EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council 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 - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
  • International regulators provide guiding principles for COVID-19 clinical trials - See EMA Statement
  • Brussels in talks to secure doses of remdesivir for EU - US has announced move to buy up much of global supply of coronavirus drug that can cut length of hospital stay - Financial Times
  • ECDC - COVID-19 situation update for the EU/EEA and the UK, as of 1 July 2020
  • EMCDDA welcomes external partners to virtual event on lessons learned from the impact of COVID-19 on the drug situation in Europe

STATE AID

  • Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/1247
  • Commission approves €6.3 million Cypriot incentive scheme towards airlines affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57691) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €800 million Romanian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57408) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Road safety measures in the COVID transitional era – common High Level Group principles as we exit the crisis
  • Answer given by Ms Valean to a MEP written question - Situation of transport companies and their drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Valean to a MEP written question - Impact of coronavirus on the shipping industry

ECONOMY

  • Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package
  • The economy and coronavirus: Weekly Picks - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The impact of COVID-19 on SMEs

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North Africa - IP/20/1244
  • Coronavirus: Commission amends regulation to better support Western Balkans, Turkey and the EU surrounding regions - Midday Express
  • EMA and Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to share confidential COVID-19 information
  • Answer given by HP/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - EU sanctions during the COVID‑19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - Plague of locusts and coronavirus in the Horn of Africa

COMPETITION

  • Full text of Commission Phase II decision in Nidec/ Whirlpool (Embraco Business) merger 
  • Full text of Commission Decision on Snam, FSI takeover of Offshore LNG Toscana published by EU 
  • Full text of Commission Decision on Aurubis / Metallo Group Holding merger
  • Belgium - The Competition College has, without imposing a fine, decided that an agreement between Brussels Airlines an Thomas Cook Belgium infringed article 101 TFEU -  
  • UK - CMA fines private hospital group and seven consultant ophthalmologists for price-fixing in private eye care  
  • UK - CMA final report of online platforms and digital advertising market study recommends new regulatory regime
  • Consumer and citizen groups have serious concerns about Google FitBit takeover - Common Statement (Beuc)
  • EU signals deeper investigation of Google Fitbit deal - Lengthy questionnaires to rivals come as consumer groups warn the deal will extend Google’s data empire - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €46.5 million Hungarian investment aid to Toray's lithium-ion battery separator film plant - IP/20/1260

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • The 2019 e-Customs annual progress report has been published 
  • European Commission Services' Position Paper on the Sustainability Impact Assessment in support of negotiations for the modernisation of the trade part of the EU 
  • Chile: Sustainability Impact Assessment in Support of the Negotiations for the Modernisation of the Trade Part of the Association Agreement with Chile. Final Report 7 May 2019
  • Report on the eighth round of negotiations for a Trade Agreement between the European Union and New Zealand - 8-22 June 2020
  • Heads of WTO and development banks voice support for trade finance amid COVID-19 crisis

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals - IP/12/1224 
  • Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive - IP/20/1023
  • ECHA - Public Consultations
    - Calcium cyanamide - feedback period: 24 June to 24 August 2020
    - Skin sensitising substances - feedback period: 24 June to 24 August 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Report on the application of Regulation (EU) 2015/751 on interchange fees for card-based payment transactions 
  • Minutes of the 24th meeting of the Expert group on Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing of 19 May 2020
  • Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules - IP/20/1228
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors conference call - 10 June 2020 

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 02 July 2020 in Case C-835/18, SC Terracult SRL Vs. Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Timişoara –Administraţia Judeţeană a Finanţelor Publice Arad - Serviciul Inspecţie Fiscală Persoane Juridice 5, Agenția Națională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Timişoara — Serviciul de Soluţionare a Contestaţiilo
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Directive 2006/112/EC - Common system of  VAT - Reverse charge mechanism - Adjustment of tax improperly invoiced - Refund of tax unduly paid - Transactions relating to a tax period that has already been the subject of a tax inspection - Principle of effectiveness - Fiscal neutrality - Good faith - Abuse of rights - Tax fraud - Legal certainty
  • Judgment of the Court of 02 July 2020 in Case C 231/19, BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited Vs. Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs 
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Value Added Tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 135(1)(g) - Exemptions for the management of special investment funds - Supply of a package of services using an IT platform - Single supply - Management company - Minority share of special investment funds
  • Judgment of the Court of 02 July 2020 in Case C-215/19, Veronsaajien oikeudenvalvontayksikkö, in the presence of : Oy,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT- Directive 2006/112/EC - Supply of services - Article 135(1)(l) - Exemption from VAT - Letting of immovable property - Concept of 'immovable property' - Exclusion - Article 47 - Place of taxable transactions - Supply of services connected with immovable property - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 282/2011 - Articles 13b and 31a - Brewing racks - Data centre hosting services
  • Opinion of the Advocate General Juliane Kokott delivered on 2 July 2020 (1 ) Joined Cases C-245/19 and C-246/19 State of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg v B (C-245/19), B, C, D, F. C. (C-246/19), in the presence of : A
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Tax legislation - Directive 2011/16/EU - Administrative cooperation in the field of taxation - Article 1(1) - Article 5 - Request for information from the tax authorities of another Member State - Order of the requested tax authority to supply information - Reasonable relevance of the information requested - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU - Articles 7 and 8 - Article 47 - Right to an effective judicial remedy - Exclusion of remedies for persons required to supply information, taxpayers concerned by the information and other third parties concerned
  • Irish finance minister warns EU not to go it alone on digital tax - Paschal Donohoe says OECD talks with US are paused and fears stoking trade tensions – Financial Times

ENERGY

  • The European Commission has opened a consultation on proposed electricity market reforms in Italy, running from 1 July to 12 August 
  • Energy-intensive industries - Study for the EP ITRE Committee
  • Germany warns new US sanctions endanger Nord Stream 2 pipeline - Berlin officials call proposed law serious interference in European sovereignty – Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 06 & 07 July 2020 
  • Noise: Commission decides to refer Portugal and Slovakia to the Court of Justice of the EU for their failure to map noise and draw up noise action plans - IP/20/1233
  • Marine environment: Commission decides to refer Bulgaria to the Court of Justice of the EU over late reporting under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive - IP/20/1234
  • Nature: Commission decides to refer Slovakia to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to assess the impact of sanitary logging on Natura 2000 sites and failure to take measures for the protection of a bird species - IP/12/1232
  • Nature: Commission decides to refer Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to take appropriate conservation measures - IP/12/1235
    Commission welcomes four new members to the Governing Board of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology
    July infringements package: key decisions - IP/20/1212
  • The European Energy Exchange (EEX) and ICE Futures Europe (ICE) published today the revised 2020 auction calendars in view of the implementation of the Market Stability Reserve -  
  • Boosting the EU’s green recovery: Commission invests € 1 billion in innovative clean technology projects 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Health and the members of the Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 08 July 2020 -

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Evaluation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport - Feedback period: 01 July 2020 - 23 September 2020 
  • Roadmap - Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy - Feedback period: 01 July 2020 - 23 September 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence of 17 June 2020 
  • Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers - IP/20/1209
  • Guidelines on the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive - QaA

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Judgment of the Court of 02 July 2020 in Case C-18/19, WM Vs. Stadt Frankfurt am Main 
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Area of freedom, security and justice - Directive 2008/115/EC - Common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals - Article 16(1) - Detention for the purpose of removal - Detention in prison accommodation - Third-country national representing a serious threat to public policy or public security - Principles of effectiveness and proportionality - Minimum safeguards - Possibility of detention in prison accommodation with persons held on remand - Article 15 - Judicial review - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Articles 1 to 4, 6 and 47
  • Joint Eurojust-Europol Annual Report 2019
  • VAT-fraud with sale of sugar and cooking oil in Hungary unravelled - International coordination led by Eurojust
  • Eurojust – OLAF: enhancing ties on judicial cooperation

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 03 July 2020 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the adoption by China’s National People’s Congress of a National Security Legislation on Hong Kong 
  • Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia - IP/20/1021