EU CORNAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/896
  • Commission approves Danish guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak (SA.57112) - IP/20/897 
  • Commission approves €903 million Belgian reinsurance scheme to support trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak (SA.57188) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €18.5 billion Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57195) - Midday Express

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)
  • Video recording - Webinar on COVID-19: Endocrine conditions with increased risk - Endo-ERN (12 May 2020)
    - COVID-19: Endocrine Conditions with increased risk: Endo-ERN
    - Type of diabetes and risk for COVID-19
    - Endocrinology in the time of COVID-19 - Management of Adrenal Insufficiency
  • An animal health scientist’s point of view on the alleged connection between food production and COVID-19 - Opinion piece by Copa-Gogeca
  • BfR - Coronavirus infection: Perceived safety grows - 16/2020, 15.05.2020

ECONOMY & BUDGET

  • Partner countries get €3bn in loans to prop up economies affected by pandemic
  • Parliament: EU27 need €2 trillion recovery package to tackle COVID-19 fallout
  • Rebooting Europe: a framework for a post COVID-19 economic recovery - See Bruegel Policy Brief

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Securing smart infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic - ENISA Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM,  SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Executive summary of information compiled by Eurojust and EJN

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9833 – KKR/Viridor)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9666 – Deutsche Asphalt/KEMNA BAU Andrae/Heideasphalt)
  • Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of BNP Paribas Asset Management India Private Limited and Baroda Trustee India Private Limited by BNP Paribas and Bank of Baroda (M.9780) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over Hama Polska by EFL and DBK (M.9785) - Midday Express
  • Poland - Electricity and gas suppliers - the proceedings of the President of UOKiK

STATE AID

  • Communication from the Commission Approval of the content of a draft for a Commission Regulation amending Regulation (EU)No 651/2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108of the Treaty
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Proposal for a review of funding for the ‘KTM Motohall’ by the Upper Austrian state government with a view to ensuring compliance with EU law on state aid
  • EU state aid rules hinder tech bailouts, say industry groups - Trade associations in France, Germany, UK and Ireland ask Brussels for more flexibility - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working party of 25 May 2020
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the World Customs Organization (WCO) with regard to the adoption of Explanatory Notes, Classification Opinions or other advice on the interpretation of the Harmonized System and recommendations to secure uniformity in the interpretation of the Harmonized System under the Harmonised System Convention - See the Annexes
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX establishing a procedure for extending the transition period provided for in Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 for the application of the registered exporter system in some beneficiary countries of the Generalised System of Preferences
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/658 of 15 May 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/309 imposing adefinitive countervailing duty and collecting definitively the provisional duty on imports of certain rainbow trout originatingin Turkey following an interim review pursuant to Article 19(4) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Classification Information System - CLASS is the new single access point to different types of classification information of the goods that enter or leave the European Union
  • Notice to Stakeholders - Withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the filed of Prohibitions and restrictions of imports/exports, incl. import/export licences
  • INTA meetings revised calendar 2020
  • EU investment deal with China likely to hinge on three key elements, says European trade official - South China Morning Post
  • WTO contenders admit challenge of reform - Financial Times
  • The WTO is needed today as much as ever - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/659 of 15 May 2020 on the harmonised standard for the technical documentation requiredfor assessing materials, components and electrical and electronic equipment drafted in support of Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/660 of 15 May 2020 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1326 as regards the electromagnetic compatibility of electromechanical contactors and motor-starters, arc quenching devices, distribution boardsintended to be operated by ordinary persons and industrial trucks

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA consults on technical standards for contractual recognition of stay powers under the BRRD
  • ESMA - Hearing on draft Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) under the Benchmarks Regulation (BMR)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Joint Statement - More vigilance required on retail alliances for a stronger EU agri-food supply chain - Copa-Cogeca

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Minutes of the Committee for the technical adaptation of legislation on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work of 14 May 2020
  • Minutes & Working Documents of the 51st meeting of the Advisory Committee for the Coordination of Social Security Systems of 25 October 2019

ENERGY

  • Commission launches public consultation on the trans-European energy infrastructure review - Feedback period: 18 May 2020 - 13 July 2020

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of 3-monochloropropanediol (3-MCPD), 3-MCPD fatty acid esters and glycidyl fatty acid esters in certain foods - See the Annex
  • Food and Veterinary Office - audit reports - BW Botswana - Fresh bovine meat intended for export to the European Union
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on e-cigarettes of 28 April 2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - EU data centres and cloud solutions in the context of the so-called energy transition and the Green Deal
  • Personal data: Connected vehicles not the same as smartphones, says auto industry - see ACEA comments on EDPB guidelines 1/2020

AREA OF FREEDOM,  SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Progress report on the action plan on economic, monetary and financial statistics for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2020
  • Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference
  • Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup videoconference of 15 May 2020
  • Interview of ECB's Philip R. Lane with El País

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting for Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 20 May 2020
  • List of meetings taking place between 18 and 29 May
  • "Europe brings home over half a million stranded citizens. An unprecedented challenge!" says President Charles Michel
  • Voice or Exit - What other choice for Germany’s Constitutional Court? - See CEPS Brief
  • Coronavirus is pushing the EU in new and undesirable directions - See CER Insight

BREXIT

  • Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom
  • Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community as regards the adoption of a decision to amend the Agreement
  • Brexit strains have exposed the constitutional vulnerability of the civil service - see IfG Statement & Report
  • Brexit talks stall as UK resists EU demands on fair competition - Third round of negotiations fails to resolve ideological differences ahead of June summit - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2020
  • Statement of the EU Foreign Ministers on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean
  • The use of development funds for de-risking private investment: how effective is it in delivering development results? - Study for the EP Developments Committee
  • Draft Opinion on A new EU-Africa Strategy - a partnership for sustainable and inclusive development
  • Roadmap - Recommendation for a decision - Authorisation to open negotiations and negotiate an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Tajikistan - Feedback period: 15 May 2020 - 12 June 2020