EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modification of Italian “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59827) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves a Luxembourg scheme to support the wine sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59945) - Midday Express 
  • Commission authorises €4.1 billion amendment to French wage subsidy scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.60095) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €40 million Bulgarian scheme to support small enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59704) - Midday Express 

HEALTH

  • President von der Leyen at the European Parliament plenary: “Let us start as soon as possible with the vaccination”
  • Team Europe: European Commission and EIB contribute €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries – IP/20/2262
  • Webinar proceedings: Mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic - Briefing - EP ENVI Committee
  • Answer by Ms Kyriakidesto a MEP written question - Search for a vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus
  • EMA - Update on assessment of the BioNTech and Pfizer BNT162b2 vaccine marketing authorisation application

INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Draft - Council conclusions on strengthening resilience and countering hybrid threats, including disinformation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic 

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus response: almost €110.7 million to support Italy fighting the pandemic - Midday Express 
  • EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19  - See the EP Statement
  • Creative Europe: 2.2 billion EUR support secured for artists  - See the EP Statement

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Tackling non-performing loans in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic - See the Communication
  • ESMA reminds users of scheduled IT operations at the end of the Brexit transition period

TRANSPORT

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10028 - Black Diamond Capital Management/Investindustrial Group/Phenolic Specialty Resins Business of Hexion) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10037 - Mitsui/Veolia/JV) 
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Metro by EPGC (M.9977) - Midday Express 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Automation24 and Process+Lab Devices Online by ifm electronic and Endress+Hauser Group Services (M.10018) - Midday Express 
  • Commission autorise l'acquisition d'une partie des activités d'Ørsted au Royaume-Uni par TOTAL (M.9968) - Midday Express 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Community Psychiatry by LGP and Centerbridge (M.10014) - Midday Express 
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of GASAG by Vattenfall and ENGIE (M.9990) - Midday Express 
  • UK - Suspected anti-competitive behaviour in relation to the pricing of Rangers FC-branded replica football kit  

STATE AID

  • Commission approves amended Estonian scheme worth €450 million to support production of electricity from renewable sources (SA.53347) - IP/20/2454
  • Commission approves €55 million German scheme to support roll-out of infrastructure for mobile communication services in German Land of Brandenburg (SA.54684) - IP/20/2451

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs 2020 programme: CLEN 1st meeting on Polymers of 25 January 2021 
  • Aqenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 16 December 2020 
  • Draft - Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products
  • Draft - Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2098 of 15 December 2020 initiating a review of Council Implementing Regulations (EU) No 443/2011 and (EU) No 444/2011 extending, respectively, the definitive countervailing and anti-dumping duty on imports of biodiesel consigned from Canada, whether declared as originating in Canada or not, for the purposes of determining the possibility of granting an exemption from those measures to one Canadian exporting producer, repealing the anti-dumping duty with regard to imports from that exporting producer and making imports from that exporting producer subject to registration
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2100 of 15 December 2020 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ammonium nitrate originating in Russia following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of the Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2099 of 15 December 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/386 as regards the specific rules for the apportionment of tariff rate quotas in respect of which the quota period is ongoing at the date of application of Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) 2019/216 of the European Parliament and of the Council 
  • 2019 Annual Report of the Hearing Officer for Trade Proceedings
  • Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List - Commission staff working document
  • State of play - Economic Partnership Agreements - Regular update of the FTAs for the six ACP regions
  • Implementation of Package of Measures to facilitate trade of Palestinian products with other Euro-Mediterranean partners - Technical Progress Report - November 2020 
  • Joint Minutes of the 13th Meeting of the EU-Mexico Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Rules of Origin, 16 October 2020. 
  • Joint Minutes of the Special Committee on Standards and Technical Regulations, EU-Mexico FTA. 19 October 2020 
  • Joint Minutes of the 7th meeting of the Customs Committee under the EU-Korea FTA. 8 December 2020.
  • Commission welcomes political agreement on Customs Programme – IP/20/2428 & FactSheet 
  • Opinion by MEP Karin Karlsbro on towards a WTO-compatible EU carbon border adjustment mechanism
  • WTO - The fifth review of the trade policies and practices of Macao, China takes place on 15 and 17 December 2020.

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Working Documents of the Marine Equipment Expert Group of 03 December 2020 
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/2096 of 15 December 2020 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as regards carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant (CMR) substances, devices covered by Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council, persistent organic pollutants, certain liquid substances or mixtures, nonylphenol and testing methods for azocolourants
  • Investment Plan for Europe: €290 million to support sustainability and innovation at chemical company in Germany – IP/20/2433 
  • Commission welcomes the political agreement on the European Space Programme - IP/20/2449

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA continues to call on banks to apply a conservative approach on dividends and other distributions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • EBA observes improved cooperation between authorities through newly established AML/CFT colleges
  • EBA updates its Basel III impact study following the EU Commission’s call for advice
  • ESMA updates guidelines on stress tests for money market funds

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • President von der Leyen and Commissioner Wojciechowski open the 2020 edition of the European conference on agricultural prospects
  • EU farm policy 2021-2022: MEPs approve transitional rules and €8bn recovery aid - See the EP Statement
  • Council supports EU-wide animal welfare label - see Beuc Statement

