EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

COMPETITION

  • Comfort letter: coordination in the pharmaceutical industry to increase production and to improve supply of urgently needed critical hospital medicines to treat COVID-19 patients
  • COVID-19: MEPs to quiz Margrethe Vestager on the EU’s response to the pandemic on 4 May 2020

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €5 billion loan guarantee by France to the Renault group to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak – IP/20/779

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & RESEARCH

HEALTH

  • The Coronavirus Global Response pledging marathon starts on Monday 4 May - Midday Express
  • Flash report -18th Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak 
  • Webinar - Guidance on the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic (15 May 2020)
  • First ECDC update - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and supply of substances of human origin in the EU/EEA
  • Flagship US medical academy backs EU efforts for global virus response - Financial Times

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

DIGITAL SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - COVID-19: digital inclusion and communication
  • Coronavirus: Commission intensifies work on all fronts to prevent scams and protect consumers online
  • Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, on malicious cyber activities exploiting the coronavirus pandemic

INSTITUTIONS

  • Continuity of the European public administration of justice: the Court of Justice of the European Union provides for hearings to resume from 25 May 2020 (See CPR No 51/2020)

COMPETITION

  • Communication from the Commission published pursuant to Article 27(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 in Case AT.40608 – Broadcom
  • Commission clears acquisition of control over IQSA Holdings by Blackstone (M.9813) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Inexio and DGF by EFMS and OMERS (M.9783) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Legg Mason by Franklin Resources (M.9811) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA terminates extension of Phase 1 review of ION Investment Group / Broadway Technology merger investigation
  • UK - COVID-19: CMA grants second derogation to final order requiring Tobii to divest Smartbox

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 in Case C‑627/18, Nelson Antunes da Cunha, Lda Vs. Instituto de Financiamento da Agricultura e Pescas IP (IFAP)
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Recovery of unlawful aid - Limitation period for recovery - Limitation period of 10 years - Interest - Limitation period of a lesser duration provided for in national legislation - Legal certainty - Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 - Article 17(1) - Article 16(2) - Article 16(3) - Principle of effectiveness
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Poland - State aid SA.38330 (2019/C) (ex 2016/FC) - Alleged unlawful regional investment aid to PCC MCAA Sp. z o.o. (PCC) - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Commission extends in-depth investigation into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA (SA.46470) - Midday Express
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into Belgian aid scheme to support videogame production (SA.54817) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Withdrawal of a complaint about illegal state aid to the Thessaloniki City Transport Body (OASTH)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 in Case C-810/18, DHL Logistics (Slovakia), spol. s r.o. Vs. Finančné riaditeľstvo Slovenskej republiky
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 - Customs Union and Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Subheading 8525 80 91 - Digital cameras - Camcorders - Digital video camera capable of capturing and recording still images and video sequences of a resolution quality of less than 800 × 600 pixels
  • Agenda for: 4th Meeting of the Project Group on the Proof of Union Status system of 05 May 2020
  • Agenda for: 7th Meeting of the UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 16 & 17 March 2020
  • Communication in accordance with Article 34(7)(a)(iii) of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, on decisions relating to binding information issued by the customs authorities of the Member States concerning the classification of goods in the customs nomenclature
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/588 of 22 April 2020 concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in the P.R. of China pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 88/97
  • Report on the 7th round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between the EU and New Zealand - 30 March - 9 April 2020
  • Export requirements for personal protective equipment - FAQ - 29 April 2020
  • Interim appeal arrangement for WTO disputes becomes effective  

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Consultation - Regulation - Chemicals regulation (REACH) – updated list of restricted substances - Feedback period: 27 April 2020 - 25 May 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 7th Meeting of the Commission Informal Expert Group High-Level Forum on Capital Markets Union of 06 May 2020
  • FATCA – Exchange of information under Intergovernmental Agreements – Letter from the US Department of the Treasury
  • Opinion of the ESMA of 29 April 2020 on appropriate supervisory and enforcement practices in respect of the new disclosure requirements in Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to sustainability-related disclosures for benchmarks - see Opinion ESMA Article 9A(3) & Opinion ESMA Article 9A(2)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Disproportionate costs of banking regulation for small banks
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Management Board meeting 24 March 2020
  • ‎ESMA - SMSG advice Inv services third country

