EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/581
  • Commission approves extension of German scheme for subsidised loans to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/580
  • Commission approves a €9.1 billion Swedish guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/579
  • Commission approves €350 million Maltese guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/578
  • Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/576

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY  & RESEARCH

  • Coronavirus: online platforms respond positively to Commission's call to stop scams and protect consumers - Midday Express
  • European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) launches COVID-19 industrial clusters response portal

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes Guidelines on treatment of public and private moratoria in light of COVID-19 measures
  • ESMA updates its risk assessment in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission encourages and facilitates cross-border treatment of patients and deployment of medical staff - IP/20/590 - see the Guidelines
  • Commission postpones application of the Medical Devices Regulation to prioritise the fight against coronavirus - IP/20/589 - see the Proposal for a Regulation
  • Italy - New testing service for the validation of face masks for medical use - ECCP
  • EFSA has implemented a number of provisional measures in order to comply with restrictions introduced by the Italian government to control the spread of COVID-19

ENVIRONMENT

  • Rebuilding Europe after COVID-19: consumer recommendations to make the European Green Deal a success - See Beuc Statement

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Remarks by President von der Leyen at the press conference on SURE; the Emergency Support Instrument; and on the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8871 – RWE/E.ON Assets)
  • Roadmap - EU competition law – market definition notice (evaluation) - Feedback period: 03 April 2020 - 15 May 2020
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects - 03 April 2020

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Hungary - State aid SA.48556 (2019/C) (ex 2018/N) – Regional investment aid to Samsung SDI – Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State aid - France - State aid SA.49414 (2019/NN) – Reform of the legal and regulatory framework applicable to gas storage in France – Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.13/20 - Covers from 27 March to 2 April 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Consultation on draft guidelines on indirect compensation under the EU ETS Directive
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Financial compensation payments for regenerated lubricating oils

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 2 April 2020 in Case T‑383/17, Hansol Paper Co. Ltd, Vs. European Commission supported by European Thermal Paper Association (ETPA)
    Re: Dumping - Imports of certain lightweight thermal paper originating in South Korea - Definitive anti-dumping duty - Dumping margin calculation - Calculation of the injury margin - Determination of injury
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending and correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, laying down the Union Customs Code - See the Annex
  • Decision No 1/2019 of the EU-CTC Joint Committee established by the Convention of 20 May 1987 on a common transit procedure of 4 December 2019 amending that Convention
  • EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA): Business Survey - Deadline 30 april 2020
  • Public consultation on the Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List - Deadline: 12 May 2020
  • EP INTA supports export authorisation for PPE, but asks EC to exempt the Western Balkans

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 2 April 2020 in Case C‑765/18, Stadtwerke Neuwied GmbH Vs RI
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2003/55/EC - Common rules for the internal market in natural gas - Consumer protection - Article 3(3) and point (b) of Annex A - Transparency of contractual terms and conditions - Obligation to give consumers adequate notice directly of an increase in charges

ENVIRONEMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUICT SAFETY

  • Italy - New testing service for the validation of face masks for medical use - ECCP
  • EFSA published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Open call for applications for the selection of members of the expert group on inland transport of dangerous goods - Deadline 08 May 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The role of alternative technologies in bridging the digital divide in the EU

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/483 of 1 April 2020 amending for the 313th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2020/488 of 2 April 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Yemen
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/490 of 2 April 2020 amending Decision 2014/932/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Yemen
  • Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: EU appoints a new Special Representative (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/489)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Zimbabwe