EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19 - IP/21/5366QaA & Report
  • EP Resolution of 21 October 2021 on EU transparency in the development, purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines

ECONOMY

  • EU disburses €600 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine to address the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic - IP/21/5460

COMPETITION

  • Action brought on 2 September 2021 - PBL and WA Vs. Commission (Case T-538/21)
    Re: annulment of the decision of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition of 1 September 2021 - COMP.C.4/AH/mdr 2021(092342)
  • Action brought on 8 September 2021 - HSBC Holdings and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-561/21)
    Re: annulment of Article 1 of the Commission decision C(2021) 4600 final of 28 June 2021, notified on 29 June 2021 (‘the Contested Decision’) amending Commission decision C(2016) 8530 final of 7 December 2016 (the ‘2016 Decision’) (AT.39914 - Euro Interest Rate Derivatives (‘EIRDs’)) and Article 2(b) of the 2016 Decision
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10255 - TRITON / BERGMAN CLINICS)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10338 - GALILEO / M6 / JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10054 - KOMBIVERKEHR / HUPAC / DX INTERMODAL JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10251 - Invivo Group/Etablissements J Soufflet)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10461 - OTPP/Brookfield/OMERS/SGN)
  • Commission approves acquisition of IHS Markit by S&P Global, subject to conditions (M.10108) - IP/21/5461
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of CMLIC by CDPQ and OTPP (M.10428) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Cooper par CVC (M.10247)  - Midday Express
  • Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the animal health sector in Belgium - IP/21/5543
  • Greece - Statement of Objections concerning submitted complaints against «OPAP SA»

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 27 August 2021 - E. Breuninger Vs. Commission (Case T-525/21)
    Re: annulment pursuant to Article 264(1) TFEU, the defendant’s decision of 28 May 2021 (State aid No SA.62784)
  • EP Resolution of 21 October 2021 on the climate, energy and environmental State aid guidelines (CEEAG) (2021/2923(RSP))

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Appeal brought on 18 August 2021 by Puma SE, Puma United Kingdom Ltd, Puma Nordic AB, Austria Puma Dassler GmbH, Puma Italia Srl, Puma France SAS, Puma Denmark A/S, Puma Iberia, SL, Puma Retail AG against the judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T-781/16, Puma and Others Vs. Commission (Case C-507/21 P)
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1395 (1) of 18 August 2016, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1647 (2) of 13 September 2016 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1731 (3) of 28 September 2016; and order the European Commission to pay the Appellants’ costs of this appeal as well as those of the proceedings before the General Court in Case T-781/16
  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 26 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 27 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 28 October 2021
  • Agenda for first EU-Vietnam FTA trade and sustainable development joint forum of 12 November 2021
  • EU-ESA EPA: EU proposals -  as of June 2021
    - Intellectual property
    - Government procurement
    - Investment liberalisation and trade in services
    - Capital movements, payments and transfers and temporary safeguard measures
  • Ban on export credits for coal-fired electricity projects agreed at OECD
  • WTO - DG Okonjo-Iweala welcomes constructive talks during visit to India
  • WHO, WIPO, WTO update information note on integrated health, trade, IP response to COVID-19
  • WTO - Coordinated global response key to MSMEs’ post-pandemic economic recovery - DDG Zhang
  • WTO - Ukraine launches safeguard investigation on tricone drilling bits
  • UK exporters fall foul of post-Brexit trade rules - British companies sending goods to the bloc braced for more checks by EU authorities - Financial Times
  • EU leaders warn of risk to industry over shortage of magnesium from China - Unless smelters restart carmakers and many others are threatened by lack of essential ingredient for aluminium alloys - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (High Level) on 4 November 2021
    - Background paper on the Commission’s Fit for 55 package and Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations of the UN Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for modifications to UN Regulations Nos 0, 14, 16, 22, 24, 37, 45, 48, 49, 55, 58, 67, 79, 83, 86, 90, 94, 95, 100, 101, 110, 116, 118, 125, 128, 129, 133, 134, 135, 137, 145, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 157, 158 and 159, as regards the proposals for amendments to Consolidated Resolutions R.E.3 and R.E.5, as regards the proposals for amendments to Mutual Resolutions M.R.1 and M.R.2, and as regards the proposals for authorisations to amend UN GTR on pedestrian safety, and to develop UN GTRs on Global Real Driving Emissions and on brake particulate emissions

