EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH & RESEARCH

  • Essential work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to continue during EMA's closure from 21 to 22 May 2020
  • Agenda - 9th webinar of the COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System on “The impact of COVID 19 for people living with a Rare Disease” (9 June 2020)
  • Agenda - COVID-19 Meeting of the Competent Authorities for Blood (03 June 2020)
  • Webinar - Cancer and COVID-19, current and future challenges (28 May 2020) 
  • Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the World Health Organization's 73rd Assembly

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €99 million Hungarian scheme to support the agri-food, aquaculture and forestry sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57329) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €84 million Austrian regional aid schemes to support companies and investment in research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products (SA.57148) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves amendment to Lithuanian subsidised loan scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57303) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves prolongation and modification of Danish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancellation of public events due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57209) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €70 million Italian direct grants scheme to support companies active in the agricultural and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak in Campania region (SA.57349) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19: Council adopts temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE) - See Council Regulation (EU) 2020/672
  • European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic - IP/20/901Q&A20/894, Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni  & Council conclusions (19 May 2020)
  • COVID-19: MEPs urge quick action to prevent “huge recession
  • Answer  given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Impact of the coronavirus in Italy and Germany
  • The ESM Pandemic Crisis Support - Briefing for the EP EcoFin Committee

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Proposal for a Council Decision amending Council Decision (EU) 2016/915 as regards the reference period intended to be used for measuring growth of CO2 emissions, to take account of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of CORSIA - See the Annex
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 19.5.2020 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 - See the Annex

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Protection of workers from biological agents: how to classify COVID-19 - See the EP Statement & Draft Commission Directive

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down temporary measures concerning the time limits for the collection, verification and examination stages provided for in Regulation (EU) 2019/788 on the European citizens' initiative in view of the COVID-19 outbreak

  • Border controls in Schengen due to coronavirus: what can the EU do? - See the EP Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus global response: EU allocates additional €50 million in humanitarian aid - IP/20/905

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9809 – Eni Rewind/CDP Equity/CircularIT JV)
  • Finland - Finnish hardware importer should be fined €9 million for setting prices

STATE AID

  • Answer given Ms Vestager to a written question - Application of State aid rules in the banking sector to protect savers 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 8th meeting of the UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 of 25 & 26 May 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of CETA Bilateral Dialogue on Forest Products of 28 May 2020
  • Notice concerning the provisional application of the Interim Partnership Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Pacific States of the other part
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/676 of 18 May 2020 concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 88/97
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the EU-Singapore Trade Committee of 17 April 2020 modifying Annexes 10-A and 10-B to the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Singapore
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Consequences of Australia’s disastrous climate policies for EU-Australia trade negotiations
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Border adjustment mechanism and free trade agreements
  • State of Play - Economic Partnership Agreements - Regular update of the FTAs for the six ACP regions - May 2020
  • Agenda for the EP INTA Extraordinary meeting of 28 May 2020
  • Government publishes 'approach' to post-Brexit trade deal with the EU - See the Draft Texts Agreement
  • WTO goods barometer flashes red as COVID-19 disrupts world trade
  • WTO - Brazil submits application to join government procurement pact

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 2003/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to fertilisers for the purpose of including a new type of EC fertilisers in Annex I
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe as regards the proposals for modifications to UN Regulations Nos 13, 14, 16, 22, 30, 41, 78, 79, 83, 94, 95, 101, 108, 109, 117, 129, 137, 138, 140 and 152, as regards the proposals for modifications to Global Technical Regulations Nos 3, 6, 7, 16 and 19, as regards the proposal for amendments to Consolidated Resolution R.E.3. and as regards the proposals for five new UN Regulations in relation to safety, emissions and automation in the area of motor vehicles
  • Statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following the meeting with high-level industrial actors under the European Battery Alliance
  • The Legal Framework for E-commerce in the Internal Market - Study for the EP IMCO Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Joint statement following the first meeting of the Specialised Committee on Financial Provisions
  • EBA Advisory Committee on Proportionality held its first meeting
  • ESMA calls for transparency on COVID-19 effects in half-yearly financial reports

ENERGY

  • ACER reports on congestion in EU gas markets and how it is managed
  • Answer given by Ms Ferreira to a MEP written question - Co-financing the replacement of coal-fired furnaces with new green energy sources

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Expert Group on Clinical Trials (TC) of 20 March 2020
  • Report from the Commission - Evaluation of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market and of Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 on maximum residue levels of pesticides
  • Report from the Commission on the experience gained by Member States on the implementation of national targets established in their National Action Plans and on progress in the implementation of Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides - See the Annex
  • Report from the Commission regarding the use of additional forms of expression and presentation of the nutrition declaration
  • Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system - IP/20/884
    - QaA on Biodiversity Strategy and on Farm to Fork Strategy
    - Factsheet on Biodiversity Strategy and on Farm to Fork Strategy
    - Biodiversity Strategy
    - Farm to Fork Strategy & Staff Working Document
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Conformity of the traceability system for tobacco products in force in the EU with obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Joint statement ahead of the 2nd year anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Understanding EU data protection policy - EP Research Service Briefing
  • EU grants nearly €49 million to boost innovation in cybersecurity and privacy systems - Midday Express
  • 28th Plenary session: Art. 64 GDPR Opinion on draft SCCs submitted by the SI SA, Publication register of Art. 60 GDPR (OSS) Decisions
  • Fine proposed for Danish recruitment company - See EDPB Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Preparing for the failure of the Privacy Shield

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference
  • Remarks by Philip R. Lane: Pandemic central banking: the monetary stance, market stabilisation and liquidity
  • Annual inflation down to 0.3% in the euro area - Stat/85/2020
  • China, US and EU are the largest economies in the world - Stat/84/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Western Balkans and Turkey: Joint conclusions of the economic and financial dialogue of 19 May 2020
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development: Joint Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
  • Recommendations for a transparent and detailed reporting system on arms exports within the EU and to third countries - In-Depth Analysis for the Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - EU-Russia relations