EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • New control material developed by Commission scientists to help prevent coronavirus test failures - See JRC Statement - Midday Express
    - EURM-019 single stranded RNA (ssRNA) fragments of SARS-CoV-2
  • Statement of the ERN Board of Member States on the COVID-19 Communication Support System
  • Agenda - Extra-ordinary COVID-19 meeting of the Competent Authorities for Blood and Blood Components - 01 April 2020
  • Flash report -13th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 30 March 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Risk and damage to European agriculture from the transmission of coronavirus by animals and animal products

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/514

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment: List of the competent authorities in Member States - Privacy statement
  • FaQ - Export requirements for personal protective equipment - 01 April 2020
  • WTO - Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - Notification - European Union - Temporary measures to contain risks to human, animal and plant health and animal welfare (COVID-19)
  • WTO - Agency chiefs issue joint call to keep food trade flowing in response to COVID-19

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Coronavirus: Commission issues practical Guidance on using the flexibilities of the EU public procurement framework - Midday Express
  • Could COVID-19 emergency measures give rise to investment claims? First reflections from Italy - GlobalArbitrationReview
  • COVID-19: Jobs of over 1.1 million EU automobile workers affected so far, data shows - See Acea Statement

ECONOMY  & FINANCE

  • Presidents Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen, Christine Lagarde and Mario Centeno took stock of the socio-economic fallout of the COVID19-crisis and discussed the next steps
  • EBA provides additional clarity on measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the EU banking sector

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Cybercrime has rocketed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as many try to exploit people’s fears. Below are tips on how to protect yourself - See the EP Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic - IP/20/549

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9604 – NENT/Telenor/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9786 – RIL/BP/RBML JV)
  • Commission approves the acquisition of a joint venture by Generali and Klesia combining their provident and health insurance activities in France (M.9662)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Energa by PKN Orlen (M.9626)
  • Commission clears joint venture between Lagardère Travel Retail and BTA (M.9747)
  • Finland - Posti didn't abuse its dominant position by selling advertising to its customers at lower costs, the national competition watchdog has said
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Follow up to Written Question E-000408/2019 – DG Competition considering large digital platforms as essential facilities
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Apple's dominance in the app market and EU competition law
  • Latvia - The Competition Council detects competition deformation implemented in procurements by a local government and its capital company
  • The Netherlands - Ready-mix concrete companies comply with commitments on fair competition
  • Portugal - The PCA Board adopted a non-opposition decision in merger 6/2020 - RNM / Rivaz.
  • Portugal - The PCA Board adopted a non-opposition decision on the merger 7/2020 - Atalaya / Madeira Shopping.
  • Romania - The Competition Council recommends that the companies to implement certain measures to keep market balanced
  • UK - CMA seeks disqualification of two directors of Berkshire estate agents that breached competition law
  • UK - CMA approves Flutter Entertainment / The Stars Group merger

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Follow-up to answer to P-003280/2019 – New EUR 400 million loan to Alitalia – Italian aid notification and ‘one time, last time’ principle
  • ESA: An agreement between Iceland and the power company SSB Orka ehf. on water rights in Svartá was made on market terms - PR(20)13

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/470 of 25 March 2020 as regards the extension of the period of entitlement for audiovisual co-productions as provided for in Article 5 of the Protocol on Cultural Cooperation to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Korea, of the other part
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/477 of 31 March 2020 amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/39 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of peroxosulphates (persulphates) originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Mercosur, animal welfare and climate change objectives
  • European trade channel with Iran facilitates first deal - Export of medical goods marks opening test for system set up to shield Tehran from US sanctions - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • ESA asks Norway to change overly restrictive rules on financial assistance for studies abroad for workers from other EEA States and their family members - PR(20)14

FINANCIALSERVICES

  • ESMA consults on standardised information to facilitate cross-border funds distribution
  • ESMA provides clarifications for best execution reports under MiFID II

ENERGY

  • Decision of the European Ombudsman on Complaint 1611/2019/KR - Council’s refusal to grant public access to documents relating to the ‘Nord Stream 2’ gas pipeline
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - EU energy security and Black Sea energy resources
  • ACER consults on the electricity bidding zone review process

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Working Document - 27th Meeting of the Commission Expert Group on EU Timber Regulation and the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Regulation of 19 February 2020
  • New rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings and help reduce greenhouse gas emission - Midday Express
  • DigitalEurope initial Recommendations for the revision of the Battery Directive in 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Implementation of the Regulation on medical devices
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Cancer screening – equal treatment and access
  • Finland signs the Joint Procurement Agreement to procure medical countermeasures
  • EFSA - Veterinary drug residues in animals and food: compliance with safety levels still high
  • EFSA - E-submission of regulated product applications through internet-based software

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Opinion No 1/2020 (pursuant to Article 322(1)(a), TFEU) concerning the Commission’s proposal for a regulation on transitional provisions relating to the common agricultural policy in the year 2021 (COM(2019) 581 final)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Port State Control Committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on port State control - See Annex 1  & Annex 2

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of Turkey's unauthorised drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Belarus
  • EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/472)
  • Answer given by Mr Varhelyi to a MEP written question - New methodology for EU enlargement