EU CORNAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Opening Remarks by VP Schinas and Commissioner Kyriakides at the Press Conference on the EU4Health Programme
  • EMA - Global regulators work towards alignment on policy approaches and regulatory flexibility during COVID-19 – update #3

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €600 million Finnish guarantee scheme to support maritime companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/20/966
  • Commission approves €120 million Finnish scheme to compensate companies in the restaurant industry for damages caused by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57284) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €12 million Italian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57439) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €4 million Estonian rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57403) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €800,000 Latvian scheme to support tour operators in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.57423) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • EU budget for recovery: Kick-starting the EU economy by incentivising private investments - Midday Express
    • Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on an enhanced InvestEU Programme and its new Strategic Investment Facility
    • Statement by Executive VP Margrethe Vestager at the press conference on Solvency Support Instrument
    • Proposal for a Regulation (See Annex 1,2,3,4 & 5), Q&As & FactSheet: The proposed InvestEU Programme
    • Proposal for a Regulation, Q&As & FactSheet: Solvency Support Instrument
  • Opinion of the European Central Bank of 20 May 2020 on amendments to the Union prudential framework in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Opening Remarks by Executive VP Frans Timmermans at the Press Conference on a Green and Just Recovery
  • Supporting the recovery: MEPs adopt budget priorities for 2021
  • The SURE: Main Features - In-Depth Analysis for EP Econ Committee
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Implementation of projects (co-)financed from the European Social Fund in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Press statement by President von der Leyen on the next steps in the Coronavirus Global Response
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the UN High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9461 – AbbVie/Allergan)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9780 — BNP Paribas/Bank of Baroda/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9619 – CDC/EDF/ENGIE/La Poste)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9759 – Nexi/Intesa Sanpaolo (Merchant acquiring business))
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.9489 – Air Canada/Transat)
  • Commission waives the commitments made by Takeda to obtain clearance of its acquisition of Shire (IP/20/967 & M.8955)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Quorum Health Corporation by Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP and GoldenTree Asset Management LP (M.9845) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of ABB's power grid division by Hitachi (M.9447) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears merger between Asklepios and Rhön-Klinikum
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt – List of Notified Merger Projects of 29 May 2020
  • Belgium - Prior notification CONC-C/C-20 0015: SA Car Avenue Belgique / SA Namur Étoile - SA Société des garages Luxembourgeois  
  • Slovakia - AMO annulled a preliminary measure in an administrative proceedings in the matter of a possible abuse of a dominant position in the field of production and distribution of energy and media
  • UK - CMA serves initial enforcement order in Stryker / Wright Medical merger
  • UK - CMA terminates second extension of Phase 1 review of ION Investment Group / Broadway Technology merger investigation
  • UK - CMA writes to RBS about breach of Retail Banking Market Investigation Order 2017
  • UK - CMA publishes updated administrative timetable in funerals and crematoria services market investigation

STATE AID

  • Commission approves measure allowing the creation of a new development finance institution in the Netherlands (SA.55465) - Midday Express
  • State Aid Weekly e-news - No.19/20 - Covers from 15 to 28 May 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft - Commission Proposal for an amendment to the Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature (subheading 2403 99 90) – expanded tobacco -  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1140 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature -  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/712 of 25 May 2020 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (CN: 2403 99 10)
  • Agreement for the termination of Bilateral Investment Treaties between the Member States of the European Union
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN: 0811 90 95; 2008 30 55; 2008 30 75 & 2008 30 90) 
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN: 2208 20)
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Chinese investment in the EU
  • 2019 transparency statistics in DG Trade
  • WTO issues 2020 Annual Report

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes updates to EMIR Q&As
  • ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency and market structures topics
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors conference call - 29 April 2020
  • EBA seeks to future proof loan origination standards taking into consideration significant transition periods to facilitate implementation

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019 - See the Statement

ENERGY

  • Remarks by Commissioner Simson during the Bruegel Webinar on (Em)Powering the Recovery

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/714 of 28 May 2020 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/466 as regards the use of electronic documentation for the performance of official controls and other official activities and the period of application of temporary measures
  • Statement by Commissioner Kyriakides ahead of World No Tobacco Day
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Mancozeb
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 22 (Published on: 29/05/2020)
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of
    - ProEquo® (Lactobacillus plantarum DSM 11520) as a feed additive for horses
    - IMP (disodium 5′‐inosinate) produced by fermentation with Corynebacterium stationis KCCM 80161 for all animal species
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme:
    - 4‐α‐d‐{(1‐>4)‐α‐d‐glucano}trehalose trehalohydrolase and (1‐>4)‐α‐d‐glucan 1‐α‐d‐glucosylmutase activities from the Gryllotalpicola ginsengisoli strain S34
    - α‐amylase from the Parageobacillus thermoglucosidasius strain DP‐Gzb47
    - lysophospholipase from the genetically modified Aspergillus niger strain NZYM‐LP
  • EFSA - Plant Health Newsletter: Media Monitoring No.38 – 27 May 2020
  • EMA - New vaccine for prevention of Ebola virus disease recommended for approval in the European Union
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 25-28 May 2020

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - European strategic autonomy in the digital age
  • Finnish DPA imposed three administrative fines for data protection violations – EDPB Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU approves disbursement of €500 million in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine - IP/20/955
  • The ECB Mandate: Perspectives on Sustainability and Solidarity - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee
  • Setting New Priorities for the ECB’s Mandate - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee
  • Euro area annual inflation down to 0.1%

BREXIT

  • Agenda for 4th round UK-EU Future Relationship Negotiations: 2-5 June 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Syria: Sanctions against the regime extended by one year (see Notice 1 & Notice 2)
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) N° 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning Humanitarian Aid 
  • Operation IRINI: Council appoints new Force Commanders 
  • EU signs new pre-accession support package with Serbia worth more than €70 million - Midday Express