EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts equivalence decisions for Armenia and the United Kingdom - Midday Express
  • ECDC - Data for the maps in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU/EEA
  • ECDC - Combined indicator: 14-day notification rate, testing rate and test positivity, updated 28 October 2021, weeks 41-42
  • ECDC - 14-Day case notification rate per 100 000 inhabitants, updated 28 October 2021, weeks 41-42
  • ECDC - Data on the daily number of new reported COVID-19 cases and deaths by EU/EEA country
  • ECDC - Data on COVID-19 vaccination in the EU/EEA

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €96.9 million Italian scheme to support companies hiring female workers in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.100005)  - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-267/20 Volvo and DAF Trucks Truck cartel in Spain: Advocate General Rantos clarifies the temporal scope of the directive on the compensation of victims of anti-competitive practices (See CPR No.193/2021 - Advocate General’s Opinion in Case C-267/20, Volvo and DAF Trucks)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10139 - Desfa / Copelouzou / Depa / Gaslog / BTG / Gastrade)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 10 February 2021 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the TFEU and Article 54 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40394 - Aspen)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive agreements and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Arm by NVIDIA (M.9987) - IP/21/5624
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of ICR by CDPQ and Investcorp (M.10487) - Midday Express
  • Malta - The MCCAA has published its 2020 Annual Report
  • Portugal - The AdC issued a non-opposition decision to the merger 46/2021 - ArchiMed / Cresbard Invest
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of merger of undertaking ORLEN Unipetrol and the part of undertaking Fontee, s.r.o.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of merger of undertakings Jacques Bogart S.A. and FAnn-parfumérie, s.r.o.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of merger of undertakings Richardi, a. s., ON RAIL Holding B.V., LOKO INVEST, a. s., Ing. Tibor Cvik, LOKO Trans Slovakia, s.r.o., and NYMWAG CS, a.s.
  • Spain - The CNMC and Italy's competition authority (the "AGCM") strengthen their strategic cooperation
  • UK - The CMA has published the Full text decision of the anticipated acquisition by Graphic Packaging Holding Company of AR Packaging Group AB

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-915/19, Alpha Trading SpA unipersonale Vs. Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze and Others
    Re: Preliminary reference - State aid - Biodiesel market - Aid scheme introducing biodiesel quotas exempt from payment of excise duty - Amendment of the authorised aid scheme - Amendment of the criteria for the allocation of quotas - Obligation to notify the European Commission in advance - Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 - Article 1(c) - Meaning of 'new aid' - Regulation (EC) No 794/2004 - Article 4(1) - Meaning of 'alteration of an existing aid'
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Important projects of common European interest in the hydrogen sector
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR updated the EC´s state aid guiding models related to Slovakia´s Recovery and Resilience Plan
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR issued the methodological guideline - Model test of state aid

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-197/20, KAHL GmbH & Co. KG Vs. Hauptzollamt Hannover
    Re: Preliminary reference - Customs Union - Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Tariff subheadings 1521 90 91 and 1521 90 99 - Interpretation of the Explanatory Notes to subheading 1521 90 99 - Beeswaxes melted and resolidified prior to importation
  • Agenda for: Council of the EU (Foreign Affairs/Trade) of 11 November 2021
  • WTO - The 2nd review of the trade policies and practices of the Russian Federation takes place on 27 and 29 October 2021
  • WTO - “Trade plays an important role in climate change adaptation and mitigation” - Speech by DDG Ellard
  • WTO - Members welcome increased notification activity on national customs legislation

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for:1st Meeting of the CEG on the Construction Products Regulation Technical Acquis process of 29 October 2021
  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-123/20, Ferrari SpA Vs. Mansory Design & Holding GmbH, WH
    Re: Preliminary reference - Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 - Community designs - Articles 4, 6 and 11 - Infringement action - Unregistered Community design - Appearance of a part of a product - Conditions for protection - Part of a complex product - Individual character - Act of disclosure to the public
  • Boosting regional innovation: Commissioner Gabriel visits the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in Budapest - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Ancillary copyright

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-95/20, "Varchev Finans" EOOD Vs. Komisia za finansov nadzor, in the presence of: Okrazhna prokuratura - Varna
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2014/65/EU - Markets in financial instruments - Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/565 - Investment firms - Article 56 - Suitability assessment and related record-keeping obligations - Article 72 - Record-keeping - Retention arrangements - Information on client categorisation - Information on costs and charges related to investment services
  • Submission by the EBA of final draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) on gross jump-to-default (JTD) amounts and on residual risk add-on (RRAO)
  • ESMA - Letter to IFRS IC on classification of SPAC shares as equity or liability (IAS 32)
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Completion of banking union and performance of the EBA

