EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €88 million Hungarian aid scheme supporting researchers and developers in all sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/695
  • Commission approves €140 million Portuguese scheme to support investment in research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products - IP/20/696
  • Commission approves €4 million Croatian direct grant scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/681
  • COVID -19 pandemic: ESA greenlights compensation to Norwegian companies
  • COVID -19 pandemic: ESA greenlights Icelandic guarantee scheme

HEALTH

  • Greece: EU coordinates assistance to relieve overcrowding of camps on islands - Midday Express
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Possible pandemic threat of coronavirus in the EU
  • EP decides to postpone new requirements for medical devices - Outcome of the EP's first reading (Brussels, 16-17 April 2020)
  • Updated version - Notice to stakeholders: Questions and answers on regulatory expectations for medicinal products for human use during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • First webinar organized on 20 April by the “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System” on “Sarcoma and COVID-19”

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Coronavirus: Commission welcomes Parliament's quick green light for proposed new resources to protect lives and livelihoods - IP/20/685
    -  Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 as regards specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility for the use of the European Structural and Investments Funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak 
    - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards the introduction of specific measures for addressing the COVID-19 crisis 
  • COVID-19: MEPs free up over €3 billion to support EU healthcare sector
  • COVID-19: MEPs call for massive recovery package and Coronavirus Solidarity Fund - Financial Times
  • COVID-19: Stepping up EU’s response to alleviate the effects of the crisis
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards the introduction of specific measures for addressing the COVID-19 crisis
    - Position Paper of the European Economic and Social Committee
    - Position Paper of the Committee of the Regions
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Joint approach in tackling the economic consequences of the coronavirus
  • The ECB’s Monetary Policy Response to the COVID-19 Crisis - Briefing for EP ECON Committee

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The EU has approved emergency measures to help farmers and fishermen affected by the coronavirus pandemic - See the EP Statement, the Outcome of the EP's first reading and Commission Statement

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9502 – Synthomer/Omnova Solutions)
  • Commission clears acquisition of EcoOnline by Goldman Sachs and Summa Equity (M.9799) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Astoria I and II by APG, CalSTRS and Munich Re (M.9766) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Reliance Industries and British Petroleum (M.9786) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of CaixaBank Electronic Money E.D.E., S.L. by Global Payments Inc. and CaixaBank, S.A. (M.9775) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Low & Bonar by Freudenberg (M.9592) - Midday Express
  • Italy - Coronavirus emergency, verification initiated on the recommendation of the Lazio Region against private health care facilities and Roman testing laboratories advertising CoVid-19 antibody tests
  • Norway - New temporary law extends deadlines for merger control (until 31 October 2020)
  • UK - CMA has launched its merger inquiry in the anticipated acquisition by Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC of the Osurnia business of Elanco Animal Health Incorporated.
  • UK - CMA accepts undertakings in lieu in Future Plc / TI Media Limited merger
  • UK - CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo

STATE AID

  • Case T-126/20: Action brought on 27 February 2020 — Autoridad Portuaria de Bilboa Vs. Commission
    Re: Action brought against the decision of the European Commission of 8 January 2019 (C (2018) 8676 final, on the taxation of ports in Spain and against the decisions of the European Commission C (2019) 1765 final of 7 March 2019 and C (2019) 8068 final of 15 November 2019 (‘the contested decisions’)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Case T-111/20: Action brought on 19 February 2020 — PT Wilmar Bioenergi Indonesia and Others Vs. Commission
  • Case T-143/20: Action brought on 2 March 2020 — PT Pelita Agung Agrindustri and PT Permata Hijau Palm Oleo Vs. Commission
  • Case T-138/20: Action brought on 2 March 2020 — PT Ciliandra Perkasa Vs. Commission
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/2092 of 28 November 2019 imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of biodiesel originating in Indonesia
  • WTO - Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices - Semi-annual report under Article 16.4 of the Agreement - 1 July - 31 December 2019 - European Union
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global and EU trade - See DG Trade Chief Economist Paper
  • WTO members discuss use of virtual platforms during COVID-19 lockdown

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/542 of 16 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1616 as regards safety devices for protection against excessive pressure, welded steel tubes for pressure purposes, unfired pressure vessels and metallic industrial piping
  • EU Single Market: Making it easier to sell a product in another Member State (See Regulation (EU) 2019/515) - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA updates its list of risk indicators, IMF-FSI mapping and respective guides
  • EU regulators ramp up scrutiny of investment fund liquidity - Financial Times (fm)
  • BlackRock draws criticism over EU sustainability role - Financial Times (fm)

TAXATION

  • CESOP Expert Group: postponement of the first meeting and deadline extension (4 Mai) for the survey for payment service providers
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Compulsory till receipts and digitalisation
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Problems caused by quick fixes in the context of VAT identification numbers and recapitulative statements

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Geographical Indications – a European treasure worth €75 billion - IP/20/683, see the Study, the Leaflet
  • Agriculture: EU agri-food sector show resilience, according to the Commission short-term outlook - See the Report

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Case T-113/20: Action brought on 20 February 2020 — BSEF Vs. Commission
    Re: annulment of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/2021 of 1 October 2019 laying down ecodesign requirements for electronic displays pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC
  • Notice on the application of Article 3 of Directive 98/70/EC with regard to the maximum vapour pressure for petrol 
  • Commission Decision of 20 February 2020 instructing the Central Administrator of the European Union Transaction Log to enter changes to the national allocation tables of Belgium, Germany, Estonia, France, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden into the European Union Transaction Log
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Water pricing in Member States
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Waste-to-energy plant in Spilimbergo
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Environmental impact assessment for the cement plant in Tavernola Bergamasca (BG)
  • Europe’s environmental footprints exceed several safe limits - See EEA Statement and Report No.1/2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Fifth Generation of Cellular Network Technology (5G)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 20 & 22 April 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Outcome of proceedings of the 69th meeting of the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors in Brussels, Belgium, on 12 April 2019
  • Outcome of proceeding of the 44th session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers in Brussels, Belgium, on 23-24 May 2019