EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Coronavirus and lack of European solidarity
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Coronavirus testing in Europe. Many cases in Italy due to the higher number of tests carried out
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Requests for a ‘coronavirus free’ stamp on Italian food products
  • ‎Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Measures take at EU level to tackle the coronavirus 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP  written question - COVID-19 – Transport of healthcare supplies in Europe

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €33 million Cypriot scheme deferring payment of VAT to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak – IP/20/1019

RESEARCH

  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Stepping up of lending mechanisms for companies involved in coronavirus vaccine research

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Mitigating the employment and social effects of the Covid-19 pandemic - Briefing - Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • Protecting workers from biological agents: how to classify SARS-CoV-2 - See the EP Statement

INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Combating the online spread of fake news about coronavirus

TRANSPORT

  • Letter after vote to the Presidency of the Council of the EU and to the EP TRAN Committee on a legislative package as regards civil aviation security measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Investment Plan for Europe: EIB to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing – IP/20/1034

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Response to disinformation around COVID-19: Remarks by HR/VPJosep Borrell at the Read-out of the College meeting
  • Response to disinformation around COVID-19: Remarks by Vice-President Věra Jourová at the Read-out of the College meeting

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9806 – Hyundai Capital Bank Europe/Sixt Leasing)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9841 – CDP Equity/Ansaldo Energia)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9842 – Hitachi Chemical Company/Fiamm Energy Technology)
  • Publication of Commission decision (Case M.9461 – ABBVIE / ALLERGAN) pursuant to Article 6(1)(b) in conjunction with Article 6(2) of Council Regulation No 139/20041 and Article 57 of the
    Agreement on the EEA
  • Commission clears acquisition of OceanConnect Marine by Bunker Holding (M.9836) - Midday Express
  • Cyprus - The Commission for the Protection of Competition announces the notification of a Statement of Objections to the Cyprus Pharmaceutical Association regarding prima facie infringements of Section 3(1)(a) of the Protection of Competition Laws of 2008 and 2014 and Article 101(1) of the TFEU
  • Germany - Modifications to German Competition Act (GWB) due to COVID-19 come into force
  • Greece - Decision of the HCC on the modification of the remedies adopted in the context of the MASOUTIS/ PROMITHEFTIKI decision
  • Norway - Closes investigation against Ringnes – commitments may give consumers a wider selection of beers
  • Spain - Guidance on antitrust compliance programmes
  • UK - The CMA extends deadline in Amazon/ Deliveroo Phase 2 investigation
  • UK - The CMA has served an initial enforcement order in relation to the anticipated acquisition by Aragorn Parent Corporation (KKR & Co Inc) of OverDrive Holdings Inc.
  • FIat-Chrysler and PSA face full antitrust probe on deal - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • The Court of Justice upholds the decision of the Commission according to which health insurance bodies operating under Slovak State supervision do not fall within the rules of EU law on State aid (See CPR No.67/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-262/18 P, C-271/18 P - Commission Vs. Dôvera zdravotná poistʼovňa)
  • Commission approves Italian tax measures for maritime transport - IP/20/1039
  • Commission approves €286 million Finnish measure to recapitalise Finnair - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP  written question - Revision of EU rules on services of general economic interest - E-001261/2020(ASW)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice to exporters concerning the application of the REX system in the European Union for the purpose of its Free Trade Agreement with Vietnam

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial Stability: Commission seeks feedback on draft EU rules on third-country central counterparties - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 11 June 2020 in Case C‑43/19, Vodafone Portugal - Comunicações Pessoais SA Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2(1)(c) - Scope - Taxable transactions - Services supplied for consideration - Monies paid where customers fail to comply with the contractual tie-in period — Characterisation

ENERGY

  • The fact that in the Slovak Republic, the power to appoint and to dismiss the president of the national regulatory authority passed from the President of the Republic to the government does not in itself constitute an infringement of the electricity market directive (See CPR No.71/2020 - Judgment in Case C-378/19 - Prezident Slovenskej republiky) 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • The strict protection of animal species provided for in the Habitats Directive also extends to specimens that leave their natural habitat and stray into human settlements (See CPR No.72/2020 - Judgment in Case C-88/19 - Alianța pentru combaterea abuzurilor)
  • Agenda for: ABS Expert Group meeting of 29 June 2020
  • Agenda for: 5th meeting of the Invasive Alien Species Expert Group of 18 June 2020
  • 2020 Blue Economy Report: Blue sectors contribute to recovery and pave way for EU Green Deal - IP/20/986

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Pharmaceutical companies may not distribute to pharmacists free samples of medicinal products available only on prescription (See CPR No.70/2020 - Judgment in Case C-786/18 - ratiopharm)
  • EFSA - Scientific opinion on the safety of selenite triglycerides as a source of selenium added for nutritional purposes to food supplements

INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience in times of crisis - IP/20/1025 & 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Follow-up question to Question E-003281/2019/rev.1: Role of deepfake technologies in spreading disinformation and influencing public opinion
  • The ENISA hosted (virtually) the annual meeting for EU ISACs, where they exchanged views, and discussed challenges and solutions
  • The ENISA working group on Artificial Intelligence cybersecurity kick-off

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • The unruly behaviour of an air passenger may constitute an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ capable of exempting the carrier from its obligation to pay compensation for the cancellation or long delay of the flight concerned or of a subsequent flight operated by that carrier using the same aircraft (See CPR No.68/2020, Judgment in Case C-74/19 - Transportes Aéreos Portugueses)
  • Agenda for the Committee on Road Transport of 29 June 2020
  • Road safety: Europe's roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow - IP/20/1003

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Committee on Interconnection of Central, Commercial and Companies' Registers (CICCCR) of 17 June 2020

BREXIT

  • Relations with the UK: Second meeting of EU-UK Joint Committee takes place on Friday, 12 June
  • Speech by Michel Barnier at the European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session
  • Brussels told to prepare for hard Brexit - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Europe's new deal moment - See CEPS Paper

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Hand-wringing for Hong Kong: What else can the EU do? - See CER Paper