EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €550 million German State-guaranteed loan to compensate airline Condor for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/752
  • Commission approves Swedish public guarantee of up to €137 million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/748
  • Commission approves €215 million Maltese employment aid scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/747
  • Commission approves €700 million Polish aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/745
  • Commission approves €100 million Dutch subsidised loan scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/743
  • Commission approves second Spanish “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/742
  • Commission approves €5 million Lithuanian scheme for SMEs active in road freight transport affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/738
  • Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/734
  • Commission approves €200,000 direct grant scheme to support agricultural and aquaculture sectors in Brussels-Capital region following coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/732
  • Commission approves €3 billion Finnish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/692
  • ommission consults Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to subordinated debt - IP/20/496
  • ESA approves grant scheme for start-up facilitators in Norway - PR(20)22

HEALTH

  • Flash report -17th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak - 22 April 2020
  • Fourth webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “COVID-19 in patients with rare diseases of the respiratory system - ERN-LUNG and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) joint webinar” (30 April 2020)

TRADE

  • Agenda for: COVID-19 Special meeting of the Trade Contact Group of 29 April 2020
  • Coronavirus: Commission adjusts export authorisation scheme for personal protective equipment to suit current needs 

DATA PRIVACY 

  • 24th Plenary session: EDPB doubles down on COVID-19 guidance in newly adopted letters

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Coronavirus: Commission receives first preliminary application for support from the EU Solidarity Fund for health emergency from Italy - IP/20/753

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9447 – Hitachi/ABB (Power Grid Division)
  • Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Broadcom concerning TV set-top box and modem chipset markets - IP/20/755
  • Case M.9110 - Amerra / Mubadala / Nireus / Selonda - Decision on the implementation of the commitments - Purchaser approval
  • Commission clears acquisition of InfraRed Partners LLP by Sun Life Financial Inc (M.9770) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Compliance with EU competition law in the air transport market
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of Vossloh Locomotives GmbH, Kiel, by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotives Co., Ltd., Zhuzhou
  • Italy - Coronavirus emergency, Notice on cooperation agreements between undertakings
  • Slovak Republic - Competition aspect and protection of competition in emergency situations
  • Slovak Republic - An updated prioritization policy of the PMÚ SR is available
  • Spain - COVID-19 Complaints and consultations regarding the application of competition rules
  • UK - CMA publishes update on COVID-19 Taskforce 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/571 of 24 April 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1198 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China, as amended by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2131 and repayment of duties collected
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/573 of 24 April 2020 fixing the import duties in the cereals sector applicable from 27 April 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Invasion of Japonica rice from Myanmar into the EU: Italian rice production at risk – the Commission should implement the safeguard clause as a matter of urgency
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Free-trade agreements
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - CETA Joint Committee
  • IMF and WTO heads call for lifting trade restrictions on medical supplies and food

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

TAXATION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Finanzgericht Düsseldorf (Germany) lodged on 9 January 2020 — VS v Hauptzollamt Münster (Case C-7/20)
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Finanzgericht Hamburg (Germany) lodged on 10 January 2020 — Grundstücksgemeinschaft Kollaustraße 136 vs. Finanzamt Hamburg-Oberalster (Case C-9/20)
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Digital taxation 
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Second-hand car registration tax
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - The inclusion of heated tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in the relevant directives 

ENERGY

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Appeal brought on 29 February 2020 by Vanda Pharmaceuticals Ltd against the judgment of the General Court of 19 December 2019 in Case T-211/18, Vanda Pharmaceuticals Vs. Commission (Case C-115/20 P)
    Re: uphold the application at first instance and annul the European Commission Implementing Decision ‘C(2018) 252 final’ refusing a marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 for the medicinal product for human use Fanaptum — iloperidone; quash the judgment of the General Court in case T-211/18
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Developments in the ban on neonicotinoids 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • ENISA offers some practical advice to SMEs with regard to the security and privacy aspects that should be considered upon the selection and use of online communication tools
  • UK Guidance - Exchanging Cyber Threat intelligence

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/570 of 28 January 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards the alignment of rules for continuing airworthiness of aircraft and aeronautical products, parts and appliances with Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Country-Specific Recommendations for 2018 and 2019: A tabular comparison and an overview of implementation - Study for EP Committee on Legal Affairs

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 29 & 30 April 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Libya: Joint statement by High Representative Josep Borrell and Foreign Ministers Jean-Yves Le Drian of France, Heiko Maas of Germany and Luigi Di Maio of Italy
  • International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace: video message by the HR/VP Josep Borrell
  • Russia: Statement by the Spokesperson on threats against and the intimidation of journalists
  • Guinea-Bissau: Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest political developments
  • Israel: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell