EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Presentations - Webinar on Providing high-quality care remotely to patients with Rare Bone Diseases during COVID-19 pandemic (19 May 2020)
  • Agenda - COVID-19 Meeting of the Competent Authorities for Blood (03 June 2020)

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €8 billion Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/928
  • Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/925
  • Commission authorises two Portuguese employment aid schemes to safeguard employment in the Azores during the coronavirus pandemic (SA.57049 et SA.57050) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10 million Lithuanian scheme to support cultural and art institutions and organisations in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.57342) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €156 million Hungarian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57269) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves a €60 million Hungarian direct grants scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57285) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €30 million Luxembourg scheme to support investments by companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57305) - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus Outbreak - List of Member State Measures approved under Article 107(2)b TFEU, Article 107(3)b TFEU and under the Temporary State Aid Framework - 25th May 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Guidance on Customs issues related to the COVID-19 emergency, updated as of 19 May 2020
  • Chancellor Merkel, DG Azevêdo and other agency heads discuss COVID-19 pandemic
  • WTO report looks at standards and regulations notified by members in COVID-19 response
  • Business leaders stress role of trade and WTO in COVID-19 response

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The impact of the coronavirus on the automotive industry

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • COVID-19 transport measures: Council adopts temporary flexibility for licences and port services
  • COVID-19: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners
  • Final Draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community in view of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Draft - Council Decision further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430 and extended by Decision (EU) 2020/556 in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Opinion of the ECB of 20 May 2020 on amendments to the Union prudential framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (CON/2020/16)
  • The European Central Bank in the COVID-19 crisis: whatever it takes, within its mandate - See Bruegel Policy Contribution - Issue 9

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU-Japan leaders' video conference meeting to focus on the coronavirus pandemic and coordinated response - See the factsheet

INSTITUTIONS

  • EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic
  • European Youth Event 2020: giving a voice to young people to influence EU policy
  • 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

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9564 – LSEG/Refinitiv Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9778 – TUI AG/RCCL/Hapag-Lloyd Cruises)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9815 – Advent/Cinven/thyssenkrupp Elevator)
  • Greece - Clearance by the Hellenic Competition Commission of the concentration concerning the acquisition of sole control by the company ADAMA AGRICULTURE B.V. over the company ALFA AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIES S.A.
  • Portugal - Fashion Division notifies the acquisition of sole control over IVN - Shared Services
  • Portugal - Covid-19: PCA warns associations of need to comply with competition rules
  • Portugal - Belmont Infrastructure Holding notifies the acquisition of sole control over NOS Towering
  • Romania - The development of the collaborative economy and the relaxation of market access conditions for traditional service providers leads to the improvement of competition

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 24 March 2020 — Tartu Agro Vs. Commission (Case T-150/20)
    Re: annulment of the decision of the Commission of 24 January 2020 on state aid SA.39182 (2017/C), which concerns the grant of alleged illegal aid to Tartu Agro
  • Targeted review of the General Block Exemption Regulation (State aid): extended scope for national funds to be combined with certain Union programmes (2nd consultation - 06 July 2020)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation EU) …/... of XXX amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down the Union Customs Code
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/678 of 18 May 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the CETA Joint Committee established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision setting out the administrative and organisational matters regarding the functioning of the Appellate Tribunal
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/679 of 18 May 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the CETA Joint Committee established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a decision on the procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of CETA as an Annex to its Rules of Procedure
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/680 of 18 May 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Committee on Services and Investment established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of a code of conduct for Members of the Tribunal, Members of the Appellate Tribunal and mediators
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/681 of 18 May 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Committee on Services and Investment established under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of rules for mediation for use by disputing parties in investment disputes
  • Update of list of countries applying the Registered Exporter System - 25 May 2020
  • WTO establishes nomination window for DG selection
  • 59th Annual Report of the European Free Trade Association 2019

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Progress report by the EEA Joint Committee
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Pressure equipment on the internal market
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Impact of implementing tire pressure measurement checks
  • Europe’s Quest for Technology Sovereignty: Opportunities and Pitfalls - see ECIPE Paper 02/2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA publishes Report on interlinkages between recovery and resolution planning
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovski to a MEP written question - Single market for mortgages
  • UK and EU fund managers at odds over Mifid II revamp - French and German groups lobby Brussels for a change to research unbundling - Financial Times

ENERGY

  • The General Court of the European Union declares that the actions brought by Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG against Directive 2019/692, which extends certain rules of the internal market in natural gas to pipelines from third countries, are inadmissible (See CPR Nº 62/2020 - Order of the General Court in cases T-526/19,T-530/1, Nord Stream 2 Vs. Parliament and Council)
  • Electricity industry calls on policy makers for a green recovery - see Eurelectric statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission publishes first annual EU report on CO2 emissions from maritime transport

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the section Biological Safety of the Food Chain of 27 May 2020
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/685 of 20 May 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of perchlorate in certain foods
  • ECDC publishes the first report monitoring the progress towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C across European Union and European Economic Area
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a written question - New Commission proposals to address the shortage of medicinal products in the European Union

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • The ECB's Mandate: Perspectives on General Economic Policies - Study for the EP ECON Committee
  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates)
  • Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB held in Frankfurt am Main on 29-30 April 2020
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: International inflation co-movements
  • Twin default crises - ECB Working Paper Series No.2414

AREA OF FREDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 27 May 2020

BREXIT

  • Policy paper - Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 21 May 2020
  • Answer given by President Von der Leyen to a MEP written question - Withdrawal of the UK from the EU – Commitments in the revised Political Declaration

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by Commissioner Janez Lenarčič on the destructive cyclone Amphan in eastern India and Bangladesh
  • Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on the announcement by China’s National People’s Congress spokesperson regarding Hong Kong
  • Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on the remarks by Iran's Supreme Leader
  • Beijing is pitting EU countries against each other - Financial Times