USTR: Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Invites Public Comments to Identify Additional Products Potentially Helpful to U.S. Response

Washington, DC – Throughout the process of administering its Section 301 action to combat China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation, the United States has prioritized health considerations, and it is taking additional action for that objective today.

In imposing tariffs on goods from China as part of the Section 301 action, the United States determined to not impose tariffs on certain critical products such as ventilators, oxygen masks, and nubilators. In addition, over the past year, USTR granted exclusions for a large number of health-related products. Notably, the imposition of tariffs on certain Chinese imports has not resulted in an overall decline in the availability of needed medical equipment and supplies. In fact, U.S. imports in 2019 of all critical medical and pharmaceutical products were up over 20 percent since 2017, before Section 301 tariffs were imposed.

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, USTR and the Department of Health and Human Services worked together to ensure that critical medicines and other essential medical products were not subject to additional Section 301 tariffs, including parts needed for MRI devices, combined PET/CT scanners, certain radiation therapy equipment, air purification equipment, and parts of homecare beds; sterile electrosurgical tools; digital clinical thermometers; and more.

Today, in an effort to keep current on developments in our national fight against the coronavirus pandemic, USTR has opened a docket for members of the public, businesses, and government agencies to submit comments if they believe further modifications to the 301 tariffs may be necessary. This comment process does not replace the current exclusion process and supplements that process. Submissions are limited to comments on products subject to the tariff actions and relevant to the medical response to the coronavirus.

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USTR: Response to Coronavirus Crisis | United States Trade Representative

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Mario Draghi: We face a war against coronavirus and must mobilise accordingly

https://www.ft.com/content/c6d2de3a-6ec5-11ea-89df-41bea055720b

We face a war against coronavirus and must mobilise accordingly

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Letter to the President of the European Union

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Bachelet calls for easing of sanctions to enable medical systems to fight COVID-19 and limit global contagion

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GENEVA (24 March 2020) – Broad sectoral sanctions should urgently be re-evaluated in countries facing the coronavirus pandemic, in light of their potentially debilitating impact on the health sector and human rights, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday.

“It is vital to avoid the collapse of any country’s medical system – given the explosive impact that will have on death, suffering and wider contagion,” Bachelet said. “At this crucial time, both for global public health reasons, and to support the rights and lives of millions of people in these countries, sectoral sanctions should be eased or suspended. In a context of global pandemic, impeding medical efforts in one country heightens the risk for all of us.”

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OHCHR | Bachelet calls for easing of sanctions to enable medical systems to fight COVID-19 and limit

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Secretary General writes to Viktor Orbán regarding COVID-19 state of emergency in Hungary

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The Commission today proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP)

The Commission today proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) as part of its strategy to respond quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner to the coronavirus pandemic

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COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment

Today, the European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Ursula von der Leyen said: “With the first ever common European reserve of emergency medical equipment we put EU solidarity into action. It will benefit all our Member States and all our citizens. Helping one another is the only way forward.”

Medical equipment part of the stockpile will include items such as:

intensive care medical equipment such as ventilators,
personal protective equipment such as reusable masks,
vaccines and therapeutics,
laboratory supplies.

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State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak

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Suspension of EU rules on airport slot allocation

On 13 March 2020, the European Commission adopted a legislative proposal to amend Regulation 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at EU airports. The proposal responds to the rapid spread of cases of Covid-19, caused by a novel coronavirus, that has led to a substantial drop in the number of flights and forward bookings. It seeks to support airlines by temporarily suspending slot usage rules.

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Temporary border controls in the Schengen area

The Schengen Code lays down the common rules governing the management of internal and external EU borders, including rules and procedures concerning the exceptional introduction of border checks at internal borders.

There are three cases in which Member States can introduce temporary border checks at their internal borders on grounds of a serious threat to public policy or internal security:

(1) in the case of a foreseeable threat (e.g. a special event such as a sporting competition);

(2) in the case of an immediate threat; and

(3) in the situation of persistent serious deficiencies relating to external borders.

