EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Summary report - 43rd Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak – 27 November 2020
  • Conditional Marketing Authorisation of COVID-19 Vaccines in the EU - Q&A
  • Coronavirus: 50 ventilators sent to Ukraine through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €9.3 million Croatian scheme to support enterprises active in primary agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59815) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2036 of 9 December 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 as regards the requirements for flight crew competence and training methods and postponing dates of application of certain measures in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

TAXATION

  • Council Directive (EU) 2020/2020 of 7 December 2020 amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards temporary measures in relation to VAT applicable to COVID-19 vaccines and in vitro diagnostic medical devices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: EU agrees to rules to make it easier for firms to raise capital through the ‘EU Recovery Prospectus' - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 16 December 2020 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10031 - FSI/WTI/MEL) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9449 - VAG/Varta (Consumer battery, chargers and portable power and lighting business)) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9963 - Iliad/Play Communications) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9835 - Bertelsmann/Schweizerische Post/Cinfoni) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10027 - Lone Star/McCarthy & Stone) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9735 - Amex/GBT) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9934 - Kingspan/TeraSteel-Wetterbest) 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Bunge Loders Croklaan Oils by Neste (M.9972) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over newly created joint venture by Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom (M.10046) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of a newly established joint venture by GE and Allianz (M.9948) - Midday Express
  • Commission has released the non-confidential version of its decision approving plans by US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners to buy Belgian cable operators VOO and Brutélé
  • UK - The CMA has referred the proposed merger of Virgin Media and Virgin Mobile with O2 for an in-depth Phase 2 investigation.

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections  

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Report of the 5th meeting of the Project Group Proof of Union Status System of 10 November 2020
  • Notice amending the notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of birch plywood originating in Russia 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2037 of 10 December 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/159 imposing definitive safeguard measures against imports of certain steel products
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU response to the Boeing ruling
  • Extraterritorial sanctions on trade and investments and European responses - Study for the EP INTA Committee
  • EU agri-food trade maintains solid growth during January-August 2020 - Midday Express
  • WTO receives petition asking for universally accessible and affordable COVID-19 vaccines  
  • Speech by DDG Wolff: “The WTO must not continue as it is”  

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission welcomes political agreement on Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme - IP/20/2345 & FactSheet
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Annex X to Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the standardised access to vehicle on-board diagnostics information and repair and maintenance information, and the requirements and procedures for access to vehicle security information - See the Annex
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Worrying situation in the tyre market

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • MEPs adopted a resolution setting out changes to be made to the system used to draw up the EU list of tax havens, which they deem is currently “confusing and ineffective”.

ENERGY

  • Joint press statement on EU-Ukraine ministerial meeting on energy  
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the Annual Baltic Energy Forum 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) and transparency

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the 29th Meeting of the Coordination Group for Biodiversity and Nature (CGBN) of 25-26 November 2020
  • President von der Leyen to present new EU emissions reduction target to international partners at ‘High Ambition Summit' - Midday Express
  • EU mobilises €31 million to support green transition and reinforce coordination in tackling climate change in Africa - Midday Express
  • National measures to cut air pollution would benefit from stronger links with climate action - see EEA Statement 
  • The European Climate Pact: empowering citizens to shape a greener Europe   

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Toy safety: The EU moves to protect children from potentially allergenic fragrances in toys - Midday Express
  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 50 (Published on: 11/12/2020)
  • EFSA - Workshops report for cooperation in crisis preparedness for Phyllosticta citricarpa in the European Union
  • EFSA - Cooperation in crisis preparedness for Agrilus planipennis in the European Union
  • EFSA - Hungarian national food consumption survey on toddlers and other children
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 7-10 December 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Migration: New EU financial assistance to address the situation on the Canary Islands - IP/20/2369
  • Migration: Commission and Committee of the Regions agree a partnership on integration
  • European Parliament, Council Presidency and Commission make progress towards a political agreement on new EU rules for attracting highly qualified employees from third countries
  • Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the border management fund for 2021-2027, worth 6.241 billion EUR.  
  • The EP Legal Affairs Committee adopted guidelines on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for military purposes and in the health and justice sectors 
  • Terrorist content online: Council presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement 
  • The state of play of Schengen governance - An assessment of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multiannual programme - Study for the EP LIBE Committee
  • Precarious work from a gender and intersectionality perspective, and ways to combat it -Study for the EPCommittee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB - Coordinated Supervision Committee appoints Clara Guerra as new coordinator 
  • ENISA issues new guidelines to support Europe’s telecom security authorities in implementing the security requirements of the EECC and the EU 5G toolbox
  • ENISA - NIS Directive has Positive Effect, though Study finds gaps in Cybersecurity investment exist - see the Report
  • ENISA - Driving the Global Ecosystem of incident response capabilities: New Studies now available

BREXIT

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2038 of 10 December 2020 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 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2035 of 7 December 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1352/2013 as regards the application for action form provided for in Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, in order to introduce the possibility to request the taking of action in Northern Ireland
  • Command Paper sets out the UK Government’s delivery of its commitments to the people of Northern Ireland 
  • State Aid (Revocations and Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 made: Brexit SI 
  • The Challenges to Validity of EU Instruments (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020: Brexit SI
  • UK and Canada sign trade agreement
  • UK strikes Singapore and Vietnam trade deals, start of new era of trade with Asia

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU budget 2021: European Commission acts swiftly to ensure timely adoption - Midday Express
  • ECB: Frank Elderson appointed member of the executive board 
  • The proposed amendments to the Treaty establishing the European Stability Mechanism - In-Depth Analysis – EP ECON Committee 
  • ECB prolongs support via targeted lending operations for banks that lend to the real economy
  • ECB extends pandemic emergency longer-term refinancing operations
  • Speeches by ‎Christine Lagarde, Luis de Guindos: Introductory statement to the press conference - Monetary policy decisions
  • Contagion accounting - ECB Working Paper Series No.2499
  • Benefits of macro-prudential policy in low interest rate environments - ECB Working Paper Series No.2498

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • European Council clears the way to recovery package and agrees 2030 climate target (10 and 11 December 2020) – Conclusions
  • Opening remarks by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel and Chancellor Merkel following the European Council meeting of 11 December 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: 3rd meeting of the EU-Armenia Partnership Council of 17 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: 17th meeting of the EU-Republic of Azerbaijan Cooperation Council of 18 December 2020  
  • 22nd Annual Report according to Article 8(2) of Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP defining common rules governing the control of exports of military technology and equipment 
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2021 of 10 December 2020 implementing Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against persons acting in violation of the arms embargo with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/2033 of 10 December 2020 amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • EU strengthens its direct support to the people of Belarus - IP/20/2309
  • Team Europe: The European Union and Germany join forces with the Government of Bangladesh to safeguard the livelihoods of workers in export-oriented industries - Midday Express