ENERGY

  • Remarks by Commissioner Simson on the Commission's proposal for a revised TEN-E Regulation at the EP's ITRE Committee meeting - QaA: The revision of the TEN-E Regulation

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Environment) of 17 December 2020 
  • Minutes of the 29th Meeting of the Coordination Group for Biodiversity and Nature (CGBN) of 25-26 November 2020  
  • Council conclusions on urban and territorial development, as approved by the Council on 14 December 2020 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 (European Climate Law) - General approach 
  • Draft submission to the UNFCCC on behalf of the European Union and its Member States on the update of the nationally determined contribution of the European Union and its Member States – Approval 
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the submission, on behalf of the EU, of a proposal for an Executive Body decision regarding the methodology for adjustments to reflect changes in the membership of the EU, with a view to the 41st session of the Executive Body under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, and on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in this session - See the Annex
  • Eliminate deforestation - Information from the French delegation, supported by the Italian delegation
  • The EU, Leonardo DiCaprio and Global Wildlife Conservation team-up to protect biodiversity - IP/20/2435
  • Commission welcomes final agreement on water quality and access to drinking water - IP/20/2417

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Working Group on Methodologies of 25 November 2020
  • Minutes of the Working Group on Cosmetic Ingredients Products of 24 November 2020
  • Minutes of the Working Group on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 23 November 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Reporting counterfeits to RAPEX – current practice, capacity and Commission plans
  • MDCG 2020-18 MDCG Position Paper on UDI assignment for Spectacle lenses & Ready readers - December 2020
    Draft – Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlordecone in or on certain products – See Annex 1 & Annex 2

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms IP/20/2347QaA,
    - Proposal for a Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) - Impact assessmentAnnex and its SummaryOpinion of the Board
    - Proposal for a Regulation on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC - Impact assessment, Annex and its SummaryOpinion of the Board
     - Ensuring fair and open digital markets – QaA
  • Statement by EVP Vestager on the Commission proposal on new rules for digital platforms - see Beuc Statement
  • Report on the effectiveness of the implementation of the single European emergency number '112' 
  • 73rd Radio Spectrum Committee Meeting - Chairman’s summary Report - 9 & 10 December 2020 
  • EU plans on digital economy are step in right direction but more ambition is needed - See Beuc Statement 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • New EU Cybersecurity Strategy and new rules to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient - IP/20/2391, QaA
    - Factsheet on the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy
    - Factsheet on the Proposal for a Directive on measures for high common level of cybersecurity across the Union (revised NIS Directive)
    - Factsheet on Cybersecurity: EU External Action
    - Proposal for a Directive on measures for high common level of cybersecurity across the Union (revised NIS Directive or ‘NIS 2')
    - Proposal for a Directive on the resilience of critical entities (see also Annex 1 to the proposal, as well as the impact assessment and its summary)
  • European Commission publishes ‘Cybersecurity Toolkit’ to raise awareness on cyber-risks and build preparedness in the transport sector
  • Irish Data Protection Commission announces decision in Twitter inquiry 
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - TikTok and Chinese espionage

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps: investing for Europe's future generations - IP/20/2422 - QaA
  • European Solidarity Corps: giving Europe's young people a chance to make a change - QaA
  • EU Citizenship Report: empowering citizens and protecting their rights - IP/20/2395 
  • Agreement on a Mandatory Transparency Register - IP/20/2425, Q&A & EP Statement
  • Proposal for a Directive on the resilience of critical entities - See the Annex

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: Keeping cyber risk at bay: our individual and joint responsibility 
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: The resilience of the euro 
  • EU Cohesion policy legislative package 2021-2027 - QaA  
  • Step closer to recovery funds: Technical Support Instrument agreed - see the EP Statement
  • When and how to deactivate the SGP general escape clause? - In-Depth Analysis - EP ECON Committee
  • Monetary and macroprudential policy complementarities: evidence from European credit registers - ECB Working Paper Series No.2504

BREXIT

  • Council endorses transport contingency measures in case of no-deal Brexit
  • Draft – Council Position on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by 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 as regards
    - agricultural subsidies
    - the determination of goods not at risk
    - the adoption of a decision to amend the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
    - practical working arrangements relating to the exercise of the rights of Union representatives 
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established by 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 as regards the adoption of a decision establishing a list of 25 persons who are willing and able to serve as members of an arbitration panel under the Agreement and on a reserve list of persons who are willing and able to serve as Union members of an arbitration panel under the Agreement  

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Eastern Partnership: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary debate on the recent developments in the region  
  • Viet Nam: Second Joint Committee under the Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement
  • Bhutan: 9th Annual Consultations: Joint Press Release  
  • Central America: EU increases humanitarian support by €5 million and delivers additional in kind assistance to hurricane victims – IP/20/2440 
  • Press statement by President von der Leyen and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg 
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Unilateral actions by Turkey in the Greek and Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and violations of the Greek continental shelf
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Illegal hydrocarbon exploration and drilling by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean