EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the establishment of a Programme for the Union's action in the field of health –for the period 2021-2027 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 282/2014 (“EU4Health Programme”) - See the Annex
  • EU4Health programme for a healthier and safer Union - See the QaA & Factsheet 
  • European medicines regulatory network fully mobilised in fight against COVID-19 - see the EMA Statement
  • EMA commissions independent research to prepare for real-world monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines - see the EMA Statement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €713 million Dutch guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57397) - Midday Express
    Commission approves €32 million Danish scheme to compensate media companies for damage caused by decrease in advertising revenues due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57106) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with the European Investment Bank - IP/20/930
    - QaA on the Just Transition Mechanism
    - QaA on REACT-EU, cohesion policy post-2020 and the European Social Fund+
    - QaA on the EU budget for recovery: Recovery and Resilience Facility
    - Remarks by Executive VP Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation - IP/20/940, see the Communication, its Annex and the Proposal
    - Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the EU Recovery package
    - Press statement by President von der Leyen on the MFF and the Recovery Instrument
    - QaA on the MFF and Next Generation EU
    - QaA on the EU budget for recovery: Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • EU future at stake: MEPs broadly welcome Commission’s recovery package proposals
  • EP negotiators: recovery plan crucial, but do not trade long-term for short-term
  • MEPs: Focus on crisis response when coordinating economic and budgetary policies
  • Charles Michel on the recovery fund: “Our citizens and businesses have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. They need targeted relief without delay”
  • EU recovery fund faces prodigious hurdles to reach consensus - Member states pore over €750bn borrowing plan as they seek route out of budget impasse - Financial Times
  • Country Specific Recommendations for 2020 - Commission draft texts and indication of policy areas addressed - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Notice of request concerning the applicability of Article 34 of Directive 2014/25/EU - Extension of period for the adoption of implementing acts
  • MDCG 2020-11 Guidance on the renewal of designation and monitoring of notified bodies under Directives 90/385/EEC and 93/42/EEC to be performed in accordance with Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/666 amending Commission Implementing Regulation
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sports sector 

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 223/2014 as regards the introduction of specific measures for addressing the COVID-19 crisis

INSTITUTIONS

JUSTICE

  • Coronavirus: Commissioners Reynders and Johansson at informal EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial videoconference today  - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the General Court of 28 May 2020 in Case T‑399/16, CK Telecoms UK Investments Ltd, Vs. European Commission, supported by United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and by EE Ltd
    Re: Competition - Concentrations - Wireless telecommunications - Retail market for mobile telecommunication services - Market for wholesale access and call origination on public mobile networks - Acquisition of Telefónica Europe by Hutchison - Decision declaring the concentration incompatible with the internal market - Oligopolistic market - Significant impediment to effective competition - Non-coordinated effects - Burden of proof - Standard of proof - Market shares - Effects of the merger on prices - Quantitative analysis of upward pricing pressure - Close competitors - Important competitive constraint - Important competitive force - Network-sharing agreements - Level of concentration - Herfindahl-Hirschmann Index - Error of law - Error of assessment
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9793 – Permira/Sneakers Maker)
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Block exemption regulation for consortiums in liner shipping

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General of Mr Giovanni Pitruzzella of 28 May 2020, Case C-556/19, Société Eco TLC Vs. Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition in the presence of La Fédération des entreprises du recyclage
    Re: 'Reference for a preliminary ruling - State aid - Extended producer responsibility - Eco-organisation approved by the public authorities to collect financial contributions from those who place certain products on the market in order to fulfil, on their behalf, their legal obligation to treat waste from those products - Financial support paid by the eco-organisation to sorting operators under contract - Concept of 'State resources' - Compulsory contributions - Public control of resources - Existence of a sufficiently direct link between the advantage and a reduction, at least potential, in the State budget'
  • Commission approves support for electricity production in Spanish non-peninsular territories (SA.42270) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • List of the bilateral investment agreements referred to in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1219/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries
  • EU-China trade and investment relations in challenging times - Study for EP INTA Committee
  • EU-ACP post-Cotonou agreement: draft text (Mar 2020)
  • WTO - DDG Wolff: This is the time to consider the future of the multilateral trading system
  • WTO - ‎Members discuss impact of COVID-19 on developing economies’ participation in world trade

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 May 2020 in Case C-684/18, World Comm Trading Gfz SRL Vs. Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală (ANAF), Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Ploieşti,
    Re: 'Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 90 - Articles 184 to 186 - Principle of neutrality of VAT - Adjustment of the deduction of the tax initially made - Discounts granted for intra-Community and internal supplies of goods'.

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 03 June 2020
  • Gazprom calls Washington’s bluff on Nord Stream 2 sanctions - Move to complete pipeline alone is a bet US will not dare target Russian gas giant itself - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 May 2020 in Case C-535/18, IL, JK, KJ, LI, NG, MH, OF, PE, RC and SB, as heirs of QD, TA, UZ, VY, WX v Land Nordrhein-Westfalen
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Aarhus Convention - Directive 2011/92/EU - Assessment of the effects of certain projects on the environment - Public participation in the decision-making process - Irregularities in the authorisation procedure for a project - Access to justice - Limitations provided for by national law - Directive 2000/60/EC - EU water policy - Deterioration of a body of groundwater - Assessment methods - Right of individuals to adopt measures to prevent pollution - Standing to bring actions before national courts
  • Judgment of the Court of 28 May 2020 in Case C‑727/17, Syndyk Masy Upadłości ECO-WIND Construction S.A. w upadłości, formerly ECO-WIND Construction S.A., Vs. Samorządowe Kolegium Odwoławcze w Kielcach
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive (EU) 2015/1535 - Standards and technical regulations - Wind generators - Directive 2006/123/EC - Concept of ‘service’ - Environment - Directive 2009/28/EC - Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources - Mandatory national overall targets - National rule on the authorisation procedures applicable to plants for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources - Proportionality - Legislation of a Member State laying down restrictions on the location of wind turbines
  • Judgment of the Court of 28 May 2020 in Case C-654/18: Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH v SAA Sonderabfallagentur Baden-Württemberg GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Shipment of waste - Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 - Procedure for prior written notification and consent - General information requirements - Annex III A - Mixture of paper, board and paper products - Entry B3020 in Annex IX to the Basel Convention - Disturbing substances - Contamination of a mixture with other substances - Recovery in an environmentally sound manner
  • "The Farm to Fork strategy and the inconvenient truth" - See EPC Commentary

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for the Regulatory Committee Meeting under Directive 2001/18/08 on 4 June 2020
  • Creating a sustainable food system: the EU's strategy - See the Statement
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Shortage of medicines
  • Prospective dialogue between developers and regulators makes for better evidence generation - see the EMA Statement

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coordination in preparation for the 220th session of the ICAO Council (Montréal, 8 - 26 June 2020) - Presidency compromise

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Belarus: EU concludes agreements on visa facilitation and readmission

BREXIT

  • Statement following the meeting of the Specialised Committee on Gibraltar between the European Union and the UK Government

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Foreign Relations Counsellors of 28 May 2020
  • United Nations: HR/VP Josep Borrell to address the Security Council - factsheet
  • The end of Europe’s Chinese dream - See EPC Commentary & Report