EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Guidance on the collection and transfusion of convalescent COVID-19 plasma
  • Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - State of Play, and the EU’s Public Health Response – EP Envi Committee Briefing
  • EMA - Global regulators discuss observational studies of real world data for COVID-19 medicines
  • COVID-19 is a wake-up call to end sky-high medicine prices - See Beuc Statement
  • Bitter dispute rages over departure of top EU scientist - Mauro Ferrari blasts bloc’s handling of coronavirus but former colleagues accuse him of ‘lack of engagement’ - Financial Times
  • Czech Republic, Denmark and austria set to ease restrictions - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak – IP/20/618
  • Communication from the Commission Temporary Framework for assessing antitrust issues related to business cooperation in response to situations of urgency stemming from the current COVID-19 outbreak

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €15 billion Austrian liquidity scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/633
  • Commission approves €1.2 billion Greek scheme providing grants for SMEs to support economy in coronavirus outbreak – IP/20/624
  • Commission approves €30 million Luxembourg scheme to support research and development and investments in the production of coronavirus relevant products – IP/20/637
  • Commission approves €110 million Lithuanian guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/623
  • Commission approves € 700 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/614
  • Commission approves €255 million Bulgarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/627
  • Commission approves €20 million Portuguese credit line scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/609
  • Commission approves €140 million Hungarian scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/629

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Communication from the Commission Guidelines on the optimal and rational supply of medicines to avoid shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak - See the FactSheet & Statement by Ursula von der Leyen

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • COVID-19 outbreak: Council approves measures to help the most deprived EU citizens

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus: guidance on repatriating cruise ship passengers and protecting ship crews - IP/20/619 
  • Commission presents guidelines on health, travel arrangements and repatriation of persons on board ships - Q&As

DATA PRIVACY

  • Tracking coronavirus: big data and the challenge to privacy - European demands for information from smartphones are raising fears over the reach of state surveillance - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to prolong restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May - IP/20/616

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Sassoli to EU governments: Rise to the challenge. Find new shared ways to finance our recovery - see EP Statement

TRADE & CUSTOMS

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes phase 1 of its technical package on reporting framework 2.10
  • ESMA extends MiFID II/MiFIR transparency review report consultation to 14 June 2020
  • ESMA sets out supervisory expectations on publication of investment funds periodic reports

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Prohibition of lead in wetlands and confusion on how to interpret Commission proposal
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a written question - Compliance with the Water Framework Directive, the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive in the Ebro Delta
  • EU carbon emissions plummet as lockdowns reduce activity - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Council conclusions on the 2020 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy and Joint Employment Report (8 April 2020)
  • Guideline (EU) 2020/515 of the European Central Bank of 7 April 2020 amending Guideline ECB/2014/31 on additional temporary measures relating to Eurosystem refinancing operations and eligibility of collateral (ECB/2020/21)
  • Interview of Christine Lagarde with Le Parisien
  • SSM and SRB accountability at European level: What room for improvements? - Study for the EP Econ Committee
  • A proposal for a Coronabond: the pandemic solidarity instrument - see CER Insight

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 14 April 2020