EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Communication from the Commission Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak
  • Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/507
  • Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese guarantee schemes for SMEs and midcaps affected by Coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/506
  • Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs affected by Coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/505
  • Commission approves German measures to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/504
  • Commission approves French schemes to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/503
  • Commission launches urgent public consultation on availability of private short-term export-credit insurance capacity for exports in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak  - Midday Express 

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes to activate fiscal framework's general escape clause to respond to pandemic - IP/20/499, see also the Q&A, the Communication
  • EU plans fiscal firepower boost to tackle virus fallout - Paolo Gentiloni — ‘We need to face an extraordinary crisis with extraordinary tools’ - Financial Times
  • Poland attacks EU aid as 'smoke and mirrors' - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • European standards for medical supplies made freely available to facilitate increase of production - IP/20/502
  • Informal Competitiveness Council on the implications of Coronavirus on the internal market and European Industry - Midday Express 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • COVID-19: Council agrees its position on helping airlines by suspending slot requirements - Feedback period: 23 March 2020 - 18 May 2020

DATA PRIVACY CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB - Statement on the processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak 

INSTITUTIONS

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9737 — Ageas Portugal/JMRS/SPSI)
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Rechtbank Amsterdam (Netherlands) lodged on 6 November 2019 — Stichting Cartel Compensation, Equilib Netherlands BV Vs. Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV and Others (Case C-819/19)
  • Action brought on 3 February 2020 — Deutsche Telekom Vs. Commission (Case T-64/20)
    - annulment of Commission decision C (2019) 5187 final of 18 July 2019 in case M.8864 — Vodafone/Certain Liberty Global Assets;
  • Action brought on 3 February 2020 — NetCologne Vs. Commission (Case T-58/20)
    - annulment of Commission Decision C(2019) 5187 final of 18 July 2019 declaring a concentration in Case M.8864 Vodafone/Certain Liberty Global Assets to be compatible with the internal market and the EEA Agreement
  • Action brought on 4 February 2020 — Tele Columbus Vs. Commission (Case T-69/20)
    - annulment of Commission Decision C(2019) 5187 final of 18 July 2019 declaring a concentration in Case M.8864 Vodafone/Certain Liberty Global Assets to be compatible with the internal market and the EEA Agreement
  • Commission clears acquisition of Energy Assets Group by Asterion Industrial Partners, Swiss Life Asset Management and Electricité de France (M.9722)  - Midday Express 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Arachas Topco Limited by HPS Investment Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners (M.9734) - Midday Express 

STATE AID

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) lodged on 12 December 2019 — Novaol Srl Vs. Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze and Others (Case C-917/19)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/426 of 19 March 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation
  • Communication from the Commission Guidance note to Member States related to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/402 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation, as last amended by Commission Implementing Regulation

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA sets out approach on MiFIR tick-size regime for Systematic Internalisers
  • ESMA extends consultations response dates

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/427 of 13 January 2020 amending Annex II to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain detailed production rules for organic products

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Report from the Commission on the application by the Member States of Directive 2000/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 June 2000 on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of Commercial vehicles circulating in the Community Reporting period 2015-2016 - See the Annex
  • Report from the Commission on the application by the Member States of Directive 2000/30/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 June 2000 on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of Commercial vehicles circulating in the Community Reporting period 2017-2018 - See the Annex

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Visa policy: Commission takes stock of progress made towards achieving visa reciprocity for all EU citizens over the past year - see the Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Guideline (EU) 2020/428 of the European Central Bank of 5 March 2020 repealing Guideline ECB/2012/16 on the Data Exchange for Cash Services (ECB/2020/12)
  • Interview of ECB's Isabel Schnabel with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
  • Interview of ECB's Luis de Guindos with Telediario 2, Televisión Española
  • The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit - IP/20/497

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ACCESSION

  • World Water Day: Joint Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
  • EU quietly edges towards enlargement talks - North Macedonia and Albania are tantalisingly close to a green light to start talks to join the bloc - Financial Times
  • EU inaction on Syria a stain on human conscience - Turkey, the UK and EU must work together to stabilise our common neighbourhood - Financial Times