EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • Coronavirus Global Response: tune in tomorrow to summit and concert - IP/20/1202 & see the Factsheet

HEALTH

  • Presentations - Webinar on “COVID-19 and Transplantation in Children” (23 June 2020) 
  • Video recording - Webinar on the impact of COVID 19 for people living with a Rare Disease (9 June 2020)
  • Video recoring - Webinar on “COVID-19 and the Kidney; in collaboration with ERKNet (8 June 2020)
  • COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 testing
  • Answer given by MS Gabriel to a MEP written question - Impact of pollution on the lethality of COVID-19
  • EMA - First COVID-19 treatment recommended for EU authorisation
  • EMA - Global regulators discuss data requirements for phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Commission Statement following the presentation of Commission Directive (EU) 2020/739 to the European Parliament and the Council in respect of the prevention and protection of the health and safety of workers that are or can be occupationally exposed to SARS-CoV-2

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €50 million Lithuanian measures in support of companies operating in the travel sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57665) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €280 million Cypriot schemes to support companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA. 57654) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves a €2.6 million Czech scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in the Moravia-Silesia region (SA.57506) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Answer given Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Question on the requisition of medical equipment in Spain, and COM (2020)0112 on the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - Urgent measures to protect businesses and jobs in the face of the Coronavirus crisis

EDUCATION

  • Council conclusions on countering the COVID-19 crisis in education and training

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/872 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 as regards a specific measure to provide exceptional temporary support under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Support for the fruit and vegetable sector in Campania during the COVID-19 pandemic

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/873 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 June 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 575/2013 and (EU) 2019/876 as regards certain adjustments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Recommendation of the European Systemic Risk Board of 27 May 2020 on restriction of distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic (ESRB/2020/7) 2020/C 212/01

ENERGY

  • Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector: Council adopts conclusions 
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Concerns over safety at the Ostravets nuclear power plant, including the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the construction site 

ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/879 of 23 June 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 897/2014 as regards specific provisions to align the provisions for the implementation of cross-border cooperation programmes financed under the European Neighbourhood Instrument with specific measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Coronavirus: EU channels further assistance to Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9830 – Avacon Natur/NEW AG/Stadtenfalter JV)
  • Competition: Commission consults stakeholders on the Market Definition Notice - IP/20/1187
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Alcomotive by Beran (M.9859) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Ansaldo Energia by CDP Equity (M.9841) -Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Brasinex Bohemia by Czech Media Invest and Rockaway (M.9601) - Midday Express
  • Greece - The HCC has carried out dawn raids at the premises of 38 undertakings active throughout Greece in the food and beverage markets
  • Lithuania - Competition law amendments will ensure more effective competition enforcement in Lithuania
  • EU competition chief urges more cross-border M&A - Margrethe Vestager calls for pan-European consolidation, especially in telecoms sector – Financial Times 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modification of scheme to encourage risky investment in certain companies (SA.55869) - Midday Express
  • State Aid Weekly e-News – No.23/20 - Covers from 19 to 25 June 2020 
  • The Netherlands - Government offers financial support to KLM as a result of the corona crisis 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey -  
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Joint Committee established by the Agreement between the European Community, of the one part, and the Government of Denmark and the Home Government of the Faroe Islands, of the other part, as regards the adoption of the amendments to Protocols 1 and 4 to the Agreement - See the Annex
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2020/874 of 15 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2020/875 of 15 June 2020 amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/877 of 3 April 2020 amending and correcting Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, and amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 952/2013, laying down the Union Customs Code 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/881 of 25 June 2020 accepting a request for new exporting producer treatment with regard to the definitive anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1198 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/882 of 25 June 2020 accepting a request for new exporting producer treatment with regard to the definitive anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1198 
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council by establishing volume thresholds for tantalum or niobium ores and concentrates, gold ores and concentrates, tin oxides and hydroxides, tantalates and carbides of tantalum
  • DDG Wolff: Openness, balance and trust are underlying values of the WTO 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Prohibition of harmful fisheries subsidies: the WTO negotiations and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/878 of 18 June 2020 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  •  Brussels to call for probe into German regulator over Wirecard – Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 25 June 2020 in Case C-459/19, The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Vs. Wellcome Trust Ltd
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Value Added Tax - Directive 2006/112 - Articles 43, 44 and 45 - Place of supply of services to a taxable person acting as such - Place of supply of investment management services received by a charitable organisation for non-economic business activity from suppliers established outside the European Union
  • Council Directive (EU) 2020/876 of 24 June 2020 amending Directive 2011/16/EU to address the urgent need to defer certain time limits for the filing and exchange of information in the field of taxation because of the COVID-19 pandemic

