October 29
2020

morning agendamorning agenda

Institutional Law

Today, an informal European Council will take place via video conference dealing exclusively with the current COVID-19 situation in Europe.

Further details are available here.

 

In Luxembourg, the Opinion of Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona in C-862/19 P, Czech Republic v Commission will be issued, advising the Court of Justice whether to set aside General Court ruling T-629/17, by which the latter decided not to annul Commission Decision C(2017) 4682 requiring a financial correction (European Regional Development Fund). The Czech Republic alleges the ruling infringes the exception for broadcasters enshrined in Article 16(b) of Directive 2004/18 on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts.

Internal Market

An exchange of views with Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Schmit will take place in the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on European education and fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

More information is available here.

 

An interpretation of several EU law provisions will be provided in the Court’s judgment C-243/19, Veselības ministrija, namely Article 56 TFEU, Article 10(1) and Article 21(1) of the EU Charter, Article 20(2) of Social Security Regulation 883/2004, and Article 8(5) of Cross-Border Healthcare Directive 2011/24 in a case on whether to take into account personal patient choice based on religious grounds as a Jehovah’s Witness opposing blood transfusions, where surgery was carried out in another Member State (Poland) as a blood transfusion was not required there, in the context of the reimbursement of costs (in Latvia) for cross-border healthcare. 

The Opinion of Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe in Joined cases C-798/18 and C-799/18, Federazione nazionale delle imprese elettrotecniche ed elettroniche (Anie) and Others and Athesia Energy and Others will advise the Court of Justice whether EU law (general principles, Charter rights, Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28 on support schemes, and Article 216(2) TFEU) precludes national law which significantly reduces or delays the payment of incentives granted by law and set out in agreements between energy companies.

External Relations & Trade

The EU-Canada leaders’ meeting will take place today between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Michel and Commission President von der Leyen. Leaders are expected to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, bilateral relations including the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and global and regional issues.

Further information is available here.

 

The EP’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence will hold several debates on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, the future of the EU Satellite Center and the UN Security Resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

Further information is available here.

Justice & EU Litigation

The Opinion of Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe will be issued in C-804/19, Markt24, advising the Court of Justice on whether Article 21 of Brussels I (recast) Regulation 1215/2012 governs an employment relationship to determine which court has jurisdiction if the contract was entered into in Austria for the performance of work in Germany, and the employee in question remained in Austria and was prepared for several months to work but did not perform any work.

Data, Tech & IP

Vice-President Vestager will deliver a keynote speech at an online event on the topic ‘Digital Services Act: its institutional makeup and enforcement.

Further information is available here.

Human Rights

The EU-Canada leaders’ meeting will take place today between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Michel and Commission President von der Leyen. Leaders are expected to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, economic recovery, bilateral relations including the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and global and regional issues.

Further information is available here.

 

The EP’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence will hold several debates on the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, the future of the EU Satellite Center and the UN Security Resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

Further information is available here.

Competition & State Aid

Advocate General Tanchev will be issuing his Opinion to assist the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice to rule on an appeal in State aid case C-425/19 P, Commission v Italy and Others, and whether to set aside General Court Joined Cases T-98/16, Italian Republic v European Commission, T-196/16, Banca Popolare di Bari S.C.p.A. v European Commission, and T-198/16, Fondo interbancario di tutela dei depositi v European Commission. The Commission alleges infringement of Article 107(1) TFEU.

Banking & Finance

An exchange of views with Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Schmit will take place in the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on European education and fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

More information is available here.

Consumer, Health & Environment

Commissioner Kyriakides will deliver a virtual speech at the EU Health Policy Platform Webinar on the COVID-19 Health Response Package.

Further information is available here.

 

A debate on the issue of COVID-19 vaccines will take place in the European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, followed by a vote on two draft opinions, on sustainable corporate governance and more efficient and cleaner maritime transport.

Further details are available here.

 

Advocate General Tanchev will advise the Court of Justice, in his Opinion on C-389/19 P, Commission v Sweden, on whether to set aside the General Court’s ruling T-837/16, by which the General Court annulled Commission Implementing Decision on authorisations for certain uses of lead sulfochromate yellow and lead chromate molybdate sulfate red. The Commission alleges a manifestly incorrect application of law in respect of (i) the standard of proof required, (ii) its discretionary powers, (iii) by disregarding certain elements, and (iv)by ordering that the effects of the contested decision were not to be maintained.

Employment & Immigration

An exchange of views with Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Schmit will take place in the EP Committee on Employment and Social Affairs on European education and fair minimum wages for workers in the EU.

More information is available here.

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