EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Minutes - 3rd Drafting group meeting on organisation of health and social care following the COVID-19 pandemic (10 June 2020)
  • Minutes - 26th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 3 July 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Protocols concerning the use of medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - EU policy and the pharmaceutical industry after the COVID-19 crisis

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA. 57752) - IP/20/1311
  • Commission approves €222 million Slovenian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57724) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Read-out of the meeting between Presidents of the EU institutions von der Leyen, Michel and Sassoli and Chancellor Merkel on the recovery package
  • A strong appeal for ambitious cooperation” - Report by President Charles Michel at the European Parliament on the video conference of the members of the European Council of 19 June 2020
  • Dutch resistance stands in way of deal on EU recovery fund - European leaders beat path to PM Rutte’s door in bid to persuade him on €750bn programme - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No.1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Financial Reporting Standard 16
    - D067917/01 ANNEX Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions - Amendment to IFRS 16
  • EBA calls on resolution authorities to consider the impact of COVID-19 on resolution strategies and resolvability assessments

AGRICULTURE

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the wine sector

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Impact of COVID-19 on citizens and families facing energy poverty

ENVIRONMENT

  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicus to a MEP written question - Correlation between pollution and the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic -

TRANSPORT

  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question - Suspend cabotage in order to save road freight transport companies  
  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question - Assessing the impact of EU regulations on the economic recovery and the Green Deal goals

EMPLOYMENT

  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Exercise of freedom of movement for workers during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Problems for cross-border workers against the backdrop of the economic and health crisis linked to COVID-19
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Dramatic changes in the working conditions of truck drivers due to the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Pary on Competition of 16 July 2020
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9806 - Hyundai Capital Bank Europe/Sixt Leasing)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9888 - SEGRO/PSPIB/SELP/Target Portfolio)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 16 May 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40135 – Forex-Three Way Banana Split)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • European Commission publishes 2019 Report on Competition Policy (see also the staff working document) - Midday Express
  • Commission publishes call for tenders for a market study on the distribution of hotel accommodation - Midday Express
  • Commission approves acquisition of Tunstall by M&G Investment Management and Baring Asset Management (M.9856) - Midday Express
  • Denmark - Mediacenter Danmark A/S has accepted to pay a fine of DKK 2,250,000 (€ 301,800) for infringement of the Danish Competition Act
  • Italy: Antitrust - remove obstacles to the development of the ultra-wide band. Reporting to Parliament, Government, Agcom and Anci
  • UK - CMA publishes interim order and directions to appoint a monitoring trustee in Phase 2 in viagogo / StubHub merger investigation

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 30/20/COL of 1 April 2020 amending, for the 106th time, the procedural and substantive rules in the field of state aid by replacing the Annex to the Guidelines on short-term export-credit insurance
  • EFTA/ESA State aid - Decision to raise no objections (See Case No.033/20/COL032/20/COL & 031/20/COL - Norway)
  • Commission endorses extension of Danish seafarer scheme for maritime transport (SA.55760) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Restriction and authorisation found to drive replacement of harmful chemicals - ECHA/NR/20/25 
  • 24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area - IP/20/1264 & Factsheet

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/65/EU on markets in financial instruments
  • ESMA publishes updates to EMIR Q&As (July 2020) 
  • ESMA has updated its Q&As on data reporting under the Market in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) 
  • The EP plenary approved the nomination of François-Louis Michaud for the post of Executive Director of the European Banking Authority

ENERGY

  • Commission open to views on methane strategy - see the Consultation
  • Regulatory and administrative requirements to entry and trade on gas wholesale markets in the EU - See DG Energy Study
  • Regulatory framework for LNG terminal - See DG Energy Study
  • Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans' and Commissioner Kadri Simson's press remarks on the energy sector integration and hydrogen strategies
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Tariffs applicable to gas terminals in Spain and the impact on Portugal
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Coal imports from third countries
  • ACER consults on cross-border participation in capacity mechanisms
  • U-turn on €2.1bn power plant lays bare Poland's coal dilemma - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda of Cross Border heath Care Committee of 10 July 2020
  • Minutes - 3rd Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health (24 June 2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Third Health Programme 2014-2020  
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Acrylamide in food products
  • EMA -  Workshop: safe use of medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding - See the Agenda
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 213/2012 laying down specifications for food additives listed in Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specifications for titanium dioxide (E 171)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda 20th meeting of the CEF Coordination Committee - Transport sector of 16 July 2020
  • EP legislative resolution of 8 July 2020 on the Council position at first reading with a view to the adoption of a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information
  • Draft - Commission Decision of 22.6.2020 to withdraw Delegated Regulation C(2020)710 final of 13 February 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 139/2014 as regards runway safety and aeronautical data
  • Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector - see the Statement by Commissioner Vălean
  • Cohesion policy: European Commission has approved €50 million of financing from the Cohesion Fund to modernise the 25 km-rail line between Lisbon and Cascais - Midday Express

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights - IP/20/1293, see the Public Consultation 
  • Speech by Věra Jourová on “Equipping Europe with better tools to defend the rule of law and democratic values”
  • New rules on collective redress will allow EU consumers to come together to fight domestic and cross-border cases of unlawful practices - See the EP Statement
  • Community sponsorship of refugees: Commissioner Johansson to announce stronger EU support - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Lagarde puts her stamps on ECB after baptism of fire - (Interview of Christine Lagarde) - Financial Times
  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European crowdfunding service providers for business, and amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 and Directive (EU) 2019/1937
  • Eurogroup and Economic and Financial Affairs Council meetings, 9-10 July 2020 - Video Conference

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EP Plenary on the presentation of the programme of activities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Angela Merkel presents German Presidency priorities to the European Parliament
  • Merkel seeks swift deal with EU leaders over recovery fund - Financial Times 

BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • European Commission and World Bank Group renew agreement to strengthen development cooperation - IP/20/1300