EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - 10th webinar organized by the “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System” on “COVID-19 and the Kidney” in collaboration with ERKNet (8 June 2020)
  • Minutes - 21st Health Security Committee on COVID-19 outbreak (20 May 2020)
  • Medicine shortage in the EU during the novel coronavirus outbreak - EP ENVI Committee Briefing
  • EMA calls for high-quality observational research in context of COVID-19

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Call for the EU to support the Italian horticultural sector 
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Impact of pandemic on farming and farm workers
  • Copa and Cogeca call for an ambitious MFF and Economic Recovery - Programme reflecting the lessons learnt from the COVID-19 crisis and acknowledging the key role of agriculture and forestry
  • COVID-19 crisis deals another blow to the already weakened European olive oil and table olive sector - Copa and Cogeca

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/696 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 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
  • Regulation (EU) 2020/697 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 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
  • Regulation (EU) 2020/698 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 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
  • Directive (EU) 2020/700 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 amending Directives (EU) 2016/797 and (EU) 2016/798, as regards the extension of their transposition periods
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/702 of 20 May 2020 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

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Council Regulation (EU) 2020/699 of 25 May 2020 on temporary measures concerning the general meetings of European companies (SEs) and of European Cooperative Societies (SCEs)
  • How to verify that medical devices and personal protective equipment can be lawfully placed on the EU market and thus purchased and used – also in the COVID-19 context - See the Notice
  • Amendment to Implementing Regulation 920/2013 on the designation of notified bodies
  • Coronavirus: EU industry steps in to protect European citizens
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Consequences of coronation pandemic for the printed media

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Decision (EU) 2020/701 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on providing macro‐financial assistance to enlargement and neighbourhood partners in the context of the COVID‐19 pandemic

INSTITUTIONS

  • EU citizens want more competences for the EU to deal with crises like COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9785 – EFL/DBK/Hama Polska)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9825 – CPPIB/Téthys Invest/Galileo Global Education)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9677 – DIC/BASF Colors & Effects)
  • Full text of Article 4(4) referral decisions in relation to acquisition of joint control of Medgaz by Naturgy and Sonatrach
  • Commission approves acquisition of DRT by Firmenich (M.9814) - Midday Express
  • France - Food retail sector in La Réunion: green light, subject to conditions, to the takeover of Vindemia by Groupe Bernard Hayot (GBH)
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears merger between Asklepios and Rhön-Klinikum
  • Portugal - Covid - 19: AdC imposes precautionary measure on the Portuguese Football League that suspends no-poach agreement
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the taking over of the Adient's automotive interiors business by age Automotive Interiors

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises a French State guarantee for a €71 million loan to the automotive supplier NOVARES in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.57405) - Midday Express
  • Lufthansa’s coveted airline slots under threat after bailout - Brussels pushes for conditions to airline’s €9bn rescue and rival Ryanair plans to challenge deal - Financial Times
  • Ryanair condemns €9 Billion State Aid to Lufthansa

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee and the Subcommittee on Trade and Investment established by the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part, as regards the adoption of decisions on the rules of procedure of the Joint Committee and the rules of procedure of the Subcommittee on Trade and Investment
  • Draft Decision of the Joint Committee established by the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part, adopting its Rules of Procedure and Draft Decision of the Joint Committee on Trade and Investment established by the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part, adopting its Rules of Procedure
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/705 of 26 May 2020 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of certain heavyweight thermal paper originating in the Republic of Korea
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Model of economic deglobalisation

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Draft standardisation request to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute as regards the definition of System Specification Requirements for the Future Rail Mobile Communication System in support of Directive (EU) 2016/797
  • Draft standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation on the measurement of functional performance for taps and showers
  • Planned meetings of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and subgroups in 2020
  • Third edition of the ATEX 2014/34/EU Guidelines
  • Research and Innovation Performance report: Enabling Europe to lead the green and digital transition - IP/20/933
  • Minutes of the 5th meeting of the Open Science Policy Platform of 5 February 2020
  • Minutes of Meeting of the REACH Committee of 30 April 2020
  • Raising opportunities for young people in rural and remote areas: the Council adopts conclusions
  • Council adopts conclusions on European teachers and trainers for the future.
  • Culture and audiovisual: the Council adopts conclusions on risk management in the area of cultural heritage, media literacy and the amendment of the Work Plan for Culture (2019 - 2022) 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA issues Opinion on measures to address macroprudential risk following notification by French High Council for Financial Stability (HSCF)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing (Annex), and on the conclusion (Annex) on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Committee for Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets – Horticultural products of 12 May 2020
  • Minutes of the Committee on Organic Production of the 05 May 2020

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Minister Aladrović participated in the videoconference of the EU Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • Draft Council conclusions on Enhancing Well-being at Work

ENERGY

  • Commission presents EU proposal for modernising Energy Charter Treaty - See the text proposal
  • Roadmap - Communication: A EU hydrogen strategy - Feedback period: 26 May 2020 - 08 June 2020
  • Investment Plan: first European Investment Bank financing of solar energy project in Poland - IP/20/951

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Investing in carbon capture technologies
  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a written question - A multidisciplinary approach to environmental degradation and climate protection

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/704 of 26 May 2020 granting a Union authorisation for the biocidal product family ‘INSECTICIDES FOR HOME USE’
  • Health Policy Platform webinar on "Health impact of climate change: from science to policy" (2 June 2020, 10.00 CET)
  • Minutes - 1st Drafting group meeting on on Public Procurement in Healthcare Systems (2020) (15 April 2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a written question - Shortages of cancer drugs 
  • EFSA - Agenda of the 105th Plenary meeting of the Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR) on 10 to 11 June 2020
  • EFSA - Update of occurrence and hunting yield‐based data models for wild boar at European scale: new approach to handle the bioregion effect
  • EMA - Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting of 18-20 May 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a written question - Chinese tech giant’s ties to the EU’s digital market – dealing with data, security, competition and diversity challenges

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Border management: EU concludes agreements with Montenegro and Serbia on Frontex cooperation 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Pandemic increases risks to financial stability - ECB Press Release
  • Cross-border currency exposures: new evidence based on an enhanced and updated dataset - ECB Working Paper Series No.2417
  • Interview of Isabel Schnabel with Financial Times
  • Economic Dialogue with the European Commission on the 2020 Country Specific Recommendations - Briefing for the EP EcoFin Committee

BREXIT

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • State Secretary Metelko-Zgombić held a video-conference of Ministers in charge of European Affairs

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/706 of 26 May 2020 amending for the 314th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh)and Al-Qaida organisations - See the Notice
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-Japan Leaders' meeting
  • EU mobilises international donors to support Venezuelan refugees and migrants and countries in the region - IP/20/922