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 20.10.2021 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards for the specification of the assessment methodology competent authorities are to follow when assessing the compliance of credit institutions and investment firms with the requirements to use the Internal Ratings Based Approach
  • The Chair of ESMA’s CCP Supervisory Committee, Klaus Löber, delivered a keynote speech on the role of CCPs in supporting the safety and efficiency of global financial markets
  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on the alternative standardised approach for market risk as part of its FRTB roadmap
  • ESMA - Final report on taxonomy-related product disclosure RTS
  • Brussels warned not to delay tighter capital rules for EU banks - European Commission set to propose 2025 date for implementation of final phase of Basel reforms - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (High Level) of 28 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Code of Conduct (Business Taxation) - Subgroup on internal issues of 29 October 2021
  • Exploring the opportunities and challenges of new technologies for EU tax administration and policy - Study - EP Subcommittee on Tax Matters
  • EP Resolution of 21 October 2021 on the Pandora Papers: implications for the efforts to combat money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance (2021/2922(RSP))

ENERGY

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the "European Sustainable Energy Week"
  • Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis - EU offers to help provide emergency supplies after Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom cuts flows - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Action brought on 24 August 2021 - European Paper Packaging Alliance Vs. Commission (Case T-518/21)
    Re: annulment of Sections 2.1.2 and 2.2.1 as well as Tables 4-2 and 4-8 of the defendant’s guidelines on single-use plastic products in accordance with Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment insofar as they concern paper-based products with polymeric coating; and declare, in the alternative, that Article 3(2) of Directive (EU) 2019/904 is illegal, insofar as it includes the paper-based products with polymeric coating in the definition of ‘single-use plastic products’
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Espoo) of 28 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 25, 26, 27,28 and 29 October 2021
  • Clean and Circular economy: Commission extends EU Ecolabel to all cosmetics and pet-care

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Summary record - Subgroup on Ingredients established by the Expert Group on Tobacco Policy (16 September 2021)
  • Summary and key insights from the targeted stakeholder consultation - EU4Health & 2022 Work Programme
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the World Health Summit
  • EFSA - Safety assessment of the process UTSUMI RECYCLE SYSTEMS, based on Starlinger deCON technology, used to recycle post‐consumer PET into food contact materials
  • EFSA - Outcome of the public consultation and other activities to update the scientific guidance for the submission of dossiers on food enzymes
  • EFSA - Scientific Guidance for the submission of dossiers on Food Enzymes
  • EU Ecolabel for cosmetics gets a welcome boost - See Beuc Statement

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling from the High Court (Ireland) made on 11 August 2021 - Eircom Limited Vs. Commission for Communications Regulation - (Case C-494/21)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Telecommunications & Information Society of 26 October 2021
  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 27 October 2021
  • BEREC aims to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Statement on the occasion of the 1st intersessional meeting of the 64th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, 19 – 21 October 2021)  
    - Agenda Item 1(a): Increasing links between drug trafficking, corruption and other forms of organised crime, including trafficking in human beings, trafficking in firearms, cybercrime and money-laundering and, in some cases, terrorism, including money-laundering in connection with the financing of terrorism, are observed; (19 October 2021)
    - Agenda item 1(b): The value of confiscated proceeds of crime related to money-laundering arising from drug trafficking at the global level remains low (20 October 2021)
    - Agenda item 1(c): The criminal misuse of information and communications technologies for illicit drug-related activities is increasing (21 October 2021)
  • Avenues for EU action on citizenship and residence by investment schemes - European Added Value Assessment - Study - EP LIBE Committee
  • Parliament to hold its second European Gender Equality Week 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 26 October 2021
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1863 of 22 October 2021 amending 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) 2021/1866 of 22 October 2021 amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1867 of 22 October 2021 amending Decision 2010/638/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Republic of Guinea
  • Iraq: Statement by the Spokesperson on threats against UNAMI and Electoral Commission
  • United Nations Day: Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell
  • Syria: Statement by the Spokesperson on the recent execution of convicts
  • EU plans to reopen Afghanistan diplomatic mission within a month - Bloc seeks to deepen limited engagement with Taliban regime as part of ‘calibrated approach’ - Financial Times