EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Situation update for the EU/EEA and the UK, as of 25 March 2020 - The data presented has been collected between 6:00 and 10:00 CET
  • Global regulators map out data requirements for phase 1 COVID-19 vaccine trials - see EMA Report
  • COVID-19: Beware of falsified medicines from unregistered websites - See EMA Statement
  • ECDC guidance document on COVID-19 and Substances of Human Origin (SoHO)
  • The European Commission has clarified that Substances of Human Origin (SoHO) are considered to be essential goods/services for which free circulation within the EU is crucial

COMPETITION

  • Exceptional circumstances caused by the coronavirus to affect the application of the Finnish Competition Act
  • Italy - Coronavirus, AGCM ordered the blackout of the site http://testcoronavirus.shop/it which markets a test for self-diagnosis of COVID-19 infection.

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Italian State guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/530
  • Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/527
  • Commission approves Danish scheme to compensate self-employed for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/515

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis - IP/20/528 & see the Guidelines
  • Azevêdo sees sharp fall in trade, calls for global solutions to COVID-19 crisis
  • WTO sets up dedicated webpage for COVID-19 and trade

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU's agri-food sector - IP/20/531

ECONOMY

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Coronavirus: Parliament to vote on €37 billion crisis response

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9701 — Infravia/Iliad/Iliad 73)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9646 — Macquarie/Aberdeen/Pentacom/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9680 — La Voix du Nord/SIM/Mediacontact/Roof Media)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9749 — Glencore Energy UK/Ørsted LNG Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9769 — VW Group/Munich RE Group/JV)
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Tachosil by Johnson & Johnson (M.9547) - IP/20/529
  • Austria - ProSiebenSat.1Puls 4/ATV merger commitments relating to “News and information” restricted until 30 April 2020 owing to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of the share capital of Panda Security S.L. by WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of the share capital of Wild River Corporation S.a.r.l. by European Medco Development 4 S.a.r.l.
  • Portugal - Barceló and Globaldia notify the creation of a jointly controlled Joint Undertaking
  • UK - The CMA invites comments (17 April 2020) on the anticipated acquisition by Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC of the Osurnia business of Elanco Animal Health Incorporated
  • UK - The CMA invites comments (16 April 2020) on the anticipated acquisition by Aragorn (KKR & Co Inc) of OverDrive Holdings Inc.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Corrigendum to the Notice of initiation concerning a review of the safeguard measures applicable to imports of certain steel products (OJ C 051, 14.2.2020)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/444 of 25 March 2020 invalidating invoices issued by Wuxi Suntech Power Co. Ltd in breach of the undertaking repealed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1570
  • Joint Report - Meeting of CETA Civil Society Forum of 12 November 2019
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Extension of safeguard clause to japonica rice

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/442 of 17 December 2019 correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 supplementing Directive 2009/138/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the taking-up and pursuit of the business of Insurance and Reinsurance (Solvency II)
  • ESMA clarifies position on SFTR backloading

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Air pollution goes down as Europe takes hard measures to combat coronavirus - See EEA Statement
  • UN 2020 Ocean Conference - EU and its MS' position on the zero draft declaration
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - TAP

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission working on proposal to postpone Medical Device Regulation (MDR) application date for one year
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed - Section: "Animal nutrition" of 01-03 April 2020
    • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the authorisation of monensin and nicarbazin (Monimax) a feed additive for turkeys for fattening, chickens for fattening and chickens reared for laying (holder of authorisation Huvepharma NV)
    • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the authorisation of benzoic acid as a feed additive for pigs for fattening (holder of authorisation DSM Nutritional Products Sp.z.o. o.)
    • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation  concerning the renewal of the authorisation of Saccharomyces cerevisiae MUCL 39885 as a feed additive for dairy cows and horses and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1119/2010 (holder of authorisation Prosol SpA )
    • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the authorisation of a preparation of endo-1,4-beta-xylanase produced by Aspergillus oryzae (DSM 26372) as a feed additive for laying hens (holder of authorisation DSM Nutritional Products Sp. z o.o.)
    • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation  concerning the authorisation of a preparation of 6-phytase, produced by Aspergillus niger (DSM 25770) as feed additive for laying hens and all avian species for laying (holder of the authorisation BASF SE)
  • International Year of Plant Health: EFSA launches new website

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • State of play as regards the situation of non-reciprocity in the area of visa policy - See Com 2020/119 Final

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ACCESSION

  • Commission welcomes the green light to opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia - IP/20/519, see also the Council Conclusions and the Statements
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Tunisia