EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

GENERAL

  • Intervention of President Charles Michel at the plenary session of the European Parliament
  • Von der Leyen outlines a path to European recovery

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Austrian guarantee schemes to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/658
  • Commission approves €1 billion Hungarian aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/684

HEALTH

  • Flash report -16th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 15 April 2020
  • Covid-19: €3 billion emergency support for national health care systems - see the EP Statement

DATA PRIVACY

  • Coronavirus: Guidance to ensure full data protection standards of apps fighting the pandemic - IP/20/669

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Statement by President Michel and President von der Leyen after the G7 Leaders' videoconference on COVID-19
  • Statement of EU ministers of finance on continuing bank lending and on maintaining a well-functioning insurance sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Macron warns of EU unravelling without financial solidarity - Member states have ‘no choice’ but to set up joint virus recovery fund - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOMS, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Coronavirus: Commission presents guidance on implementing EU rules on asylum and return procedures and on resettlement - IP/20/666
    - Guidance on the implementation of relevant EU provisions in the area of asylum and return and on resettlement procedures
    - Guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU
  • Coronavirus: Unique EU consular operation brought home over 500,000 EU citizens from abroad - Midday Express

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.14/20 - Covers from 3 to 16 April 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union
    - 5106 10 10: Unbleached
    - 7307 19 10: Of cast iron
    - 8536 70 00: Connectors for optical fibres, optical-fibre bundles or cables
  • EU trade chief urges tougher defences against foreign takeovers - Phil Hogan warns pandemic had left bloc’s ‘strategic assets’ vulnerable to acquisition from abroad - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Annual EFC Report for 2019 to the Commission and the Council on “The Movement of Capital and the Freedom of Payments”
  • EBA agrees with the European Commission’s amendments to standards on risk weights to specialised lending exposures

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - The circular economy: planned obsolescence, green public procurement and reuse of products
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Breach by France of Directive 2008/98/EC on waste in the Stocamine case
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - New management measures for invasive alien species in Finland
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Emissions in China

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.2) of 20 April 2020
  • Rebuilding Europe after Covid-19: MEPs call for decisive action
  • Macron says it is time to think the unthinkable - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The European Union remains world's leading donor of Official Development Assistance with €75.2 billion in 2019 - IP/20/674
  • EUTM Mali: Brigadier General František Ridzák appointed new EU Mission Force Commander (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/530)