EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

INSTITUTIONS

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/1402
  • Commission approves €51.23 million Greek scheme to support farmers active in primary agricultural and livestock sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA. 58029, SA. 58048 and SA. 58069) - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Coronavirus response: How the Capital Markets Union can support Europe's recovery - IP/20/1382Q&A20/1377, see the Proposals
  • EBA publishes Guidelines on a pragmatic and flexible approach to the 2020 supervisory review and evaluation process in light of the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: EIF and European Commission launch new Covid-19 measures supporting micro- and social enterprises under the EUR 400m EaSI Guarantee instrument - IP/20/1410
  • MEPs debate recovery fund, condemn major cuts to long-term EU budget - see the adopted EP Resolution

DATA PRIVACY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Distribution of masks to healthcare workers in the context of the coronavirus pandemic in the Grand Est region and exemption from the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Possibilities for artificial intelligence and big data in resolving the COVID-19 crisis
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Cyber-attacks on vital infrastructure such as hospitals

AREA OF FREEDOM

  • Answer given by VP Jourovà to a MEP written question - Threat to media freedom in the EU Member States in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by VP Jourovà to a MEP written question - Measures to combat disinformation regarding the COVID-19 epidemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: €1.2 billion Macro-financial assistance agreement signed with Ukraine to limit fallout of pandemic - IP/20/1392 see Press statement by Executive VP Valdis Dombrovskis
  • Coronavirus Global Response: Team Europe airlifts medical equipment to Guinea-Bissau - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - Impact of COVID-19 in Africa

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears the acquisition of Axiom by Thoma Bravo and MDP (M.9884) - Midday Express
  • EU delays probe of €5.5B EssilorLuxottica-GrandVision deal (M.9569)
  • Belgium - Notification - MEDE-CC-20/0023: Corendon Holding B.V. / Sunscreen Bidco B.V. (Sunweb Group)
  • France - Oil pipelines: the Authority takes note of the withdrawal of Pisto's acquisition of sole control of Trapil
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence publishes its new guidelines regarding merger control 
  • Italy - AGCM - Preliminary investigation for alleged improper commercial practice against Poltronesofà
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceedings in the matter of a possible abuse of a dominant position in carrying out collective management of rights
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceedings in the matter of a merger of the undertaking UNIPETROL, a.s., and a part of the undertaking Fontee, s.r.o. 
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceedings in the matter of a merger of the group Middle Ground and companies of the group DURA
  • UK - CMA issues statement in Phase 2 investigation of viagogo / StubHub merger
  • UK - CMA announces final decision on NERL RP3 price control reference
  • EU demands big concessions from Google over Fitbit deal - Pledge required that health data will not be used to improve search engine before $2.1bn purchase can proceed - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.27/20 - Covers from 17 July to 23 July 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Request for approval of State aid filed by Portugal

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • EU and Airbus Member States take action to ensure full compliance in the WTO aircraft dispute - IP/20/1405 - Financial Times
  • Draft Opinion by Markéta Gregorová (INTA Committee) on the Report on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with the Republic of Moldova
  • Trade defence instruments: system for protecting EU businesses from dumped and subsidised imports functions well - see ECA Special Report 17/2020
  • European Commission appoints Mr Denis Redonnet as its first Chief Trade Enforcement Officer - see his Mission Letter - IP/20/1409
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Fair use of copyrighted materials in South Africa
  • Use of tariff quotas until 14 July 2020
  • Report on critical tariff quota imports and on critical state change 
  • 10 Years of EU Trade Policy with Lucian Cernat - See ECIPE Podcast
  • Speech by DG Azevêdo: “We’ve achieved a lot, but much remains to be done”
  • WTO report shows members moving to facilitate imports even as trade restrictions remain high
  • WTO members appoint new chair for agriculture talks
  • WTO - Brazil underlines bid to join government procurement pact, Côte d’Ivoire becomes observer
  • Experts warn Cambodia's trade deal with China is poor substitute for EU scheme - Radio Free Asia
  • A new plotline for EU trade policy — ‘Enforcement: The Movie - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • ECHA - Consultation - Proposed restriction on undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), its salts and related substance - See the Annex
  • ECHA - Substance Evaluation Conclusion as required by REACH Article 48 and Evaluation Report for Benzenamine, reaction products with aniline hydrochloride and nitrobenzene EC No 309-912-6 CAS No 101357-15-7
  • The European product categorisation system (EuPCS) has been updated with changes for e-liquids, medical devices, alloys, and pyrotechnic products
  • The European Commission appoints two Director-Generals and two Directors - Midday Express
    - Mr Gerassimos Thomas as new Director-General in DG Taxation and Customs Union (TAXUD) and Ms Florika Fink-Hooijer as new Director-General in DG Environment (ENVI)
  • Jean-Pierre Bourguignon appointed as interim President of the European Research Council

