EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1 billion of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/943
  • Commission approves €2.2 billion Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/932
  • Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/937
  • Overview of the State aid rules and public service obligations rules applicable to the land transport sector during the COVID-19 outbreak
  • EFTA - ESA: Prolongation of Norwegian COVID-19 Guarantee scheme
  • Berlin agrees €9bn rescue package for Lufthansa - Financial Times

TRADE

  • CORONAVIRUS: Requirement for export authorisation for personal protective equipment comes to its end

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Coronavirus: following Commission's call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads - IP/20/938

DATA PRIVACY

  • Europe needs a unified approach to COVID-19 digital contact-tracing - see Digital Europe Paper

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU and Japan leaders signal close coordination in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and a commitment to enhance their strategic partnership - IP/20/942

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M. 9756 – Nouryon/CP Kelco)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9838 – Altor Fund Manager/Eleda/JVAB)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9836 — Bunker Holding/OceanConnect Marine)
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada (M.9489) - IP/20/934
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of TB Kawashima Automotive Textile (India) by Aunde Group and Toyota Boshoku (M.9797) - Midday Express
  • Support studies for the evaluation of the VBER - Final Report
  • Belgium - New guidelines (leniency, calculation of fines) of the Belgian Competition Authority - Press Release No.17/2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice to exporters concerning the application of the EU system for registered exporters (REX system) for exports from the EU to Eastern and Southern African States within the framework of the EU-ESA interim Economic Partnership Agreement
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/693 of 15 May 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 7228 60 80)
  • WT/DS583 - Turkey — Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing of Pharmaceutical Products - First Written Submission by the European Union
  • The true cost of the EU-Mercosur trade deal - Report by Friends of the Earth Europe
  • EU-China investment agreement: A checklist by the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce
  • WTO - Chair of agriculture negotiations announces he will step down on 30 June
  • WTO - South Africa launches safeguard investigation on bolts with hexagon heads of iron or steel

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards diisocyanates
  • Public consultation - Delegated regulation - Upload of software on radio equipment - Feedback period: 25 May 2020 - 14 September 2020
  • Europe beats China in electric car funding - See the T&E Report- Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Capital Markets Union: Commission launches public consultation on the protection and facilitation of investment within the EU
  • ESMA - Letter to EFRAG - IASB Exposure Draft Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2
  • ESMA - Letter to IASB Exposure Draft Interest Rate Benchmark Reform - Phase 2

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 98th Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation meeting on 15 June 2020
  • Public consultation - Report - VAT scheme for travel agents (evaluation) - Feedback period/ 25 May 2020 - 14 September 2020
  • Brussels looks to new taxes to pay off pandemic recovery debt - Corporate and green levies could help raise money for EU borrowing if member states agree - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

ENERGY

  • Impact of the use of the biomethane and hydrogen potential on trans-European infrastructure - See the Study & Executive summary (4 May 2020)
  • Analysis of nuclear fuel availability at EU level from a security of supply perspective - See the Report (7 May 2020)

HEALTH,  FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Draft - Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council empowering Germany to amend its bilateral road transport agreement with Switzerland with a view to authorising cabotage operations in the course of the provision of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries
  • Draft - Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council empowering Italy to negotiate and conclude an agreement with Switzerland authorising cabotage operations in the course of the provision of international road passenger transport services by coach and bus in the border regions between the two countries
  • Answer given by Ms Välean to a MEP written question - The ethics of driverless cars

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The COVID-19 Hackers Mind-set: White Paper of the ECHO Network of cybersecurity centres - See the Report
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written nquestion - Google and health data – Fitbit acquisition: privacy, GDPR and competition concerns in the activity-tracking wearable technology sector

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS