EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €40 million rescue aid to Croatian mechanical engineering company Ðuro Ðaković - IP/20/836
  • Commission approves €314 million Hungarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs active in the agri-food value chain during the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/828
  • Commission approves €7.3 million Czech scheme to support research and development activities related to coronavirus outbreak  - IP/20/829

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission delivers first batch of 1.5 million masks from 10 million purchased to support EU healthcare workers - IP/20/819
  • Coronavirus Global Response: EU sets up a Humanitarian Air Bridge - IP/20/813
  • Agenda - 6th webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “COVID-19: Endocrine conditions with increased risk - Endo-ERN” (12 May 2020)
  • Webinars organised on 20 and 27 April 2020 on Covid-19 and specific rare diseases conditions - See Video recording 

EMPLOYMENT

  • Communication from the Commission — Guidance on free movement of health professionals and minimum harmonisation of training in relation to COVID-19 emergency measures – recommendations regarding Directive 2005/36/EC

ECONOMY

  • Opinion No 3/2020 (pursuant to Articles 287(4) and 322(1)(a), TFEU) on the proposal 2020/0054(COD) for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013 and Regulation (EU) No 1301/2013 as regards specific measures to provide exceptional flexibility for the use of the European Structural and Investments Funds in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • ECB - Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises: Small businesses report challenging outlook for their access to external financing due to COVID-19
  • Statement by President Sassoli on the EU recovery plan, which will be anchored to the next Multiannual EU budget.

COMPETITION

  • Opinion of the Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella of 07 May 2020 in Case C-132/19 P, Canal + Group against EU Commission
    Re: References for a preliminary ruling - Appeal - Competition - Cartel - Television distribution - Territorial exclusivity - Regulation No 1/2003 - Article 9 - Decision making commitments binding - Misuse of powers - Preliminary assessment - Legal and economic context - Proportionality - Obligation on the Commission to take account of considerations relating to the application of Article 101(3) TFEU - Contractual rights of third parties - Protection
  • Commission approves acquisition of Financière Holding CEP and its subsidiaries by Bridgepoint (M.9822) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over CASER by Helvetia (M.9772) - Midday Express
  • Italy - Coronavirus emergency, investigation launched into rising food and detergent, disinfectant and glove prices
  • France - The Competition Authority has authorized Comexposium to take over Europa group
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has published its 2019 annual report on the work of its Market Transparency Unit for Fuels
  • UK - CMA consults on commitments offered by British Airways and American Airlines in Atlantic Joint Business Agreement investigation
  • UK - CMA full text Phase 1 and consent to merge decisions in Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust merger
  • UK - CMA full text Phase 1 decision on Takeaway.com / Just Eat merger
  • UK - CMA issues statement in Phase 2 investigation of FNZ / GBST merger
  • UK - CMA publishes notice of cancellation of McGraw-Hill / Cengage Learning Phase 2 merger investigation

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Judgment of the Court of 7 May 2020 in Case C-148/19 P, BTB Holding Investments SA, Duferco Participations Holding SA Vs. Commission européenne, Foreign Strategic Investments Holding (FSIH)
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Regional aid to the steel industry - Decision declaring aid incompatible with the common market - Concept of 'State aid' - Advantage - Private operator test - Manifest error - Burden of proof - Limits of judicial review
  • Advocate General Hogan: the Court should reject Austria’s appeal in UK State Aid Case  (See CPR Nº 57/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-594/18 P Austria vs.Commission)
  • Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union restructuring scheme - SA.57053 - Midday Express
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.17/20 - Covers from 1 to 7 May 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft Decision of the CETA Joint Committee setting out the administrative and organisational matters regarding the functioning of the Appellate Tribunal
    • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the CETA Joint Committee established under the CETA between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision setting out the administrative and organisational matters regarding the functioning of the Appellate Tribunal
    • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Committee on Services and Investment established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a code of conduct for Members of the Tribunal, Members of the Appellate Tribunal and mediators
  • Draft Decision of the CETA Joint Committee adopting a procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of CETA as an Annex to its Rules of Procedure
    • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the CETA Joint Committee established under the CETA between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision on the procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of CETA as an Annex to its Rules of Procedure
    • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Committee on Services and Investment established under the CETA between Canada, of the one part, and the EU and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of rules for mediation for use by disputing parties in investment disputes
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the CARIFORUM-EU Trade and Development Committee of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, with regard to the establishment of a Special Committee on Services - see the Annex
  • Notice from the Commission pursuant to paragraph 17 of Article 4 of the Protocol 1 to the Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the SADC EPA States, concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation — Notification of the revised list of materials originating in South Africa and which cannot be imported directly into the EU duty-free quota-free, to which the cumulation provided for under paragraph 2 of Article 4 of the Protocol 1 to the EU-SADC EPA shall not apply
  • Notice concerning the anti-subsidy measures in force on imports of certain rainbow trout originating in Turkey: change of name of a company subject to the countervailing duty rate for non-sampled cooperating companies
  • WTO - Committee on Market Access - Notification pursuant to the Decision on Notification Procedures for Quantitative Restrictions (G/L/59/Rev.1) - European Union - Addendum 
  • WTO issues report on trade impacts for WTO members graduating from LDC status
  • WTO‎ - DDG Wolff: “The time now is for action rather than reflection”
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: COVID-19 crisis underlines need for more multilateralism, not less
  • Dutch and French push EU on green trade - Financial Times
  • Franco-Dutch alliance could be harbinger of things to come in EU trade deals - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Remarks by Executive VP Dombrovskis at the press conference on the Commission Action Plan to fight against money laundering and terrorist financing

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Agenda of the 1st meeting of the Energy Union Committee on 18 May 2020
  • ACER assesses the draft guideline for cost-benefit analysis of electricity grid development projects - See the Opinion

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/619 of 30 April 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Implementation Committee established pursuant to Article 18 of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on forest law enforcement, governance and trade as regards the adoption of the rules of procedure of the Joint Implementation Committee
  • Minutes of the 89th Meeting of the CITES Scientific Review Group of 03 March 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - The need for concrete, binding and ambitious actions to protect and restore EU forests in the EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • EUROCHAMBRES’ reaction to the new Circular Economy Action Plan

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF Committee on:
    - Controls and Import Conditions of 14 May 2020
    - Animal health and animal welfare of 14 May 2020
    - Phytopharmaceuticals - Legislation of 18 May 2020
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 19 ( Published on: 08/05/2020)
  • Minutes of the Working Group on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 08 April 2020
  • Minutes of the Working Group on Cosmetic Ingredients products of 07 April 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Ban on glyphosate in the EU

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Position (EU) No 7/2020 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on electronic freight transport information - Adopted by the Council on 7 April 2020 - See the Statement of the Council’s reasons

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The victims of the sinking of a vessel, which sailed under the flag of Panama, may bring an action for damages before the Italian courts against the Italian organisations which classified and certified that vessel (See CPR Nº 56/2020 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-641/18 Rina)
  • COVID-19: MEPs fear impact on justice system and threat to rule of law
  • Czech PM should resolve his conflict of interest as a matter of urgency say MEPs

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Sale of personal data of Avast Software users
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Regulating artificial intelligence, facial recognition and the ethical and moral considerations linked to AI

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Political referenda and investment: evidence from Scotland - ECB Working Paper Series No.2403 
  • SMEs need robust measures to boost the European economic recovery - See Eurochambres Paper
  • The fiscal response to the economic fallout from the coronavirus - see Bruegel Paper

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures  directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine, Egypt, and in Bosnia and Herzegovina