EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10418 - EFMS/Goldman Sachs/Parexel)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10508 - Hutchison 3 Indonesia/Indosat)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Immobilière de la Laine by BNP Paribas and CDC (M.10395) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Digital UK by Channel 5, together with BBC, ITV and Channel 4 (M.10184) - Midday Express
  • France - Steel industry: the Autorité clears the acquisition of Liberty Ascoval and Liberty Rail Hayange by Saarstahl
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of Sana-Kliniken in the Ostholstein district by AMEOS
  • Hungary - Three companies trading in agricultural machinery and spare parts have been fined a total of 135 million forint (around $430,000) by the competition authority
  • Hungary is at the centre of the attention of the competition law community
  • Lithuania - Telecom company Cgates fined for submitting incorrect merger data to watchdog
  • Romania - The Competition Council has opened an investigation into a possible agreement on the market for the production and marketing of paints and decorative coatings between Fabryo Corporation S.R.L. and some of its distributors
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Dye & Durham (UK) Limited of TM Group (UK) Limited. 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Decisions (CD) MS collaboration project group of 10 November 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 15 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 18 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 19 October 2021 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - First meeting of the Specialised Committee on Fisheries provided for in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the United Kingdom
  • WTO - Turkey launches safeguard investigation on grinding balls and similar articles for mills
  • WTO - The eighth review of the trade policies and practices of the Republic of Korea takes place on 13 and 15 October 2021
  • Market Access Committee updates WTO members on COVID-19 trade-related measures

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 October 2021 in Case C-231/20, MT Vs. Landespolizeidirektion Steiermark
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Freedom to provide services - Article 56 TFEU - Games of chance - Provision of prohibited lotteries - Penalties - Proportionality - Fines of a minimum amount - Cumulation - No ceiling - Alternative penalty involving deprivation of liberty - Proportionate contribution to the costs of the proceedings - Article 49(3) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • Opinion of Advocate General Mr Maciej Szpunar of 14 October 2021 in Case C-452/20, PJ Vs. Agenzia delle dogane e dei monopoli - Ufficio dei monopoli per la Toscana,
    Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze
    Re:
    Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of laws - Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products - Cooperation and monitoring of implementation - System of penalties - Effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties - Obligation on sellers of tobacco products to ensure that purchasers have reached the age laid down by national legislation for the purchase of tobacco products - Suspension of the operating licence for a period of 15 days
  • The European Commission's European Innovation Council has selected 65 innovative start-ups and SMEs to receive €363 million of funding for breakthrough innovations - IP/21/5225

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Cour of 14 October 2021 in Joined Cases C-45/20 and C-46/20, E Vs. Finanzamt N (C-45/20) and Z Vs. Finanzamt G (C-46/20)
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 167, Article 168(a), Article 167, Article 168(a), Article 250 and Article 252 - Deduction of input tax - Immovable property - Office space - Photovoltaic installation - Decision on allocation giving rise to a right of deduction - Communication of the decision on allocation - Time-limit for exercising a right of deduction - Presumption of allocation to the taxable person's private assets in the absence of communication of the decision on allocation - Principle of neutrality - Principle of legal certainty - Principles of equivalence and proportionality
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 14 October 2021 in Case C‑556/20, Schneider Electric SA, Axa SA, BNP Paribas, Engie, Orange SA, L’Air liquide, société anonyme pour l’étude et l’exploitation des procédés Georges Claude Vs. Premier ministre, Ministre de l’Economie, des Finances et de la Relance
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - System of advance payments and tax credits at the time of redistribution of dividends - Relationship between the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (Directive 90/435/EEC) and the fundamental freedoms - Withholding tax - Taxation of dividends paid to a parent company under Article 4 of Directive 90/435 - Provisions relating to the payment of tax credits to the recipients of dividends (Article 7(2) of Directive 90/435)
  • Statement by Commissioner Gentiloni on the G20's endorsement of the agreement on international taxation reform

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT SOCIAL POLICY

  • Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information (EESSI) and European Social Security Pass (ESS PASS) projects - Information from the Commission on the state of play
  • Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth - IP/215226

ENERGY

  • Speech by Commissioner Kadri Simson on the Communication on Energy Prices
  • Rising energy prices: EU package of measures good for consumers - See Beuc Statement 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 October 2021 in Case C-29/20, Biofa AG Vs. Sikma D. Vertriebs GmbH und Co. KG
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 - Article 3(1)(a) and (c) - Concepts of 'biocidal product' and 'active substance' - Conditions - Mode of action other than mere physical or mechanical action - Article 9(1)(a) - Approval of an active substance - Scope of the approval"
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Climate change of 19 October 2021
    - Biodiversity of 18 October 2021
  • EVP Timmermans and Commissioner Gabriel in Sofia to speak about Bulgaria's Green Transition - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Public health: Commission proposes a progressive roll-out of the new In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulation - IP/21/5209QaA & Proposal
  • New guideline reduces animal testing and protects from allergies caused by chemicals - ECHA/NR/21/25
  • Answer given Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Ethylene oxide
  • Rapid Outbreak Assessment: Multi-country outbreak of multiple Salmonella enterica serotypes linked to imported sesame based products - ECDC 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: 54th EDPB Plenary meeting of 14 September 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 63rd Meeting of the Stakeholders Advisory Group on Maritime Security of 10 November 2021
  • Agenda for: 5th Expert Group Meeting European Ports Forum of 26 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on Aviation Safety of 28 October 2021
  • Minutes of the Informal Expert Group on Drones of 03 March 2021

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Speech by President Charles Michel at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust and Remembrance
  • EU Court of Justice: two judges of the General Court appointed
  • Securing EU beyond its borders: Rapid growth of joint investigation teams with third countries – Eurojust Statement
  • Visit of French Minister for Justice to discuss international cooperation and upcoming EU Presidency – Eurojust Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Keynote speech by the Eurogroup President, Paschal Donohoe, at the Single Resolution Board's annual conference on "Bank resolution: delivering for financial stability"
  • Speech by Paschal Donohoe, at the IMF Governor Talk on "Euro area recovery from Covid-19 - economic policy reflections and challenges ahead", 12 October 2021
  • Market finance as a spare tyre? Corporate investment and access to bank credit in Europe - ECB Working Paper Series - No.2606
  • Overview of central banks’ in-house credit assessment systems in the euro area - Occasional Paper Series - No.284
  • Low rates and bank stability: the risk of a tipping point - ECB Research Bulletin - No.88

BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS