EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission publishes guidance on export requirements for personal protective equipment - the amendment, 20 March 2020 - the guidelines, 20 March 2020 - the annex, 20 March 2020

HEALTH & RESEARCH

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission and European regulators calls on streaming services, operators and users to prevent network congestion
  •  Coping with the increased demand for network connectivity - See Berec Statement
  • Coronavirus outbreak - Joint Statement European Commission, ENISA, CERT-EU and Europol

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY  JUSTICE

  • Temporary reintroduction of border controls at the Swiss borders with Spain in accordance with Article 28 of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)

EU INSTITUTIONS

  • COVID-19: Court of Justice of the European Union announces temporary changes to its working arrangements
  • Statement by President David Sassoli on European Parliament’s response to COVID-19 crisis

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9717 — Bergé/Mitsubishi Corporation/Bergé Auto/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9592 – Freudenberg/Low & Bonar)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Cloud Snurran by Red Rock Power, CapMan and NH-Amundi (M.9764) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Ørsted's LNG Business by Glencore Energy (M.9749) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • The Netherlands - ACM in 2019 imposed fines totaling approximately 17 million euros and launched 91 investigations - See the 2019 ACM Annual Report
  • Norway - Transportation sector is granted temporary exception from the Competition Act
  • Poland - UOKiK has authorized the take-over, by Sarantis, of a portion of assets belonging to two companies: PZ Cussons International and PZ Cussons Polska.
  • Portugal - AdC condemns Hospital Particular do Algarve, S.A. for carrying out a concentration without prior notification
  • Romania - The Competition Council analyses the leasing by Socar Petroleum of six fuel distribution stations operated by Aral M.T.B. SRL
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by RHI Magnesita N.V. of Kümaş Manyezit Sanayi A.Ş.

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves Danish public financing of Fehmarn Belt fixed rail-road link (SA.39078) - IP/20/501 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/409 of 17 February 2020 on the accession of Solomon Islands to the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States, of the other part
  • Japan-EU EPA: Joint Minutes: 1st meeting of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures of 28-30 October 2020
  • Turkey has requested WTO dispute consultations with the European Union regarding the EU’s safeguard measures on imported steel products (WT/DS595/1)
  • Brexit: UK ’will not seek trade talks extension’ despite Barnier having COVID-19 - Euronews

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Report from the Commission on the implementation of Directive 2014/57/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on criminal sanctions for market abuse (market abuse directive)
  • ESMA issues positive opinions on bans on net short positions by Belgian FSMA and Greek HCMC

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The Member States may not exclude from the concept of ‘successive fixed-term employment relationships’ the situation of a worker who occupies continuously, by virtue of several appointments, an interim post in the absence of a competition procedure, his or her employment relationship having been thereby implicitly extended from year to year (See CPR No.33/2020 - Judgment in Case C-103/18)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • UN 2020 Ocean Conference - statement of the EU and its Member States
  • Cohesion Policy: Commission invests in better waste management in Bulgaria - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Targeted stakeholders' consultation on Annex 21: Importation of medicinal products, of the Eudralex volume 4
  • Indicators on vaccination coverage in children (ECHI 56) updated with 2017 WHO data
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 12 (Published on: 20/03/2020)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Security requirements for operators of essential services and digital service providers - see ENISA Report

AREA OF JUSTICE, SECURITY  & JUSTICE

  • EU law does not preclude Member States from providing for civil proceedings for confiscation which are unrelated to a finding of a criminal offence (See CPR No.32/2020 - Judgment in Case C-234/18 - "AGRO IN 2001")

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Future EU-UK relations: EU is offering ‘cooperation of an unprecedented nature’ - See the EP Statement
  • The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/317) were made on 18 March 2020.

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/415 of 19 March 2020 implementing Article 9 of Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against persons acting in violation of the arms embargo with regard to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/417 of 19 March 2020 implementing Decision 2010/788/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/416 of 19 March 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) No 270/2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Egypt
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/418 of 19 March 2020 amending Decision 2011/172/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Egypt - See the Notice 1 & 2