EU CORONAVIRUS

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Dutch plans to provide €3.4 billion in urgent liquidity support to KLM (SA.57116) - IP/20/1333
  • Commission approves €93.3 million Danish schemes to support self-employed workers and freelancers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57919 and SA.57920) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €80 million Slovak scheme to support research, development and testing infrastructure for coronavirus relevant products (SA.57829) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Transitional provisions in order to address the impact of COVID-19 crisis (amendment of Regulation (EU) 2016/1628)
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Infringement of workers’ rights and of the security conditions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in Germany

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Cohesion policy support measures for Greece approved in record time  - Midday Express

AGRICULTURE

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1009 of 10 July 2020 amending Implementing Regulations (EU) No 808/2014 and (EU) No 809/2014 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by the Foreign Ministers from 18 countries in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – COVID-19 (10 July 2020)
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Raising the spectre of foreign manipulation

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9869 - EQT Fund Management/ TowerBrook Capital Partners/ACPS Automotive)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 12 April 2019 declaring a concentration compatible with the internal market and the functioning of the EEA Agreement (Case M.8947 - Nidec/Whirlpool (Embraco Business))
    Opinion of the Advisory Committee on mergers 
    Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture Stadtentfalter by Avacon Natur and NEW Smart City (M.9830) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of Middle East Cybersecurity by Raytheon and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (M.9868) - Midday Express
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned acquisition of Deutsche Binnenreederei AG, Berlin, by Rhenus SE & Co. KG, Holzwickede.
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has today initiated an in-depth examination (also referred to as a second phase review) in the context of Kaufland GmbH & Co. KG’s (Kaufland) planned acquisition of up to 101 Real stores from SCP Retail S.àr.l. (SCP)
  • UK - CMA closes case of four acquisitions by Bauer Media Group 

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2020/1012 of 24 February 2020 on State aid SA.48394 2018/C (ex 2017/N) which Romania has partly implemented in favour of National Uranium Company (CNU)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Communication on the first negotiating round to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty (See the EU text proposal, 27 May 2020)
  • US threatens $1.3bn worth of French goods with 25% tariff - Handbags, soaps and cosmetics among the products targeted over digital services tax fight - Financial Times
  • India-EU Summit slated for 15 July after over two-year break, to be held virtually - Bilaterals.org/ThePrint

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Roadmap - Intellectual Property Action Plan - Feedback period: 10 July 2020 - 14 August 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Farm to Fork Strategy - Exchange of views

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Report from the Commission - Annual Synthesis Report for the year 2018 on the implementation of the FLEGT licensing scheme provided for in Regulation (EC) No 2173/2005 of 20 December 2005 on the establishment of a FLEGT licensing scheme for imports of timber into the European Community - See Annex 1 & 2
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Espooof 15 July 2020
  • EP calls on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals - See the EP Resolution

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft act: Veterinary medicine - list of permitted changes to marketing authorisations - Implementing Regulation - Feedback period: 10 July 2020 - 07 August 2020
  • Draft act: EU veterinary medicines database – measures and specifications - Implementing Regulation - Feedback period: 10 July 2020 - 07 August 2020
  • Draft act: Veterinary medicines - standard logo for online sales - Implementing Regulation - Feedback period: 10 July 2020 - 07 August 2020
  • MDCG 2020-11: Guidance on the renewal of designation and monitoring of notified bodies
  • Amendment to Implementing Regulation 920/2013 on the designation of notified bodies
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Measures enabling tracing of ingredients in processed products
  • Preventing work-related MSDs: lessons learned from research and good practice - see the EU-OSHA report
  • EFSA - Public consultation on the draft EFSA Guidance on technical requirements for regulated food and feed product applications to establish the presence of small particles including nanoparticles
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion: Setting of import tolerances for abamectin in various crops
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion: Modification of the existing MRLs for copper compounds in fresh herbs and edible flowers
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion: Modification of the existing MRLs for fludioxonil in elderberries

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Possible revision of the Code of Conduct for computerised reservation systems (CRS) - Proposal for a Regulation - Feedback period: 09 July 2020 - 03 September 2020
  • Exceptional measures RP3 - Implementing Regulation - Feedback period: 10 July 2020 - 07 August 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM,  SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Justice Scoreboard 2020: Continued improvements in efficiency and accessibility of EU justice systems, coupled with decline in the perception of judicial independence in some Member States - IP/20/1316 and Q&As
  • Turkey: Extension of EU humanitarian programmes supporting 1.7 million refugees receives green light - IP/20/1324
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards the decommitment procedure

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Commission welcomes Bulgaria and Croatia's entry into the Exchange Rate Mechanism II (IP/20/1321)
  • Euro central and compulsory intervention rates for Bulgarian lev and Croatian kuna in ERM II
    - Communiqué on Croatia & Communiqué on Bulgaria
  • 2020 Quality Report on Balance of Payments, International Investment Position, International Trade in Services and Foreign Direct Investment statistics (analysed data until reference quarter Q2 of 2019)
  • EU recovery and long-term budget: Leaders must do better - see the EP Statement
  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference
  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: Pursuing a successful path towards euro area accession
  • MEPs set out new measures to stop money laundering - See the EP Resolution

FUTUR OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 14 & 15 July 2020

BREXIT

  • The UK government is investing in new infrastructure to prepare the UK for the end of the transition period with the EU
  • Brexit free trade deal ‘very close’ – UK finalising comprehensive agreement with Turkey - Bilaterals.org

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Turkey: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the decision regarding Hagia Sophia
  • Syria: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the UN vote on cross border assistance
  • Remarks by the EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajčák after the resumption of the Belgrade - Pristina Dialogue
  • Statement by President Charles Michel, President Ursula von der Leyen and EU HR Josep Borrell on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica
  • Message of President Charles Michel for the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide
  • MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries