EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/853
  • Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/858
  • Commission approves €10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/860
  • Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/848
  • Hungary, COVID-19: Exceptional Liquidity Guarantee Programs by Garantiqa Zrt and the Hungarian Development Bank (SA.57121 - Public version available)
  • Germany, Germany – COVID-19 – Federal Framework “Aid for Covid-19 related R&D, investments in testing infrastructures and production facilities” ("Bundesregelung Forschungs-, Entwicklungs- und Investitionsbeihilfen”) (SA.57100 - Public version available)
  • Malta, COVID-19 Wage Supplement Scheme (SA.57076 - Public version available)

HEALTH & RESEARCH

  • Coronavirus: €117 million granted for treatments and diagnostics through the Innovative Medicines Initiative - IP/20/837, new IMI Research Projects

DATA PRIVACY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Impact of the coronavirus on the viability of European physical fashion retailers
  • ENISA provides cybersecurity advice to support Hospitals and the healthcare sector against the increase of phishing campaigns and ransomware attacks during the coronavirus crisis.

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Coronavirus: EU channels further assistance to Greece to protect refugees and migrants - Midday Express
  • Remarks by Vice-President Věra Jourová on “Threats to democracy during the COVID-19 crisis” event organised by B'nai B'rith

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission publishes guidance on coronavirus-related humanitarian aid to Syria despite sanctions - IP/20/831

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9770 – Sun Life Financial/ InfraRed Partners)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9834 – IRPC/JPP/Mytex)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Fresco International by Macquarie (M.9840) - Midday Express
  • Statistics on EU mergers - up to April 2020
  • UK - The CMA has launched its merger inquiry in the anticipated acquisition by Pharm-a-Care Laboratories Pty Limited of the Haliborange Business of the Procter and Gamble Company

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the exercise of the Union's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules
  • Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EPA Committee set up by the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Côte d'Ivoire, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, in connection with the adoption of:
    - the list of arbitrators & Annex
    - the procedure for the settlement of disputes and the code of conduct for arbitrators & Annex
  • Solomon Islands provisionally applies the EU-Pacific EPA from 17.5.2020
  • EU trade chief seeks revived talks to close transatlantic rift - Brussels proposes joint agenda that could spell end of Airbus-Boeing dispute - Financial Times
  • EU still pursuing FTAs with Asean - the Malaysian Reserve

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in order to improve the workability of information requirements related to emergency health response accompanied by an Annex

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes its inquiry into dividend arbitrage trading schemes (“Cum-Ex/Cum-Cum”), and announces a 10-point action plan to enhance the future regulatory framework

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 4th meeting of Expert Group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCFEG) of 26 May 2020
  • Draft opinion Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests - Amendments 1 - 46

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/636 of 8 May 2020 amending Decision 2008/477/EC as regards an update of relevant technical conditions applicable to the 2 500–2 690 MHz frequency band

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Reported sharing of location and sexual orientation data by Grindr – violation of Article 9 of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • The EU Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) analyses the cyber risks of the dependency of energy operators on time sensitive services and proposes mitigation measures - See the Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decision (EU) 2020/637 of the European Central Bank of 27 April 2020 on accreditation procedures for manufacturers of euro secure items and euro items (ECB/2020/24) (recast)
  • Cyclical systemic risk and downside risks to bank profitability - ECB Working paper Series No.2405
  • Monetary policy with judgment - ECB Working paper Series No.2404
  • Do not take the EP’s consent on MFF for granted, says Budget Committee Chair
  • Selected Euro Area Maco-economic Indicators - at a Glance - European Parliament

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Possible items for College agendas: 13 May 2020 – 29 July 2020
  • How can Europe solve the crisis created by Germany’s highest court? - Berlin, Brussels and Frankfurt weigh response to judgment on ECB’s bond-buying programme - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020: Council approves conclusions
  • Answer given by Mr Borrell to a MEP written question - Further acts of provocation by Turkey in the EEZ of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Answer given by Mr Borrell to a MEP written question - Ban on imports of goods from Israeli settlements