EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves French plans to provide €7 billion in urgent liquidity support to Air France - IP/20/796
  • Commission approves guarantee scheme of up to €530 million to support the Walloon economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/792
  • Commission approves €130 million Danish schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/793
  • Commission approves €2 billion Slovenian guarantee and rent relief schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/791
  • Commission approves €101.5 million Lithuanian rent compensation scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/790
  • Commission approves modification of Greek guarantee measure to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/786
  • EU members clash over state aid rules - Financial Times

HEALTH

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Coronavirus: Commission adopts package of measures to further support the agri-food sector - IP/20/788 & Q&A
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/592 of 30 April 2020 on temporary exceptional measures derogating from certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council to address the market disturbance in the fruit and vegetables and wine sectors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures linked to it
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/600 of 30 April 2020 derogating from Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/892, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1150, Implementing Regulation (EU) No 615/2014, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1368 and Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Executive summary by Eurojust of collected information

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • MEPs debate EEAS report on disinformation activities related to COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears Aurubis' acquisition of Metallo (M.9409) - IP/20/801
  • Commission approves the creation of a joint venture by NENT and Telenor - Midday Express (M.9604) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Saudi Aramco Development Company and Baker Hughes Company (M.9804) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Maxam by Rhône Capital (M.9817) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Ingegneria by Bain and NB (M.9774) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Trade defence report: restoring the level playing field for European producers - IP/20/780 (See the 38th Annual Report and the Working Document)
  • Consultation - Implementing regulation - EU Customs Code - update - Feedback period: 30 April 2020 - 28 May 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - The EU’s economic relations with ASEAN countries
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: Reliance on international trade for food security likely to grow

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

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

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes annual bond transparency calculations, systematic internalisers calculations and new bond liquidity data
  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on specific reporting requirements for market risk
  • Mifid II influence spreads beyond EU borders - Different approaches to paying for investment research exacerbated by pandemic - Financial Times
  • Investors blast EU’s omission of oil from ESG disclosures - Latest proposal accused of being misleading over environmental risk - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes Bahamas: final legislation and assessment under criterion 2.2
    - final legislation on collective investment funds and assessment under criterion 2.2
    - Investment Funds (Amendment) Act, 2019
    - Investment Funds Act, 2019 (Part 1), (Part 2), (Part 3), (Part 4), (Part 5)
  • The EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes British Virgin Islands: final legislation and assessment under criterion 2.2 - new guidance under criterion 2.2
    - final legislation on collective investment funds and assessment under criterion 2.2
  • Antigua and Barbuda's Free Trade and Special Economic Zone (FTZ) - Final description and assessment
  • Belize's Foreign Source Income Exemption regime (BZ006) - Final description and assessment = Income and Business Tax (Amendment) Act, 2019
  • Belize's Foreign Source Income Exemption regime (BZ006) - Final description and assessment
  • Cook Islands' International Companies regime (CK001) - Final description and assessment
    - International Companies (Removal of Tax Exemption) Amendment Act 2019
  • Cook Islands' International Insurance Companies regime (CK002) Final description and assessment
    - Insurance Amendment Act 2019
    - Insurance Amendment Regulations 2019
  • Cook Islands' Captive Insurance Companies regime (CK004)
    - Final description and assessment
    - Captive Insurance Amendment Act 2019
  • Answer given to Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - American tax authorities accused Facebook of ‘downplaying’ the value of its assets to pay less US tax: software and trademarks transferred to an Irish subsidiary

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • EU, Norway and the Faroe Islands reach an agreement for better monitoring and control of pelagic fish stocks 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Appropriateness of legislation on the biogas sector
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Impact studies on the new Green Deal

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - 5G, the future of mobile telephony
  • Online crime gansg quick to exploit emergency across EU - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Asylum and Migration Pact: MEPs push for legal and safe avenues

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2020
  • South Sudan: Council adopts conclusions supporting the ongoing peace process