ENERGY

  • IEA says EU’s energy systems are becoming cleaner and more resilient - As the production and use of energy accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions, the EU’s energy sector will have to be at the forefront 
  • Clean energy for EU islands initiative will contribute to European Green Deal and economic recovery plan - Completion of the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on the clean energy for EU islands initiative 
  • Green recovery: EIB finances the largest solar project in Andalusia, Spain - IP/11/1207
  • Investment Plan for Europe: EIB finances Austrian wind farms of Windkraft Simonsfeld - IP/11/1204

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030 - IP/20/1188, see the Report
  • Green Deal: Coal and other carbon-intensive regions and the Commission launch the European Just Transition Platform - IP/20/1201 & Memo/20/931
  • Parliament wants the Green Deal to be at the core of the EU’s Covid-19 recovery package. Find out more about this roadmap for a climate-neutral Europe

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Informal Expert Group on Drones of 03 July 2020  
  • Agenda for: 7th meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Competitiveness of the rail supply industry of 15 July 2020
  • Aviation emissions: EU confirms its participation in the CORSIA voluntary phase from 2021 and chooses more ambitious option to calculate its offsetting requirements
  • Declaration by the Transport Ministers of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia launching the Trio Presidency - See the Joint Statement 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Study on Future electronic communications product and service markets subject to ex-ante regulation - (See Relevant markets Report, Annex and Summary)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Curbing cyber-shaming

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the European Data Protection Supervisor of 15 May 2020 adopting the Rules of Procedure of the EDPS 
  • EDPB publishes new register containing One-Stop-Shop decisions
  • Roadmap - Proposal for a directive - Revision of the NIS Directive - Feedback period: 25 June 2020 - 13 August 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision amending Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2018/1696 on the operating rules of the selection panel provided for in Article 14(3) of Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1939
  • Proposal for a Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU  
  • Presidency report of the 5th EU Day Against Impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes 
  • International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: more action needed to fight illicit drugs - see also the EMCDDA Report - Midday Express
  • Roadmap - Report - European Crime Prevention Network - evaluation - Feedback period : 25 June 2020 - 24 September 2020 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Eurogroup presidency: 3 ministers put forward their candidacies - Nadia Calviño, Paschal Donohoe and Pierre Gramegna put forward their candidacy to become president of the Eurogroup 
  • Eurogroup candidates pitch rival visions for pandemic recovery - Spain’s Calviño, Ireland’s Donohoe and Luxembourg’s Gramegna bid to lead currency bloc’s finance ministers - Financial Times 
  • ECB seeks to defuse row with German court over bond-buying - Policymakers agreed that positive effects outweighed ‘negative side effects’, minutes show - Financial Times  
  • Speech by Yves Mersch: The World Economy Transformed
  • How much does aggregate demand travel across the Atlantic? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2430
  • Bank lending in the knowledge economy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2429

BREXIT

  • Policy paper: Negotiating Round UK-EU Future Relationship Negotiations: 29 June to 3 July 2020  
  • The Council adopted conclusions on EU-UK relations

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Programme for Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU is set
  • Trio Programme of the Council of the European Union (1 July 2020 - 31 December 2021) 
  • Q&A about Germany's Presidency of the Council of the European Union 
  • Germany assumes EU presidency with renewed sense of purpose - Angela Merkel’s first priority is to broker deal on bloc’s post-pandemic recovery fund – Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 25 June 2020 in Case T-295/19, Oleksandr Viktorovych Klymenko Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: CFSP - Restrictive measures taken in respect of the situation in Ukraine - Freezing of funds - List of persons, entities and bodies to whom the freezing of funds and economic resources applies - Retention of the applicant's name on the list - Obligation of the Council to verify that the decision of an authority of a third State has been taken in compliance with the rights of the defence and the right to effective judicial protection
  • Judgment of the Court of 25 June 2020 in Case C-731/18 P, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank) Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: CFSP - "Appeal - Restrictive measures taken in view of the actions of the Russian Federation destabilising the situation in Ukraine - Inclusion and then maintenance of the applicant's name on the list of entities to which restrictive measures apply - Obligation to state reasons - Manifest error of assessment - Right to effective judicial protection - Misuse of powers - Right to property - Equal treatment. 
  • Judgment of the Court of 25 June 2020 in Case C-729/18 P, VTB Bank PAO Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Appeal - Restrictive measures adopted in view of the Russian Federation’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine - Inclusion of the appellant’s name on the list of entities to which restrictive measures apply - Principle of proportionality - Right to property - Right to carry on an economic activity) 
  • Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan's transition - IP/20/1183
  • Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: EU mobilises almost €100 million to support the most vulnerable in the Horn of Africa - IP/20/1195
  • Work programme of the German Presidency for the Working Party on Humanitarian Aid and Food Aid (COHAFA) - July-December 2020 -  
  • ACP-EU Post-Cotonou: A Joint Parliamentary Assembly is non-negotiable