EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

GENERAL

  • Remarks by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel on the EU response to the coronavirus crisis
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at the press conference on the EU response to the coronavirus crisis
  • Erasmus+ students during Covid-19: MEPs call for more support and clarity 

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: An EU approach for efficient contact tracing apps to support gradual lifting of confinement measures - IP/20/670
    • EU toolbox on mobile applications to support contact tracing in the EU's fight against COVID-19
    • Commission Recommendation on a common Union toolbox for the use of technology and data to combat and exit from the COVID-19 crisis
  • Guidance to ensure full data protection standards of apps fighting the pandemic - IP/20/669
  • Factsheet - Testing kits for COVID-19: What is the EU doing?

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Danish public guarantee of up to €137 million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/667
  • Commission approves €453 million Swedish rent rebate scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/663
  • Commission approves €35.5 million Latvian direct grant scheme to support agriculture, fishery, food and school catering sectors in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/612
  • EU bars bailed-out companies from paying dividends and bonuses - Commission document outlines constraints on businesses receiving state aid - Financial Times

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Coronavirus: President von der Leyen outlines EU budget as Marshall Plan for Europe's recovery - Speech at the EP Plenary Session
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: The ECB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • ECB supports macroprudential policy actions taken in response to coronavirus outbreak
  • Making EU structural funds available and flexible to mitigate effect of COVID-1 - Background

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1379/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 508/2014 as regards specific measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in the fishery and aquaculture sector (first reading) - Decision to use the written procedure for the adoption of the legislative act - Decision to derogate from the 8-week period provided for in Article 4 of Protocol 1 on the role of national parliaments in the EU = Statement by Sweden
  • Coronavirus: Commission adopts additional measures to support the agri-food sector
  • WTO - Chair of fisheries subsidies talks seeks members’ views on next steps amid COVID-19 crisis

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Only victory in Africa can end the pandemic everywhere - World leaders call for an urgent debt moratorium and unprecedented health and economic aid packages

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9804 – Saudi Aramco Development/Baker Hughes/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9585 – Outotec/Metso (Minerals Business))
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9731 – ASE/Asteelflash)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9714 – Viacom/beIN/Miramax)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9507 – Salini Impregilo/Astaldi)
  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9753 - Hexcel/Woodward)
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture by VW and Munich RE (M.9769) - Midday Express
  • Portugal - Barceló notifies the acquisition of sole control over Gestión de Viajes Deneb and its assets.
  • UK - The CMA has launched its merger inquiry in the completed acquisition by PUG LLC (viagogo) of the StubHub business of eBay Inc.
  • UK - CMA revokes initial enforcement orders made in four acquisitions by Bauer Media Group

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 7th Meeting of C2020 CPG/192 UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 23 & 24 April 2020
  • Minutes of the 22nd CLEN Plenary meeting of 07 February 2020
  • Council approves a multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement to solve trade disputes
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/526 of 15 April 2020 re-imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of tubes and pipes of ductile cast iron (also known as spheroidal graphite cast iron) originating in India as regards Jindal Saw Limited following the judgment of the General Court in T-300/16
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/527 of 15 April 2020 re-imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of tubes and pipes of ductile cast iron (also known as spheroidal graphite cast iron) originating in India as regards Jindal Saw Limited following the judgment of the General Court in T-301/16
  • Introductory Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan at Informal Meeting of EU Trade Ministers

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable finance: Council adopts a unified EU classification system
  • EBA issues updated Guidelines on equivalence of non-EU authorities for participation in supervisory colleges

ENERGY

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/528 of 14 April 2020 authorising laboratories in Brazil, China, South Korea, Thailand and the United States to carry out serological tests to monitor the effectiveness of rabies vaccines in dogs, cats and ferrets
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/529 of 15 April 2020 amending the Annex to Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/47 on protective measures in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 in certain Member States
  • Medicinal products – List of marketing authorisations granted by the EEA EFTA States for the second half of 2018 and for the first half of 2019
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency in agri-food production and labelling of processed products
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Entry of hazardous food items into the EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Evaluation of biocidal active substances
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Harmonisation of nutrition labelling

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament pursuant to Article 294(6) of the TFEU concerning the position of the Council on the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information
  • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament pursuant to Article 294(6) of the TFEU concerning the position of the Council on the adoption of a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009, Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the sector, a Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 on minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs and a Directive amending Directive 2006/22/EC as regards enforcement requirements and 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 Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012
  • Study supporting the evaluation of Directive 2005/44/EC on Harmonised River Information Services (RIS)
  • Study on the feasibility, costs and benefits of retrofitting advanced driver assistance to improve road safety - See the Final Report & Executive summary

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Underpinning software security: the role of the EU cybersecurity certification framework - see the ENISA StatementReport 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE & BREXIT

  • Joint statement by EU and UK negotiators following the videoconference on 15 April 2020
  • Britain and EU agree to revive talks on future relationship - Michel Barnier and David Frost finalise dates for virtual negotiating rounds - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Ukraine: €13 million in humanitarian aid for conflict affected population - IP/20/673