COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises a French scheme to promote environmental services and the environmental performance of farms - SA.55052 - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 630th meeting of the Export Credits Group of 04 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Generalised System of Preferences of 26 February 2020
  • Draft - Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the EU within the Association Committee set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part, concerning the exchange of information for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters on the amendment of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement
  • Commissioner Hogan announces new transparency package - see Speech by Phil Hogan
  • WTO - The 14th review of the trade policies and practices of the European Union takes place on 18 and 20 February 2020
    - see the reports by the WTO Secretariat and by the European Union
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 28 February 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA finds continued high risks as financial markets remain highly volatile
  • ESMA TRV No 1 2020 Annex
  • ESMA report on trends, risks and vulnerabilities no.1 2020

TAXATION

  • E-commerce: Council adopts new rules for exchange of VAT payment data
  • VAT: Council adopts simplified rules for small businesses

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Expert Group on Organic Production of 02 March 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Agricultural Markets, in particular concerning aspects falling under the single CMO Regulation - Animal Products of 20 February 2020
  • Minutes of the Expert group for Technical advice on Organic Production of 03 February 2020

ENERGY

  • Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Government of the Republic of India for research and development cooperation in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy - See the Decision
  • Decarbonising the power sector: ACER provides further guidance on CO2 emission limits

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Health Policy Platform webinar on ’CHAFEA New Annual work plan 2020’ (04 March 2020)
  • Capacity building of the European Reference Networks to develop and adapt clinical decision-making tools addressing rare diseases: the ERN-Clinical Guidelines Programme
  • The Commission is carrying out an early review of the approval of the biocidal active substances iodine, PVP iodine and zineb

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET , INFORMATION SOCIETY & DATA PRIVACY

  • Shaping Europe’s digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence - see Beuc reaction
    Questions & Answers
    Communication: Shaping Europe’s digital future - see the Fact Sheet
    - Communication: A European strategy for data - see the Fact Sheet
    - White Paper: On Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust - see the FactSheet
    - op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen
    - FactSheet: What's in it for Businesses
    - FactSheet: What's in it for Me
    - FactSheet: Supporting the Green Transition
  • Experts say privately held data available in the European Union should be used better and more - see the Report and the Q&A
  • Commission Report on safety and liability implications of AI, the Internet of Things and Robotics
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Exempted copyright-protected products under Regulation (EU) 2018/302 on geo-blocking
  • Report from the Commission on the implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu Top-Level Domain from April 2017 to April 2019
  • ENISA - Second Staff Exchange between EU Cybersecurity Organisations - Experts meet in Brussels to intensify coordination against cyber threats and staff-to-staff relations
  • ENISA - Telecom Security Authorities meeting in Brussels - Last week the EU Agency for Cybersecurity hosted the 30th Article 13a meeting in Brussels.

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY  & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons (codification) - See the Annex

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Outcome of the 3749th Council meeting Economic and Financial Affairs of 18 February 2020
    - The Council adopted conclusions setting out its priorities for the 2021 EU budget.
    - European Semester 2020: Council recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area
  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference
  • Trust in the central bank and inflation expectation - ECB Working Paper Series No.2375
  • Commission extends post-programme framework for Greece

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Afghan refugees: €21 million in humanitarian aid for host communities and vulnerable populations in Pakistan and Iran