Foreseeable threat to public policy or internal security
According to Article 25 of the Schengen Code, a Member State can reintroduce exceptional border controls at all or specific parts of its internal borders if there is a serious threat to public policy or internal security. Any such measures should be exceptional, temporary and proportionate. If the serious threat to public policy or internal security in the Member State concerned persists, the period can be prolonged by renewable periods of 30 days, up to a maximum six months. The Member State concerned must notify the Commission and the other Member States at least four weeks before taking action, unless the circumstances giving rise to the measures arise within a shorter timeframe. The notification must specify the reasons, scope and duration of the measures. The information must also be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission is supposed to issue an opinion after consulting the other Member States.
Immediate threat to public policy or internal security

Under Article 28 of the Code, a Member State can introduce immediate border controls at internal borders if there is a serious threat to public policy or internal security. This measure must be exceptional and is to be limited to up to ten days. If the serious threat to public policy or internal security persists, the period may be prolonged by renewable periods of 20 days, up to maximum of two months. The Member State concerned must notify the Commission and the other Member States immediately, providing information about the reasons, scope and duration of the measures. The Commission must inform the European Parliament immediately and, after consulting the other Member States, should issue an opinion.
Persistent serious deficiencies relating to external border control

Under Article 29 of the Code, a Member State may introduce temporary border checks at internal borders when there are persistent serious deficiencies in the external border management of a Member State, as demonstrated during a Schengen evaluation. This period could be prolonged up to three times if the exceptional circumstances persist, up to a limit of maximum two years.

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Notice On the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations

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Germany repeals restrictions on foreign trade in certain goods

https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Downloads/B/bundesanzeiger-aufhebung-beschraenkungen.pdf?__blob=publicationFile&v=4

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I hereby arrange in agreement with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of Finance on the basis of Section 6 subsection 1 sentence 1 in conjunction with Section 4 subsection 1 number 5 of the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (AWG) in conjunction with Section 49 subsection 1 of the Administrative Procedure Act :
The order of March 12, 2020 (BAnz AT 12.03.2020 B1), which was issued on the basis of Section 6 subsection 1 sentence 1 in conjunction with Section 4 subsection 1 number 5 and Section 13 subsection 2 number 2 letter a AWG canceled.
This decision is hereby publicly announced in accordance with Section 6 (1a) AWG and comes into force with this publication.

Reason
The European Commission adopted Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 on March 15, 2020. The purpose of this measure is to make exports from the internal market to third countries subject to approval, given the considerable bottleneck situation in Europe in the supply of medical protective equipment. This also fulfills an essential purpose of this arrangement. Against this background and in view of an EU-wide approach, the order of March 12, 2020 will now be repealed.
The Federal Government reserves the right to regularly evaluate the situation, both with regard to further developments in the internal market and with regard to the necessary EU-wide uniform handling when approving exports to third countries based on the Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020 / 402. The evaluation also needs to take into account the ability of Member States to meet essential domestic needs. On the basis of this evaluation, a reorganization in accordance with Section 6 subsection 1 sentence 1 in conjunction with Section 4 subsection 1 number 5 AWG would have to be decided.

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Future EU-UK Partnership

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The European Commission has today published a draft legal agreement for the future EU-UK partnership. It translates into a legal text the negotiating directives approved by Member States in the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, in line with the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the UK in October 2019.

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The European Court of Human Rights has announced a series of exceptional measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

ECHR is taking exceptional measures

The court will maintain its essential activities, especially its handling of priority cases. It will also consider urgent requests for interim measures when there is an imminent risk of irreversible harm.

The six-month deadline for lodging applications and all time limits relating to pending cases have been extended by one month, as of 16 March.

The court will be closed to the public, and all hearings scheduled for March and April are cancelled.

ECHR is taking exceptional measures

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Commission sends to Member States draft proposal for a State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Commission sends to Member States draft proposal for a State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

Last night, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal for a State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, based on Article 107(3)(b) TFEU to remedy a serious disturbance across the EU economy. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager said: “Managing the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak requires decisive action. We need to act fast. We need to act in a coordinated manner. EU State aid rules provide a toolbox for Member States to take swift and effective action. […] Our aim is to have the new Temporary Framework in place in the next few days. (…) The new Temporary Framework will enable Member States to (i) set up schemes direct grants (or tax advantages) up to €500,000 to a company, (ii) give subsidised State guarantees on bank loans, (iii) enable public and private loans with subsidised interest rates. Finally (iv), the new Temporary Framework will recognise the important role of the banking sector to deal with the economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, namely to channel aid to final customers, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises. The Temporary Framework makes clear that such aid is direct aid to the banks’ customers, not to the banks themselves. And it gives guidance on how to minimise any undue residual aid to the banks in line with EU rules.”

