The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Germany’s plans to grant a temporary €380 million loan to charter airline Condor. The measure will contribute to ensuring the orderly continuation of air transport services and avoid disruptions for passengers, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
Update: a press release from the session is now available.
On 8 October, the Chair will provide information on the LIBE Hearing, the Meetings with Commissioners-designate, the European Commission evaluation of the GDPR, ECJ Judgements and the Status of ePrivacy negotiations. The meeting will then discuss the current focus of the EDPB, including the 3rd Annual Review of Privacy Shield, the Guidelines on the lawful basis for processing under Art. 6.1 (b) GDPR in the context of the provision of online services to consumers, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on Equinix BCRs, the Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on UK accreditation requirements for code of conduct monitoring bodies and the new ISO standard relating to data protection.
On 9 October, there will be an exchange of view on data protection and competition. Items for discussion and/or adoption include the Response letter to Sophie in’t Veld on PNR and the Letter to the Council Working Party on Sports Anti-Doping Code.
A series of fact sheets have been released that reveal the lessons learned from 10 former CIVITAS research projects.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its Thematic Review on Consumer Protection Issues in Travel Insurance. With economic recovery, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, coupled with decreasing travel costs, travellers’ numbers have been growing each year. This has led to growth in the travel insurance market.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €12 million to the rapidly growing e-bike company Fazua GmbH. The funds are being made available through the EU bank’s Venture Debt Product, a type of risk capital for innovative companies. The loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EFSI is a core component of the Investment Plan for Europe – also known as the Juncker Plan – under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners to boost the competitiveness of the European economy. Fazua GmbH, which is based in Munich, intends to use the funds for the expansion of the company and for research and development activities.
A summary of the information from the Danish delegation and the debate is now available.
A €268m operation to replace the 42 oldest trains running on the Barcelona metro was finalised today with the signature of the contracts covering the supply of the new rolling stock to local operator TMB and financing by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), Institut Català de Finances (ICF) and several private sector entities.
At the CIVITAS Forum in Graz, the cities of Antwerp (Belgium), Bremen (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden) and Vinnytsia (Ukraine) walked away with Europe’s most prestigious prizes for clean, green mobility.