EU CORNAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Minutes - 22nd meeting of the Expert Group on Health Systems Performance Assessment (HSPA) (26 June 2020)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Coronavirus
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Notification requirement for shortages of medical devices
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The COViD-19 pandemic

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €6.35 million Belgian scheme to support the social tourism sector in Flanders (SA.57797)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €20 million Estonian scheme to compensate international ferry operators for damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57643) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €58 million Latvian rent compensation scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.57740) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - COVID-19 and state aid

TAXATION

  • Final Draft - Council Decision amending Directives (EU) 2017/2455 and (EU) 2019/1995 as regards the dates of transposition and application in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Final Draft - Council Decision amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2454 as regards the dates of application in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Final Draft - Council Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2026 as regards the dates of application in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY

  • The economy and coronavirus: Weekly Picks - EP Briefing 09/07/2020

DIGITAL

CULTURE & EDUCATION

  • Coronavirus: Commission to help the music sector overcome the crisis - Midday Express
  • How to recover the European culture after COVID-19? - See the EP Statement 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Text adopted - European citizens’ initiative: temporary measures concerning the time limits for the collection, verification and examination stages in view of the COVID-19 outbreak

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections 
  • State aid - Netherlands - State aid SA.46470 (2017/C) - Possible State aid in favour of Inter IKEA - Extension of the formal investigation - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU 
  • State Aid Weekly e-News - No.25/20 - Covers from 3 July to 9 July 2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 9 July 2020 in Case C‑76/19, Direktor na Teritorialna direktsiya Yugozapadna Agentsiya ‘Mitnitsi’, formerly Nachalnik na Mitnitsa Aerogara Sofia Vs. ‘Curtis Balkan’ EOOD
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs union - Community Customs Code - Article 32(1)(c) - Regulation (EEC) No 2454/93 - Article 157(2), Article 158(3), and Article 160 - Determining the customs value - Adjustment - Royalties relating to the goods being valued - Royalties constituting a ‘condition of sale’ of the goods being valued - Royalties paid by the buyer to its parent company for the supply of the know-how required for the manufacture of the finished products - Goods purchased from third parties, which constitute components to be incorporated in the licensed products
  • Judgment of the Court of 9 July 2020 in Case C-391/19, "Unipack" АD v Direktor na Teritorialna direktsia "Dunavska" kam Agentsia "Mitnitsi", Prokuror ot Varhovna administrativna prokuratura na Republika Bulgaria
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Union Customs Code - Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 - Article 172(2) - Authorisation to use the end-use procedure - Retroactive effect - Concept of 'exceptional circumstances' - Change in tariff classification - Termination of the validity of a binding tariff information decision
  • Opinion of Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona of 9 July 2020 in Case C‑56/19 P, RFA International, LP Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Dumping - Imports of ferro-silicon originating in Russia - Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 - Article 11(9) and (10) - Rejection of applications for a refund of anti-dumping duties paid - Method of investigation - Change of circumstances since the original investigation or since intervening interim refund and review investigations - Constructed export price - Deduction of anti-dumping duties paid - Conclusive evidence
  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 9 July 2020 in Case C‑543/19, Jebsen & Jessen (GmbH & Co.) KG Vs. Hauptzollamt Hamburg
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Council Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Article 78 - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/82 - Article 2(1) - Definitive anti-dumping duty - Exemption - Condition to submit an undertaking invoice - Failure to mention a mandatory element set out in the Annex to Implementing Regulation 2015/82 - Correction of the undertaking invoice
  • Revised Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union on 14 July 2020
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana, of the one part, and the European Community and its Member States, of the other part, as regards the adoption of the Rules of Procedures of the EPA Committee
  • Council Decision on the signing and on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the People's Republic of China on cooperation on, and protection of, geographical indications see also the Request for the consent of the European Parliament and Annex
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/991 of 13 May 2020 opening and providing for the administration of import tariff quotas for rice originating in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam 
  • Commission publishes report on negotiating round with five Eastern and Southern African countries
  • EU-Georgia Trade Sustainable Development Su-Committee, 6 July 2020 : Joint Statement
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Reciprocity and access to public procurement markets
  • Answer given by Mr Hogan to a MEP written question - Global trade during the coronavirus crisis