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EU offers support to German vaccine company coveted by Trump

EU offers support to German vaccine company coveted by Trump

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Messaggio del Rettore Paolo Collini | 12 marzo 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR208788hFg&feature=youtu.be

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Commission moves to ensure supply of personal protective equipment in the European Union

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_469

COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/402 of 14 March 2020 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation

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Personal Protective Equipment covers equipment such as masks, protective spectacles and visors, face shields, mouth-nose protection and protective garments. There are vital needs for protective equipment within the Union with regard to hospitals, patients, field workers, civil protection authorities.
This implementing act, adopted by urgency procedure and published today, provides for authorisations for exports to third countries. It will be valid for a six-week period, during which Member States will be consulted on the potential adaptations and scope of the current measure and future steps.
A unified European response overcomes a situation where Member States take individual approaches affecting the circulation of such equipment within the single market as well as to third countries, and reinforces European solidarity. Certain first-mover Member States have already indicated acceptance of the Commission’s requests to amend their national measures to ensure that vital equipment is available to those who need it most, throughout the EU.
The Commission will assist Member States in setting up the relevant mechanisms to ensure a smooth and coordinated implementation of the regulation, having regard to factors such as international engagements, the evolution of urgent needs within and outside the EU, and the integration of production and supply chains with such third countries.

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Eurogroup, 16 March 2020

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Von der Leyen on Coronavirus response: EU to be determined and united

Von der Leyen on Coronavirus response: EU to be determined and united

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COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus*

State aid Framework Flexibility

The main fiscal response to the Coronavirus will come from Member States’ national budgets. EU State aid rules enable Member States to take swift and effective action to support citizens and companies, in particular SMEs, facing economic difficulties due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Member States can design ample support measures in line with existing EU rules. First, they can decide to take measures, such as wage subsidies, suspension of payments of corporate and value added taxes or social contributions. In addition, Member States can grant financial support directly to consumers, for example for cancelled services or tickets that are not reimbursed by the operators concerned. Also, EU State aid rules enable Member States to help companies cope with liquidity shortages and needing urgent rescue aid. Article 107(2)(b) TFEU enables Member States to compensate companies for the damage directly caused by exceptional occurrences, including measures in sectors such as aviation and tourism.

Currently, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy is of a nature and scale that allows the use of Article 107(3)(b) TFEU. This enables the Commission to approve additional national support measures to remedy a serious disturbance to the economy of a Member State.

The Commission’s assessment for the use of Article 107(3)b for other Member States will take a similar approach. The Commission is preparing a special legal framework under Article 107(3)(b) TFEU to adopt in case of need.

The Commission stands ready to work with all Member States to ensure that possible national support measures to tackle the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus can be put in place in a timely manner.

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Nota del Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella

Nota del Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella

L’Italia sta attraversando una condizione difficile e la sua esperienza di contrasto alla diffusione del coronavirus sarà probabilmente utile per tutti i Paesi dell’Unione Europea. Si attende quindi, a buon diritto, quanto meno nel comune interesse, iniziative di solidarietà e non mosse che possono ostacolarne l’azione.

https://www.quirinale.it/elementi/46573

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Press Conference – ECB President and Vice-President

PRESS CONFERENCE

Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB,
Luis de Guindos, Vice-President of the ECB,
Frankfurt am Main, 12 March 2020

Introductory statement to the press conference (with Q&A)

“My point number two has to do with more debt issuance coming down the road depending on the fiscal expansion that will be determined by policymakers. Well, we will be there, as I said earlier on, using full flexibility, but we are not here to close spreads. This is not the function or the mission of the ECB. There are other tools for that, and there are other actors to actually deal with those issues.”

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Is German ban export of medical protection gear due to coronavirus compatible with EU Law ?

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-germany-exports/germany-bans-export-of-medical-protection-gear-due-to-coronavirus-idUSL8N2AX3D9

BERLIN, March 4 (Reuters) – Germany has banned the export of medical protection gear to avoid supply shortages of masks, gloves and suits as doctors and authorities are racing to contain the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus, officials said on Wednesday.

Is two restriction compatible with EU Law ?

https://www.lastampa.it/esteri/2020/03/13/news/l-ue-minaccia-la-germania-sull-export-delle-mascherine-procedura-d-infrazione-se-non-rimuove-il-blocco-1.38587861

https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2020/03/13/news/coronavirus_la_germania_invia_un_milione_di_mascherine_all_italia-251219227/?ref=RHPPTP-BH-I250726198-C12-P2-S6.4-T1

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European Commission Task Force – Corona Virus

The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response.