TAXATION

  • The Italian tax regime resulting from the Italian-Portuguese double taxation convention does not infringe the principles of freedom of movement and non-discrimination (see CPR No 54/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-168/19, C-169/19 - Istituto nazionale della previdenza sociale - DISC
  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 In Case C–661/18, CTT — Correios de Portugal VS. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Deduction of input tax - Article 173 - Mixed taxable person - Deduction methods - Pro rata method - Deduction on the basis of actual use - Article 184 to Article 186 - Adjustment of deductions - Change in the factors used to determine the amount to be deducted - Output transaction incorrectly regarded as VAT-exempt - National measure prohibiting a change in the deduction method for years that have already elapsed - Limitation period - Principles of fiscal neutrality, legal certainty, effectiveness, and proportionality
  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 in Case C-258/19,EUROVIA Ipari, Kereskedelmi, Szállítmányozási és Idegenforgalmi Kft. v Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Fellebbviteli Igazgatósága,'.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of value added tax - Directive 77/388/EEC - First and third subparagraphs of Article 10(2), Article 17(1) and first subparagraph of Article 18(2) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Articles 63, 64(1), 66, first paragraph, points (a) to (c), 167 and 179, first paragraph - Supply of services performed before the accession of Hungary to the European Union - Exact determination of the price of that supply made after accession - Invoice relating to that supply issued, and payment made, after accession - Refusal of the right to deduct on the basis of that invoice on the ground that it is time-barred - Jurisdiction of the Court.
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Agreement enabling Turkey to avoid being listed by the EU as a tax haven

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Special Committee on Agriculture of 07 May 2020
  • Swift decisions on transitional regulation are urgently required to provide stability to the farming community - See Copa-Cogeca Statement
  • Fearing an oversupply crisis, the European poultry meat and eggs sectors call on the Commission to manage the influx of imports - See Copa-Cogeca Statement

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The Working Time Directive applies to officers of the Hungarian Rapid Intervention Police responsible for surveillance of the external borders of the Schengen Area in the context of the migration crisis (See CPR No 55/2020 - Judgment in Case C-211/19 - Készenléti Rendőrség - Freedom of movement for persons)
  • Statement by Commissioner Nicolas Schmit ahead of International Workers' Day

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Opinion of Advocate General of Kokott of 30 April 2020 in Case C‑254/19, Friends of the Irish Environment Limited Vs. An Bord Pleanála, Notice party: Shannon LNG Limited
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Directive 92/43/ECC -Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora - Appropriate assessment of the implications of plans and projects - Scope - Extension of the development consent to construct a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal - Single operation

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 in Case C-5/19, 'Оvergas Mrezhi' AD, 'Balgarska gazova asotsiatsia Vs. Komisia za energiyno i vodno regulirane, in the presence of Prokuratura na Republika Bulgaria,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common rules for the internal market in natural gas - Directive 2009/73/EC - Articles 3(1) to (3) and 41(16) - Public service obligations - Obligations to store natural gas with a view to ensuring security of supply and regularity of supply - National legislation providing that the financial burden of public service obligations imposed on natural gas undertakings is to be passed on to their customers - Conditions - Adoption, by a national regulatory authority of an act imposing a public service obligation - Procedure - Articles 36 and 38 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • How the EU Green Deal can unleash Europe's bioeconomy - see ePure Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY 

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX approving carbendazim as an existing active substance for use in biocidal products of product-types 7 and 10
  • EFSA - Pesticides: first cumulative risk reports published
  • EFSA - Cumulative risk assessment of pesticides: FAQ

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/590 of 24 April 2020 amending Decision (EU) 2019/784 as regards an update of relevant technical conditions applicable to the 24,25-27,5 GHz frequency band
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Enforcement of the Directive on privacy and electronic communications
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - European sovereignty in telecommunications
  • Pan-European survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the digital industry - See Digital Europe survey

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Judgment of the Court of 30 April 2020 in Case C‑191/19, OI Vs. Air Nostrum Líneas Aéreas del Mediterráneo SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Air transport - Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 - Compensation for air passengers in the event of denied boarding - Denied boarding - Cancellation - Connecting flights - Change of the reservation in respect of one of the flights comprising the journey by air against the passenger’s will - Arrival of the passenger without delay at his or her final destination

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • A passenger’s denied boarding on the ground that he presented allegedly inadequate travel documentation does not, in itself, deprive the passenger from protection under the Regulation on compensation and assistance to air passengers (see CPR No 53/2020: Judgment in Case C-584/18 - Blue Air - Airline Management Solutions)

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Diamond traceability, the Kimberley Process and the definition of ‘conflict diamonds’
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Export and transfer of military material – problem of transit licences
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Updating the EU's list of Iranians subject to restrictive measures for violating human rights