EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

COMPETITION

  • Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/618
  • COVID-19: Commission update to special measures for merger notifications

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak (SA.56815) - IP/20/611
  • Commission approves €5.4 billion Danish scheme to compensate companies particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.56774) - IP/20/541

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • EU ensures transparency towards its trade partners on coronavirus-related actions 

INTERNAL MARKET INDUSTRY

  • Coronavirus: Commission adopts Recommendation to support exit strategies through mobile data and apps - IP/20/626
  • Coronavirus: Commission kick-starts the work of the new Single Market Enforcement Task Force to remove restrictions to the Single Market - Midday Express

HEALTH & RESEARCH

  • Solidarity: how EU countries help each other fight Covid-19 - See the EP Statement
  • Coronavirus: EU steps up cooperation in research and innovation to fight the virus - Midday Express
  • EU science chief resigns with blast at coronavirus response - European Research Council’s Mauro Ferrari hits out at lack of co-ordinated action on Covid-19 - Financial Times

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: Council gives go-ahead to further use of cohesion resources
  • Banking Union: Corona crisis effects - 2020 / week 15 - Briefing - EP Econ Committee
  • Eurogroup fails to land deal on coronavirus economic response - Ministers will reconvene on Thursday after marathon all-night talks fail to shift red lines - Financial Times

EU INSTITUTIONS

  • COVID-19: The Court of Justice of the European Union adapts in order to guarantee the continuity of the European public administration of justice

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown - see the EP Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 4th meeting of the Project Group “Proof of Union Status System” of 05 May 2020
  • Report of 07 April 2020 on tariff quota imports; on critical tariff quota imports & on critical state change
  • Report from the Commission on the application of Regulation (EU) No 1219/2012 establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee established under the Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters as regards the adoption of the internal rules of procedure of the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee
  • TRADE: Commission continues its action in support of fair trading conditions for EU steel producers - Midday Express
    • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/508 of 7 April 2020 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of certain hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils originating in Indonesia, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan
  • EU trade: Council agrees its position on revamped enforcement regulation
  • WTO launches call for proposals for 2020 Public Forum

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • ESCALAR: up to €1.2 billion to help high potential companies grow and expand in Europe - IP/20/628

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable Finance: Commission launches consultation on Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Venture capital funds for direct investment in start-ups and innovative companies
  • EBA updates impact of the Basel III reforms on EU banks’ capital and compliance with liquidity measures
  • ESMA issues an opinion on Hungarian product intervention measures
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II)

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • ACER reports applying Network Code on gas balancing support short-term markets

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Water reuse for agricultural irrigation: Council adopts new rules - see Statement of the Council's reasons
  • Minutes of the 7th Meeting Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities of 18 March 2020
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the listing of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds - See the Annex

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Decision No 1/2015 of the Joint Veterinary Committee created by the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products of 17 December 2015 amending Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11 to Annex 11 to the Agreement [2020/498]

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Digitalisation of freight transport information – Council adopts new rules
  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information – Statement of the Council's reasons – Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020
  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector – Statement of the Council's reasons – Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020
  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs – Statement of the Council's reasons – Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020
  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific rules with respect to Directive 96/71/EC and Directive 2014/67/EU for posting drivers in the road transport sector and amending Directive 2006/22/EC as regards enforcement requirements and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 – Statement of the Council's reasons – Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Mandate on the processing of health data for research purposes in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak - EDPB
  • Mandate on geolocation and other tracing tools in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak - EDPB

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/510 of 7 April 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Iran - see Notice
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/512 of 7 April 2020 amending Decision 2011/235/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Iran - see Notice
  • Iraq: EU extends advisory mission on security sector reform - see Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/513
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - EU-registered multinational corporations or corporations with branches in the EU in breach of EU and international law