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-324/20, Finanzamt B Vs. X-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Supply of services - One-time supply - Payment in instalments - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 63 - Chargeability of tax - Article 64(1) - Concept of transactions ‘giving rise to successive payments’ - Article 90(1) - Reduction of the taxable amount - Concept of ‘non-payment’
  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Joined Cases C-221/20 and C-223/20, A Oy (C-221/20), B Oy (C-223/20), in the presence of: Veronsaajien oikeudenvalvontayksikkö
    Re:
    Preliminary reference - Taxation - Directive 92/83/EEC - Excise duties - Beer - Article 4(2) - Possibility of applying reduced rates of excise duty to beer brewed by small independent breweries - Treatment as a single small independent brewery of two or more small breweries - Obligation to transpose

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Minutes of the (Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs) ECCL of 15 October 2021
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund: €5.4 million to support 801 dismissed workers in air transport and warehousing in Sardinia (EGF/2021/003 IT Porto Canale) - IP/21/5600
  • 2021 Gender Equality Index: Europe has made little progress since last year - See the Statement

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group for Wine Market Observatory of 09 November 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group for sustainability and quality of agriculture and rural development of 28 October 2021

ENERGY

  • Gazprom’s low gas storage levels fuel questions over Russia’s supply to Europe - Data reveal disparity between low stocks at state-backed group’s facilities and healthy levels elsewhere in EU - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 October 2021 in Case C-357/20, IE Vs. Magistrat der Stadt Wien
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - Directive 92/43/EEC - Article 12(1) - System of strict protection of animal species - Annex IV(a) - Cricetus cricetus (great hamster) - Resting places and breeding sites - Deterioration or destruction
  • Commission notice Assessment of plans and projects in relation to Natura 2000 sites - Methodological guidance on the provisions of Article 6(3) and (4) of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC
  • European Green Deal: Commission adopts new limits for some of the most harmful chemicals in waste - Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - IP/21/5552QaA & the Proposal
  • EFTA - ESA publishes report on progress made by Iceland and Norway towards reaching their climate goals
  • EEA - Water stress is a major and growing concern in Europe - See the EEA Report No.12/2021
  • Digital action - Climate action: 8 ideas to accelerate the twin transition - See DigitalEurope Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - Meeting of the Subgroup on Cancer of 12 November and of 29 October 2021
  • Minutes - Meeting of the Subgroup on Cancer of 23 September 2021
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Review and synthesis of data on the potential environmental impact of artificial sweeteners
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety of the extension of use of galacto‐oligosaccharides as a Novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The 9th edition of the ENISA Threat Landscape (ETL) report released by the EU Agency for Cybersecurity highlights the surge in cybercriminality motivated by monetisation using ransomware or cryptojacking 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • As it has not suspended the application of the provisions of national legislation relating, in particular, to the areas of jurisdiction of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court, Poland is ordered to pay the European Commission a daily penalty payment in an amount of €1 000 000 (See CPR Nº 192/2021 - Order of the Court of Justice in Case C-204/21 R, Commission Vs. Poland) - Financial Times
  • Commissioners Reynders and Dalli attend conference on hate crime and hate speech - Midday Express
  • Legal migration: an EU talent pool and more options for immigrant entrepreneurs - see the EP Statement

MOBILITY & TRANSPORT

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • France sets deadline for UK in dispute over fishing rights - Paris threatens to impose stricter customs checks on British goods from next week if situation remains unresolved - Financial Times
  • Sluggish exports: the ‘worrying trend’ in the UK economy - British businesses are struggling to attract overseas markets following Brexit and as the pandemic eases - Financial Times
  • ‘It really is a nuisance’: Italy’s exporters on Brexit - From food to wine to cars to luxury fashion, businesses find themselves saddled with extra administration - Financial Times
  • UK threatens retaliation after France detains British vessel in fishing dispute - Paris threatens stricter border curbs from next week - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors, with regard to amending Decision No 3/2019 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors of 17 December 2019 to adopt transitional measures pursuant to Article 95(4) of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement
  • Commissioner Lenarčič in Bangladesh: EU provides €12 million for displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Myanmar - IP/21/5588
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Time to lift the US blockade against Cuba and the Cuban people
  • European Union and Organisation of American States hold 7th High Level Political Dialogue
  • Bolivia: High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell met with Foreign Minister Rogelio Mayta
  • Palestine: High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met with Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh