EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €110 million Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/720
  • Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/719
  • Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/712
  • Commission approves €75.5 million Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/711
  • Commission approves €50 million Italian subsidised loans scheme to support agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak in Friuli Venezia Giulia region - IP/20/708
  • Commission approves €2 billion Slovak employment aid scheme to preserve jobs and support the self-employed during the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/707

HEALTH

  • Second webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “Inherited arrhythmia syndromes and COVID-19” (23 April 2020)
  • COVID-19: A coordinated EU health strategy needed, say MEPs - See the EP Statement
  • EMA - Launch of enhanced monitoring system for availability of medicines used for treating COVID-19

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes €3 billion macro-financial assistance package to support ten neighbouring countries - IP/20/716
  • Coronavirus: EU supports Member States dealing with the impact of the pandemic on the sport sector - Midday Express
  • COVID-19: More flexibility for deploying EU budget money
  • The economy and coronavirus - Weekly Picks 21 April 2020 - Briefing for the EP Econ Committee
  • Economic Dialogue with the President of the Eurogroup - 21 April 2020 - In-Depth Analysis for the EP Econ Committee
  • Covid-19's economic impact: €100 billion to keep people in jobs - See the EP Statement
  • More ambition needed for EU recovery instruments, says majority of MEPs
  • EU COVID-19 recovery plan must be green and ambitious, say MEPs
  • Tourism in COVID-19 crisis: MEPs demand clear action plan to help the sector
  • EU funds must reach media and creative sector, say MEPs
  • Joint response to coronavirus crisis will benefit all EU countries - Tightly interlinked economies put the eurozone at risk of economic and political contagion - Politico.eu

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Guidelines 04/2020 on the use of location data and contact tracing tools in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Guidelines 03/2020 on the processing of data concerning health for the purpose of scientific research in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Global Report on Food Crises reveals scope of food crises as COVID-19 poses new risks to vulnerable countries - IP/20/714
  • Coronavirus: EU mobilises further help for Western Balkans - See the FactSheet
  • Russia and China promote coronavirus ‘conspiracy narratives’ online, says EU agency - Politico.eu

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9737 – Ageas Portugal/JMRS/SPSI)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9780 – BNP Paribas/Bank of Baroda/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9794 – Renault/Ferrovial/Car Sharing Mobility Services)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9809 – Eni Rewind/CDP Equity/CircularIT JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9772 – Helvetia/CASER)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9489 – Air Canada/Transat)
  • Germany: Administrative fine proceedings against Constantia Forst GmbH - Case summary from 18 February
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger projects
  • Italy - AGCM asks operators of major search engines and browsers to take action against the unauthorised online sale of drugs for COVID-19
  • UK - Cellnex’s purchase of Arqiva cleared by the CMA after thorough review
  • Merger assessments during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - Guidance on the CMA's approach to merger assessment during the Coronavirus pandemic.
    - Merger assessments during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
    - Annex A: Summary of CMA’s position on mergers involving ‘failing firms’

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 34th Customs Business Group of 24 April 2020
  • Agenda & Working Documents for: Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 22 April 2020
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/550 of 12 February 2020 amending Annexes II and IV to Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the temporary withdrawal of the arrangements referred to in Article 1(2) of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 in respect of certain products originating in the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Decision No 1/2018 of the Joint Veterinary Committee set up by the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on trade in agricultural products of 12 June 2018 on amending Appendix 6 of Annex 11 to the Agreement
  • General overview of active WTO Dispute Settlement Cases involving the EU as complainant or defendant and of active cases under the trade barriers regulation
  • Turkey EU’s 6th largest trading partner in first 2 months -

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working group on the role of clusters and similar forms of business cooperation in fostering the development of social economy & social entrepreneurship of 30 April 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group of social economy & social entrepreneurship of 29 April 2020
  • 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 hydroxyoctaoxo-dizincate dichromate EC No. 234-329-8, CAS No. 11103-86-9
    - Dichromiumtris(chromate) EC No 246-356-2, CAS No 24613-89-6
    - chromium trioxide EC No 215-607-8; CAS No 1333-82-0
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/553 of 21 April 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/167 as regards harmonised standards for certain international mobile telecommunications cellular networks equipment
  • EU launches new €50 million pilot to develop skills and education across Europe - IP/20/694

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Part I of Annex II to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of in-conversion and non-organic plant reproductive material - See the Annex
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski by a MEP written question - The role of agriculture in the Green Deal
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski by a MEP written question - Decline in cattle farming

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicisu to a MEP written question - Insufficient controls in Europe of shipments and discharges of hazardous waste – the polluter does not pay
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicisu to a MEP written question - Environmental risks linked to the operation of the Salonit Anhovo cement works in Salona D’Isonzo, Sovenia

HEALTH

  • New European Vaccination Information Portal just launched !
  • Minutes of the 7th Meeting of the Mission Board for Cancer of 13 February 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Application of the principle of mutual recognition in connection with authorisations of plant protection products
  • EMA - Agenda for the meeting of the EMA Committee for Advanced Therapies (CAT) on 22-24 April 2020

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Implementation of the 2019 Country-Specific Recommendations - Briefing for the EP Econ Committee
  • SSM and the SRB accountability at European level: room for improvements? - Study for the EP Econ Committee
  • Negative monetary policy rates and systemic banks’ risk-taking: evidence from the euro area securities register - ECB Working Paper Series No.2398

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their video conference on 23 April 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Biodiversity as a Human Right and its implications for the EU’s External Action - Study for the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights