EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Final version - Regulation (EU) 2020/…of the European parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 on the conduct of clinical trials with and supply of medicinal products for human use containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms intended to treat or prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • Remarks by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on preparedness for future possible outbreaks of COVID-19
  • Medicine shortages in the EU: causes and solutions - See the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Threat of a second wave of the Covid‑19 epidemic

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €108 million Maltese scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58006)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.2 billion Italian scheme to support companies active in agriculture, forestry, fishery, aquaculture and related sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57947)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €77 million Dutch scheme to support the development and implementation of e-health applications in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57897)  - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Macro-financial assistance agreement provides for €80 million disbursement to North Macedonia - IP/20/1343
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Fund to mitigate economic losses in the fight against Covid 19 virus
  • Answer given by Mr Lenarčič to a MEP written question - Extraordinary measures to address the consequences of COVID-19 

EMPLOYMENT

  • Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers - IP/20/1342
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Support for self-employed and freelance artists in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus global response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Haiti and new funding - IP/20/1344

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 16 July 2020 in Case C-606/18 P, Nexans France and Nexans Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Cartels - Market for power cables - Almost worldwide allocation of markets and customers for high and extra high voltage submarine and underground power cables - Commission’s powers of inspection in cartel proceedings - Power to copy data without a prior examination and to examine the data subsequently at the Commission’s premises - Setting of the fine - Exercise by the General Court of unlimited jurisdiction in respect of the fine
  • Opinion of Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella of 16 July 2020 in Case C-372/19, Belgische Vereniging van Auteurs, Componisten en Uitgevers CVBA (SABAM) v Weareone.World BVBA, Wecandance NV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - Article 102 TFEU - Abuse of a dominant position - Concept of 'unfair price' - Royalties collected by a copyright collective management organisation for the communication to the public of copyright-protected musical works at festivals - Method of calculation
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9866 – United Group/Forthnet) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9299 – Discovery/Polsat/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9771 – Hitachi/Honda/HIAMS/Keihin/Showa/Nissin Kogyo) 
  • Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT) - IP/20/1326
  • Commission clears acquisition of Permasteelisa by Atlas (M.9872)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of OPAP by SAZKA Group (M.9803)  - Midday Express
  • France - Luxury goods: green light to the acquisition of sole control of J3L by the Hermès group - 
  • France - The Authority imposes a fine of EUR 93 million on a cartel in the ham and charcuterie sector 
  • Germany - No objections to cooperation between Radeberger and Früh for the production of Kölsch 
  • UK - CMA published responses to revised provisional findings in the Amazon / Deliveroo merger inquiry 
  • UK - CMA publishes full text of infringement decision in its private ophthalmologists investigation 
  • UK - CMA full text decision on Dechra Pharmaceuticals / Osurnia 
  • UK - The CMA has published its Annual Report, highlighting the wide range of work the UK competition and consumer authority has carried out in the past year -

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 16 July 2020 in Case C-160/19 P, Comune di Milano Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Aid in the form of injections of capital by the parent company - Ground handling services at Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports - Proof of imputation of State resources - Indicator test - Assessment of successive interventions as a single intervention - Scope of review of the European Union Courts in respect of Commission decisions on State aid - Private investor in a market economy test - Allocation of the burden of proof - Relevant information
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority’s notice on State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates for the EFTA States applicable as from 1 April 2020 
  • EU refuses to admit defeat after Apple tax setback - Commission insists it will continue to pursue cases despite court ruling in company’s favour - Financial Times 
  • Apple ruling strengthens case for tax crackdown - Annulment of EU state aid action is a big setback for Vestager – Financial Times - (see Statement by Vestager)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 16 July 2020 in Case C-97/19, Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG vs. Hauptzollamt Köln
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Community Customs Code - Customs declaration - Amendment of the declaration - Amendment of the name of the declarant to replace it with the name of the person who has obtained import certificates - Invalidation of the declaration - Representation
  • Judgment of the Court of 16 July 2020 in Case C-496/19, Antonio Capaldo SpA v Agenzia delle dogane e dei monopoli - Ufficio delle dogane di Salerno
    Re: 'Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Community Customs Code - Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Control of goods - Application for revision of the customs declaration - Post-clearance control'
  • Draft Report by MEP Iuliu Winkler containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the agreement between the European Union and the government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications
  • Draft Recommendation by MEP Iuliu Winkler on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion of the agreement between the European Union and the government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications
  • EU-Indonesia agreement: European Commission publishes conclusions of the sustainability impact assessment
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Consequences of the EU-Mexico Agreement for French beef farmers 
  • Ambition on Unstable Foundations: The UK Trade Policy Readiness Assessment 2020 – ECIPE Policy Brief No.4/2020