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Proposal for a Council Decision authorising France to apply a reduced rate of certain indirect taxes on 'traditional' rum produced in Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Réunion - See the Annex

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Emissions of most harmful air pollutants dropped in 2018, marking EU progress under UN Convention - See EEA Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 1334/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards removal from the Union list of certain flavouring substances
  • Draft - Questions and Answers Document - Regulation (EU) 536/2014 – Version 2.4 (July 2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Supporting the public health sector and formulating an integrated European health strategy
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance aqueous extract from the germinated seeds of sweet Lupinus albus
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of BioWorma® (Duddingtonia flagrans NCIMB 30336) as a feed additive for all grazing animals
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for aclonifen in fennel seed and caraway fruit
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Streptomyces strain K61

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/1075 of 26 June 2020 on the conclusion of the Agreement on civil aviation safety between the European Union and the Government of the People’s Republic of China
  • Agreement on civil aviation safety between the European Union and the Government of the People's Republic of China
  • Identification of potential synergies/re-use of legislative framework with digital aspect and concrete informatics solutions in other transport modes such as road, rail, maritime or air transport for potential re-use in the inland waterway transport - see the Final Report, the Executive Summary

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Digital identity and trust: Commission launches public consultation on eIDAS Regulation - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - French law aimed at combating hate content on the internet: inconsistency between the French bill and the e-Commerce Directive
  • High-Level Expert Group points to lack of skills, data and infrastructure as main roadblocks to AI innovation in three key sectors - See DigitalEurope Opinion
  • Getting the Digital Services Act right: 3 recommendations for a thriving EU digital ecosystem - See EPC Policy Brief

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • 5G security: Member States report on progress on implementing the EU toolbox and strengthening safety measures - IP/20/1378
  • Cybersecurity: Commission report details policies and skills needed for a more secure digital society - see the JRC ReportMidday Express
  • European Data Protection Board - Thirty-fifth Plenary session: Information note on Binding Corporate Rules with UK SA as Lead Authority
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Transfer of personal data by Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs in connection with carrying out tasks related to the holding of presidential elections

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Delivering on a Security Union: initiatives to fight child sexual abuse, drugs and illegal firearms - IP/20/1380, Q&A20/1381
    - Communication on the EU Security Union Strategy
    - Communication on the EU strategy for a more effective fight against child sexual abuse
    - Communication on the EU Agenda and Action Plan on Drugs 2021-2025
    - Communication on the 2020-2025 EU action plan on firearms trafficking
  • EU Security Union Strategy: connecting the dots in a new security ecosystem - IP/20/1379
  • Two-year review of Passenger Name Record Directive shows it delivered results in the fight against terrorism and serious crimes - See the Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Michel Barnier warns ‘no progress’ made on key issues in Brexit talks - EU’s top negotiator says trade agreement between UK and Brussels at this point is ‘unlikely’ - see the Press statement by Michel Barnier - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Turkey and the UK: New best friends? - See CER Insight