CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/1743 of 18 November 2020 on the use of rapid antigen tests for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection 
  • Summary report - 39th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak 
  • Coronavirus: Commission to provide 200 disinfection robots to European hospitals - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €145 million Hungarian recapitalisation scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58420) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €2.55 billion Spanish guarantee scheme to compensate certain self-employed and companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.59045)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €4.4 million Romanian aid scheme to compensate regional airport operators for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.58676) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves Austrian ‘Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II' scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/2181
  • Commission approves German ‘umbrella' scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/2180
  • Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/2024

ECONOMY

  • EU contributes €183 million to debt relief for 29 of the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries - IP/20/2183 
  • Monetary Policy in the Time of COVID-19, or How Uncertainty is Here to Stay - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA - Banks report a significant use of COVID-19 moratoria and public guarantees

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10000 - PreZero International/SUEZ Nordic)
    Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9673 - Columbia Threadneedle Investments/Brittany Ferries/Condor)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9559 - Telefónica/Prosegur/Prosegur Alarmas España)  
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.9730 - FCA/PSA)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9790 - Blackstone/KP1)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9967 - Kolhberg/Mubadala/Partners Group/Pioneer UK Midco  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M. 9964 - Eurofiber Nederland/Vattenfall Wärme Berlin/Vattenfall Bitstream Infrastructure) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9936 - Imabari Shipbuilding/JFE/IHI/Japan Marine United Corporation)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10005 - CPPIB/Sixth Street/Clara)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9829 - Aon/Willis Towers Watson)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9973 - SK Capital Partners/Venator Materials)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10032 – Goldman Sachs Group/Insight Venture Management/InhabitIQ Parent)  
  • Action brought on 25 September 2020 - Clariant and Clariant International Vs. Commission (Case T-590/20)
    Re: annulment of Article 2(c) of Commission Decision in Case AT.40410 - Ethylene), the imposition of a fine amount in excess of EUR 94 405 800
  • Action brought on 24 September 2020 - Polwax Vs. Commission (Case T-585/20)
    Re: Annul the European Commission Decision of 14 July 2020, in Case M.9014 PKN Orlen/Grupa Lotos

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 11 September 2020 - Ryanair Vs. Commission - Case T-577/20
    Re: annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 14 October 2019 on State aid SA.55394 (2019/N) - Germany - Rescue aid to Condor

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Report of MEP Bernd Lange on the EU Trade Policy Review 
  • Corrigendum to Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of aluminium converter foil originating in the People’s Republic of China (OJEU C 352 I of 22 October 2020)
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, within the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors, as regards the amendment of Decision No 3/2019 of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors to adopt transitional measures pursuant to Article 95(4) of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1747 of 20 November 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee established under the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership, as regards the amendment of Appendices 2-C-1 and 2-C-2 to Annex 2-C on Motor Vehicles and Parts
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1739 of 20 November 2020 amending and correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/761 as regards the quantities available for tariff rate quotas for certain agricultural products included in the WTO schedule of the Union following the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union, a tariff quota for poultrymeat originating in Ukraine and a tariff quota for meat of bovine animals originating in Canada 
  • Joint Statement - First EU–Singapore Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) Board Meeting to the TSD Public Stakeholders Forum of 20 November 2020 
  • Agenda - Third EU - Mongolia Subcommittee on Trade and Investment -Discussion on the economic cooperation, trade related matters and investment - 23 November 2020 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Compliance with CETA
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - European semiconductor companies at risk of suffering from US restrictions
  • WTO - Agenda of the Council for Trade in Goods - Formal Meeting of 25 November 2020
    - Report (2020) of the Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices
    - Report (2020) of the Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures
    - Report (2020) of the Committee on Safeguards
    - Report (2020) of the Committee of Participants on the Expansion of Trade in Information Technology Products
    - Report (2020) of the Committee on Customs Valuation to the Council for Trade in Goods
    - Report (2020) of the Working Party on State Trading Enterprises  
  • WTO - DDG Wolff urges G20 leaders to back WTO action to support economic rebound, pandemic response and WTO reform 
  • WTO maps out trade issues related to COVID-19 vaccine rollout 
  • WTO members consider six regional trade agreements 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Report to the Council - Annex 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) Twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (WGP 24) (Second session, 28-29 October 2020, Geneva, hybrid format) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • Emerging trends: What are the environmental impacts of artificial meat, delivery drones, blockchain and synthetic biology?

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1745 of 18 November 2020 on the putting into effect of the provisions of the Schengen acquis on data protection and on the provisional putting into effect of certain provisions of the Schengen acquis in Ireland 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Audiovisual Media: Commission opens infringement procedures against 23 Member States for failing to transpose the Directive on audiovisual content - IP/20/2165

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • European Data Protection Board - 42nd Plenary session: Presentation of two new sets of SCCs & EDPB adopts statement on ePrivacy Regulation  

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates) 
  • ECB - Working group on euro risk-free rates launches two public consultations on fallbacks to EURIBOR
  • Fire sales by euro area banks and funds: what is their asset price impact? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2491
  • Do words hurt more than actions? The impact of trade tensions on financial markets - ECB Working Paper Series No.2490
  • Interview with les Echos of ECB's Philip R. Lane

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 25-27 November 2020 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1744 of 20 November 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/796 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1748 of 20 November 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2019/797 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States 
  • Notice for the attention of the persons subject to the restrictive measures provided for in Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/797, as amended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1748, and in Council Regulation (EU) 2019/796, as implemented by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1744 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States
  • Notice for the attention of the data subjects to whom the restrictive measures provided for in Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/797 and Council Regulation (EU) 2019/796 concerning restrictive measures against cyber-attacks threatening the Union or its Member States apply  
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1269 of 10 September 2020 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. 
  • G20 Summit: G20 leaders united to address major global pandemic and economic challenges 
  • Defence cooperation: Council approves conclusions on the PESCO Strategic Review 2020 
  • 2020 Afghanistan Conference: sustainable peace, anti-corruption and aid effectiveness on the agenda - see the FactSheet
  • Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative - FactSheet