EU CORONNAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Coronavirus Outbreak - List of Member State Measures approved under Article 107(2)b TFEU and under the Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Denmark: State Aid Decision - SA.56708 Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs affected by COVID-19
  • Germany: State Aid Decision - SA.56787 COVID-19: Bundesregelung Bürgschaften 2020
  • Latvia: State Aid Decision - SA.56722 COVID-19: Loan guarantee scheme and subsidied loan scheme

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 pledge on COVID-19 response and economic recovery
  • WTO members continue efforts to advance agriculture negotiations despite COVID-19 crisis
  • DDG Wolff: COVID-19 crisis calls for “unprecedented level” of international cooperation

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA issues guidance on financial reporting deadlines in light of COVID-19

ECONOMY / BUDGET

  • Statement by President Michel and President von der Leyen after the extraordinary G20 video conference on COVID-19
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19 of 26 March
  • Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile - IP/20/535
  • COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures - see the EP Resolution
  • COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air - IP/20/533
  • European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 March 2020 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9791 — Signa Retail/Central Group/Globus)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9788 — JAB/Jacobs Douwe Egberts)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9764 — Red Rock Power/Capman Infra Lux Management/NH-Amundi Asset Management/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9734 — HPS/MDP/Arachas)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9729 – Bouygues Telecom/Phoenix Tower International/JV)
  • Commission clears acquisition of YIT's paving and mineral aggregates business by Peab (M.9613) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification - MEDE-CC-20/0010 - Plug 21 BV (Groep Heylen) / Eltra NV
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt finalized fines proceedings against providers of technical building services
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt: List of  Notified Merger Projects
  • Romania - The companies can act so that to avoid the shortage of essential products
  • UK - CMA to consider undertakings in lieu in Future Plc / TI Media Limited merger

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 26 March 2020 in Case C-244/18 P, Larko Geniki Metalleftiki kai Metallourgiki AE Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Capital injection and State guarantees - Concept of State aid - Concept of 'advantage' - Private operator principle - Private investor test - Obligation on the European Commission to carry out a diligent and impartial examination - Judicial review - Burden of proof - Obligation on the Commission to take all necessary steps to ensure that the aid is not misused) evidence - Concept of 'firm in difficulty' - Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring - Notice on guarantees - Temporary framework for 2011 - Amount of aid to be recovered - Obligation on the Commission and the Court of First Instance to state reasons'.
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/450 of 22 January 2020 on the aid scheme SA.29150 – 2010/C (ex 2010/NN) implemented by Germany on the fiscal carry-forward of losses in case of restructuring of companies in difficulty (Sanierungsklausel)
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.12/20 - Covers from 20 to 26 March 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 26 March 2020 in Case C-182/19, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Ltd Vs. Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common Customs Tariff - Combined Nomenclature - Tariff classification - Heading 3005 and heading 3824 - Self-heating patches and belts to relieve pain - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1140 - Invalidity
  • Communication from the Commission — Guidance to the Member States concerning foreign direct investment and free movement of capital from third countries, and the protection of Europe’s strategic assets, ahead of the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 (FDI Screening Regulation
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the EPA Committee of 14 January 2020 amending certain provisions of Protocol 1 concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation to the Interim Agreement establishing a framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States, on the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, on the other part 
  • EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes - IP/20/538 - See the Ministerial statement & Text of the Arrangement
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Proof of preferential origin of products originating in Western Sahara
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Customs tariffs on cat scratching posts

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)
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters of 30 January 2020
  • Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection - Briefing for the EP IMCO Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General BOBEK on 26 March 2020 in Case C‑835/18, SC Terracult SRL Vs. Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Timişoara –Administraţia Judeţeană a Finanţelor Publice Arad — Serviciul Inspecţie Fiscală Persoane Juridice 5, Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală — Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Timişoara — Serviciul de Soluţionare a Contestaţiilor
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Directive 2006/112/EC - Common system of VAT - Reverse charge mechanism - Adjustment of tax improperly invoiced - Refund of tax unduly paid - Transactions relating to a tax period that has already been the subject of a tax inspection - Principle of effectiveness - Fiscal neutrality - Good faith - Abuse of rights - Tax fraud - Legal certainty

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Emissions reporting for the EU Emissions Trading System and information on release of verified emissions data and compliance information for 2019 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the Management Board of the European Union Intellectual Property Office of 26 March 2020 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of the European Union Intellectual Property Office

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Consumer credit agreements must specify clearly and concisely how the withdrawal period is to be calculated (See CPR No.36/2020 Judgment in Case C-66/19 - Kreissparkasse Saarlouis)

AREA, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • A passenger who reserved his or her flight through a travel agency may bring an action for compensation for a long flight delay against the air carrier before the courts of the place of departure of the flight (See CPR No 37/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-215/18 - Primera Air Scandinavia - Area of Freedom, Security and Justice)
  • The Court declares that the requests for a preliminary ruling concerning Polish measures from 2017 establishing a disciplinary procedure regime for judges are inadmissible (See CPR No.35/2020, Judgment in Joined Cases C-558/18,C-563/18 - Miasto Łowicz)

BREXIT

  • Relations with the UK: Vice-President Šefčovič to co-chair the first meeting of EU-UK Joint Committee on Monday, 30 March - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Statement by President Michel and President von der Leyen after the extraordinary G20 video conference on COVID-19

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council conclusions on enlargement and stabilisation and association process - Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia