EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Belgian €250 million subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/805 
  • Commission approves €30 million Italian scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/803
  • Commission approves €5.2 billion Czech guarantee scheme for loans to large exporting companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/794
  • Commission approves modification and prolongation of Danish scheme to compensate companies particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreak - case number SA.57151 - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting of 06 May 2020
  • Coronavirus: a new platform for cultural and creative stakeholders
  • COVID-19: Save European culture and values, MEPs tell Commission - Listen to the full debate
  • How Covid-19 affects Erasmus and EU Solidarity Corps - See MEP Statement
  • EU industrial supply lines need strengthening, commissioner warns - Thierry Breton says coronavirus crisis shows vital supplies are vulnerable to disruption - Financial Times 
  • Amazon and eBay should be liable for faulty goods, says EU group - Online marketplaces must be responsible for what they sell, says consumer organisation Beuc - Financial Times  

HEALTH GLOBAL RESPONSE

  • Coronavirus Global Response: €7.4 billion raised for universal access to vaccines - IP/20/797, Memo & FactSheet
  • Statement by Von der Leyen on Coronavirus Global Response: World stands united against coronavirus and will win
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the results of the Coronavirus Global Response international pledging event
  • Opening remarks & Closing remarks by President von der Leyen at the Coronavirus Global Response international pledging event
  • G20 funding push nears €7.5bn goal - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE

  • EU measures with regard to the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 as regards specific measures to provide exceptional temporary support under EAFRD in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 4.5.2020 derogating in respect of the year 2020 from Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/891 as regards the fruit and vegetables sector and from Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1149 as regards the wine sector in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

INSTITUTIONS

  • COVID-19: National authorities should do more to raise awareness of EU action - see the EP Statement
  • In Europe, COVID-19 misinformation runs rife on Facebook - Politico.eu

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9793 – Permira/Sneakers Maker)
  • UK - CMA announces cancellation of McGraw-Hill / Cengage Learning Phase 2 investigation
  • UK - CMA directs appointment of hold separate manager in ION Investment Group / Broadway Technology merger investigation

STATE AID

  • Commission approves prolongation and extension of voucher scheme for faster broadband services in Greece - case number SA.56599 - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 8708 91 35, 7616 99 90 & 4819 50 00)
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union - (CN: 9505)
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/609 of 27 April 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee established under the Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand on cooperation and mutual administrative assistance in customs matters as regards the adoption of the internal rules of procedure of the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Investment negotiations
  • Dialogues : Civil Society Dialogue meeting on the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences - powerpoint
  • Enforcement and protection: Information by the Commission on granted and rejected export authorisations in the period of 26 April to 3 May 2020
  • WTO report looks at role of e-commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • France and Netherlands call for tougher EU trade conditions - Bloc urged to enforce environmental and labour standards through tariffs - Financial Times
  • 5 things to watch in UK-US trade talks - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET INDUSTRY

  • Agenda of the Webex meeting of the REACH Committee of 13 May 2020
    - Draft: Commission Implementing Decision of XXX partially granting an authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (REACHLaw Ltd) for certain uses of chromium trioxide
    - Draft: Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards substances in tattoo inks or permanent make-up
    - Draft: Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH, as regards carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant (CMR) substances, devices covered by Regulation (EU) 2017/745 of the European Parliament and of the Council, persistent organic pollutants, certain liquid substances or mixtures, nonylphenol and testing methods for azocolourants
    - Draft: Commission Implementing Decision of XXX partially granting an authorisation for certain uses of chromium trioxide under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Chemservice GmbH and others)
  • Draft: Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute as regards ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for household dishwashers, household washing machines and household washer-dryers in support of Commission Regulations (EU) 2019/2022 and (EU) 2019/2023 and Commission Delegated Regulations (EU) 2019/2017 and (EU) 2019/2014
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Deindustrialisation in the Member States
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Future of the steel industry in the EU

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA launches additional EU-wide transparency exercise
  • EBA updated ITS package for 2021 benchmarking exercise includes IFRS9 template
  • ESMA - Joint ESA consultation on ESG disclosures - Annex 1

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from EU industry and power companies significantly down in 2019 - (reduced by 8,7% in 2019)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Implementation of the ePrivacy Directive following the entry into application of the GDPR

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • The Phillips Curve at the ECB - ECB Working Paper Series No.2400
  • The economy and coronavirus - Briefing - EP Econ Committee
  • Exchange of views with Andrea Enria, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the ECB - Briefing - EP Econ Committee
  • Study in focus: Crypto-assets - EP Econ Committee
  • Industrial producer prices down by 1.5% in euro area - Stat/76/2020
  • ECB decisions on the Public Sector Purchase Programme exceed EU competences - Press Release No.32/2020
  • German court calls on ECB to justify bond-buying programme - Bundesbank told to halt participation in QE unless central bank shows policy is ‘proportionate’ - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The EU issued a declaration on Nicaragua as the Council added six individuals responsible for serious human rights violations to the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures (See Regulation (EU) 2020/606 & Decision (CFSP) 2020/607 and the Notices)