EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • Coronavirus Global Response: Breakdown of the pledges made today in the ‘Global Goal' Summit - See the Q&A
  • Speech by President von der Leyen in the ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' Summit 

HEALTH

  • JRC - The COVID-19 In Vitro Diagnostic Devices and Test Methods Database
  • Speech by Alexis Goosdeel on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world drug situation — the European perspective
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Protecting the mental health of medical staff in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Controls on medical products at the EU borders
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - EU measures to combat the spread of SARS-COV2

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57429) - IP/20/1210
  • Commission approves €600 million Slovenian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57558) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €102 million Bulgarian scheme to support medium-sized companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57795) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.4 billion Dutch scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57712) - Midday Express

AGRICULTURE

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/884 of 4 May 2020 derogating in respect of the year 2020 from Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/891 as regards the fruit and vegetables sector and from Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1149 as regards the wine sector in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic - 

SOCIAL POLICY

  • EU-OSHA - National OiRA tools prepare workplaces for the 'new normal' (see all COVID-19 tools
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - COVID-19 health emergency. Financial instruments to support sports associations and sports activities for persons with disabilities 
  • Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of the sport sector

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion - IP/20/1213
  • ECB-BASIR: a primer on the macroeconomic implications of the Covid-19 pandemic – ECB Working Paper Series No. 2431 
  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: The ECB’s monetary policy during the coronavirus crisis – necessary, suitable and proportionate -  
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Support measures for the self-employed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a written question - Mandate for a delegated act to allow the Commission to adopt exceptional measures to address emergencies triggered by the COVID-19 crisis under Article 459 of the Capital Requirements Regulation
  • A rapid rebound would challenge EU contradictions - While welcome, swift economic recovery would pose awkward questions for monetary and fiscal policy - Financial Times

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The impact of COVID-19 on judicial cooperation in criminal matters - Executive summary of information compiled by Eurojust and EJN
  • EMCDDA and Europol join EU institutions in dialogue on the impact of COVID-19 on the world drug situation

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU-Republic of Korea Leaders' videoconference: Focus on the coronavirus response and strengthening bilateral cooperation

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9700 – Dnata/Alpha LSG) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9633 – Astorg/Nordic Capital/Novo/ERT) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9782 – Experian/Bertelsman/Informa) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9849 – Banco Santander/Aegon/Popular Vida) 
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.9564 – LSEG/Refinitiv Business)  
  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9677 – DIC/BASF Colors & Effects) 
  • Antitrust: Commission publishes report on the impact of the Interchange Fees Regulation - IP/20/1217
  • Commission approves acquisition of Intesa Sanpaolo's merchant acquiring business by Nexi (M.9759) - Midday Express
  • Belgian - Competition Authority approves the acquisition by Gilde Buy Out Partners BV of the Corilus group through the purchase of the shares in Hecuba Holding NV
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears Intersport’s online platform sales model 
  • UK - The CMA has fined 2 musical instrument makers a total of £5.5 million, in 2 separate cases, for breaking competition law by restricting online discounting of musical instruments - (see the Open Letter)
  • UK - Guidance: Resale price maintenance: advice for retailers

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 8 May 2020 - Ryanair Vs. Commission (Case T-259/20)
    Re: Annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 31 March 2020 on State aid SA.56765
  • Commission approves prolongation of tax exemption for non food-based biogas and bio propane used for heating or as motor fuel in Sweden (SA.56125) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Economic Tariff Questions Group of 13 – 14 July 2020
  • Anti-dumping & Anti-subsidy proceeding concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the EU-San Marino Cooperation Committee of 28 May 2020 concerning the applicable provisions on organic production and labelling of organic products, and arrangements for imports of organic products adopted under the Agreement on Cooperation and Customs Union between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of San Marino, of the other part [2020/889] 
  • Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on election of new WTO Director-General 
  • WTO - Members underline importance of facilitating safe agri-food trade in times of crisis  
  • WTO - Fisheries subsidies negotiations chair introduces draft consolidated text to WTO members 
  • WTO - DG Azevêdo: Tackling challenges facing MSMEs is critically important 
  • WTO, UNCTAD, ITC chiefs announce rollout of revamped trade data tool for small businesses 
  • EU warns China that investment talks are entering ‘critical stage’ - Brussels says progress between now and end of July will reveal Beijing’s intentions – Financial Times 
  • Europe’s dependency on China? – See ECIPE Paper - June 2020 

INTERNAL MARKET, INDUSTRY & GENERAL

  • Agenda for: Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles of 02 July 2020
  • Agenda for: Informal Expert Group on Company Law and Corporate Governance of 02 July 2020
  • Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Technical Group on Steel TGA5 of 22 April 2020 
  • Speech by Commissioner Thierry Breton - Inauguration of the Spanish Automobile Round Table 
  • The Council appointed Mr Javorčík as the new Director-General for Transport, Energy, Environment and Education (DG TREE).

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA supports the Commission’s proposal for a new Digital Finance Strategy for Europe
  • EBA launches discussion on further enhancing supervisory powers of competent authorities 
  • ESMA responds to European Commission consultation on the Digital Finance Stragtegy
  • ESMA – SMSG Summary of Conclusions 6 May 2020
  • EU seeks probe into German regulator after Wirecard fraud – Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the Meeting of Ecosystem Monitoring Subgroup of 04 June 2020 
  • Average CO2 emissions from new cars and new vans increased again in 2019
  • Speeches by EVP Timmermans, Commissioner Ferreira and Commissioner Simson at the Just Transition Platform Launch Event
  • EU channels furthers assistance in response to floods in Ukraine - IP/20/1215

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • 2020 EU Health Award - Submit your initiatives for promoting healthy lifestyles!
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 22-25 June 2020
  • EMA - New treatment to enable kidney transplant in highly sensitised patients
  • EMA - New medicine for cystic fibrosis patients  
  • EFSA - Outcome of the consultation with Member States, the applicant and EFSA on the pesticide risk assessment for lambda‐cyhalothrin in light of confirmatory data
  • EFSA - Assessment of the application for renewal of the authorisation of Actisaf® Sc 47 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I‐4407) as a feed additive for calves for rearing
  • EFSA - Assessment of genetically modified maize MZIR098 for food and feed uses, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐DE‐2017‐142)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Danube Ministers of Transport conclusions on effective waterway rehabilitation and maintenance anticipating COVID-19 challenges

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates) 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Action brought on 28 April 2020 - Sabra Vs. Council (Case T-249/20)
    Re: annulment of Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/212 of 17 February 2020
  • European Council President Charles Michel met with President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić on 26 June 2020
  • Brussels IV Conference ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region': highlighting the role of civil society
  • Trump sounds the retreat: Can European defence advance? See CER Insight
  • Balkans war crime charges offer EU fresh chance to hold talks - Bloc revives mediation between Kosovo and Serbia after US summit was scuppered – Financial Times