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) on 13 July 2020
  • A contractual term which has not been negotiated but which reflects a rule that, under national law, applies between parties provided that no other arrangements have been established in that respect, falls outside the scope of EU law on unfair terms in consumer contracts (See CPR No 89/2020 - Judgment in Case C-81/19 - Banca Transilvania)
  • National legislation may provide for a time limit for an action for reimbursement based on an unfair term in a contract concluded between a seller or supplier and a consumer (See CPR No 86/2020 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-698/18, C-699/18 - Raiffeisen Bank)

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • When a film is unlawfully uploaded onto an online platform, such as YouTube, the rightholder may, under the directive on the enforcement of intellectual property rights, require the operator to provide only the postal address of the user concerned, but not his or her email, IP address or telephone number (See CPR No 88/2020 - Judgment in Case C-264/19 - Constantin Film Verleih)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes Guidelines on Securitisation Repository Data Completeness and Consistency Thresholds
  • EBA publishes phase 2 of its technical package on reporting framework 2.10

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 09 July in Case C‑374/19, HF Vs. Finanzamt Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Adjustment of deductions - Variation in the deduction entitlement - Capital goods used for both taxed and exempt transactions - Cessation of the activity giving rise to the right of deduction - Remaining use solely for exempt transactions
  • Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation): work programme during the German Presidency
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Companies operating in tax havens

ENERGY

  • Financing the energy transition: Commission puts €14 billion fund to modernise energy sectors in 10 Member States into action
  • Building trans-European energy infrastructure: ACER reports delays but less project rescheduling 
  • Most EU gas transportation networks not yet ready to transport hydrogen

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 15 & 16 July 2020
  • Greater circularity in the buildings sector can lead to major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions - see the EEA Briefing
  • Legal persons governed by public law may be liable for environmental damage caused by activities carried out in the public interest pursuant to a statutory assignment of tasks, such as the operation of a pumping station for the purpose of draining agricultural land (See CPR No 84/2020 - Judgment in Case C-297/19 - Naturschutzbund Deutschland - Landesverband Schleswig-Holstein - Environment and consumers)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Campos Sanchez-Bordona of 9 July 2020 in Case C‑667/19, A.M. Vs. E.M.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of laws - Cosmetic products - Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 - Article 19 - Consumer information - Labelling - Information that must appear on the container and packaging -Function of the cosmetic product - Protection of human health - Information that may appear on an enclosed or attached leaflet, label, tape, tag or card - Labelling in a foreign language - Cosmetic product packaging which contains a reference to a product catalogue drafted in the language of the consumer
  • Minutes – Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health of 24 June 2020
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 28 ( Published on: 10/07/2020) 
  • State of play of Joint implementation Plan on actions considered necessary to ensure the sound functioning of the new framework for medical devices under the MDR

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The Petitions Committee of the Parliament of a Federated State of a Member State is subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (See CPR No 85/2020 - Judgment in Case C-272/19 - Land Hessen)

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • A motor vehicle manufacturer whose unlawfully manipulated vehicles are resold in other Member States may be sued in the courts of those States (See CPR No 87/2020 - Judgment in Case C-343/19 - Verein für Konsumenteninformation)
  • Minutes of Meeting of the expert group FREEMO on the right to free movement of persons (Directive 2004/38 EC) of 03 June 2020
  • Croatian Presidency's summary of the discussions at the informal meeting of the members of the EU - Western Balkans Expert Meeting on Drugs (videoconference, 17 June 2020)
  • Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on the continued fulfilment of requirements by the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries - IP/20/1327 & Q&As
    - First Visa Suspension Mechanism Report
    - Second Visa Suspension Mechanism Report
    - Third Visa Suspension Mechanism Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Paschal Donohoe elected Eurogroup President 
  • Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup videoconference of 9 July 2020 
  • Facing the Digital Transformation: are Digital Skills Enough? - see the Report
  • Cohesion Policy: Commission and OECD help 5 EU funds managing authorities engage with citizens - IP/20/1287
  • EU approves €30 million disbursement in macro-financial assistance to the Republic of Moldova (IP/20/1309)

BREXIT

  • Getting ready for changes - Communication on readiness at the end of the transition period between the European Union and the United Kingdom - IP/20/1304

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Western Balkans region on 13 July 2020
  • Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide: Statement by President Michel, President von der Leyen, and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell