EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €40 million Finnish direct grant schemes to support companies in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/824

RESEARCH

  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Funds for scientific research into Covid-19
  • SFIC opinion on “International R&I cooperation in view of the global COVID-19 pandemic”

HEALTH

  • Agenda - COVID-19 Meeting of the Competent Authorities for Tissues and Cells (19 May 2020)
  • World-leading virologist Peter Piot to advise President von der Leyen on the response to the coronavirus and COVID-19 - Midday Express
  • Designing an Optimal Colorectal Cancer Screening Process in Europe,Live Webinar - Shape EU policy by contributing to our Joint Statement on Colorectal Cancer Screening in the EU! - 27 May 2020
  • 2020 Thematic Network - Preparing health care professionals to the ongoing digitalisation of care: Innovation readiness, digital leadership and literacy - Discuss case studies and best practices to improve organizational and workforce digital readiness and obtain insights for the Joint Statement - 13 May 2020

EMPLOYMENT

  • Coronavirus: Commission helps Member States speed up the recognition of health workers' professional qualifications - see the Guidance

CONSUMER

  • COVID-19 cannot be an excuse to delay making online payments safer - See Beuc Statement

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • MEPs to discuss the use of personal data in the fight against COVID-19
  • Covid-19 tracing apps: ensuring privacy and data protection - See EP statement

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • State aid: 2019 Scoreboard shows increase in aid expenditure in 2018, mostly to finance common interest objectives - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 12 May 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/622 of 29 April 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 8529 90 92)
  • 17th Meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Sub-Committee on trade, economic and related legal issues: Agenda & Joint Report
  • 5th round of negotiations on the title 'Trade and Trade Related Matters' of the EU-Uzbekistan Comprehensive Agreement: Joint Report
  • 7th meeting of the Dialogue on Trade between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus and the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission: Joint Report
  • EU-Mexico trade agreement: chapter on Public Procurement - EU coverage at sub-central level & Mexico coverage at sub-central level
  • EU-Mexico trade agreement: chapter on Public Procurement - EU schedule & Mexico schedule
  • Brussels and Britain clash over climate conditions in trade deal - EU push to incorporate Paris agreement adds to tension over post-Brexit relationship - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the 20th meeting of the eCommerce expert group of 08 October 2020
  • Minutes of the meeting of the EU Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel of 04 March 2020
  • Note launching the written consultation of the REACH Committee on the two draft Commission Implementing Decisions partially granting an authorisation for a use of sodium dichromate and strontium chromate under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Wesco Aircraft EMEA Limited)
  • Final Draft - Council Regulation on temporary measures concerning the general meetings of European companies (SEs) and of European Cooperative Societies (SCEs)
  • Final Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on the applicability of Article 34 of Directive 2014/25/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council to contracts awarded for activities related to the provision of certain postal services in Denmark

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENERGY

  • ACER consults on methodologies for assessing electricity resource adequacy

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission supports Member States in their transition to a climate-neutral economy - IP/20/812
  • Forthcoming publication of the annual surplus indicator (total number of allowances in circulation) for the EU ETS Market Stability Reserve
  • Provisional solution for transfer of allowances between EU and Swiss emissions trading registries postponed - see the FactSheet
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Restriction on straws under the Single-Use Plastics Directive

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working group on Cosmetic Products - Subgroup on Borderlines of 20 May 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Revised import quotas for US beef and animal welfare

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Identification requirements for operators of internet communications platforms
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a written question - E-commerce: right of withdrawal and cost-free return of goods
  • New Developments in Digital Services - Study for the EP IMCO Committee

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Position (EU) No 6/2020 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020
  • Statement of the Council’s reasons: Position (EU) No 6/2020 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1042/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Luis de Guindos: Presentation of the ECB Annual Report 2019 to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament (by videoconference)
  • Regulation (EU) 2020/605 of the European Central Bank of 9 April 2020 amending Regulation (EU) 2015/534 on reporting of supervisory financial information (ECB/2020/22)
  • Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Spring 2020 Economic Forecast
  • Heterogeneity in corporate debt structures and the transmission of monetary policy - ECB Working paper Series No.2402
  • Endogenous TFP, business cycle persistence and the productivity slowdown in the euro area - ECB Working paper Series No.2401

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel and Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia, following the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb summit, see the Zagreb Declaration, 6 May 2020
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/621 of 18 February 2020 amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/125 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya