EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Finnish State guarantee on €600 million loan to Finnair in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.56809) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/666 of 18 May 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 920/2013 as regards the renewal of designations and the surveillance and monitoring of notified bodies
  • Communication from the Commission Guidelines on the adoption of Union-wide derogations for medical devices in accordance with Article 59 of Regulation (EU) 2017/745
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - SMEs and the COVID-19 crisis

HEALTH & RESEARCH

  • Coronavirus: Commission welcomes ECDC guidance on surveillance of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in the EU - Midday Express
  • Agenda - 8th webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “COVID-19 and Intensive Care Medicine” (2 June 2020)
  • EP Draft opinion Shortage of medicines - how to address an emerging problem -Amendments 1 / 69
  • Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million -IP/20/887
  • Global regulators work towards alignment on policy approaches and regulatory flexibility during COVID-19 – update #2 - see the EMA Statement

TRADE

  • WTO - Members discuss trade responses to COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on providing macro-financial assistance to enlargement and neighbourhood partners in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Brussels, 13-16 May 2020)
  • Coronavirus: Commission welcomes Council adoption of €100 billion SURE instrument - Midday Express
  • Germany and France call for €500bn EU recovery fund - Merkel-Macron initiative envisages commission borrowing on capital markets - Financial Times  - Statement by the European Commission
  • Crisis in Europe: von der Leyen’s audacious bid for new powers - Commission president must bridge bitter divides over EU plan to rebuild the economy - Financial Times

TRANSPORT

  • Final draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/352, so as to allow the managing body of a port or the competent authority to provide flexibility in respect of the levying of port infrastructure charges in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Final draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down specific and temporary measures in view of the COVID-19 outbreak concerning the renewal or extension of certain certificates, licences and authorisations and the postponement of certain periodic checks and periodic training in certain areas of transport legislation
  • European ports hit hard by Coronavirus lockdowns - Two-thirds of European ports report falling ship calls as pandemic triggers sharp contraction in global supply chains - Wall Street Journal

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • United Nations: Joint statement by High Representative Borrell, Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question -The COVID-19 crisis in Ecuador 

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €550 million Danish scheme to support electricity production from biomass installations (SA.55891) - Midday Express
  • Roadmap - Regulation - Government subsidies (small amounts) for essential public services – extension of rules to 2023 - Feedback period/ 18 May 2020 - 13 July 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Decision No 1/2020 of the Epa Committee set up by the Interim Agreement with a view to an Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Central Africa Party, of the other part, of 28 April 2020 adopting the rules of procedure for mediation, the rules of procedure for arbitration, and the code of conduct for arbitrators
  • Decision No 2/2020 of the EPA Committee set up by the Interim Agreement with a view to an Economic Partnership Agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Central Africa Party, of the other part of 28 April 2020 concerning the adoption of the list of arbitrators
  • UK sets out post-Brexit tariff regime - Price of food and cars from Europe will rise sharply if transition period ends without EU-UK trade deal - Financial Times
    - Public consultation on the UK Global Tariff: summary of public responses
    - Public consultation on the UK Global Tariff: government response
  • US and EU contemplate reshaping WTO after Azevêdo’s departure - Global trade body has long faced complaints about alleged overreach and its stance on China - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 15.5.2020 amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) No 649/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals - See Annex
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/668 of 18 May 2020 on the harmonised standards for personal protective equipment drafted in support of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • MDCG 2020-10/1 - Safety reporting in clinical investigations of medical devices under the Regulation (EU) 2017/745 - See the Summay Report
  • Common statement on traceability requirements under the Radio Equipment Directive (RED)
  • Group of Administrative Co-operation Under the Radio Equipment Directive - Information sheet on obligations associated with the placing of radio equipment on the market (Directive 2014/53/EU)

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Public consultation - Proposal for a regulation - Trans-European energy infrastructure – revision of guidelines - Feedback period: 18 May 2020 - 13 July 2020
  • ACER - EU gas supply sourcing costs fall in 2019 as prices are pressured by record LNG deliveries

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
  • Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest: Deforestation, biodiversity and cooperation with the EU and international forums - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ENVI Committee
  • Belgium: EU supports ArcelorMittal with EUR 75m EIB loan to scale up breakthrough technology to reduce carbon emissions

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/667 of 6 May 2020 amending Decision 2012/688/EU as regards an update of relevant technical conditions applicable to the frequency bands 1 920-1 980 MHz and 2 110-2 170 MHz
  • Facebook’s Zuckerberg calls out Chinese internet model - The tech CEO praised ‘deeper collaboration’ with democratic governments during a talk with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton - Politico.eu

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Guaranteeing economic and social rights in the age of artificial intelligence
  • Belgium - Data Protection Authority imposes 50,000 euro fine on a social network - See Decision (in Dutch)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting of 19 May 2020 - Midday Express
  • International Role of the Euro: A Monetary Policy View - Study for the EP ECON Committee
  • ECB - Results of the March 2020 survey on credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities financing and over-the-counter derivatives markets (SESFOD)
  • Burned by leverage? Flows and fragility in bond mutual funds - ECB Working Paper Series No.2413
  • Stock return comovement when investors are distracted: more, and more homogeneous - ECB Working Paper Series No.2412
  • Interview of Christine Lagarde with Les Echos, Corriere della Sera, Handelsblatt and El Mundo
  • Production in construction down by 14.1% in euro area - Stat/83/2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 20 May 2020
  • The EU must retreat to survive - For both pragmatic and democratic reasons, it would be lunacy to sue the German government - Financial Times
  • Brussels risks constitutional mess if it acts against Karlsruhe - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Libya: High Representative Josep Borrell speaks with Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar/Burma
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Iran