Organizations

Forward look: 1 - 14 June 2020

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:00am

There are no Council meetings scheduled during this period.

Key Points: 
  • There are no Council meetings scheduled during this period.
  • Several video conferences are planned in order to take forward work on the collective response to COVID-19 in a range of sectors, as well as address other issues.
  • This list will be regularly updated.
  • Tuesday 2 June

    Informal video conference ministers responsible for sports

    Thursday 4 June

    Informal video conference of justice ministers

    Informal video conference of transport ministers

    Friday 5 June

    Informal video conference of home affairs ministers

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for telecommunications

    Monday 8 June

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for agriculture

    Informal video conference of ministers of foreign affairs (development)

    Tuesday 9 June

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for trade

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for employment and social policy

    Informal video conference of economy and finance ministers

    Thursday 11 June

    Eurogroup

    Friday 12 June

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for internal market and industry

    Informal video conference of ministers responsible for health

    For video coverage of Council sessions and audiovisual material, please see the following Council websites:

Announced termination of the U.S. relationship with WHO is damaging and dangerous amid global COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 2:40am

Any move of this kind will severely impede the world's ability to tackle COVID-19, compromise other critical health needs, and undermine the safety of Americans.

Key Points: 
  • Any move of this kind will severely impede the world's ability to tackle COVID-19, compromise other critical health needs, and undermine the safety of Americans.
  • Congressional leaders have also spoken out in favor of U.S. cooperation with WHO to help respond to the unprecedented crisis we face with COVID-19.
  • They understand that without combatting the disease everywhere, all Americans are at risk.
  • Withdrawing support for the World Health Organization in the midst of the greatest pandemic the world has faced in over 100 years is dangerous and short-sighted.

GRPN INVESTOR ALERT: Kirby McInerney LLP Reminds Investors That a Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Groupon, Inc. and Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm Before June 29

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:45am

Investors have until June 29, 2020 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Key Points: 
  • Investors have until June 29, 2020 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
  • Kirby McInerney LLP is a New York-based plaintiffs law firm concentrating in securities, antitrust, and whistleblower litigation.
  • Additional information about the firm can be found at Kirby McInerney LLPs website: www.kmllp.com .
  • This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.

CLNY INVESTOR ALERT: Kirby McInerney LLP Announces That a Class Action Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Colony Capital, Inc. and Encourages Investors to Contact the Firm Before July 27

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:45am

Investors have until July 27, 2020 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Key Points: 
  • Investors have until July 27, 2020 to apply to the Court to be appointed as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.
  • Kirby McInerney LLP is a New York-based plaintiffs law firm concentrating in securities, antitrust, and whistleblower litigation.
  • Additional information about the firm can be found at Kirby McInerney LLPs website: www.kmllp.com .
  • This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules.

New report provides window onto EU drug market changes during COVID-19

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:08am

This question is explored inEU Drug Markets: Impact of COVID-19, a new report out today from the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and Europol (1).

Key Points: 
  • This question is explored inEU Drug Markets: Impact of COVID-19, a new report out today from the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) and Europol (1).
  • The two EU agencies have joined forces to improve understanding of drug market developments under COVID-19 and their impact on internal security and public health in the EU.
  • According to the report, disruption to the drug trafficking supply chain is seen mostly at the distribution level, due to social distancing measures within the EU.
  • This report provides valuable insights into the short-term impact of the pandemic on the EU drug market and will help us prepare for longer-term repercussions.

Cohesion and partnership must be the driving force for European recovery

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:07am

The EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and Recovery Plan must focus on cohesion as a fundamental value of the European Union, to pursue major challenges such as the European Green Deal, the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Pillar of Social Rights as well as the digital transformation.

Key Points: 
  • The EU's Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and Recovery Plan must focus on cohesion as a fundamental value of the European Union, to pursue major challenges such as the European Green Deal, the Sustainable Development Goals, the European Pillar of Social Rights as well as the digital transformation.
  • The extension of the current Operational Programmes will allow for a quick implementation of crucial investment.
  • The strong link of the Facility to the European Semester and to country specific recommendations can lead to a further centralisation of the recovery plans.
  • The partners of the Cohesion Alliance 2.0 will launch the new declaration during their next meeting in early June.

Resources on COVID-19 and drug markets

Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 12:06am

The EMCDDA is producing a series of special reports and briefings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug markets.

Key Points: 
  • The EMCDDA is producing a series of special reports and briefings on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drug markets.
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    EMCDDA publications

    The effect of COVID-19 on drug markets in the EU

    The effect COVID-19 is having on the EU's largest criminal marke is explored inEU Drug Markets: Impact of COVID-19, produced jointly with Europol.

  • In a special report, Drug supply via darknet markets, we explore whether established methods of drug supply and distribution to consumers have changed during recent restrictions on movement (read the accompanying news release).
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    Related resources

    You may find below some useful resources related to COVID-19 and drug markets.

Rhino Resource Partners LP Announces Engagement of Chief Restructuring Officer and Intention to File Form 15

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 10:00pm

LEXINGTON, KY , May 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhino Resource Partners LP (OTCQB: RHNO) (Rhino or the Partnership) today announced the engagement of Thomas L. Fairfield as Chief Restructuring Officer to assist with Rhinos financial and liquidity situations.

Key Points: 
  • LEXINGTON, KY , May 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rhino Resource Partners LP (OTCQB: RHNO) (Rhino or the Partnership) today announced the engagement of Thomas L. Fairfield as Chief Restructuring Officer to assist with Rhinos financial and liquidity situations.
  • Mr. Fairfield is also Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of byNordic Acquisition Corporation, a recently formed company that has no current operations, but will seek to acquire a European technology business in the future.
  • Upon filing the Form 15, the Partnerships obligation to file certain Exchange Act reports, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K will be immediately suspended.
  • Rhino Resource Partners LP is a diversified energy limited partnership that is focused on coal and energy related assets and activities, including energy infrastructure investments.

Latest news - Next SEDE meeting - 25 June 2020 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 8:00pm

On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities.

Key Points: 
  • On 2 April, the Conference of Presidents updated the EP's calendar of activities.
  • The current precautionary measures adopted by the EP to contain the spread of COVID-19 do not affect work on legislative priorities.
  • Core activities are reduced, but maintained to ensure that the institution's legislative, budgetary, scrutiny functions are maintained.
  • Following these decisions, the next SEDE Subcommittee meeting is scheduled to take place on 25 June 2020 (online).Recent press releases:

    - EU must guarantee security to its citizens, warns Defence Subcommittee Chair - 26 May 2020- EU foreign policy Chief Josep Borrell in Security and Defence Subcommittee - 26 May 2020...

WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL COMPUTING SOCIETY ANNOUNCES NEWLY-ELECTED LEADERSHIP

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 5:21pm

President-elect Kotsis said her key priorities include using ACMs global reach and the expertise of its membership to address pressing problems in society.

Key Points: 
  • President-elect Kotsis said her key priorities include using ACMs global reach and the expertise of its membership to address pressing problems in society.
  • Computing can play a role in fighting the CO2 dilemma, fertilizing medical research and healthcare, and protecting our democracy.
  • ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery , is the worlds largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the fields challenges.
  • ACM strengthens the computing professions collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence.