EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Agenda - 11th webinar organized by the “COVID-19 Clinical Management Support System” on “COVID-19 and Rare Liver diseases” (4 June 2020) 
  • Commission takes first step towards adoption of a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus: Updating of the Biological Agents Directive to better protect the health and safety of workers - Midday Express
  • Securing Europe's medical supply chains against future shocks - See CER Bulletin

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €184 million Czech rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57464) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Information from the Commission concerning the non-application of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2020/698 by France, the Netherlands, Finland, Croatia, Lithuania and Slovakia
  • Information from the Commission concerning the non-application of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2020/698 by Poland, Latvia, Hungary, Estonia, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • The Right Kind of Standard to Fight a Pandemic – ECIPE Commentary-June 2020

AGRICULTURE

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family farms

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Import duties and VAT exemption for victims of natural disasters
  • Ebudget for recovery : Increased funding to support EU farmers and fishermen towards a green transition/economy - Midday Express
  • The recovery fund faces a tricky passage - See CER Bulletin

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The ENISA releases ten cyber hygiene tips to support SMEs in protecting their virtual assets against cyber attacks, during the COVID-19 pandemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Trump's COVID-19 response is deepening the transatlantic rift - See CER Bulletin

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9757 – Providence/VOO/Brutélé)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9850 – EQT Fund management/Schülke & Mayr)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9851 – Naturgy/Sonatrach/BlackRock /Medgaz)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9782 – Experian/Bertelsmann/Informa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9676 – Lov Group/Banijay/ESG)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Mytex by IRPC and JPP (M.9834) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Market power issues related to dominant platforms and their app stores
  • Proposal for a regulation - New competition tool
    - Roadmap - Feedback period: 02 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
    - Public consultation - Feedback period: 03 June 2020 - 08 September 2020
  • Austria - Applications for findings brought against two musical instrument makers for price fixing
  • Bulgaria - Temporary derogation from the rules of Art. 101 of the TFEU for participants in the milk and milk products, potatoes and live plants sectors
  • Poland - Nord Stream 2 - President of The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection may impose a EUR 50 million fine on Gazprom
  • UK - CMA to refer TVS Europe Distribution / 3G Truck & Trailer Parts merger unless undertakings in lieu offered

STATE AID

  • EU Ombudsmann - The Commission’s handling of a state aid complaint concerning the ‘Elbtower’ building in Hamburg
  • EU seeks to curb state-backed foreign rivals - Push to rein in unfair competition from China comes at sensitive time for Brussels’ relations with Beijing - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft act - Delegated Regulation - Update to the list of projects or programmes of Union interest annexed to the FDI Screening Regulation - Feedback period: 03 June 2020 - 01 July 2020
  • Commission reports on latest negotiating round with Australia
  • Highlights - INTA discussed future of international trade, grandfathering regulation, enforcement 
  • Economic assessment of Carbon Leakage and Carbon Border Adjustment - Briefing for the EP INTA Committee
  • Trade Related Aspects of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. A Legal Assessment - Briefing for the EP INTA Committee
  • Political Assessment of Possible Reactions of EU Main Trading Partners to EU Border Carbon Measures - Briefing for the EP INTA Committee
  • Opinion of the EP INTA Committee for the ENVI Committee on shortage of medicines – how to address an emerging problem
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - CETA and the lowering of European food safety standards
  • US takes aim at digital services taxes in UK and EU - Trump administration expands probe that led to tariff threat against France last year - Financial Times (See USTR Statement)

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA announces timing for publication of its 2020 Spring EU-wide transparency exercise

TAXATION

  • Taxation: Council approves conclusions on future administrative cooperation and excise duty on tobacco
  • Council conclusions on the future evolution of administrative cooperation in the field of taxation in the EU

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Remarks by Commissioner Wojciechowski at the press conference on the Common Agricultural Policy in the next MFF 
  • QaA on the EU budget: the Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy 
  • Statement by Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius at the press conference on the Common Fisheries Policy in the next MFF -  
  • Opinon by Copa-Cogeca - EU poultry sector in the turmoil - twenty million chicks a week not being place on farms, while third country imports are on the rise ! 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II, III and IV to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for 1,4 diaminobutane, 1-methylcyclopropene, ammonium acetate, bifenazate, chlorantraniliprole, chlormequat, cyprodinil, limestone, mandipropamid, pepper, pyridaben, repellants: blood meal, seaweed extracts and trimethylamine hydrochloride in or on certain products
  • Draft - Commission Regulation EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for acequinocyl, cycloxydim, diclofop, fluopyram, ipconazole and terbuthylazine in or on certain products
  • Draft - Commission Regulation refusing to authorise certain health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children's development and health
  • Roadmap - Communication - Pharmaceutical Strategy - Timely patient access to affordable medicines - Feedback period: 02 June 2020 - 07 July 2020
  • ePrescription of Estonian citizens can be retrieved in pharmacies in Finland 
  • ePrescription of Portuguese citizens can be retrieved in pharmacies in Estonia
  • EFSA -  Safety and efficacy of montmorillonite‐illite (FIMIX 1g557) for all animal species
  • EFSA -  Safety and efficacy of APSA PHYTAFEED® (6‐phytase) as a feed additive for laying hens and other laying birds 
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme with β‐glucanase and β‐xylanase activities from the Trichoderma reesei strain DP‐Nya67 
  • EFSA - Database on apple fruit pests of the EU to support pest risk assessments
  • Most EU consumers open to eat more sustainably but face hurdles, new survey shows - See Beuc Statement & Report

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda of the 75th Single Sky Committee of 23 - 24 June 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/736 of 2 June 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 as regards the list of air carriers banned from operating or subject to operational restrictions within the Union

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • DIGITALEUROPE contribution to TRIS notification 2020/65/D (German proposed law on combating right-wing extremism and hate crime)

BREXIT

  • Business and public will struggle with parallel Covid-19 and Brexit messages - See the UK Report
  • EU integration plans underline growing divergence with UK - Pandemic is putting the two sides on different paths – Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Communication & Staff Working Document from the Commission - Enhanced Surveillance update - Greece, May 2020
  • Commission Recommendations for Council Recommendations on the National Reform Programmes 2020 to each Member State, delivering Council Opinions on the updated Stability or Convergence Programmes
  • Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič at the press conference on sectoral MFF 2021–2027 proposal by the European Commission
  • AML high risk third country list - Statement by Hungary

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/730 of 3 June 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1509 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/733 of 2 June 2020 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/849 concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/732 of 2 June 2020 in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Mechanism for investigation of alleged use of chemical and biological or toxin weapons
  • Yemen: EU allocates over €70 million to help most vulnerable population - IP/20/993
  • Two years after the Velvet Revolution, Armenia needs the EU more than ever – See EPC Commentary – June 2020