Five commissioners will coordinate the work

Janez Lenarcic is in charge of crisis management
Stella Kyriakides is in charge of all health issues
Ylva Johansson is in charge of border-related issues
Adina Valean is in charge of mobility
Paolo Gentiloni is in charge of macroeconomic aspects

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_20_368

Remarkson_the_EU_s_response_to_COVID-19

http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?ref=I185578&lg=INT&sublg=en

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Serious cross-border threats to health – Gravi minacce per la salute a carattere transfrontaliero – Corona virus

DECISION No 1082/2013/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 October 2013
on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 2119/98/EC
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DECISIONE N. 1082/2013/UE DEL PARLAMENTO EUROPEO E DEL CONSIGLIO del 22 ottobre 2013
relativa alle gravi minacce per la salute a carattere transfrontaliero e che abroga la decisione n. 2119/98/CE
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Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

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Consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union for the Court of Justice of the European Union

“The Court of Justice takes formal notice of the fact that the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the EU has the effect of bringing to an end the mandates of the British Members of the Institution with effect from 31 January 2020 at midnight. The number of Judges of the Court of Justice and of the General Court, fixed at one for each Member State for the Court of Justice and two for each Member State for the General Court, is therefore reduced with immediate effect at the time of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. On the other hand, in accordance with the declaration of the Conference of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of 29 January 2020 on the consequences of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU for the Advocates General of the Court of Justice, the number of Advocates General of the Court of Justice, fixed at eleven by the Council Decision of 25 June 2013, is not affected by that withdrawal. Pending the nomination of a new Advocate General by the governments of the Member States, Ms Eleanor Sharpston will continue to hold office, in accordance with Articles 5 and 8 of the Statute of the Court of Justice, until her successor takes up his or her duties. In accordance with the terms of the withdrawal agreement, the Court of Justice is to continue to have jurisdiction in any proceedings brought by or against the UK before the end of the transition period, which is set as 31 December 2020. It is also to continue to have jurisdiction to give preliminary rulings on requests from courts and tribunals of the UK made before the end of the transition period.The Court of Justice pays tribute to the major contribution of all its former British members to European integration in general and to the case-law of the Court of Justice and the General Court in particular”.

from https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/p1_2806590/en/

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Brexit: Council adopts decision to conclude the withdrawal agreement

The Council has adopted, by written procedure, the decision on the conclusion of the withdrawal agreement on behalf of the EU. This follows the European Parliament’s vote of consent on 29 January and the signature of the withdrawal agreement by the EU and the United Kingdom on 24 January.

The withdrawal agreement will enter into force upon the UK’s exit from the EU, on 31 January 2020 at midnight CET. From that time on, the UK will no longer be an EU member state and will be considered as a third country.

The withdrawal agreement ensures an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union. It covers citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, a transition period, protocols on Ireland/Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Gibraltar, governance and other separation issues.

Transition period

The entry into force of the withdrawal agreement marks the end of the period under Article 50 TEU and the start of a transition period until 31 December 2020. This transition period, foreseen in the withdrawal agreement, aims to provide more time for citizens and businesses to adapt.

During the transition period, the UK will continue to apply Union law but it will no longer be represented in the EU institutions. The transition period can be extended once for a period of up to one or two years, if both sides agree to this before 1 July 2020.

The negotiations on the future partnership between the EU and the UK will start once the UK has left the EU. The framework for this future relationship was set out in the political declaration agreed by both sides in October 2019.

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/01/30/brexit-council-adopts-decision-to-conclude-the-withdrawal-agreement/

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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020

An Act to implement, and make other provision in connection with, the agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union which sets out the arrangements for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2020/1/enacted/data.htm

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EU Strategy: THE EU AND CHINA ADDRESSING THE SYSTEMIC CHALLENGE

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EU and China: the 25th round of negotiations for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment.

This week the EU and China held the 25th round of negotiations for the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. This round saw the second exchange of market access offers on both sides. The Commission will analyse the Chinese offer carefully to assess its level of ambition and the extent to which it reflects the EU specific requests.

https://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=2096

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CHINESE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN COUNTRIES OF THE ARCTIC REGION.

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SEC. 1250J. CHINESE FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT IN COUNTRIES OF THE ARCTIC REGION.

(a) Findings.—Congress finds the following:

(1) China is projecting a physical presence in the Arctic through upgrading to advanced icebreakers, utilizing the Arctic Ocean more regularly through subsidizing arctic shipping, deploying unmanned ice stations, and engaging in large and sophisticated data collection efforts in countries of the Arctic region, including Iceland, Greenland, and Canada.

(2) The 2017 Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) report “Unconstrained Foreign Direct Investment: An Emerging Challenge to Arctic Security” concluded that China has been actively engaged in economies of countries of the Arctic region.

(3) The CNA report documented a pattern of strategic investment by China in the economies of countries of the Arctic region, including the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Russia, in areas such as raw land, oil and gas, minerals, and infrastructure.

(4) Chinese investments in countries of the Arctic region are significant. For instance, Chinese foreign direct investment constituted nearly 12 percent of Greenland’s gross domestic product for the period from 2012 to 2017.

