EU Daily News Roundup – November 9, 2023: Digital Identity Milestone, Green Transition Aid, DSA Actions, and Commissioner Breton’s China Mission

  1. EU Celebrates Milestone on Digital Identity Portfolio: The European Commission applauds the final agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU on the regulation introducing the EU Digital Identity Wallet. This marks a significant step towards achieving the digital goals of the 2030 agenda, providing a secure and reliable digital identity framework for all EU citizens. The framework is set to come into effect 20 days after formal approval.
  2. Green Transition Support: The Commission approves a €60 million Dutch State aid scheme to bolster companies involved in renewable heat projects in the Netherlands. This initiative, sanctioned under the State aid Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework, aims to support the transition towards a greener economy and reduce fuel dependencies. The aid will be in the form of direct grants, benefiting companies facing financial challenges due to increased biomass and electricity costs in 2022 and 2023.
  3. Digital Services Act in Action: TikTok and YouTube receive formal requests for information under the Digital Services Act (DSA). The European Commission is seeking details on measures taken by the platforms to comply with obligations related to the protection of minors. The information, due by November 30, 2023, will influence potential regulatory actions. Both platforms, designated Very Large Online Platforms, are obligated to adhere to DSA provisions.
  4. Commissioner Breton’s Diplomatic Mission to China: Commissioner Breton embarks on a diplomatic visit to Beijing, engaging with Chinese officials on Europe’s de-risking agenda and major digital and industry issues. Discussions will encompass market access, standardization bodies, public procurement, and responsible actions in global supply chains. The visit aims to strengthen EU-China relations and address key concerns raised in recent dialogues.