EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  •  Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Member States going it alone in the battle against corona

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €148 million Danish scheme to compensate companies for damages still suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57932) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Coronavirus - support measures for individual entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Help for the meeting industry
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - What measures will the Commission take to protect tourism in Europe from the impact of Covid-19?
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Additional measures to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Council agrees its position on an instrument to support implementation of reforms for a sustainable recovery 
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the conclusions of the Special European Council meeting of 17-21 July 2020
  • Investment Plan backs €500 million in loans for SMEs affected by coronavirus crisis in Austria - IP/20/1397
  • Future EU financing and recovery: MEPs to assess summit outcome - See the EP Statement
  • Covid-19: 10 things the EU is doing to ensure economic recovery - See the EP Statement
  • EU crosses the Rubicon with its emergency recovery fund - European federalists have more reason than frugal northerners to be pleased - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Commission prolongs VAT and customs duties relief for medical equipment imports

TRANSPORT

  • Measures in the field of mobility implemented or announced by Member States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as of 23 July 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus global response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge and €70 million in additional aid for Yemen – IP/20/1384

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9803 – SAZKA Group/OPAP) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9858 – Bosch Group/ELCO Group/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9867 – Allianz/BBVA Allianz Seguros y Reaseguros) 
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over Smith & Williamson and Tilney by Permira and Warburg Pincus (M.9880) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA publishes full text of infringement decision fining Roland for resale price maintenance of electronic drum kits, related components and accessories
  • UK - CMA final decision on air traffic control charges
  • UK - Mergers jurisdictional thresholds from June 2018 - See the Guidance
  • Slack files EU antitrust complaint against Microsoft – Financial Times 

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections 
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections 
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority’s notice on State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates for the EFTA States applicable as from 1 May 2020 
  • Commission invites stakeholders to provide comments on revised Regional Aid Guidelines - IP/20/1385

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1080 of 22 July 2020 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of solar glass originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1081 of 22 July 2020 imposing definitive countervailing duties on imports of solar glass originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 18 of the Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • WTO - Committee on Rules of Origin - Notification under paragraph 4 of annex II of the Agreement on Rules of Origin - Preferential rules of origin - European Union and Viet Nam 
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question – Citrus fruit from South Africa 
  • WTO members set work programme for text-based phase of fisheries subsidies talks
  • WTO - Members endorse Turkmenistan’s WTO observer status
  • US senators warn UK digital services tax could derail trade talks - Key lawmakers urge London to ‘reconsider this punitive action against an ally’ - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA consults on technical standards specifying the determination of indirect exposures arising from (credit) derivative contracts underlying a debt or equity instrument for large exposures purposes
  • EBA consults on Guidelines specifying the conditions for the substitution approach in the context of “tri-party transactions” for large exposures purposes  
  • EBA consults on draft technical standards on default probabilities and loss given default for default risk model under the internal approach for market risk 
  • EBA observes an increase in high earners in 2018 and the persistence of differences in remuneration practices across the EU
  • EBA is looking into ways to reduce reporting costs 
  • ESMA publishes the MiFID/MiFIR Annual Review Report
  • EU plans flurry of rule changes to boost market recovery - Tweaks to financial regulations, to be announced soon, follow €750bn relief package – Financial Times

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda of the Meeting of the Committee for the Common Organisation of the Agricultural Markets - Arable Crops of 30 July 2020 
  • Agricultural trade: a strong start in the first quarter followed by a slowdown due to the coronavirus crisis
  • A new approach to the Atlantic maritime strategy – Atlantic action plan 2.0 An updated action plan for a sustainable, resilient and competitive blue economy in the European Union Atlantic area - See the Communication

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 27 July 2020 
  • Public Consultation - Roadmap - Revision of the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive - Feedback period: 21 July 2020 - 08 September 2020
  • European Green Deal: €307 million awarded to start-ups in transport sector, advanced materials and Internet of Things technologies

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Health of 27 July 2020 
  • EFSA – Outcome of the consultation with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for approval of chitosan hydrochloride for the extension of use in plant protection as an elicitor in horticulture, olive trees, grapes, grass and post‐harvest fruit treatment 
  • EFSA – Dose‐response relationships in health risk assessment of nutritional and toxicological factors in foods: development and application of novel biostatistical methods -
  • EFSA – Modification of the existing maximum residue level for etofenprox in plums 
  • EFSA – Allergenicity assessment of GM plants: stakeholders to support working group

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Media pluralism in Europe: new study shows risks across the board
  • EU-funded projects to support media freedom and pluralism in the EU - See the factsheet
  • ENISA - A billion user hours lost in EU telecoms due to security incidents in 2019 – See the Report

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Digitalising and modernising judicial cooperation: Council endorses provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on service of documents and taking of evidence
  • Europol - European Union terrorism situation and trend Report (Te-Sat) 2020 - See the Report
  • Eurojust - Suspected fraud with diesel defeat devices in Germany, Italy and Switzerland 
  • Eurojust - Large-scale tax fraud in Italy dismantled with Eurojust support 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1082 of 22 July 2020 amending for the 315th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Remarks on the law on the security of Hong Kong presented by the Chinese Communist Party
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Need for an immediate EU response to Turkish provocation