EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €88 million Bulgarian scheme to support micro and small companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - (SA.57283) - Midday Express

INTERNAL & MARKET INDUSTRY

  • Coronavirus: European Institute of Innovation and Technology mobilises €60 million Crisis Response Initiative - Midday Express
  • COVID-19: List of the measures taken in relation to the ITRE remit - March-April 2020 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2020/648 of 13 May 2020 on vouchers offered to passengers and travellers as an alternative to reimbursement for cancelled package travel and transport services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • European travellers set to retain right to choose between either reimbursement or a voucher – Beuc Statement
  • Speech by Commissioner Breton and by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Tourism and Transport Package
  • Joint WCO-IRU statement on responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on cross-border transport

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Coronavirus: President von der Leyen sets out the main features of the Recovery Plan for Europe - See the Speech by President von der Leyen
  • Long-term EU budget: Parliament wants safety net for beneficiaries - See the EP Resolution
  • MEPs want ambitious, future-oriented budget with the recovery fund as part of it 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU provides support in Horn of Africa region - IP/20/880

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 May 2020 in Case in Case C‑607/18 P, NKT Verwaltungs GmbH, NKT A/S, formerly NKT Holding A/S, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for underground and submarine power cables - Market allocation in connection with projects - Fines - Rights of the defence - Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 - Article 27(1) - Consistency between the statement of objections and the decision at issue - Access to the file - Single and continuous infringement - Burden of proof - Distortion of arguments and evidence
  • Commission clears acquisition of Metso's minerals business by Outotec (M.9585) - Midday Express
  • Belgium – Annual report 2019 of the BCA  
  • Slovak Republic - AMO issued a preliminary measure in an administrative proceedings in the matter of possible abuse of a dominant position in energies and media production and distribution
  • Slovak Republic - AMO initiated an administrative proceedings against an undertaking in postal services sector for the failure to submit requested information within stipulated time limit

STATE AID

  • Commission approves State financing granted by Spain for Correos's universal postal service obligation (SA.50872) - IP/20/882
  • Commission approves €21 million Czech aid to support environmental clean-up of site of former refinery in Ostrava (SA.55522) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs , Committee on International Trade of 25 May 2020
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey - see also the Note Verbale
  • How to establish and utilize essential goods lists during a disaster – See WCO Statement
  • WCO/IMO - Partnership for maritime digitalization to support flow of trade by ship
  • EU puts forward its candidate for the pool of arbitrators in the multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement and encourages more WTO members to join
  • EU seeks trade truce with US amid virus crisis - Bilaterals.org/Euractiv
  • UK to start trade talks with Japan, with US and EU talks ongoing - Bilaterals.org - See the UK-Japan FTA: UK’s negotiating directives (May 2020)

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • New tyre labels to include information on energy consumption and grip - See the EP Resolution
  • Judgment of the Court of 14 May 2020 in Case C‑667/18, Orde van Vlaamse Balies, Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone Vs. Ministerraad
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2009/138/EC - Legal expenses insurance - Article 201 - Insured person’s right freely to choose a lawyer - Proceedings - Meaning - Mediation proceedings

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA highlights challenges for rating Collateralised Loan Obligations

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 May 2020 in Case C‑276/19, European Commission, Vs. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Derogations - Simplification measures and measures to prevent tax evasion or avoidance - Article 395(2) - Obligation incumbent on Member States to notify the European Commission of special measures intended to simplify the procedure for charging VAT - Substantial amendment of the measure initially notified
  • Judgment of the Court of 14 May 2020 In Case C-446/18, Agrobet CZ s. r. o. v. Finanční úřad pro Středočeský kraj
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Deduction of input VAT - Excess VAT - Deduction of the surplus following the opening of a tax audit procedure - Application for repayment of the part of the surplus relating to transactions not covered by that procedure - Refusal by the tax authorities
  • Opinion of the Advocate General PIKAMÄE of 14 May 2020 in Case C‑235/19, United Biscuits (Pensions Trustees) Limited, United Biscuits Pension Investments Limited Vs.Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 135(1)(a) - Exemption of insurance transactions - Pension fund management services provided to trustees by investment managers - Occupational pension scheme - Earlier national tax practice consisting in distinguishing between entities authorised by the financial supervisory authorities to carry out an insurance activity and entities not having such authorisation
  • Opinion of the Advocate General KOKOTT of 14 May 2020 in Case C‑42/19, Sonaecom SGPS SA Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Common system of value added tax (VAT) - Directive 77/388/EEC - Concept of taxable person - Holding company - Mixed holding company - Deduction of input tax - Expenditure for consultancy services and for the issue of corporate bonds with a view to acquiring another company - Change in planned output transactions

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits: Commission takes Austria to Court for discrimination - IP/20/849

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 May 2020 in Case C‑15/19, AMA - Azienda Municipale Ambiente SpA Vs. Consorzio Laziale Rifiuti - Co.La.Ri.,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Waste - Directive 1999/31/EC - Existing landfill sites - Period of responsibility for after-care of the landfill following closure - Extension - Costs of the landfill of waste - Polluter pays principle - Temporal scope of the directive
  • Judgment of theCourt of 14 May 2020 in Case C-189/19, Spenner GmbH & Co KG v Bundesrepublik Deutschland,
    "Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading within the European Union - Directive 2003/87/EC - Article 10a - Transitional regime for the allocation of allowances free of charge - Decision 2011/278/EU - Article 9 - Determination of the historical level of activity - Significant change in the capacity of an installation which occurred before the reference period - Determination of the relevant reference period.
  • European Green Deal: Commission opens public consultation on new climate change adaptation strategy
  • Parliament approves increased water reuse - See the EP Resolution and the Statement by Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Possible introduction of a tax on plastic packaging (‘plastic tax’)
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - The cost of implementing the Habitats and Birds Directives

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food - See the Annex
  • EFSA - Ochratoxin A in food: public health risks assessed
  • Presentations - Webinar on COVID-19: Endocrine conditions with increased risk - Endo-ERN (12 May 2020)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The placing of asylum seekers or third-country nationals who are the subject of a return decision in the Röszke transit zone at the Serbian-Hungarian border must be classified as ‘detention’ (See CPR Nº 60/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-924/19 PPU, C-925/19 - PPU Országos Idegenrendeszeti Főigazgatóság Dél-alföldi Regionális Igazgatóság)
  • Advocate General Bobek: Member States must grant compensation to any victim of a violent intentional crime, regardless of his or her residence (See CPR Nº 61/2020 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Case C-129/19, Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • European Investment Advisory Hub sends projects worth €34 billion to European Investment Bank pipeline - IP/20/835
  • Commission welcomes European Parliament's confirmation that the 2018 budget was well-managed
  • Interview of ECB‘s Fabio Panetta with Der Standard
  • ECB announces new measures to increase share of female staff members
  • Loan types and the bank lending channel - ECB Working paper Series No.2409
  • Random forest versus logit models: which offers better early warning of fiscal stress? - ECB Working paper Series No.2408
  • German top judge warns EU over ‘very difficult to resolve’ legal crisis - Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Imposition of sanctions on Turkey
  • Why Brexit divorce deal still hangs over EU-UK future-relationship talks - Financial Times