EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EU Strategy on COVID-19 vaccines must guarantee safety and accessibility for all - See the EP Statement
  • Video recording - Webinar on COVID-19 and Rare Connective Tissue and Musculoskeletal diseases and conditions (15 June 2020)
  • Video recording - Webinar on Second Wave of COVID-19: Preparatory actions - Consultation with Clinicians (11 June 2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Access for all Member States to COVID-19 vaccine
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - What measures has the European Commission taken to prevent the coronavirus’ spread in Europe
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - International trade in basic healthcare products

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €145 million Hungarian scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57375) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Supporting the recovery of the sport sector and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: Council adopts conclusions

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Grave economic impact of coronavirus for livestock farmers in Italy: failure to collect raw milk, price speculation and unfair competition
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Commission response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  •  Sustainable finance in the Covid-19 era - See ECMI Commentary

TAXATION

  • Comments of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU to address the urgent need for deferring certain time limits for the filing and exchange of information in the field of taxation due to the COVID-19 pandemic

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  •  Philip R. Lane: Understanding the pandemic emergency purchase programme

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge supports Burkina Faso – IP/20/1130

COMPETITION

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Refinitiv by London Stock Exchange Group (M.9564) – IP/20/1140
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Popular Vida by Aegon and Banco Santander (M.9849) - Midday Express
  • Czech Republic - The Office imposed fine for the third cartel agreement in rail freight transport
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of part of the share capital of RIB Software SE by Schneider Electric SE
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt – List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Hungary – The President of the HCA has given an interview about recent developments such as the Authority's decision on the Facebook and Booking.com cases
  • Hungary – Information on the operation of the Hungarian Competition Authority due to the situation of the pandemic 

STATE AID

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into the financing of Czech Post's universal service obligation – IP/20/1177

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Revised Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 24 June 2020
  • Minutes of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature (Sub-section Agriculture/Chemistry) of 16 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 26 June 2020
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/864 of 22 June 2020 fixing the import duties in the cereals sector applicable from 23 June 2020
  • TIBR 2019: Egypt success story - Polish baby milk producer gains access to Egyptian market
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 29 June 2020
  • WTO - Trade falls steeply in first half of 2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 6th meeting of the Expert Group on Radio Equipment of 06 July 2020
  • European Innovation Scoreboard 2020: The EU's increasing innovation vital for sustainable and inclusive recovery - IP/20/1158 & Q&A20/1150
  • The European Steel Association (EUROFER) has just published its Annual Report for 2020

ENERGY

  •  Speech by Commissioner Simson at the Opening Ceremony of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for the EU Ecolabel Regulatory Committee meeting on 25 June 2020
    - Commission Decision amending Decisions 2014/350/EU and (EU) 2016/1349 extending the period of validity of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to textile products and footwear and of the related assessment and verification requirements -
    - Commission Decision establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for electronic displays
    - Commission Decision establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for printed paper, stationery paper, and paper carrier bag products
    - Commission Decision establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for hard covering products and masonry units
  • Agenda of the 47th Meeting of theWater Framework Directive Article 21 Committee of 1 July 2020
  • Agenda for: Commission Joint Expert Group - DG Environment and DG Climate Action - LIFE 2014-2020 of 25 June 2020
  • Written consultation – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Annex IV to Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 and Decision No 529/2013/EU
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the linking of their greenhouse gas emissions trading systems as regards the adoption of Common Operational Procedures - See the Annex

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • European Commission, EMA and FDA agree new priorities to strengthen their collaboration on medicines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Analysis of the application of European tobacco legislation
  • EMA - Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) meeting of 16-18 June 2020
  • EFSA - Pest survey card on Anthonomus eugenii

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  •  Discrimination, Exclusion and Environmental Harm: Why EU Lawmakers Need to Ban Freight Transport Restrictions to Save the Single Market - See ECIPE Paper

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Digital Finance: Commission holds closing pan-European conference following extensive outreach events - IP/20/1136
  • Speech by Thierry Breton - Participation au Marché digital du film de Cannes

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Commission assessment of possible breaches of European human rights legislation arising from the use of sensitive personal data by Google/Apple virus tracking technology
  • Revised Memorandum of Understanding on increasing cooperation between the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights - See the Statement
  • Europe struggles to implement GDPR 2 years on, report finds - Lack of clarity in flagship data rules place burden on small and medium-sized companies - Financial Times 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • New rules allow EU consumers to defend their rights collectively -see the Statement
  • EU institutions reach historic deal on EU-wide collective redress law – see Beuc reaction 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  •  The UK-EU future relationship negotiations: governance 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

EU CHINA SUMMIT

  • EU-China Summit: Defending EU interests and values in a complex and vital partnership - Press release by President Michel and President von der Leyen
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the 22nd EU-China summit 
  • Von der Leyen following EU-China Summit: We must make progress, one that implies reciprocity and trust 
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU-China Summit videoconference 
  • EU-China Summit: Defending EU interests and values in a complex and vital partnership – IP/20/1159