating to a legal person - Lack of jurisdiction of the Court
  • The Invalidation of the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows
  • The new European Cybersecurity Competence Centre to be located in Bucharest, Romania

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • EU to tell Big Tech to police internet or face large fines - Confidential draft regulation sets penalties of up to 6% of annual turnover - Financial Times 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Draft - Commission delegated Decision supplementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1240 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) as regards flagging
  • EU visa policy: Commission proposes to amend the agreement on simplified visa rules with Cabo Verde (signature and conclusion)
  • EU renews push to curb online terrorist content – Financial Times 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU seeks accord to end impasse on rule of law and budget - Polish deputy PM says agreement within reach but draft needs signing off by member states and parliament – Financial Times 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

BREXIT

  • Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario - IP/20/2368, see the Communication and Annex 1 & Annex 2 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2403 as regards fishing authorisations for Union fishing vessels in United Kingdom waters and fishing operations of United Kingdom fishing vessels in Union waters
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain aspects of aviation safety with regard to the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community - see Annex 1
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic air connectivity following the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules ensuring basic road freight and road passenger connectivity following the end of the transition period mentioned in the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2016 of 9 December 2020 amending Annex II to Implementing Regulation (EU) No 577/2013 as regards the entries for the United Kingdom, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2017 of 9 December 2020 amending Part 2 of the Annex to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/878 as regards the entry for United Kingdom in respect of Northern Ireland
  • UK Internal Market Bill considered by House of Commons and returned to House of Lords  
  • The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has updated the House of Commons on the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of the Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union
  • The ninth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statutory report detailing the progress on the development of common frameworks.
  • Electronic Communications and Wireless Telegraphy (Amendment) (European Electronic Communications Code and EU Exit) Regulations 2020 made: Brexit SI
  • Brussels hits back at UK over move on US tariffs - European Commission challenges Britain’s claim it can levy duties after Brexit - Financial Times
  • Brexit border plan leaves Northern Ireland business groups uneasy - Temporary measures announced to ease transition from January 1 but industry fears long-term red tape and costs - Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the HR/VP Borrell on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States
  • Declaration by the HR/VP Borrell on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1700 of 12 November 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Turkey’s EU accession process 
  • Turkey is Europe’s other major headache - The EU relationship with President Erdogan has all but collapsed but there are ways to save it - Financial Times 
  • EU plans new sanctions on Turkey over Mediterranean dispute - Financial Times