EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Proposal for a Regulation of theEuropean Parliament and of the Council on the conduct of clinical trials with and supply of medicinal products for human use containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms intended to treat or prevent coronavirus disease
  • Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy – IP/20/1103 – See the Communication & Factsheet

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modified €25 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs and mid-caps affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57625) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €1.8 million Cypriot scheme to support farmers active in the primary agricultural sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57587) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €200 million Slovak rent compensation scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57599) - Midday Express 

ECONOMY

  • Opinion - European Economic and Social Committee Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 575/2013 and (EU) 2019/876 as regards adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Health emergency due to Covid-19 virus. Financial instruments to support the cultural sector
  • Crisis communication: Italy, the coronavirus, and European solidarity - See ECFR Commentary

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU supports with €60 million a regional response to the pandemic in the Horn of Africa - IP/20/1064

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9862 – Fiege/Reiner Kurzhals/Cornelius Brosche/Remondis/WDL) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9328 – Platinum Equity Group/Multi-Color Corporation) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9844 – Société Générale/Mitsubishi/JV) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9784 – Triton/Renk) 
  • The European Commission has released the full text of its decision to clear Engie and EDP Renewables joint venture
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Informa by Bertelsmann and Experian (M.9782) - Midday Express 
  • Belgium - The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition by Sabena Aerospace and SFPI of Sabena Aerospace Engineering and SABCA -  
  • Belgium - Decision of the Competition College of the BCA in the context of the concentration Delorge / Coox

STATE AID

  • Commission adopts White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Single Market - IP/20/1070  & FactSheet (Consultation - Feedback period: 17 June 2020 - 23 September 2020))
  • Commission publishes roadmap on evaluation of state aid rules for broadband infrastructure deployment (Feedback period 16 June 2020 - 11 August 2020) 
  • Commission approves €59 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural, food, forestry, rural development and fishery sectors (SA.57529) - Midday Express 
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - PSA Peugeot Citroën plant at Mangualde and the production of low-emission vehicles

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 17 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 23 June 2020 
  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 24 June 2020 
  • Communication - Trade policy review, including WTO reform initiative (Feedback period: 16 June 2020 - 14 July 2020)
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/790 of 9 June 2020 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Joint Committee and the Subcommittee on Trade and Investment established by the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between the EU and its Member States, of the one part, and Mongolia, of the other part, as regards the adoption of decisions on the rules of procedure of the Joint Committee and the rules of procedure of the Subcommittee on Trade and Investment  
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - WTO dispute DS316 on measures affecting trade in large civil aircraft
  • Minutes of the EP INTA Committee of 28 May 2020
  • Towards an ambitious broad deep and flexible EU-UK partnership - See EPC Book
  • A bad UK-EU trade deal is better than no deal – Financial Times 
  • EU trade chief Hogan faces curbs over possible WTO candidacy – Financial Times 
  • Trade barriers and wary eye on Belgrade hold back Balkans - Business sees benefits in a ‘mini-Schengen’ but bilateral disputes stand in the way - Financial Times 
  • UK to launch trade talks with Australia, New Zealand ‘in coming weeks’ - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises of 18 June 2020
  • Minutes of the Commission expert group on social economy and social enterprises of 29 April 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Attachés) of 23 June 2020 
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the REACH Committee of 13 May 2020 
  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/787 of 16 June 2020 extending the transitional period concerning the acquisition of agricultural land in Croatia 
  • Draft act - Delegated regulation - Public offerings during takeovers, mergers & divisions – prospectus exemption guidance - Feedback period: 16 June 2020 - 14 July 2020
  • Framework partnership agreement between the EU (DG Growth) and the European Co-Operation for Accreditation (EA) 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA appoints a new Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The European Banking Authority's draft credit guidelines
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Draft EBA Guidelines on loan origination and monitoring

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Roadmap: Sewage sludge use in farming – evaluation- Feedback period: 16 June 2020 - 25 August 2020

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: RSC Radio Spectrum Committee - Decision n° 676/2002/EC of 08 July 2020
  • Draft BEREC Guidelines on the Criteria for a Consistent Application of Article 61(3) of EEEC
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Spanish Government limits free competition in telecommunication services
  • Letter to the European Council: A stronger digital Europe needs a forward-looking budget
  • Roadmap - Communication: Digital Education Action Plan - Feedback period: 17 June 2020 - 15 July 2020
  • Beuc's response to the European Commission's White Paper on Artificial Intelligence 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB - Thirty-second plenary session:
    - Statement on the interoperability of contact tracing applications,
    - Statement on the opening of borders and data protection rights,
    - Response letters to MEP Körner on laptop camera covers and encryption and letter to the Commission
  • German tracing app stirs privacy fears - Financial Times 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Committee on Road Transport of 29 June 2020 
  • Minutes of the European ITS Committee of 06 May 2020 
  • European Coordinators: completion of the TEN-T Network necessary to enable the European recovery 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: JHA Counsellors COPEN (E-evidence) of 22 June 2020 
  • Council Conclusions on EU External Action on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism 
  • Action 10.4 "Smuggling by express couriers and, increasingly, by post and parcel services" Action 10.5 "Emerging risks and threats - new customs cooperation challenges relating to the Belt and Road Initiative (Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road)" Action 10.7 "Customs-EUROPOL cooperation" Action 10.8 "Customs Against Internet Crime (C@IC)" JCO Guide - Revision of the Tactical objectives and Risk areas of JCOs - See the Statement 
  • Mandatory Transparency Register: political meeting to restart negotiations – IP/20/1106
  • EP LIBE Committee - Draft Report on the implementation of the Return Directive (2019/2208(INI))

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their video conference on 19 June 2020 
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Coreper of 27 May 2020
  • Why Europe should harden its softpower to lawfare - See CEPS Commentary

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Annual inflation down to 0.1% in the euro area
  • Production in construction down by 14.6% in euro area and 11.7% in EU
  • A battle over the EU’s fiscal rules is looming - Calls for clarity will intensify as bloc debates recovery fund and seven-year budget - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/794 of 16 June 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2018/101 on the promotion of effective arms export controls 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/796 of 16 June 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/1252 in support of the strengthening of chemical safety and security in Ukraine in line with the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/795 of 16 June 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/809 in support of the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery  
  • Venezuela: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the latest developments 
  • Preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism: Council adopts conclusions on EU external action