EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €7 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/701
  • Commission approves €2 billion Finnish public guarantee and subsidised loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/705

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Decision (EU) 2020/545 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2020 on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak and a reinforcement of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office
  • Decision (EU) 2020/546 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2020 on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument to finance immediate budgetary measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Poland’s finance minister urges new taxes to fund EU virus response - Financial Times
  • Spain calls for €1.5tn EU recovery fund to ‘protect internal market’ - Financial Times

HEALTH

  • EMA - Update to guidance on regulatory expectations in the context of COVID-19 pandemic
  • EMA - EU actions to support availability of medicines during COVID-19 pandemic – update #2
  • EMA - Guidance for medicine developers and companies on COVID-19
  • Decision (EU) 2020/547 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 April 2020 on the mobilisation of the Contingency Margin in 2020 to provide emergency assistance to Member States and further reinforce the Union Civil Protection Mechanism/rescEU in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Humans, wildlife and COVID-19: How to prevent future pandemics - see EPC Commentary
  • Covid-19 exposes EU’s reliance on drug imports - Health commissioner urges more domestic production and hits out at the hoarding of medicine - Financial Times

RESEARCH

GENERAL

  • How is EU cooperation on the Covid-19 crisis perceived in member states? - See EPIN Report

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9833 – KKR/Viridor)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8832 – Knauf/Armstrong)
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Commissioner Vestager’s statement on the rules of the competitive market
  • Slovak Republic: AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings regarding possible abuse of dominant position in the area of production and distribution of energy and media
  • Slovak Republic: AMO SR approved a concentration of companies Seoyon E-HWA Automotive Slovakia, s.r.o., Summit Autotech Slovakia DCA, s.r.o., Summit Autotech Slovakia SLD, s.r.o., and Summit Autotech Poland sp z o.o. SKOCZÓW
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated merger of Flutter Entertainment plc and The Stars Group Inc. - see the Full text decision
  • UK - The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition by Kingspan Holdings (Panels) Limited of Building Solutions (National) Limited for an in-depth investigation

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of 11th meeting of the UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 11 & 12 February 2020
  • Minutes of Customs 2020 National Coordinators' Network of 12 & 14 June 2019
  • Minutes of IT Technology and Infrastructure PG meeting of 15 April 2020 and 21 February 2020
  • Minutes & Working Document of the Customs and Fiscalis 2020 Working Visit Coordinators’ Network Meeting of 23 October 2019
  • Minutes of Customs 2020 programme: CLEN – Meeting proficiency tests on spirits of 19 February 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Failure to suspend the zero-duty import regime for rice from Cambodia
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Market access and market restrictions – EU and China 
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Policy coordination needed to address pandemic challenges
  • Heads of WTO, WHO cite importance of open trade in ensuring flow of vital medical supplies - see the Joint Statement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substanceslisted in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration,Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
    - Potassium dichromate  - EC No 231-906-6; CAS No 7778-50-9
    - Sodium dichro­mate - EC No 234-190- 3; CAS No 10588- 01-9,7789-12-0
    - Sodium dichromate EC No 234-190-3, CAS No 10588-01-9

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/535 of 8 April 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 748/2009 on the list of aircraft operators which performed an aviation activity listed in Annex I to Directive 2003/87/EC on or after 1 January 2006 specifying the administering Member State for each aircraft operator
  • Minutes of the 79th Committee on Nitrates of 02 March 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working group on Cosmetic Products - Subgroup on CPNP Maintenance of 29 April 2020
  • Minutes of the High level meeting of the Medical Device Coordination Group (MDR/IVDR) of 11 March 2020 and of 12 March 2020
  • EMA - Information note on the format and validity features of electronic certificates for medicines issued
  • EMA - Monthly Committee report on application procedures, guidelines and related documents for veterinary medicines: February 2020
  • EFSA - Listeria in frozen vegetables: how to reduce risks
  • EMCDDA launches COVID-19 special round of European Web Survey on Drugs to assess impact of pandemic
  • Innovation and Less Harmful Alternatives to Tobacco: The Case of Nicotine Pouches Regulation - See ECIPE Report by MEP Christofer Fjellner
  • Targeted Stakeholder Consultation in the context of a Fitness Check of the EU legislation with regard to Endocrine Disruptors - see JRC Factual Summary Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Agenda for second round UK-EU Future Relationship Negotiations: 20-24 April 2020
  • Why the UK should extend the transition period - see CER Insight

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer to a written question - Growing instability in the Middle East and Iran’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)