EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/561 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2020 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/745 on medical devices, as regards the dates of application of certain of its provisions

STATE AID

  • Commission approves a €150 million Bulgarian scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/730

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Coronavirus: Commission adjusts export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment to suit current needs - Midday Express (See Regulation (EU) 2020/568)
  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on global and EU trade - See the Statement & the Report

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Coronavirus: EU guidance for a safe return to the workplace - IP/20/729
  • Online courses made available for workers affected by shutdowns in automotive sector
  • Coronavirus: the FEAD to continue supporting people in need

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • COVID-19: Council adopts rules to help EU fishermen (See Regulation (EU) 2020/560)

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • COVID-19: Council adopts measures to help the most deprived EU citizens (See Regulation (EU) 2020/559)
  • Regulation (EU) 2020/558 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 April 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 1301/2013 and (EU) No 1303/2013 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
  • Conclusions of the President of the European Council following the video conference of the members of the European Council, 23 April 2020 (See Statement by President von der Leyen and by EP President David Sassoli)
  • Banking Union: Corona crisis effects - Briefing for the BUWG - Calendar week 17/2020 - Briefing for the EP Econ Committee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU coordinates assistance to alleviate stock shortages on Dutch Caribbean islands - Midday Express 

COMPETITION

  • Summary of Commission Decision of 30 January 2020 relating to proceedings under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the Agreement on the EEA (Case AT.40433 – Film merchandise)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9766 – APG/CalSTRS/Munich Re/ Astoria I & II)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Globus by Signa and Central (M.9791) - Midday Express 
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the taking over of Alvogen CEE KFT by AI Sirona acquisition S.A.R.L.
  • UK - CMA extends Phase 1 review of ION Investment Group / Broadway Technology merger investigation

STATE AID

  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.15/20 - Covers from 17 to 23 April 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 23 April 2020 of Case C-146/18 P, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd Vs. Distillerie Bonollo SpA, Industria Chimica Valenzana (ICV) SpA, Distillerie Mazzari SpA, Caviro Distillerie Srl, Council of the European Union
  • Draft Commission Implementing Regulation amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (CN code 2403 99 10 - chewing tobacco and snuff)
  • Draft Commission Implementing Regulation concerning the classification of an organic solvent in the Combined Nomenclature
  • Draft Commission Proposal for an amendment to the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature
    - (subheadings 0811 90 95, 2008 30 55 and 2008 30 75, and 2008 30 90) – mandarin segments
    - (subheading 2208 20) – spirits obtained by distilling grape wine or grape marc
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products - See the Annex
  • Protocol to the Agreement establishing an Association between the European Union and its Member States, on the one hand, and Central America, on the other, to take account of the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union - See the Decision on the signing and on the conclusion
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Rules of origin after Brexit
  • Ecuador will approve the trade agreement with EFTA - Bilaterals.org
  • WTO report finds growing number of export restrictions in response to COVID-19 crisis
  • Egypt launches safeguard investigation on raw aluminium

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Regulation (EU) …/…of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates - Decision not to oppose adoption
  • Demographic challenges – the way ahead - Draft Council Conclusions
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Minimum prices for cigarettes
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - E-Commerce Directive
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Protecting geographical indications for non-agricultural products

TAXATION

  • Air carriers must indicate, from the first time their price offers are published on the internet, the VAT on domestic flights and the fees charged for paying by credit card  (See CPR Nº49/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-28/19 Ryanair)
  • Judgment of the Court of 23 April 2020 in Joined Cases C‑13/18 and C‑126/18, Sole-Mizo Zrt. Vs. Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Fellebbviteli Igazgatósága and Dalmandi Mezőgazdasági Zrt. Vs. Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Fellebbviteli Igazgatósága
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Liability of the Member States - Right to full compensation or right to an adequate compensation - Calculation of interest due to compensate for the damage caused - Principles of effectivity and equivalence - Scope of application
  • Judgment of the Court of 23 April 2020 in Case C-401/18, Herst s.r.o. v Odvolací finanční ředitelství
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of VAT - Products subject to excise duty - Exemption of supplies of goods dispatched or transported within the EU - Chain transaction - Ascribing transport to one supply within a supply chain - Transport of excise goods under a duty suspension arrangement - Primacy of EU law - Limits of an interpretation in conformity with EU law - Principle of in dubio mitius
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 23 April 2020, Case C‑77/19, Kaplan International Colleges UK Ltd Vs. The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - System of value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Exemption - Article 132(1)(f) - Supply of services by an independent cost sharing group to its members - Territorial scope - Group established in a third state - Concept of ‘distortion of competition’ - Relationship with group taxation (Article 11)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the Special Committee on Agriculture of 06 April 2020
  • Copa and Cogeca call on the Commission to take rapid action to deal with the growing risk of imbalance in the European protein plant market and its biofuel supply chains

ENERGY

  • Baltic regional gas market roadmap will mark first cross-border merger between 4 EU countries

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Judgment of the Court of 23 April 2020 in Joined Cases C-101/19 and C-102/19, Deutsche Homöopathie-Union (DHU) Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG v Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    Re: References for a preliminary ruling - Medicinal products for human use - Directive 2001/83/EC - Articles 62 and 69 - Particulars on the labelling and package leaflet of homeopathic medicinal products - Exhaustive list of the particulars or possibility to add information that is useful to the patient and is compatible with the summary of product characteristics – Dosage schedules for homeopathic medicinal products
  • Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report - Report 17 (Published on: 24/04/2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Medicines shortages
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Labelling of products containing potassium and phosphate -
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Measures regarding e-cigarettes

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • According to Advocate General Pikamäe, the accommodation of asylum seekers in the Röszke transit zone at the Hungarian-Serbian border must be classified as ‘detention’ (See CPR Nº 50/2020 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-924/19 PPU, C-925/19 PPU Országos Idegenrendeszeti Főigazgatóság Dél-alföldi Regionális Igazgatóság)
  • Homophobic statements constitute discrimination in employment and occupation when they are made by a person who has or may be perceived as having a decisive influence on an employer’s recruitment policy  (See CPR Nº 48/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-507/18 Associazione Avvocatura per i diritti LGBTI)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the Management Board of the Agency for Support for BEREC (BEREC Office) of 10 September 2019 laying down internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data in the framework of activities carried out by the BEREC Office
  • ENISA introduces new training materials to support Member States’ CSIRTs.
  • ENISA explores encrypted traffic analysis’ use cases and identifies security challenges & opportunities

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/562 of 23 April 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) No 401/2013 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Myanmar/Burma
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/563 of 23 April 2020 amending Decision 2013/184/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar/Burma (see Notice 1 & 2)
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/564 of 23 April 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2018/298 on Union support for the activities of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in order to strengthen its monitoring and verification capabilities and in the framework of the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Qualified majority decision-making on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy