EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.75 billion Estonian schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/559
  • Commission approves €200 million Irish scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/557
  • Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/556
  • Commission approves €130 million Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/555
  • ESA has approved a guarantee scheme in Norway for airline operators facing a shortage of liquidity due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic - PR(20)12
  • Luxembourg: State Aid - SA.56805 - Loan guarantee scheme of Luxembourg under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak
  • Luxembourg: State Aid - SA.56742 - Scheme for enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to COVID-19
  • Spain: State Aid -  SA.56803 - COVID-19 - Guarantee scheme to companies and self-employed to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • DG Azevêdo welcomes G20 ministers’ commitment to notify WTO of COVID-19 related trade measures - See the Declaration
  • WTO: COVID-19: Trade and trade-related measures (as of 29 March 2020)

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission implementing Decision (EU) …/… on the harmonised standards for medical devices drafted in support of Council Directive 93/42/EEC - See the Annex

HEALTH

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 of 30 March 2020 on temporary measures to contain risks to human, animal and plant health and animal welfare during certain serious disruptions of Member States’ control systems due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
  • EMA advises continued use of medicines for hypertension, heart or kidney disease during COVID-19 pandemic
  • EU research funds to fight the coronavirus - See the EP Statement
  • Coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure waste shipments

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • COVID-19: EU adopts slot waiver to help airlines
    • Regulation (EU) 2020/459 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Statement by President von der Leyen on emergency measures in Member States

ECONOMY

  • COVID-19 - Council adopts measures for immediate release of funds
    • Regulation (EU) 2020/460 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Regulations (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013 and (EU) No 508/2014 as regards specific measures to mobilise investments in the healthcare systems of Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak (Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative)
    • Regulation (EU) 2020/461 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 March 2020 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and to countries negotiating their accession to the Union that are seriously affected by a major public health emergency
  • Regular Update on EUEA level to mitigate the economic and social effects of coronavirus - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9789 – CMA CGM/CMP/Terminal Link)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9766 — APG/CalSTRS/Munich RE/Astoria I & II)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9775 – Global Payments/ CaixaBank/ MoneyToPay)
  • Commission clears acquisition of GEDI by EXOR (M.9705) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture between Sinopec Gas, Novatek Asia and Gazprombank (M.9742) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Fincantieri’s acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique
  • Romania - The Competition Council analyses the transaction by which Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., (USA), takes over the business of textile materials for automotive interiors belonging to Adient Group
  • UK - Following an investigation, the CMA has cleared the merger between gambling companies Flutter and Stars
  • UK - CMA publishes full text of reference decision in McGraw-Hill/ Cengage merger
  • UK - CMA to refer FNZ / GBST merger for a Phase 2 investigation unless undertakings in lieu offered 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €6 million of public support to promote shift of freight transport from road to rail in Poland - SA.52716 - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes of the 205th Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature (Textiles and Mechanical / Miscellaneous Sub-Section) of 10 to 12 February 2020
  • EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 03 April 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Infringement of Article 56 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and of the Services Directive
  • Updates to registration dossiers not taken into account during substance evaluation decision making - ECHA/NR/20/12

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/464 of 26 March 2020 laying down certain rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the documents needed for the retroactive recognition of periods for the purpose of conversion, the production of organic products and information to be provided by Member States 
  • EU school scheme: €250 million for fruit, vegetables and milk for the school year 2020/2021 (See Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/467)

ENERGY

  • ACER to decide on methodologies for the coordination and sharing of cost of redispatching and countertrading electricity in 13 EU Member States

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the 79th Committee on "Nitrates" of 02 March 2020
  • Answer given by VP Timmermans to a MEP written question - Evaluation of the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 — impact and improvements
  • Answer given by Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Groundwater nitrate levels

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Export of pesticides produced in France which are banned in the EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Amendment to Regulation (EC) No 488/2014 as regards maximum levels of cadmium in foodstuffs
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - New standards for protection against non-ionising radiation
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 23-26 March 2020

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of RSC Radio Spectrum Committee - Decision n° 676/2002/EC of 11 - 12 March 2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Decision of the Management Board of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of 9 September 2019 on internal rules concerning restrictions of certain rights of data subjects in relation to processing of personal data in the framework of the functioning of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • Medical Diagnostic Device Maker Settles Allegations that it Misled Consumers about its Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield - See the FTC Statement
  • ENISA - The EU Agency for Cybersecurity has developed 10 tips for SMEs and citizens to stay secure when buying and selling online.

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Decision No 1/2020 of the EU-Kingdom of Morocco Association Committee of 16 March 2020 concerning the exchange of information between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters on the amendment of Protocols 1 and 4 to the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part [2020/468]
  • Council Decision (EU) 2020/462 of 20 February 2020 establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the Association Committee set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part, concerning the exchange of information for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters on the amendment of the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement
  • Corrigenda - Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/398 of 13 March 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (OJ L 78, 13.3.2020)
  • Libya: EU launches EUNAVFOR MED Operation IRINI - Midday Express
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Iran failing to comply with the agreement on uranium – Commission position