EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

  • EFTA - Liechtenstein Chair prioritises continued cooperative response on the COVID-19 pandemic 

    HEALTH
  • Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks - IP/20/1340, see the FactSheet and the Communication
    Coronavirus: Commission welcomes Council's vote on the development of vaccines containing GMOs - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus: Mobility data provides insights into virus spread and containment to help inform future responses
  • COVID-19: EU must step up efforts to tackle medicine shortages
  • Vaccine against COVID-19: Council adopts measures to facilitate swift development
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - European nations' medical sovereignty squandered
  • Draft - 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 [2020/0128 (COD)] Outcome of the written procedure initiated by CM 3031/20: – Adoption of the legislative act, and – Derogation from the 8-week period provided for in Article 4 of Protocol 1 to the TFEU on the role of national parliaments in the EU
  • Coronavirus: new steps towards setting-up of an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Belgian guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57869) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves two Bulgarian wage subsidy schemes for preserving jobs in sectors most affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57646 and SA.57759)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €27 million Danish scheme to support companies affected by temporary coronavirus- related restrictive health measures (SA.57931) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €47.5 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies active in the production and processing of pig, vegetable and aquaculture products affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.57823) - Midday Express
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amended Norwegian guarantee scheme for airlines 

AGRICULTURE

  • Joint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), Bulgaria and Romania on the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in the light of the European Green Deal, the “Farm to Fork” and “Biodiversity” Strategies and the COVID19 pandemic - Information from the Czech delegation on behalf of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia

EMPLOYMENT

  • Covid-19: how the EU fights youth unemployment - See the EP Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURIY & JUSTICE

  • The Council adopted a Regulation extending several deadlines linked to the European Citizens' Initiative due to the COVID-19 pandemic  
  • Rule of law in Poland: MEPs point to “overwhelming evidence” of breaches 
  • President von der Leyen and High Representative/Vice-President Borrell in Madrid to pay tribute to the victims of COVID-19 - Midday Express

FUTURE OF EUROPE

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9815 – Advent/Cinven/thyssenkrupp Elevator) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9886 – Salling Group/Tesco Polska) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9802 – Liberty Global/DPG Media/JV) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9889 – ERGO/SDHS/Taishan Property & Casualty Insurance) 
  • Communication from the Commission published pursuant to Article 27(4) of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 in Case AT.40394 – Aspen
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects 
  • UK - CMA to consider undertakings in lieu in Stryker / Wright Medical merger  
  • UK - CMA issues second supplementary statement of objections to Advanz Pharma in investigation into suspected excessive and unfair prices in the supply of liothyronine tablets -  
  • Switzerland – Swatch won't face further obligations to supply watch parts, Swiss regulator says (FR, DE, IT)

STATE AID

  • The General Court of the European Union annuls the decision taken by the Commission regarding the Irish tax rulings in favour of Apple (See CPR No.90/20 - Judgment in Cases T-778/16, Ireland Vs. Commission, and T-892/16, Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe Vs. Commission) (See the Irish Government Statement)
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland
  • Lufthansa accuses EU of damaging its business model - Airline forced to surrender slots in return for approval of a €9bn state bailout - Financial Times

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 14.7.2020 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) No 1306/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lodging and release of securities in the administration of tariff quotas based on the chronological order of the submission of applications  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1024 of 14 July 2020 opening and providing for the management of Union tariff quotas for certain products originating in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
  • Extension of the transition period for the application of the REX system to 31 December 2020 because of the COVID19 pandemic for Haiti, Madagascar and Senegal
  • India-EU Summit may take a fresh look at long-pending FTA - The Hindu Business Line 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working party on General Affairs of 16 July 2020 
  • Consultation - Implementing regulation - Online data exchange of EU vehicle type-approvals (format of electronic documents, exchange mechanism, security) - Feedback period/ 14 July 2020 - 11 August 2020  
  • Consultation - Implementing Regulation - "Vehicle safety - technical requirements (update)" - Feedback period: 14 July 2020 - 11 August 2020 
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization as regards personal protective equipment in support of Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council  
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX laying down rules on the online data exchange and the notification of EU type-approvals under Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council 
  • ECHA - Harmonised classification and labelling targeted consultations - pendimethalin (ISO); N-(1-ethylpropyl)-2,6-dinitro-3,4-xylidene – Feedback Period: 13 July to 10 August 2020 
  • Investment Plan in Spain: €25 million for innovative car manufacturer Zanini - IP/20/1355

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Consultation - Implementing regulation – EU fish farms (aquaculture) – updated guidelines - Feedback period: 14 July 2020 - 27 October 2020

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Consultation - "Ozone layer protection" – review of EU rules - Feedback period: 13 July 2020 - 09 November 2020  
  • Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) Twenty-fourth meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (WGP 24) (Geneva, 1 - 3 July 2020) - Statements by the EU and its Member States  
  • 8th Round of Mutual Evaluations - 'The practical implementation and operation of European policies on preventing and combating Environmental Crime' - Follow-up to the Report on Germany
  • What's next for the future of oceans - EU launches consultation on International Ocean Governance
  • Car emissions: MEPs set end on gap between lab and real driving emission tests 

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Consultation - Implementing regulation - Aviation safety – standard classification of risks (implementing act) - Feedback period: 15 July 2020 - 12 August 2020
  • Consultation - Delegated regulation - Definition of the Common European Risk Classification Scheme for civil aviation occurrences - Feedback period: 15 July 2020 - 12 August 2020

AREA OF FREEDOM

  • Public consultation: Commission seeks citizens' views in preparation of new European Democracy Action Plan - IP/20/1352

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB’s pledge to encourage bank mergers is falling on deaf ears - M&A rumours make for good gossip but lenders are better off focusing on self-improvement - Financial Times 

BREXIT

EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ACCESSION