EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EU Health Policy Platform - Open webinar of the SEPEN expert network What are the preliminary lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic for health workforce planning? (17 June 2020, 14.30- 15.30 CET) 
  • Consultation open to collect clinicians’ views to prepare for a possible COVID-19 second wave - Deadline for comments: 20 June 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakidesto a MEP written question - COVID-19: vaccination data and exchange of information in the EU 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - COVID-19 and banking fees
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - The external aspect of the European Green Deal 
  • EU to spend billions to secure coronavirus vaccine - Brussels calls for advanced purchased deals with pharmaceutical groups for promising drugs - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Polish recapitalisation scheme to enable up to €1.65 billion of capital support to SMEs and large enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/1041 
  • Commission approves €3.7 billion Swedish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/1027

ENERGY

  • Draft: Council Conclusions on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector – road to recovery - Preparation for the approval - Decision to use the written procedure

TRANSPORT

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/768 of 9 June 2020 amending Decision (EU) 2016/915 as regards the reference period intended to be used for measuring the growth of CO2 emissions, to take account of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of CORSIA 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9791 – Signa Retail/Central Group/Globus) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9601 – Czech Media Invest/Rockaway/Brasinex Bohemia)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9859 – Alcopa Coordination Center/Beran Central Europe/Alcomotive)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Eleda Group and JVAB by Altor Fund (M.9838) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA served an initial enforcement order in the completed acquisition by Facebook, Inc of Giphy, Inc
  • UK - CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Elis UK Limited of Central Laundry Limited
  • UK - CMA serves initial enforcement order in Aragorn (KKR & Co Inc) / OverDrive Holdings Inc merger
  • UK - CMA further updates timetable in competition investigation in entertainment and recreation services sector
  • UK - CMA to refer viagogo / StubHub merger unless undertakings in lieu offered

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid weekly e-News - No.21/20 - Covers from 5 to 11 June 2020
  • Commission approves prolongation of Irish credit union resolution scheme (SA.57378) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes - CLEN – SAMANCTA project group Annual meeting 2020, Video Conference - invitation and minutes – 12- 13 May 2020
  • Minutes - UCC Centralised Clearance Import Functional Specifications Phase 2 (main group) of 25-26 May 2020  
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey 
  • Notice to importers concerning the application of the Registered Exporter System within the framework of the Overseas Association Decision 
  • Future Africa-Caribbean-Pacific States/EU Partnership: “Post-Cotonou” negotiations resume at ministerial level - IP/20/1015, see the Negotiations Directive
  • Call to action! Stop EFTA countries to undermine farmers’ rights to seed in free trade agreements - See the Letter
  • WTO - Speech by DDG Wolff: “There can be no permanent retreat from what has been created” 
  • WTO report looks at trade developments in poorest countries in wake of COVID-19 
  • WTO - Speech by DDG Wolff: “Acceding governments give the system much hope for the future”

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 11 June 2020 in Case C‑833/18, SI, Brompton Bicycle Ltd Vs. Chedech/Get2Get
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Intellectual and industrial property - Copyright and related rights - Directive 2001/29/EC - Articles 2 to 5 - Scope - Utilitarian object - Concept of ‘work’ - Copyright protection of works - Conditions - Shape of a product which is necessary to obtain a technical result - Folding bicycle
  • Judgment of the Court of 11 June 2020 in Case C‑472/19, Vert Marine SAS Vs. Premier ministre, Ministre de l’Économie et des Finances
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Concession contract award procedure - Directive 2014/23/EU - Article 38(9) - System of compliance measures to demonstrate the reliability of an economic operator affected by a ground for exclusion - National legislation prohibiting economic operators which are the subject of a ground for compulsory exclusion from participating, for a period of 5 years, in a concession contract award procedure - Impossible for such operators to demonstrate that compliance measures have been taken

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft Council Conclusions on enhancing financial investigations to fight serious and organised crime
  • Sustainable Finance: Commission consults on EU Green Bond Standard - Consultation period: 11 June 2020 - extended to 2 October 2020
  • EBA publishes its 2019 Annual Report 
  • EBA proposes enhanced standardisation of disclosure requirements laid down in the Non-Financial Reporting Directive 
  • ESMA responds to European Commission consultation on revision of NFRD

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 11 June 2020 in Case C-146/19, SCT d.d., in bankruptcy, v Republic of Slovenia
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT- Directive 2006/112/EC - Articles 90 and 273 - Taxable amount - Reduction - Refusal - Non-payment - Taxable person who has not declared his claim in the bankruptcy proceedings brought against the debtor - Principles of fiscal neutrality and proportionality - Direct effect
  • Judgment of the Court of 11 June 2020 in Case C-242/19, CHEP Equipment Pooling NV Vs Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Bucureşti - Serviciul soluţionare contestaţii, Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Bucureşti - Administraţia fiscală pentru contribuabili nerezidenţi,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 17(2)(g) - Transfer of movable property within the European Union for the purpose of supplying services - Articles 170 and 171 - Right to a refund of VAT to taxable persons not established in the Member State of refund - Directive 2008/9/EC - Concept of 'taxable person not established in the Member State of refund' - Taxable person not identified for VAT purposes in the Member State of refund
  • Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) - Overview of EU Member States' preferential tax regimes examined since the creation of the COCG in March 1998
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Tax and legal regime of insurance contracts in the event of a policyholder moving to another EU country

ENERGY

  • Green Recovery: Commission launches public consultation on Renovation Wave for energy-efficient buildings - Feedback period: 11 June 2020 - 09 July 2020
  • EU support for an interconnected energy infrastructure

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 9.6.2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the entry for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS)
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 9.6.2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the listing of dicofol

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Notice providing guidance on food safety management systems for food retail activities, including food donations 
  • Minutes - 2nd Drafting group meeting on on Public Procurement in Healthcare Systems (2020) (15 May 2020) 
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 24 (Published on: 12/06/2020)
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of 8-11 June 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: 2nd meeting of the Committee on open data and the re-use of public sector information of 25 June 2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • 21st Plenary session: Establishment of a taskforce on TikTok, Response to MEPs on use of Clearview AI by law enforcement authorities, Response to ENISA Advisory Group, Response to Open Letter NYOB - During its 26th, 28th and 30th plenary session, the EDPB adopted the following
    - EDPB response to MEPs Metsola and Halicki
    - EDPB opinion on the draft Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for controller-processor contracts submitted to the Board by the Slovenian Supervisory Authority
    - EDPB response to NGOs on Hungarian government decrees - Statement on Art 23 GDPR
  • Belgian Data Protection Authority imposed a fine of 5.000 EUR on local election candidate

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Communication from the Commission — Guidance for a phased and coordinated resumption of visa operations 

ECU, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference 
  • Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup videoconference of 11 June 2020
  • Key Macroeconomic Indicators in the Euro Area and the United States - Briefing - EP Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Determinants of firms’ efficiency: do innovations and finance constraints matter? The case of European SMEs - ECB Working Paper Series No.2419
  • Fiscal multipliers with financial fragmentation risk and interactions with monetary policy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2418
  • Industrial production down by 17.1% in euro area and 17.3% in EU - Stat/2020/92

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Enlargement and Countries negotiating accession to the EU of 12 June 2020
  • South Sudan: declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on delays in the implementation of the peace agreement and widespread violence
  • Good neighbours: EU relations with countries on its eastern borders - See the EP Statement