EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Derogation from the requirement for physical on-site inspection of the production of medical devices
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Freeze on exports of protective medical equipment by individual Member States
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Common space framework for health data exchange amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – A European ‘Red Zone’

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €148 million Danish scheme to compensate companies for damages still suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57930) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Final Version - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Councilamending Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 as regards its transitional provisions in order to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis
  • Briefing - COVID-19: List of the measures taken in relation to the ITRE remit May-June 2020 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Humanitarian aid: EU announces €24 million in Uganda amid coronavirus pandemic - IP/20/1341
  • Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell to a MEP written question – EU participation in military missions around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Borrell to a MEP written question – Ending sanctions as a way of enforcing human rights

COMPETITION

  • Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission's excessive pricing concerns - IP/20/1347 and  Q&A/20/1339
  • Commission fines ethylene purchasers € 260 million in cartel settlement - IP/20/1348
  • Commission clears Lotos' acquisition by PKN Orlen, subject to conditions (M.9014) - IP/20/1346
  • Commission decision on purchaser approval in DA Agravis Machinery / Konekesko merger 
  • Brussels demands EssilorLuxottica sell stores to secure €7.2bn deal - Ray-Ban maker told concessions are needed for GrandVision acquisition to be approved (See M.9569) - Financial Times
  • UK - COVID-19: CMA closes three Chapter II investigations into suspected excessive and unfair pricing of hand sanitizer
  • UK - CMA full text decision on Pharm-a-Care/ Haliborange merger

STATE AID

  • Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens - IP/20/1332 - See the Recommendation
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Public bailout of European airlines and their subsidiaries in third countries as part of the ongoing EU/UK negotiations for a new partnership

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Working Document for the ETQG meeting – Quota and Suspensions of 13 & 14 July 2020 
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of the Rules of Procedures of the EPA Committee -  
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation EU) …/... amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 2019/452 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union 
  • Draft - Commission Proposal for an amendment to the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature - Tins made of steel sheet (CN: 7323)
  • Draft - Commission Proposal for an amendment to the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature - Flat steel sheet (CN: 9610)
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature
    - Wooden slats (CN: 4421 99 99)
    - Plastic cover for contacts (CN: 3926 90 97
    - Room in room system (CN: 7616 99 90)
    - Medals made of base metal (CN: 7117 19 00
  • EU Ombudsman inquires into why Commission did not finalise sustainability assessment before Mercosur-EU trade agreement concluded 
  • Meeting on the ex-post evaluation of the implementation of the EU-Colombia/Ecuador/Peru trade agreement: Inception report
  • Trade Issues … Technical Barriers to Trade (Mutual Recognition Agreements and Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) - Newsletter 11
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question – Revision of the conditions of access to the current zero-duty quota open to New Zealand sheep meat in the European Union
  • WTO - Keeping trade open amid COVID-19 crisis central to achieving SDGs and economic recovery 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 15 July 2020  
  • Minutes - Meeting of the REACH Committee of 7 July 2020
  • Note launching the written consultation on a draft Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) on the duties placed on registrants to update their registrations under Regulation (EC) No 1907 /2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH
  • Postal services: Commission opens consultation on the needs of the EU postal sector - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Brussels plans attack on low-tax member states - Commission measure likely to attract fierce opposition from smaller EU countries - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE

  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Horizontal Questions concerning the CAP of 15 July 2020
  • Minutes of the 7th meeting of the 5th SCAR Foresight Expert Group and 3rd Meeting of the ‘Sectoral’ experts of the 5th SCAR Foresight Exercise Expert Group of 06 March 2020 
  • Minutes of the Expert Group Crops Market Observatory of 01 July 2020

ENERGY

  • ACER to decide on the bidding zone review methodology, assumptions and alternative configurations
  • Market reports highlight turbulent quarter for electricity and gas

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the AAQD EG relating to the National Emissions Ceilings Directive of 05 June 2020 -  

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 16 July 2020 -
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The transmission of data by telecommunications companies to the Commission and the processing of this data
  • Report & Working Documents of the 52nd Meeting of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group of 09 June 2020  

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • July 2020 euro area bank lending survey - see the ECB Press Release
  • Interview of Isabel Schnabel with ARD “plusminus” 
  • Study - How EU funds tackle economic divide in the European Union - Committee on Budgets
  • Industrial production up by 12.4% in euro area and 11.4% in EU - Stat/2020/112 

BREXIT

  • Minister questioned on UK–EU negotiations on professional and business services
  • The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster made a statement on the preparations for the end of the Brexit transition period
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community of 12 June 2020 amending the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU priorities at the United Nations and the 75th United Nations General Assembly adopted
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question – The European Union must free itself from the US sanctions regime  
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question – Labelling of foodstuffs from settlements in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara in the light of the interpretation of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011
  • EU-Turkey relations are strained but we have common ground to build on - Politico.eu