EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

ANTITRUST

  • France - Covid-19: Exclusive imports of respiratory assistance equipment in French Guiana and the French West Indies, the Autorité closes the investigation

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/601
  • Brussels considers further relaxation of state aid rules - Proposal would allow countries to inject equity into companies hit by coronavirus pandemic - Financial Times

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: EU Medical Teams deployed to Italy - IP/20/613 - Remarks by Commissioner Lenarčič
  • Flash report -14th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 03 April 2020
  • EU authorities agree new measures to support availability of medicines used in the COVID-19 pandemic - See EMA Statement

TRADE CUSTOMS

  • WCO and WTO join forces to minimize disruptions to cross-border trade in goods

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Council position on draft amending budget No 1 to the general budget for 2020: : Assistance to Greece in response to increased migration pressure - Immediate measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak -Support to post-earthquake reconstruction in Albania - Other adjustments
  • Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and a reinforcement of the European Public Prosecutor's Office
  • Press release following the video conference of 6 April between Presidents Michel, von der Leyen, Lagarde and Centeno
  • The economy and coronavirus - EP Econ Weekly Picks
  • Regular Update on EUEA level to mitigate the economic and social effects of coronavirus - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee
  • Eurobonds are not the answer - Financial Times

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Poland - Beware of fraudsters exploiting the COVID-19 epidemic - warning by the President of UOKiK
  • Covid-19: watch out for online scams and unfair practices - See the EP Statement

DATA PRIVACY

  • 'EU Digital Solidarity: a call for a pan-European approach against the pandemic' - address by Wojciech Wiewiórowski

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9753 – Hexcel/Woodward) 
  • Boeing suppliers Hexcel and Woodward call off $6.4bn merger - Financial Times
  • Commission clears the creation of a home entertainment joint venture between Warner Bros and Universal (M.9439)- Midday Express
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the transaction through which Socar Petroleum S.A. takes over the use right of six fuel distribution stations currently operated by Aral M.T.B. SRL.
  • EU focuses antitrust probe on Facebook’s online classifieds service - Rivals complain tech group uses dominant position to push Marketplace to its 2bn users - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/502 of 6 April 2020 on certain commercial policy measures concerning certainproducts originating in the United States of America
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - EU trade preferences and the fight against terrorism

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects
  • Minutes of the 4th Meeting of the Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicle of 13 February 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA report stresses impact of costs on retail investor benefits
  • ESMA - SMSG Summary of Conclusions 5 February 2020

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Making it easier to obtain a certificate proving affiliation to a given tax residence
  • OECD - Global Forum publishes new peer review reports and reveals compliance ratings for eight jurisdictions

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Construction of LNG terminal in Omišalj contrary to the approved main design

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Mobility package: Council adopts truck drivers reform

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Monetary policy, investment and firm heterogeneity - ECB Working Paper Series No.2390 - April 2020
  • Indebtedness and spending: what happens when the music stops? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2389 - April 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURTY & JUSTICE

  • Questionnaire on the CJEU’s judgments in relation to the independence of issuing judicial authorities and effective judicial protection - Updated compilation of replies and certificates
  • International Roma Day: Joint Statement by Vice-President Vĕra Jourová and Commissioner Helena Dalli

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against Syria