EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

HEALTH

  • Agenda - 7th webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “Providing high-quality care remotely to patients with Rare Bone Diseases during COVID-19 pandemic” (19 May 2020)
  • Coronavirus: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge delivers more supplies and personnel  - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €500 million Belgian guarantee scheme to support internationally active companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57187) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €40 million Maltese support scheme to grant interest rate subsidies to companies (SA.57163) - Midday Express

TRADE

  • Covid-19 : WTO statement on highlighting the importance of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME)
  • Intro remarks by Commissioner Phil Hogan at Second G20 Extraordinary Trade and Investment Ministers Meeting on COVID-19
  • DG Azevêdo hails G20 pledges on trade cooperation in COVID-19 response

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Likely limitations on the functioning of the internal market due to the spread of coronaviru

AGRICULTURE

  • Answer given by Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU agriculture
  • Answer given by Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Request for postponement of a deadline for submitting proposals in the light of Covid-19

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: Council reaches political agreement on temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE)
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Additional measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic

TRANSPORT & TOURISM

  • Communication from the Commission EU Guidance for the progressive resumption of tourism services and for health protocols in hospitality establishments – COVID-19
  • Communication from the Commission Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity – COVID-19
  • Communication from the Commission Towards a phased and coordinated approach for restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls — COVID-19

AREA OF JUSTICE, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Terrorism in Times of Corona: The development of the terrorist threat as a result of the Covid-19 crisis
  • Hungary’s emergency measures: MEPs ask EU to impose sanctions and stop payments 

DATA PRIVACY

  • COVID-19 tracing apps: MEPs stress the need to preserve citizens’ privacy

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Mr Borrell to a MEP written question - Follow-up questions on the outbreak of the coronavirus in China

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid Weekly e-News update - No.18/20 - Covers from 8 to 14 May 2020
  • Commission approves €9 million Italian State aid to promote shift of freight transport from road to rail in Genoa following collapse of Morandi bridge (SA.53615) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 208th meeting of the Customs Code Committee, Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section Agriculture /Chemistry) on 16 June 2020 -
  • Working Documents - Economic Tariff Questions Group of 14-15 May 2020 (Suspensions & Quotas)
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the ESA-EU Customs Cooperation Committee of 5 May 2020 on a derogation from the rules of origin laid down in Protocol 1 to the Interim Agreement establishing a framework for an Economic Partnership Agreement between the Eastern and Southern Africa States, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, to take account of the special situation of Mauritius with regard to salted snoek [2020/656]
  • Answer given by Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Protecting the geographical indication of feta in China
  • Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on the retirement of Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO
  • Commission introduces new monitoring system for steel and aluminium imports
  • Trade Defence Statistics covering the first 3 months of 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • UN Regulation No 127 – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of motor vehicles with regard to their pedestrian safety performance
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/654 of 13 May 2020 concerning national provisions notified by Germany on small and medium combustion units 
  • Delegated regulation - Hazardous chemicals - updated requirements for submitting information to poison centres - Feedback period: 12 May 2020 - 09 June 2020
  • Delegated regulation - Hazardous chemicals – extra labelling information - Feedback period: 12 May 2020 - 09 June 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - AML compliance costs and the potential of AI
  • ESMA sees potential decoupling of financial market performance and underlying economic activity
  • ESMA supports ESRB actions to address COVID-related systemic vulnerabilities
  • Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors conference call - 22 April, 15 April, 08 April, 1 April and 26 March 2020

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 4th meeting of Expert Group on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCFEG) of 26 may 2020

HEALTH FOOD PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl in or on certain products
  • Guidelines on annual audit reports to be submitted in accordance with Article 15(8) of Directive 2014/40/EU in the context of the EU traceability system for tobacco products
  • Minutes of the Expert Group Meeting on the implementation of Directive 2009/48/EC concerning the Safety of toys – Chemicals Sub-Group – 18 December 2019
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 20 (Published on: 15/05/2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Possible introduction of a marketing authorisation procedure for organic pesticides

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a regulation - Strengthening of Europol’s mandate - Feedback period: 14 May 2020 - 09 July 2020
  • Migrant smugglers and human traffickers to become more ruthless and clandestine says new Europol report  

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decision (EU) 2020/655 of the European Central Bank of 5 May 2020 adopting implementing rules concerning data protection at the European Central Bank and repealing Decision ECB/2007/1 (ECB/2020/28)
  • Do non-performing loans matter for bank lending and the business cycle in euro area countries? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2411
  • Global trade in final goods and intermediate inputs: impact of FTAs and reduced “Border Effects” - ECB Working Paper Series No.2410

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the European Parliament Plenary on the 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council extends cyber sanctions regime until 18 May 2021 - Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/651
  • Common Security and Defence Policy: Council extends the mandates of four Heads of civilian Missions
  • Declaration by the H.R. Josep Borrell on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2020 - see the Report
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The Commission’s overall strategy against the implementation of the Helms-Burton Act