EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves € 1.6 billion Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support (SA.57054) - IP/20/978
  • Commission approves €97 million Danish scheme to compensate travel operators for damages caused by cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.57352) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises €260 million of aid schemes in Luxembourg for certain firms affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.57338) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - COVID-19 emergency
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Commission intervention measures to support the nursery garden sector hit by the COVID-19 crisis

HEALTH

TRADE

  • Commission publishes second report on impact of coronavirus on EU trade
  • WTO report looks at impact of COVID-19 pandemic on services trade

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Reskilling and upskilling as a basis for increasing sustainability and employability, in the context of supporting economic recovery and social cohesion
    - Draft Council Conclusions - Preparation for the approval - Decision to use the written procedure

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA issues Guidelines to address gaps in reporting data and public information in the context of COVID-19
  • Banking Union: Corona crisis effects - week 22 - Briefing - EP ECON Committee 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions Support to the Western Balkans in tackling COVID-19 and the post-pandemic recovery Commission contribution ahead of the EU-Western Balkans leaders meeting on 6 May 2020
  • Answer given by Mr HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Responsibility of the Chinese Government in the spread of the coronavirus 
  • The EU is in a muddle over Libya - Confused foreign policy contrasts with bold action on pandemic - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9797 – AUNDE Group/Toyota Boshoku/TB Kawashima Automotive Textile (India) JV)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 21 February 2020 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 of the TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement Case AT.40528 – Meliá (Holiday pricing)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool - IP/20/977
  • Commission clears joint acquisition of Tank&Rast by Allianz and OMERS (M.9801) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Addressing complex webs of influence in digital markets – adequacy of EU competition rules
  • Croatia - Competition Agency: Lack of standing to act against Hrvatske šume
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Greece - Review of compliance of the company ARGOS SA Press Distribution Agency with the operative part of the HCC Decision no. 687/2019, pursuant to Article 25(5) of Law 3959/2011
  • Italy - Verified the competitive compatibility of the cooperation agreements between companies for mask distribution and the moratorium scheme for consumer credit prepared by Assofin
  • Slovak Republic - Council of AMO SR decided on the imposition of a more than 6,7 million fine for a cartel agreement in the sale of Volkswagen motor vehicles
  • Slovak Republic - Council of AMO SR decided on the unlawful restriction of competition in the area of providing pharmaceutical care in Surany
  • UK - The CMA has accepted final undertakings and the reference has now been fully determined - Bauer Media Group of certain businesses of Celador Entertainment Limited, Lincs FM Group Limited and Wireless Group Limited, as well as the entire business of UKRD Group Limited

STATE AID

  • Companies falling foul of EU state aid rules seek help - Businesses are unable to secure government-backed loans because of Brussels’ regulation - Financial Times
  • EU denies creating ‘extra hurdles’ for Lufthansa bailout - Vestager says states’ rescues could be seen to strengthen a company and distort market - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/724 of 15 May 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 5609 00 00)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/725 of 26 May 2020 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 3814 00 90)
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/727 of 29 May 2020 terminating the anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of continuous filament glass fibre products originating in Bahrain and Egypt
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - US-China trade agreement
  • Report - Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 22 April 2020
  • WTO - Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures - Notification - European Union - Food additives - Titanium dioxide (E 171) & the Annex
  • WTO members discuss Kazakhstan’s offer to host 12th Ministerial Conference in June 2021
  • Ireland - The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation of the Government of ireland produced a short video as part of its awareness raising activities on Export Controls
  • Will the US block a new WTO director-general? - Washington’s insistence on a collective admission of wrongdoing fuels suspicion it just wants to be destructive - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Credit Rating for Euro Area Member States and European supranational institutions - Briefing - EP ECON Committee
  • ESMA publishes final report on FRANDT commercial terms for clearing services

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 21st Meeting of the Sub-Group on Automatic Exchange of Information (SG AEOI) of 12 May 2020

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Expert Group Fruit and Vegetables Market Observatory - Sub group Stone Fruit of 08 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group Sugar Market Observatory of 30 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Expert Group for Direct Payments of 16 June 2020
  • Agenda of the Expert Group for Agricultural Markets, in particular concerning aspects falling under the single CMO Regulation
    - Animal Products of 18 June 2020
    - Sub group Spirit drinks of 23 June 2020

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Gender equality and long-term care at home - Research note prepared by EIGE
  • Sexual Harassment in the Research and Higher Education Sector: National Policies and Measures in EU Member States and Associated Countries - see the ERAC Note

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for:Commission expert group on climate change policy of 16 June 2020
  • Minutes of the 8th Meeting Mission Board for climate-neutral and smart cities of 22 April 2020
  • Commission Notice on the application of energy labelling requirements for electronic displays, household washing machines and washer-dryers, refrigerating appliances and household dishwashers, and of ecodesign requirements on the provision of information for external power supplies
  • EU greenhouse gas emissions kept decreasing in 2018, largest reductions in energy sector - see EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working group on Cosmetic Products - Plenary of 25 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF Committee, - section General Food Law of 10 June 2020
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed:
    - section "General Food Law" of 10 June 2020
    - section "Phytopharmaceuticals - Pesticide residues" of 15 & 16 June 2020
    - section: "Phytopharmaceuticals - Legislation" of 15 & 16 June 2020
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Implementation of 5G and its effect and impact on European citizens’ health

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Commission launches consultation to seek views on Digital Services Act package - IP/20/962
    - Roadmap -  Proposal for a Regulation - Digital Services Act: deepening the Internal Market and clarifying responsibilities for digital service - Feedback period: 02 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
    - Roadmap - Proposal for a Regulation - Digital Services Act package: ex ante regulatory instrument of very large online platforms acting as gatekeepers - Feedback period: 02 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
  • Commission launches WIFI4EU call for municipalities to apply for free Wi-Fi network in public spaces - See the QaA and this factsheet
  • Understanding and fighting disinformation: the European Digital Media Observatory kicks off - Midday Express

DATA PRIVACY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the negotiating mandate to conclude an international agreement on the exchange of personal data between Europol and New Zealand law enforcement authorities

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE & SECURITY

  • Making sure crime does not pay: Commission reports on implementation of EU rules on seizing criminals' assets - see the Annex

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Draft - Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community as regards the amendment of the Agreement

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 03 June 2020
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 13,14 & 15 May 2020
  • Europe cannot fudge its way to a federal future - The EU’s emergency budget increase is not all it seems, and Germany is still no convert to a fiscal union - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • US announcement on breaking ties with the World Health Organisation: Statement by the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen and HR/ VP Josep Borrell
  • Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on Hong Kong
  • Council adopts conclusions on the Afghanistan peace process and future EU support for peace and development in the country