EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

INSTITUTIONS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/556 of 21 April 2020 extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430 in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €7.8 billion Polish schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/726
  • Commission approves €5.3 million Maltese scheme to support research and development related to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/725
  • Commission approves €38 million Swedish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancelled or postponed cultural events due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/723
  • Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme of up to €10 billion to support the economy in context of coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/687

HEALTH

  • Medical Devices Regulation: Commission welcomes Council support to prioritise the fight against coronavirus - IP/20/718
  • Coronavirus: Commission hosts a European hackathon to develop innovative solutions to fight the outbreak - see More InformationMidday Express
  • Third webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “COVID-19 and anti-epileptic drugs” (27 April 2020)
  • Working document: Performance of COVID-19 test methods and devices and proposed performance criteria
    - Annex 1: Commercial devices
    - Annex 2: Scientific literature
    - Annex 3: Search on validation studies
  • EMA - COVID-19: reminder of risk of serious side effects with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine

TRADE

  • Coronavirus: The EU and 21 other WTO Members pledge to ensure well-functioning global food supply chains - see the Joint Statement

AGRICULTURE FISHERIES

  • COVID-19: Council adopts rules to help EU fishermen

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA provides further guidance on the use of flexibility in relation to COVID-19 and calls for heightened attention to risks

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • COVID-19: Council adopts measures to help the most deprived EU citizens
  • A Roadmap for Recovery - Towards a more resilient, sustainable and fair Europe

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU aid: the impact of coronavirus in Africa could be devastating - See the EP Statement

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9775 — Global Payments/CaixaBank/MoneyToPay)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9626 — PKN Orlen/Energa)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9786 – RIL/BP/RBML JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9554 – Elanco Animal Health/Bayer Animal Health Division)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9822 – Bridgepoint/Groupe Financière CEP)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9840 – Macquarie/Fresco International)
  • Commission approves the merger of Mylan and Pfizer's Upjohn division, subject to conditions (M.9517) - IP/20/724
  • Commission clears the joint acquisition of ANTT by ANTB and TTSSI (M.9696) - Midday Express
  • Commission decision on purchaser approval in Amerra/ Mubadala / Nireus / Selonda merger
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt: Bauhaus-Knauber deal wins antitrust clearance
  • Greece - The Competition Commission has carried out dawn raids at undertakings and associations of undertakings active in the food sector
  • UK - CMA gives Just Eat and Takeaway.com deal the green light

STATE AID

  • State aid – Decision to raise no objections
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Need to revise EU state aid policy

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice to economic operators - New round of requests for the suspension of the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain industrial and agricultural products
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/557 of 22 April 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 988/2014 as regards Union tariff quotas for certain agricultural products originating in the Republic of Moldova
  • Southern African Customs Union – Safeguard measure imposed on frozen bone-in chicken cuts from the EU - request for a panel
  • Hogan’s bold move to get back on the trade deal trail - More agreements with countries yet unspecified is going to be quite a challenge - Financial Times
  • EU should ‘not aim for self-sufficiency’ after coronavirus, trade chief says - Phil Hogan says recent surge in EU medical manufacturing is a crisis-response solution — not a permanent one - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH - Strontium chromate EC No 232-142-6, CAS No 7789-06-2
  • EFTA/ESA - Duty Free alcohol retail sales at Keflavik airport not in line with EEA law - PR(20)21
  • EU Copernicus satellite activated for wildfires in Poland
  • Decisions adopted by the European Commission by written procedure on 23 april 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH, as regards carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant (CMR) substances, devices covered by Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council, persistent organic pollutants, certain liquid substances or mixtures, nonylphenol and testing methods for azocolourants - see the Annex
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Development of a unified EU brain health strategy
  • EFSA - Protecting Europe’s plants: pest survey cards go digital
  • EFSA - Parma Summer School 2020 'One Health' to be held online
  • EFSA - Assessment of new information on Bisphenol S (BPS) submitted in response to the Decision 1 under REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
  • EMA - Application Withdrawal assessment report for Opdivo and Yervoy (WS/1372)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the Administrative Board of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators of 12 December 2019 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of the Agency
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Use of privately held data of public interest

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB take steps to mitigate impact of possible rating downgrades on collateral availability
  • ECB and Bulgarian National Bank set up swap line to provide euro liquidity

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The Council adopted conclusions on Mozambique, reiterating its solidarity and support for the country
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Russia’s GRU (military intelligence service) behind massive cyberattack on Georgia