EU CORNAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • COVID-19: chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine only to be used in clinical trials or emergency use programmes - See EMA Press Release
  • Update on treatments and vaccines against COVID-19 under development - See EMA Press Release
  • Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19 - See MEP Statement

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods -IP/20/582
    • Q&A: Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus: New actions to mobilise essential investments and resources
    • Q&A: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people at work - see the FactSheet
    • Q&A: European Union Emergency Support Instrument for the healthcare sector
    • Communication - Coronavirus Response Using every available euro in every way possible to protect lives and livelihoods
    • Communication - Technical adjustment in respect of special instruments for 2020 (Article 6(1)(e) and (f) of Council Regulation No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020)
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation on the establishment of a European instrument for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) following the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1311/2013 laying down the multiannual financial framework for the years 2014-2020
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation activating the emergency support under Council Regulation (EU) 2016/369 of 15 March 2016 and amending its provisions in respect of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the Contingency Margin in 2020 to provide emergency assistance to Member States and further reinforce the Union Civil Protection Mechanism/rescEU in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision (EU) 2020/265 as regards adjustments to the amounts mobilised from the Flexibility Instrument for 2020 to be used for migration, refugee inflows and security threats, for immediate measures in the framework of the COVID-19 outbreak and for reinforcement of the European Public Prosecutor's Office
  • Draft Amending Budget No.2 to the General Budget 2020 - Providing emergency support to Member States and further reinforcement of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism/rescEU to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 as regards specific measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the fishery and aquaculture sector
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards the introduction of specific measures for addressing the COVID-19 crisis
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 as regards specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility for the use of the European Structural and Investments Funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak

INTERNAL MARKET & GENERAL

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9709 – Eni/CDP Equity/GreenIT)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9742 – Sinopec Group/Joint Stock Company Novatek/Gazprombank/SINOVA Natural Gas Company)
  • UK - CMA consultation on Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request for consent to merge

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority’s notice on State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates for the EFTA States applicable as from 1 January 2020 
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 94/19/COL of 18 December 2019 amending, for the one hundred and fifth time, the procedural and substantive rules in the field of State aid by deleting the guidelines on conversions between national currencies and euro

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: C2020 CPG/192 UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 16 March 2020
  • Minutes of the 206th Customs Code Committee – Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Agriculture & Fisheries) of 17 & 18 February 2020
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation …/... of XXX concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (8529 90 92, 7228 60 805609 00 00)
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Protecting the geographical indication of feta in Singapore
  • Palm oil politics still threaten EU–Malaysia ties - East Asia Forum
  • DDG Wolff outlines measures taken in response to COVID-19, highlights key role of WTO
  • ICC, WTO heads urge business dialogue to inform response to trade fallout from COVID-19 - See the Statement

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/480 of 1 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/436 on harmonised standards for machinery drafted in support of Directive 2006/42/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 7/20/COL of 11 February 2020 to amend the Rules of Procedure
  • In the opinion of Advocate General Bobek the Services Directive is applicable to the short-term letting of furnished accommodation in the peer-to-peer economy (See CPR No 44/2020 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-724/18,C-727/18 - Cali Apartments)
  • The hiring out of motor vehicles equipped with radio receivers does not constitute a communication to the public subject to payment of royalties (See CPR No 43/2020 - Judgment in Case C-753/18 - Stim and SAMI)
  • April 2020 Infringement cycle

INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY 

  • The mere storage by Amazon, in the context of its online marketplace (‘Amazon-Marketplace’), of goods which infringe trade mark rights does not constitute an infringement by Amazon of those trade mark rights (See CPR No 39/2020 - Judgment in Case C-567/18, Coty Germany )

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes updated List of Reporting Institutions for 2020
  • ESMA advises the European Commission on inducements and costs and charges disclosures
  • ESMA publishes 2019 report on enforcement of corporate disclosure

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • A Member State is not entitled to refuse to pay a family allowance in respect of the child of the spouse of a frontier worker where there is no parent-child relationship with that worker (See CPR No 42/2020 - Judgment in Case C-802/18 - Caisse pour l'avenir des enfants (Enfant du conjoint d’un travailleur frontalier)
  • A measure allowing a Land to make the bearing of school transport costs subject to a requirement of residence in that Land constitutes indirect discrimination against cross-border workers and their families (See CPR No 41/2020 - Judgment in Case C-830/18 - Landkreis Südliche Weinstraße)
  • Minutes of the Advisory Committee on free movement of workers of 22 November 2019
  • Euro area unemployment at 7.3%

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission Decision of 1 April 2020 amending Decision 2017/C 287/03 appointing the members of the group for technical advice on organic production and drawing up the pool list
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/479 of 1 April 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1235/2008 laying down detailed rules for implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 as regards the arrangements for imports of organic products from third countries

ENERGY

  • New rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings
  • Roadmap: Implementing Regulation - Energy efficiency – ecodesign requirements for ventilation units (review) - Feedback period: 01 April 2020 - 29 April 2020
  • Roadmap: Delegated Regulation - Energy efficiency – ecodesign requirements for ventilation units (review) - Feedback period: 01 April 2020 - 29 April 2020
  • ACER consultation on methodology and assumptions to be used in bidding zone review process

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Public consultation: 2030 Climate Target Plan - Feedback period: 31 March 2020 - 23 June 2020
  • Robust monitoring and targets are key in shifting Europe to a more circular economy - See EEA Report
  • Statement by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, on the announcement to postpone the COP26
  • Working Documents of the 27th EUTR/FLEGT Expert Group meeting of 19 February 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/478 of 1 April 2020 correcting Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470 establishing the Union list of novel foods
  • EMA has published its Regulatory Science Strategy to 2025
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Effect of succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) fungicides on public health
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Measures to protect strays and avert the threat they pose to humans
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Cyclamate in food poses a danger to our health
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - National measures for non-prepacked food
  • Iceland signs the Joint Procurement Agreement to procure medical countermeasures 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Roadmap: Report on the application of the General Data Protection Regulation - Feedback period: 01 April 2020 - 29 April 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • By refusing to comply with the temporary mechanism for the relocation of applicants for international protection, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have failed to fulfil their obligations under European Union law. (See CPR No 40/2020 - Judgment  in Joined Cases C-715/17,C-718/17,C-719/17 - Commission Vs. Poland  
  • AG Campos Sánchez-Bordona: a company can be sued by the purchasers of vehicles that it manipulated before the courts of the Member State where the vehicles were purchased (See CPR No 45/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-343/19 - Verein für Konsumenteninformation)
  • When a Member State is required to rule on an extradition request by a third State concerning a national of a State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which is a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA), it must verify that that national will not be subject to the death penalty, torture, or other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (See CPR No 38/2020 - Judgment in Case C-897/19, PPU - Ruska Federacija)

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