(5) China’s 2018 Arctic Policy White Paper documented the Chinese intent to create a “Polar Silk Road” in the Arctic.

(6) China’s “Polar Silk Road” is an extension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

(7) China is increasingly using the BRI as the impetus for increasing People’s Liberation Army deployments to regions where China has significant investments, primarily through BRI.

(8) China has demonstrated an interest in using BRI to gain military access to strategic regions.

(9) Understanding how China’s foreign direct investment in countries of the Arctic region affects such countries is critical to understanding the degree to which China is able to access the region.

(b) Independent Study.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 45 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall seek to enter into a contract with a federally-funded research and development center described in paragraph (2) to complete an independent study of Chinese foreign direct investment in countries of the Arctic region, with a focus on the effects of such foreign direct investment on United States national security and near-peer competition in the Arctic region.

(2) FEDERALLY-FUNDED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER DESCRIBED.—A federally-funded research and development center described in this paragraph is a federally-funded research and development center that—

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US Senate approves Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany pipeline sanctions

https://www.dw.com/en/us-senate-approves-nord-stream-2-russia-germany-pipeline-sanctions/a-51711980

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Department of Justice Announces Indictment Charging Russians, Italians and Others With Attempting to Evade Security Sanctions Individuals and Companies Disguised Destination of Mining Equipment

A newly unsealed superseding indictment has charged Russian and Italian nationals, a U.S. citizen and various companies in a conspiracy to evade international trade sanctions.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia unsealed the superseding indictment on Dec. 2, 2019, charging two Russian nationals, two Italian nationals, a U.S. citizen, and various companies with violating and conspiring the violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA), conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The indictment, which was returned in October 2019 by a federal grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, charges Oleg Vladislavovich Nikitin; Nikitin’s Russian-based company KS Engineering (KSE); KSE employee Anton Cheremukhin; Gabriele Villone; Villone’s Italian-based company GVA International Oil and Gas Services (GVA); and GVA employee Bruno Caparini, with violating and conspiring to violate IEEPA/ECRA. Additionally, the aforementioned defendants, Dali Bagrou, and Bagrou’s U.S.-based company World Mining and Oil Supply (WMO) are charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Nikitin, Villone, and Bagrou were all arrested in Savannah, Georgia, while attempting to complete the illegal transaction and are awaiting trial.

Link

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A presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, John C. Demers, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security, John Brown, Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Counterintelligence Division, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI, announced today the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging VIRGIL GRIFFITH, a United States citizen, with violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (“IEEPA”) by traveling to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (“DPRK” or “North Korea”) in order deliver a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions. GRIFFITH was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday and will be presented in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, December 2.

Link

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USA: U.S. Department of Commerce Proposes Rule for Securing the Nation’s Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain

U.S. Department of Commerce Proposes Rule for Securing the Nation’s Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and requested comment on the implementation of Executive Order 13873, Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) Supply Chain. The proposed rule sets out the procedures the Secretary of Commerce plans to use to identify, assess, and address ICTS transactions that pose an undue risk to ICTS in the United States, to the critical infrastructure or the digital economy in the United States, or an unacceptable risk to national security or to the security and safety of U.S. persons. The public will have a 30-day period to submit comments.

Link

https://www.commerce.gov/issues/ict-supply-chain

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Commitments made at the hearings of the Commissioners-designate – von der Leyen Commission 2019-2024

On 27 November 2019, the European Parliament is expected to vote on the von der Leyen Commission as a whole. This would be one of the final steps in an investiture process that started in May 2019, following the European elections. If the Commission obtains Parliament’s consent – by a majority of the votes cast by roll call – the European Council will then appoint its members by qualified majority, finally allowing the new Commission to take up its duties, expected to be on 1 December 2019.

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Parliamentary hearings of the Commissioners- designate

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European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner

European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner.

As the UK was due to leave the EU on 31 October, before the new Commission was to take up its duties (initially on 1 November 2019), the UK government communicated its intention not to propose a candidate for the Commission, a decision that has been maintained even following the extension of the withdrawal date to 31 January 2020.

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Press release Commission

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The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS)

http://securityintelligence-erasmusmundus.eu

The International Master in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS) is a 24 month Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) awarded by a consortium of European universities – University of Glasgow (UK); Dublin City University (Ireland); Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and from 2020, the University of Trento (Italy).

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Trump expected to delay European auto tariff decision: EU officials

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-autos-eu/trump-expected-to-delay-european-auto-tariff-decision-eu-officials-idUSKBN1XL2KE

See https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/adjusting-imports-automobiles-automobile-parts-united-states/

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