EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Directive (EU) 2020/739 of 3 June 2020 amending Annex III to Directive 2000/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the inclusion of SARS-CoV-2 in the list of biological agents known to infect humans and amending Commission Directive (EU) 2019/1833
  • Presentations - Webinar on COVID-19 and Intensive Care Medicine (2 June 2020) 
  • Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi - IP/20/989
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the trade fair sector 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €36.3 million Czech scheme to support SMEs in the primary agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57475) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support research and development, testing and production of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.57453) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €250 million Irish scheme to support micro and small companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in restarting their activities (SA.57509) - Midday Express
  • Lufthansa asmits aid exceeds its needs - Financial Times
  • Flag carrier bailouts will harm Europe's airline industry - Financial Times

TRADE

  • WTO report examines impact of COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses

INTERNAL MARKET  & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Expert Group on Industrial Property Policy - Virtual meeting – "COVID and Intellectual Property" of 13 May 2020
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 as regards its transitional provisions in order to address the impact of COVID-19 crisis

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020 - IP/20/997
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovski to a MEP written question - Protecting the homeless during the Covid-19 crisis

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus response - Free flow of goods across EU: Galileo Green Lane App eases traffic through borders - see the App

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9845 – Davidson Kempner Capital Management/GoldenTree Asset Management/Quorum Health Corporation)
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 4 June 2020, Case C‑591/16 P, H. Lundbeck A/S and Lundbeck Ltd Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices (Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area) - Antidepressant medicinal products - Agreements in settlement of patent disputes entered into by a patent-holding originator undertaking and manufacturers of generic medicinal products - Concept of potential competition - Concept of restriction of competition by object - Fines - Foreseeability of the anticompetitive nature of conduct - Sales to be taken into account for the purpose of calculating the amount of the fine
  • Opinion of Advocate General Pitruzzella of 4 June 2020 in Case C‑823/18 P, European Commission Vs. GEA Group AG
    Re: Appeal - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Heat stabilisers - Annulment of the decision amending the fine imposed in the initial infringement decision - Application of the ceiling of 10% of turnover to one of the entities forming the undertaking - Impact on joint and several liability for payment of the fine - Concept of an ‘undertaking’ - Date on which the fine is payable in the event of amendment
  • Switzerland - COMCO opens up the gas market in Central Switzerland

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 June 2020 in Case C‑456/18 P, Hungary, supported by: Republic of Poland, European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Alleged aid - Decision to initiate the procedure provided for in Article 108(2) TFEU - Suspension injunction in respect of the measures at issue - Conditions governing the legality of the injunction

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain pre- and post-stressing wires and wire strands of non-alloy steel (PSC wires and strands) originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/738 of 2 June 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1286 imposing a definitive countervailing duty on imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate (PET) originating in India
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 on protection against dumped imports from countries not members of the European Union and Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 on protection against subsidised imports from countries not members of the European Union as regards the duration of the period of pre-disclosure
  • Keynote address by Commissioner Phil Hogan on ’Global Music & Global Trade’
  • EP Opinion on the EU’s role in protecting and restoring the world’s forests Committee on International Trade
  • EP Draft report - Recommendations on the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Amendments 251 - 389 -
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Status of discussions on aicraft subsidies in the light of an EU-USA trade agreement
  • Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: EU agri-food exports slowing down
  • Dutch rejection of Mercosur now threatens wider EU trade deals - Bilaterals.org/ING
  • The European evaluation of the Association Agreements: guarantees and content still insufficient - See FTDES Press Release

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the REACH Committee of 23 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Construction of 15 June 2020
  • Future EU-UK cooperation on chemicals: analysing the UK’s proposal - See Chem Trust Analysis

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending and correcting Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/980 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the format, content, scrutiny and approval of the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market - See the Annex
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending and correcting Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/979 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards on key financial information in the summary of a prospectus, the publication and classification of prospectuses, advertisements for securities, supplements to a prospectus, and the notification portal - See the Annex
  • Agenda for: 9th meeting of the Commission Informal Expert Group High-Level Forum on Capital Markets Union of 03 June 2020
  • EBA publishes Opinion on obstacles to the provision of third party provider services under the Payment Services Directive
  • ESMA promotes convergence in the supervision of costs in UCITS and AIFs
  • Harald Waiglein reappointed chair of the financial services committee
  • Monitoring implementation and enforcement of Directive 2018/843/EU - Anti-money laundering directive V (AMLD V) - transposition status
  • Monitoring implementation and enforcement of Directive 2015/849/EU - Anti-money laundering directive IV (AMLD IV) - transposition status 

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 June 2020 in Case C-430/19: SC C.F. SRL Vs. A.J.F.P.M., D.G.R.F.P.C
    Re: "Reference for a preliminary ruling - Principles of Union law - Observance of the rights of the defence - Tax procedure - Exercise of the right to deduct value added tax (VAT) - Refusal of the right to deduct on account of the allegedly inappropriate conduct of the taxable person's suppliers - Administrative act issued by the national tax authorities without giving the taxpayer concerned access to the information and documents on which that act is based - Suspicion of tax fraud - National practice making the exercise of the right to deduct conditional on the possession of supporting documents other than the tax invoice - Eligibility".
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott on 4 June 2020 in Case C-335/19, E. Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. Vs. Minister Finansów
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Tax legislation - Value added tax - Directive 2006/112/EC - Articles 90 and 185 - Reduction of the taxable amount - Total or partial non-payment of the price - Need for the recipient of the benefit to be neither insolvent nor in liquidation - Corresponding adjustment of the deduction initially made - Timing of the adjustment
  • Agenda for: 19th Meeting of the Small Sub-Group "eForm Central Application - Direct Taxation" of 16 June 2020
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Updating of the EU tax haven blacklist
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Temporary lowering of VAT rate during the sales period

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 June 2020 in Case C-812/18 P, Terna SpA, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Energy - Projects of common interest of the EU - Union financial aid granted to two projects in the field of trans-European energy networks - Directive 2004/17/EC - Article 37 - Subcontracting - Article 40(3)(c) - Direct award - Technical specificity - Framework agreement - Reduction of the aid initially granted following a financial audit - Repayment of sums initially paid
  • New report outlines good practices to reduce energy sector risks during a pandemic
  • EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 focuses on green recovery and growth  
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Green Deal check on 4th PCI list projects

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Committee on Waste established under Article 39 of Directive 2008/98/EC of 16 june 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the 80th Nitrates Committee (Directive 91/676/EEC) of 22 June 2020
  • New cars and vans sold in 2018 more CO2 intensive, final data confirms - See EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Joint action against malaria: European Commission, European Investment Bank, and Investitionsbank Berlin inaugurate €70 million fund
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Lack of scientific data concerning the impact of 5G on health

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications) - Progress report
  • Thirtieth Plenary session: EDPB response to NGOs on Hungarian Decrees and statement on Article 23 GDPR
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Facial recognition in Europe
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Improving digital security

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Roadmap - Proposal for a regulation -Revision of the mandate of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Feedback period: 04 June 2020 - 02 July 2020

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Possible Avenues for Further Political Integration in Europe - A Political Compact for a More Democratic and Effective Union? - Study - EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs
  • Public access to Council documents: 2019 report 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on the latest developments in Venezuela
  • President Charles Michel speaks at the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States
  • Commission proposes to top up support for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and TurkeyIP/20/998 - see also Com 2020-421 Final
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - EU-Ukraine relations
  • Three compass points for an EU-China policy - Europe is nothing without its commitments to human dignity, democracy and the rule of law - Financial Times