EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.55 billion Hungarian guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/771
  • Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products - IP/20/764
  • Commission approves two additional Estonian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/763
  • Commission approves €900 million Hungarian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/761

HEALTH

  • Agenda - COVID-19 meeting of the Organs Competent Authorities of 30 April 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - China: rapid spread of the Wuhan virus
  • EMA - International regulators pledge collective support to combat COVID-19 pandemic - see the ICMRA Statement

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Coronavirus Response: Commission adopts banking package to facilitate lending to households and businesses in the EU - IP/20/740Q&A, & Remarks by Executive VP Dombrovskis - Financial Times

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 575/2013 and (EU) 2019/876 as regards adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

ENERGY

  • Statement by Commissioner Kadri Simson - Coronavirus: EU energy sector is well prepared and ready to contribute to economic recovery

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes measures to provide relief and flexibility to the transport sector 
    Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific and temporary measures in view of COVID-19 outbreak and concerning the validity of certain certificates, licences and authorisations and the postponement of certain periodic checks and training in certain areas of transport legislation
    Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/352, so as to enable managing bodies or competent authorities to provide flexibility in respect of the levying of port infrastructure charges in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
    Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) N° 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community in view of the COVID-19 pandemic
    Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2016/797 and Directive (EU) 2016/798, as regards the extension of their transposition period

AREA OF FREEDOM

  • The Impact of Covid-19 Measures on Democracy, the Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights in the EU - see Briefing - EP LIBE Committee
  • Covid-19: fundamental rights must be upheld, warn MEPs
  • MEPs to discuss citizens’ petitions related to COVID-19
  • MEPS - Protecting press freedom during the Covid-19 pandemic 

DATA PRIVACY

  • EDPB response to the US Mission to the EU on the transfer of personal data for the purpose of scientific research and the development of vaccines and treatments to combat COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control over the PHS Group by Bidvest Group (M.9763) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of the CLEN – SAMANCTA technical meeting about Revision Samancta, General part and specific cards, category Food of 20-21 February 2020
  • Minutes of the 22nd CLEN Plenary meeting of 07 February 2020
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/583 of 25 March 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Trade Committee of the FTA between the EU and the Republic of Singapore on the interpretation, pursuant to Article 16.1(4)(d), of Articles 10.17 and 10.22 of that Agreement as regards changes to the protection of geographical indications for wines, spirits, agricultural products and foodstuffs registered in Singapore
  • EU and Mexico conclude negotiations for new trade agreement - IP/20/756
  • Study on the European Commission trade department’s Civil Society Dialogue

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Enforcement and cooperation between Member States - E-Commerce and the future Digital Services Act - Study for EP IMCO Committee
  • Presentation for: 9th meeting of the Shadow Strategic Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee - 23 April 2020 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 33rd meeting of the Expert Group of the European Securities Committee of 11 May 2020 

ENERGY

  • ACER to decide on cost sharing methodology ensuring firmness and remuneration of long-term transmission rights

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Frans Timmermans' opening remarks at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue
  • Tyre pollution: lowering car emissions with new EU tyre labels - See MEP Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on E-cigarettes and WoE of 05 February 2020
  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on anaerobic biodegradation of LAS of 03 February 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/585 of 27 April 2020 concerning a coordinated multiannual control programme of the Union for 2021, 2022 and 2023 to ensure compliance with maximum residue levels of pesticides and to assess the consumer exposure to pesticide residues in and on food of plant and animal origin
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question -Discretional use of Article 53 of the Plant Protection Products Regulation for emergency authorisations of pesticides
  • EFSA - Xylella: 37 new plant species added to host list

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • EU restarts work on rules for Google, Twitter and Facebook - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Protecting the privacy of EU citizens from the intrusion of drones
  • GDPR accused of being toothless because of lack of resources - Financial Times

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: ITS Expert Meeting - coordination mechanism NAPs of 7 May 2020
  • Agenda for: Delegated Regulation 2015/962 - results of survey related to the study on real-time traffic information services of 08 May 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Rule of Law: European Commission launches infringement procedure to safeguard the independence of judges in Poland - IP/20/772
  • EU Platform of Diversity Charters turns 10 – Diversity, inclusion and solidarity are now more important than ever in time of crisis – See the Study

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Household real income per capita down in euro area and up in EU27 - Stat/72/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU announces €194 million additional support to the Sahel - IP/20/768
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/582 of 28 April 2020d implementing Article 17(1) of Regulation (EU) No 224/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in the Central African Republic - see Notice 1 & 2
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/584 of 28 April 2020 implementing Decision 2013/798/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Central African Republic
  • Joint declaration of the members of the European Council with the Member States of the G5 Sahel, see Statement by President Charles Michel
  • COVID-19: MEPs concerned over disinformation attempts