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • According to Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, as EU law currently stands, online platform operators, such as YouTube and Uploaded, are not directly liable for the illegal uploading of protected works by the users of those platforms (See CPR Nº96/2020 - Opinions in joined Cases C-682/18,C-683/18 YouTube) 
  • Request for an Advisory Opinion from the EFTA Court by Borgarting Lagmannsrett dated 3 April 2020 in the case of The Norwegian Government v L (Case E-2/20)  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation as regards certain single-use plastic beverage containers with a capacity of up to three litres that have caps and lids made of plastic in support of Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council -  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute as regards hand-held mobile phones in support of Directive 2014/53/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council in conjunction with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/320  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization as regards personal protective equipment in support of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA decision renewal of 10 June 2020 to lower the reporting thresholds of net short positions under Art.28 of the SSR
  • EU watchdog to probe German regulators after Wirecard collapse - Move follows calls from European Commission vice-president to investigate supervisory response - Financial Times 

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Judgment of the Court of 16 July 2020 in Case C-771/18, European Commission Vs. Hungary
    Re: 'Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Internal markets in electricity and natural gas - Electricity and natural gas transmission networks - Access conditions - Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 - Article 14(1) - Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 - Article 13(1) - Costs - Setting of charges for access to networks - Directive 2009/72/EC - Article 37(17) - Directive 2009/73/EC - Article 41(17) - Domestic remedies - Principle of effective judicial protection'
  • Roadmap - Offshore renewable energy strategy - Feedback period: 16 July 2020 - 13 August 2020
  • US steps up threats over Nord Stream 2 pipeline - Pompeo warns of sanctions for companies involved with Russian gas project - Financial Times & Wall Street Journal

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Climate change of 22 July 2020 
    - Basel Convention of 22 July 2020
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters of 16 March 2020
  • Minutes of the Commission's expert group on the European Network of Environmental Authorities - Managing Authorities for the Cohesion Policy of 18 June 2020
  • Cohesion policy: Commission approves investment in wastewater treatment to ensure cleaner sea and soil in Greece - Midday Express
  • Commissioner Sinkevičius announces more transparency on the Commission's proposals for fishing opportunities - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Networking of organisations operating in the fields within the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) mission 
  • Advocate General Bobek argues in favour of a more open interpretation of the criteria of direct concern (See CPR Nº 97/2020 - Opinion in Case C-352/19, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale Vs. Commission)
  • Fact sheet on MDR requirements for Transparency and Public Information - DG Health and Food Safety - Unit B6

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Minutes of the Informal Expert Group on Drones of 03 July 2020 
  • Final version - Regulation (EU) 2020/…of the European parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 on electronic freight transport information 
  • Final version - Regulation (EU) 2020/…of the European parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 1071/2009, (EC) No 1072/2009 and (EU) No 1024/2012 with a view to adapting them to developments in the road transport sector 
  • Final version - Regulation (EU) 2020/…of the European parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 amending Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 as regards minimum requirements on maximum daily and weekly driving times, minimum breaks and daily and weekly rest periods and Regulation (EU) No 165/2014 as regards positioning by means of tachographs -  
  • Final version - Regulation (EU) 2020/…of the European parliament and of the Council of 15 July 2020 laying down specific rules with respect to Directive 96/71/EC and Directive 2014/67/EU for posting drivers in the road transport sector and amending Directive 2006/22/EC as regards enforcement requirements and Regulation (EU) No 1024/2012  
  • Agreement on civil aviation safety between the European union and Japan - (See the Council Decision (EU) 2020/1026 on the signing and provisional application)
  • Boosting the EU's Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy - IP/20/1336

DATA PRIVACY

  • Judgment of the Court of 16 July 2020 in Case C‑311/18, Data Protection Commissioner Vs. Facebook Ireland Ltd, Maximillian Schrems, intervening parties: The United States of America, Electronic Privacy Information Centre, BSA Business Software Alliance Inc., Digitaleurope
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Articles 7, 8 and 47 - Regulation (EU) 2016/679 - Article 2(2) - Scope - Transfers of personal data to third countries for commercial purposes - Article 45 - Commission adequacy decision - Article 46 - Transfers subject to appropriate safeguards - Article 58 - Powers of the supervisory authorities - Processing of the data transferred by the public authorities of a third country for national security purposes - Assessment of the adequacy of the level of protection in the third country - Decision 2010/87/EU - Protective standard clauses on the transfer of personal data to third countries - Suitable safeguards provided by the data controller - Validity - Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 - Adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Privacy Shield - Validity - Complaint by a natural person whose data was transferred from the European Union to the United States

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Press Statement - Ministerial Conference to counter migrant smuggling 
  • The date to be taken into account, in order to determine whether a family member of a sponsor is a ‘minor child’ is the date of submission of the application for entry and residence
    (See CPR Nº 95/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-133/19,C-136/19,C-137/19 Belgian State (Regroupement familial - Enfant mineur)  

ECONOMY

  • Euro area international trade in goods surplus €9.4 bn - Stat/113/2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

15th EU-INDIA SUMMIT

  • 15th EU-India Summit provides significant boost to bilateral and multilateral cooperation - Midday Express
    - Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU-India Summit videoconference
    - Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-India summit via video conference
    -  Joint Statement - 15th EU-India Summit, 15 July 2020