EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Summary report - 44th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak
  • Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries - IP/20/2262

STATE AID

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10032 - Goldman Sachs Group/Insight Venture Management/InhabitIQ Parent) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9973 - SK Capital Partners/Venator Materials)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10046 - Deutsche Telekom/SK Telecom/JV)  
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 27 September 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40127 - Canned vegetables)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • DG Comp issued the public version of its decision to clear plans by Croatian retailer Fortenova to acquire Slovenian rival Mercator
  • DG Comp issued the public version of its decision related to the merger between Borgwarner and Delphi Technologies
  • Germany - "Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy": Sector enquiry into smart TVs reveals consumer protection deficits
  • Norway - Anticompetitive practices may have led to higher grocery prices
  • Poland - President of UOKiK Tomasz Chróstny has imposed over PLN 723 million fine on the owner of Biedronka stores network.
  • Sweden - Arla Foods sued by Sweden's competition regulator over illegal information sharing
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition of GBST Holdings Limited by FNZ (Australia) Bidco Pty Ltd - See the Final undertakings & Notice of consultation

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 99th Customs Policy Group meeting of 15 December 2020
  • Agenda for: Export Credits Group of 18 December 2020
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2054 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Swiss Confederation as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2055 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the Faroe Islands, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2056 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Kingdom of Norway as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol No 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2057 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Republic of Iceland as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol No 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2058 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the European Economic Area, as regards the amendment of Protocol 4 (on rules of origin) to that Agreement
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2059 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the amendment of certain provisions of Protocol II concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2060 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the amendment to that Agreement to take account of the accession of the Independent State of Samoa and of Solomon Islands
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2061 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Trade Committee established under the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part, as regards the establishment of the Rules of Procedure of the Trade Committee and the Rules of Procedure of the Special Committees
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2062 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Albania, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 4 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation  
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2063 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 2 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2064 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Arab Republic of Egypt, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 4 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2065 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Customs Sub-Committee established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol I thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2066 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the State of Israel, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 4 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2067 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2068 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and Kosovo, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol III thereto concerning the concept of ‘originating products’
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2069 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Lebanon, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 4 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2070 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 4 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2071 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Customs Sub-Committee established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol II thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2072 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Stabilisation and Association Council established by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Serbia, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation 
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2073 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EU-Turkey Association Council as regards the amendment of Decision No 1/98 of the EC-Turkey Association Council on the trade regime for agricultural products by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2074 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Coal and Steel Community and the Republic of Turkey on trade in products covered by the Treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol 1 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation  
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2075 of 7 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Customs Sub-Committee established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part, as regards the amendment of that Agreement by replacing Protocol I thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/2078 of 10 December 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EU-Canada Joint Customs Cooperation Committee as regards the adoption of the decision concerning the mutual recognition of the Partners in Protection Programme of Canada and the Authorised Economic Operators Programme of the European Union 
  • Report from the Commission pursuant to Article 278a of the Union Customs Code, on progress in developing the electronic systems provided for under the Code
  • EU-Mercosur statement on Sustainable Development at EU27-LAC Informal Ministerial Meeting
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Quality standards incorporated in trade agreements
  • WTO members committed to keeping up momentum in fisheries subsidies negotiations
  • WTO - DDG Brauner urges members to step up efforts in early 2021 to agree on fish, other issues

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Speech by ESMA Chair at the Third Roundtable on Euro Risk-Free rates 2020 
  • ESMA is seeking experts in financial innovation for its consultative group 
  • ESMA - ED Decision on the extension of reserve list ending 31 December 2020
  • EBA issues Opinion to the European Commission on the proposed amendments to the EBA final draft RTS on IRB assessment methodology

ENERGY

  • Main results of the energy ministers informal meeting of 14 December 2020, see the Speech by Commissioner Simson
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 - See the Annex 1Annex 2, the Impact Assessment and its Summary & Opinion of the Board

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate Change) of 18 December 2020 
  • Agenda for: The 82nd meeting of the Nitrates Committee and meeting of the Nitrates Expert Group of 15 December 2020 
  • Parliament adopts deal to improve quality of tap water and reduce plastic litter
  • Climate action in Europe: EU ETS emissions see big drop in 2019, latest EEA assessment shows

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • AMR : Commission publishes its progress report on the EU’s Action Plan
  • Commission welcomes political agreement on EU4Health - IP/20/2420
  • The new EU health programme, worth 5.1 billion EUR, will help to fix shortcomings exposed by COVID-19 and boost quality and resilience of EU health systems

DIGITAL SINGLE EUROPE

  • Digital Europe programme: MEPs strike deal with Council 
  • EU warns that it may break up Big Tech companies - Repeat offences under new rules will trigger action to force divestments, Brussels will warn - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Report from the Commission - On progress towards effective EU citizenship 2016-2020
  • Anti-Corruption: First review of the EU's implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption - IP/20/2416

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • The impact of US tariffs against China on US imports: evidence for trade diversion?- ECB Working Paper Series No.2503
  • On the origin of systemic risk - ECB Working Paper Series No.2502

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Revised Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 16 December 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the HR/VP on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Syria
  • Declaration by the HR/VP on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of Turkey’s unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean