EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

COMPETITION

  • 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 Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs and mid-caps affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/656
  • Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/655
  • Commission approves German guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/653
  • Commission approves amendments to previously approved German schemes to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/651
  • Commission approves €10 billion French guarantee scheme to support domestic credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak  - IP/20/650
  • Commission approves €3.3 billion Romanian scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak  - IP/20//649
  • Commission approves Belgian guarantee scheme mobilising €50 billion support for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak  - IP/20/648
  • Commission approves €455 million Swedish guarantee scheme to support airlines affected by coronavirus outbreak  - IP/20//647
  • Commission approves Belgian scheme deferring payment by Walloon airports of concession fees to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/645
  • Commission approves €140 million Hungarian scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/629
  • 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

HEALTH

  • Communication from the Commission - Guidelines on protection of health, repatriation and travel arrangements for seafarers, passengers and other persons on board ships
  • Communication from the Commission Guidelines on the optimal and rational supply of medicines to avoid shortages during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Flash report -15th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak of 08 April 2020

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • MEPs to discuss how to better protect consumers in times of COVID-19

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/518 of 8 April 2020 on a common Union toolbox for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis, in particular concerning mobile applications and the use of anonymised mobility data
  • DIGITALEUROPE recommendations on health data-processing

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: €2.7 billion from the EU budget to support the EU healthcare sector - Midday Express
  • Statement by the President of the European Council Charles Michel following the agreement of the Eurogroup
  • Europe's drive to save jobs risks fuelling north-south inequality - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9813 – Blackstone/IQSA Holdings)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9774 – Bain Capital Investors/Neuberger Berman/Engineering Ingegneria Informatica)
  • Commission clears acquisition of van Wylick GmbH by Fyffes Limited (M.9746) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Hotel Faro and Hotel Buenaventura by Apollo Capital Management and Lopesan Group (M.9675) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over SPSI Portugal by José de Mello Residências e Serviços and Ageas Portugal (M.9737) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Do airlines comply with competition rules
  • EU states should buy company stakes to repel China takeovers, says Vestager - Financial Times
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Greece - Publication of Interim Report of Sector Inquiry into Basic consumer goods
  • The Netherlands - ACM clears acquisition of publishing company Sanoma Media by rival publisher DPG Media
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the transaction through which Euralis Semences Holding SAS intends to take over the activity of Caussade Semences Group.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/516 of 3 April 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 8109 90 00)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/517 of 3 April 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 6702 10 00)
  • Negotiations of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement(EPCA) between the EU and the Kyrgyz Republic 2017-2019: Report
  • The impact of Corona, trade negotiations of Indonesia - European Union disrupted - bilaterals.org

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 3rd meeting of the Transitional Forum for European R&I Partnerships of 22 April 2020
  • Decisions adopted by the European Commission by Written Procedure of 14 April 2020
  • The White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - Briefing - EP ITRE Committee

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/519 of 3 April 2020 on the sectoral reference document on best environmental management practices, sector environmental performance indicators and benchmarks of excellence for the waste management sector under Regulation (EC) No 1221/2009 on the voluntary participation by organisations in a Community eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS)
  • Coronavirus: Commission presents guidelines on waste management in the coronavirus crisis - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Use of codes of conduct within the General Data Protection Regulation

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Revised Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 14.4.2020
  • COVID-19: Can the EU avoid an epidemic of authoritarianism? - see CER Insight
  • Conference on EU future faces reset - Financial Times