EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €155 million Hungarian “umbrella” direct grant scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57468) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • GSP: extension of the transition period for the application of the REX system to 31 December 2020 because of the COVID19 pandemic 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TRANSPORT

  • Information from the Commission concerning the non-application of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) 2020/698 by Germany COVID-19 outbreak
  • Aviation emissions: EU adopts its position on adjusted CORSIA baseline to take account of the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic

ENVIRONMENT

  • Answer given by Executive VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Review of EU climate policy in view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY & BUDGETS

  • COVID-19 and German constitutional court decision top meeting with ECB’s Lagarde 
  • "Team Europe" global response to COVID-19: Council welcomes the mobilisation of almost €36 billion and approves conclusions 
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - European commitment to economic recovery in the Member States following the Covid-19 emergency

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9814 – Firmenich/Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9413 – Lactalis/Nuova Castelli)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9843 – Colony Capital/PSP/NGD)
  • Commission approves acquisition of Bayer's animal health division by Elanco, subject to conditions (M.9554) – IP/20/1020
  • Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture between Société Générale and Mitsubishi (M.9844) - Midday Express
  • France - Acquisition of 567 Leader Price stores by Aldi: Commission refers the case to the Authority
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR approves concentration of subcontractors Eurofoam GmbH and Greiner AG
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR approves concentration of subcontractors KBC Group N.V. and OTP Bank Slovakia, a. s.
  • UK - CMA sets timetable for remittal investigation following Court of Appeal judgment on appeals in Pfizer/ Flynn phenytoin sodium capsules case
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC of the Osurnia business of Elanco Animal Health Incorporated
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Danone S.A. of Harrogate Water Brands Limited.

STATE AID

  • EU curbs on Chinese state aid are overdue - Action on subsidies is a sensible step but fraught with difficulties – Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 23 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Electronic Customs Coordination Group (ECCG) of 11-12 June 2020
  • Minutes of : Project Group on the Proof of Union Status system of 05 May 2020
  • Minutes of : UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 19 May 2020
  • Mexico nominates Mr Jesús Seade Kuri for post of WTO Director-General 
  • Turkey launches safeguard investigation on staple fibres of polyesters 
  • European steel industry threatened by unhelpful EU decision during COVID-19 crisis - Joint statement by the CEOs of the European steel industry
  • UK/US trade talks face chemical chicken conundrum - The government is trying to half-renege on promises to squeamish UK consumers and anxious farmers – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of: 77th meeting of the Expert Group on the implementation of the Services Directive of 04 February 2020
  • ECHA published a report, The use of alternatives to testing on animals for the REACH Regulation

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 4.6.2020 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
  • MiFID II: ESMA issues latest Double Volume Cap data
  • Delegated Directive - Sustainable finance – obligation for mutual funds to advise clients on social & environmental aspects - Feedback period 08 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • Delegated Directive - Sustainable finance – obligation on investment funds to advise clients on social & environmental aspects - Feedback period 08 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • Delegated Regulation - Sustainable finance – obligation for insurance firms & brokers to advise clients on social & environmental aspects - Feedback period - 08 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • Delegated Regulation - Sustainable finance – obligation for (re)insurance companies to advise clients on social & environmental aspects - Feedback period - 08 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • Delegated Regulation - Sustainable finance – obligation for investment firms to advise clients on social and environmental aspects of financial products - Feedback period - 08 June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • Delegated Regulation - Sustainable finance – obligation for alternative investment funds to advise clients on social & environmental aspects - Feedback period - June 2020 - 06 July 2020
  • ESMA extends deadline for responses to consultation on EMIR REFIT
  • ESAs announce public hearing on ESG disclosures

EMPLOYMENT SOIAL AFFAIRS

  • Reskilling and upskilling as a basis for increasing sustainability and employability, in the context of supporting economic recovery and social cohesion - Council Conclusions (8 June)
  • Employment and social affairs: the Council adopts conclusions on well-being at work, upskilling and reskilling and demographic challenges
  • Enhancing Well-being at Work - Council Conclusions (8 June)
  • Council Conclusions on Demographic Challenges – the Way Ahead

ENERGY

  • Polish gas network close to fully financing Baltic Pipe to Norway - Gaz System chief says project is on track despite pandemic as efforts to break reliance on Russian supplies gather pace – Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • The EU 2030 Biodeversity Strategy -  Briefing for EP Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Notified Bodies Oversight subgroup of MDCG of 16 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Market Surveillance sub-group of MDCG of 18 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Standards sub-group of MDCG of 19 June 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pesticide legislation
  • EU Health Policy Platform webinar - Thematic Network led by HFE and EHMA: Nurses’ training and core competences (22 June 2020, 11.00 CET) 
  • EFSA - Scientific report of EFSA on the ‘repair action’ of the FOCUS surface water scenarios
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of STABILFLOR® as a zootechnical feed additive for pigs for fattening
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance garlic extract

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of : High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of 11 May 2020
  • Minutes of: Implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/790 on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market of 28 January 2020

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T): Commission welcomes provisional agreement simplifying administrative procedures
  • EP Transport Committee approves major reform of road transport sector
  • Roadmap - Proposal for a Directive - Advance Information on Air Passengers - Feedback period - 05 June 2020 - 14 August 2020
  • Roadmap - Communication - EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse - Feedback period - 05 June 2020 - 03 July 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Roadmap - Proposal for a Regulation - EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – alignment of rules - Feedback period: 08 June 2020 - 03 August 2020

DATA PRIVACY

  • Data firms pitch profiling tools at UK councils - Databases used for targeting consumers being used to spot those struggling in pandemic - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU structural financial indicators: end of 2019
  • International use of the euro broadly stable in 2019 - ECB Statement
  • Q&A : Next Generation EU - Legal Construction
  • GDP down by 3.6% and employment down by 0.2% in the euro area - Stat/91/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS