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  1. 16/02/2021  The Portuguese Government has extended the general lockdown at least until 1 March 2021.
  2. 15/02/2021  The Hellenic government announced new lockdown restrictions, taking place as of 12 February 2021
  3. 15/02/2021  The Republican Unitary Enterprise of Posts “Belpochta” informed that inbound international items are now being processed and delivered as normal.
  4. 09/02/2021  The Slovakian Government has extended the state of emergency until at least 19 March 2021.
  5. 08/02/2021  The Latvian Government has extended the state of emergency until at least 6 April 2021.
  6. 04/02/2021  The UPU International Bureau (IB) has been exploring alternative transport options for designated operators to send mail around the world. - Table
  7. 28/01/2021  The Polish Government has implemented a national quarantine throughout Poland. Poczta Polska is accepting mail to a reduced number of destinations only. Click here for more information.
  8. 25/01/2021  Due to the worsening of the health situation and an increase in the number of infected people, Czechia’s authorities have decided to extend the general lockdown until at least 14 February 2021, informs Česká pošta.
  9. 22/01/2021  Austrian Post's Preliminary Results 2020: COVID-19 Challenges and Record Parcel Volumes Have Been Successfully Dealt With
  10. 20/01/2021  CTT Portugal Post informs members that the Portuguese government has extended and reinforced the general lockdown in place throughout Portugal until 31 January 2021, due to a significant number of new COVID-19 infections.
  11. 19/01/2021  The impact of COVID-19 on Posti's services
  12. 16/01/2021  BBC: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday
  13. 15/01/2021  Pošta Slovenije, informs members that the Government of Slovenia extended the formal state of the COVID-19 epidemic by 60 days as of 17 January 2021.
  14. 08/01/2021  Deutsche Post DHL Express plays vital role in European COVID-19 vaccine logistics
  15. 08/01/2021  Latvijas Pasts informs that the Latvian government has extended the state of emergency until 7 February 2021.
  16. 06/01/2021  Politico: EU regulator green-lights Moderna coronavirus vaccine for use.
  17. 06/01/2021  European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
  18. 05/01/2021  Slovenska Posta informs that the Slovakian government has extended the general lockdown until 24 January 2021.
  19. 29/12/2020  Hellenic Post (ELTA) informs that the Greek government has extended countrywide lockdown until end January 2021.  Delivery of mail will be affected.
  20. 29/12/2020  Royal Mail & Parcelforce services to Europe have been reopened and are fully operational.  Delay to some countries expected.  Goods to UK are operating normally.
  21. 22/12/2020  Commission adopted a recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel and transport measures in response to the new variant of coronavirus in the UK
  22. 22/12/2020  Poczta Polska informs that international air traffic remains open but operations are limited. Presently, postal services to the UK are suspended.  Ireland affected too.
  23. 22/12/2020  Royal Mail alerts of temporary suspension of some international services due to coronavirus impacts
  24. 22/12/2020  CTT Correios de Portugal informs that the Portuguese Government announced a new lockdown on 17/12/2020 lasting till 07/01/2021
  25. 21/12/2020  Canada Post alerts that Canada is experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and all provinces therefore remain in a state of emergency
  26. 21/12/2020  Omniva stopped mail to UK and Canada until 04/01/2021 and 09/01/2021 respectively
  27. 21/12/2020  bpost announced temporary stop of services (except express) to the UK and Ireland due to border closures to or from UK
  28. 21/12/2020  Euronews reports UK travel bans due to a new strain of COVID-19 virus.  EU Council to meet later today.
  29. 19/12/2020  Pošta Slovenije informs that the Slovenian Government has extended the lockdown for another 30 days.
  30. 18/12/2020  Lietuvos paštas, informs that the Lithuanian Government has approved tighter lockdown measures and extended the national quarantine regime until 31 January 2021
  31. 08/12/2020  German federal state commissions Deutsche Post DHL Group for the first time to manage COVID-19 vaccine logistics
  32. 07/12/2020  Latvijas Pasts, the Latvian government has extended the state of emergency until at least 11 January 2021
  33. 02/12/2020  Politico: UK approves BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, ready to use next week
  34. 01/12/2020  Commission approves State compensation granted by Italy to Poste Italiane for its universal postal services obligation
  35. 01/12/2020  Le Groupe La Poste will comply with the gradual measures in several phases up until at least 20/01/2021 as announced by the French President on 24/11.
  36. 26/11/2020  Post Luxembourg has implemented new measures following the Luxembourg government's new restrictions from 26/11 which will last until 15/12/2020, due to second wave of COVID19.
  37. 25/11/2020  Royal Mail to deliver and collect Covid test kits seven days a week
  38. 25/11/2020  Correos informs that the Spanish government extended the state of emergency until 09/05/2021.
  39. 19/11/2020  MaltaPost informs that inbound and outbound letters, parcels and EMS services continue to be severely affected as airlines are operating at a limited capacity.
  40. 19/11/2020  In Slovenia, the lockdown has been prolonged until mid-December with further lockdown restrictions, including the closure of all non-essential shops and the suspension of public transport.
  41. 16/11/2020  CTT Portugal Post informs that the Portuguese government has declared a new state of emergency, effective from 9/11/2020
  42. 12/11/2020  bpost informs that the Belgian government announced a new lockdown starting from 2/11 till at least 13/12/2020.  More
  43. 12/11/2020  Lietuvos pastas informs that the government placed 12 municipalities under quarantine from 26/10, and subsequently introduced a 3-week nationwide lockdown from 7-29/11, which may be extended
  44. 11/11/2020  Posti: Postal Services’ plans: The holiday season includes enough mail to deliver on Fridays; the lightened Friday delivery should make a return in January 2021
  45. 10/11/2020  Strong position in E-commerce fuels a successful third quarter for Deutsche Post DHL Group
  46. 10/11/2020  Post Danmark (PostNord Denmark) informs that the Danish Government implemented new measures in 7 municipalities to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Delays are expected in the affected areas from 9/11 until 3/12/2020. 
  47. 10/11/2020  Latvijas Pasts informs that the Latvian government has declared a state of emergency with effect from 9/11 until 6/12, and possibly beyond.
  48. 06/11/2020  Hellenic Post (ELTA) informs that Greece is under lockdown as of 7/11/2020.
  49. 05/11/2020  Due to the new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, Poste Italiane is taking appropriate measures and monitoring the situation.  More on their dedicated webpage.
  50. 21/10/2020   Slovenia has been hit with the 2nd wave of the coronavirus and the Slovenian government has declared a state of epidemic as of 19/10/2020. Pošta Slovenije will do everything possible to provide postal service

Regulatory changes

  1. 21/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €290m Belgian support to support Brussels Airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak
    20/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €62m Romanian loan guarantee to compensate Blue Air for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide the airline with urgent liquidity support
    20/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves Bavarian fund to enable up to €46b of liquidity and capital support to enterprises in Bavaria
    18/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €133m Portuguese liquidity support to SATA airline opens investigation into other public support measures
    17/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1b Danish and Swedish measure to recapitalise SAS
    14/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves Irish loan guarantee scheme mobilising €2b support for companies affected
    11/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €30m Estonian measure to support Nordica in the context of the coronavirus outbreak
    11/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves German aid scheme to support airports affected by he coronavirus outbreak
    07/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €6b German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered
    04/08/2020   State aid: Commission approves €665m Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations and their related entities
  2. 31/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €6b Italian schemes to support SMEs
  3. 31/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €10b Spanish fund to provide debt and capital support to companies
  4. 31/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €840m German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry
  5. 27/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €866m Czech scheme to support businesses
  6. 14/07/2020   State aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens
  7. 13/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves Dutch plans to provide €3.4b in urgent liquidity support to KLM
  8. 08/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed
  9. 08/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves German fund to enable up to €500 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises
  10. 06/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €150 million Austrian subordinated loan to compensate Austrian Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus
  11. 06/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves Latvian fund to enable €100 million of liquidity and capital support to large enterprises affected
  12. 03/07/2020   State aid: Commission approves €250 million Latvian measure to recapitalise airBaltic
  13. 02/07/2020   Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak
  14. 30/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €30b French subordinated loan scheme to support companies
  15. 26/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €7.6b Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers
  16. 23/06/2020   State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the financing of Czech Post's universal service obligation
  17. 18/06/2020   EU Funding for the transport of medial goods, medical teams and patients
  18. 11/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves Polish recapitalisation scheme to enable up to €1.65b of capital support to SMEs and large enterprises
  19. 11/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €3.7b Swedish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak
  20. 11/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves Italian tax measures for maritime support
  21. 11/06/2020   Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100m in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing
  22. 10/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €33m Cypriot scheme deferring payment of VAT to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak
  23. 10/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €286m Finnish measure to recapitalise Finnair
  24. 10/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1.2b Portuguese urgent support to TAP
  25. 08/06/2020   Coronavirus: EU grants €314m to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery
  26. 05/06/2020   State aid: Commission approves €5b French "umbrella" scheme to support research, development, testing infrastructures and production of coronavirus relevant products
  27. 29/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1.6b Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered
  28. 26/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves Lithuanian fund to enable up to €1b of liquidity and capital support to medium-sized and large enterprises
  29. 25/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €2.2b Polish subsidised loan scheme for large enterprises affected
  30. 23/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €8b Austrian scheme to compensate companies for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak
  31. 21/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €9b Italian "umbrella" scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak
  32. 20/05/2020   Coronavirus global response: EU allocates additional €50m in humanitarian aid
  33. 20/05/2020   European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic (package explained)
  34. 15/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €18.5b Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected
  35. 14/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves State financing granted by Spain for Correos's universal postal service obligation
  36. 13/05/2020   COVID-19: Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport
  37. 12/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €25m Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development in Wallonia
  38. 12/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €322m Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies
  39. 12/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €11.5m Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant product
  40. 11/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €450m Polish scheme to support companies affected
  41. 07/05/2020   Coronavirus: Commission invites Member States to extend restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 June
  42. 07/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €7.3m Czech scheme to support research and development activities
  43. 07/05/2020   Commission supports Member States in their transition to a climate-neutral economy
  44. 06/05/2020   Spring 2020 Economic Forecast: A deep and uneven recession, an uncertain recovery
  45. 05/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €296m Danish loan schemes to support star-ups affected by coronavirus break
  46. 05/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves €5.2b Czech guarantee scheme for loans to large companies affected
  47. 05/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves Belgian €250m subordinated loan scheme to support start-ups, scale-ups and SMEs
  48. 04/05/2020   Coronavirus Global Response: 7.4b raised for universal access to vaccines
  49. 04/05/2020   State aid: Commission approves French plans to provide €7b in urgent liquidity support to Air France
  50. 30/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €130m Danish schemes to support SMEs affected
  51. 30/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €2b Slovenian guarantee and rent relief schemes to support companies affected
  52. 30/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €101.5m Lithuanian rent compensation scheme ti support sectors affected
  53. 29/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €900m Hungarian schemes to support companies affected
  54. 29/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves German "umbrella" scheme to support research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products
  55. 28/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves two additional Estonian schemes to support companies affected
  56. 28/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1.55b Hungarian guarantee scheme to support companies affected
  57. 27/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €16.6b Polish repayable advance scheme to support companies affected
  58. 27/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €4m Belgian scheme to support coronavirus related research and development projects
  59. 27/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €550m German State-guaranteed loan to compensate airline Condor
  60. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €3b Finnish scheme to support companies affected
  61. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €100m Dutch subsidised loan scheme to support SMEs
  62. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €700m Polish aid scheme to support companies affected
  63. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €215m Maltese employment aid scheme to support sectors affected
  64. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves Swedish public guarantee of p to €137m to compensate SAS airline
  65. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €5m Lithuanian scheme for SMEs active in road freight transport
  66. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves second Spanish "umbrella" scheme to support economy
  67. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €2b Slovenian "umbrella" scheme to support the economy
  68. 24/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting companies
  69. 23/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves a €150m Bulgarian scheme to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  70. 23/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 7.8b Polish schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  71. 22/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 5.3m Maltese scheme to support research and development
  72. 22/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves Dutch guarantee scheme of up to 10b to support the economy
  73. 22/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 38m Swedish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancelled or postponed cultural events
  74. 22/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 110m Polish loan and guarantee scheme to support the economy
  75. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 200m Irish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  76. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 50m Italian subsidised loans scheme to support the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors in Friuli Venezia Giulia region
  77. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 100m Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors
  78. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 2b Slovak employment aid scheme to preserve jobs and support the self-employed
  79. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves 75.5m Estonian schemes in the form of direct grants and payment advantages to support companies
  80. 21/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €2b Finnish public guarantee and subsidised loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus break
  81. 20/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €7b French "umbrella" scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak
  82. 17/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €88m Hungarian aid scheme supporting researchers and developers in all sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak
  83. 17/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €140m Portuguese scheme to support investment in research, development, testing and production of coronavirus relevant products
  84. 17/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €4m Croatian direct grant scheme to support fishery and aquaculture sector in coronavirus outbreak
  85. 17/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1b Hungarian aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  86. 16/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves Austrian guarantee schemes to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  87. 16/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €35.5m Latvian direct grant scheme to support agriculture, fishery, food and school catering sectors in coronavirus outbreak
  88. 15/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves Danish public guarantee of up to €137million to compensate airline SAS for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak
  89. 15/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €770m Bulgarian employment aid scheme for preserving jobs in sectors most affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  90. 15/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves Czech scheme of up to €37m to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant products
  91. 15/04/2020   Coronavirus: European roadmap shows path towards common lifting of containment measures
  92. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves German guarantee scheme to stabilise trade credit insurance market in coronavirus outbreak
  93. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €15b Austrian liquidity scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak
  94. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €455m Swedish guarantee scheme to support airlines affected by coronavirus outbreak
  95. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €3.3bRomanian scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak
  96. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approved guarantee scheme of up to €3b to support the Flemish economy in coronavirus outbreak
  97. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €255m Bulgarian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in coronavirus outbreak
  98. 14/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €140m Hungarian scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak
  99. 09/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1b Croatian schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak
  100. 08/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €5.4b Danish scheme to compensate companies particularly affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  101. 06/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €790m Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak
  102. 06/04/2020   Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund unlock €8b in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses
  103. 06/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves £50b UK "umbrella" scheme to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak
  104. 03/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €2b Greek guarantee measure to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  105. 03/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €23m Dutch scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak
  106. 03/04/2020   State aid: Commission approves €13b Portuguese schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak
  107. 03/04/2020   Commission waves custom duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries
  108. 31/03/2020   State aid: Commission approved €200m Irish scheme to support the economy in the current coronavirus outbreak
  109. 31/03/2020   State aid: Commission approves €1.75b Estonian schemes to support economy in coronavirus outbreak
  110. 30/03/2020   State aid: commission approves €130m Danish guarantee scheme for SMEs with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak 

Governments and stakeholder policies

  1. Coronavirus Global Response: WHO and Commission launch the Facilitation Council to strengthen global collaboration (10/09/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca (27/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer (24/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4b in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE (24/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portofolio with new talks (20/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission proposes to extend 2020 European Capitals of Culture into 2021 (18/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: Commission reached first agreement on a potential vaccine (14/08/2020)
    Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128m in EU funding (11/08/2020)
  2. Coronavirus: Commission concludes talks to secure future coronavirus vaccine for Europeans (31/07/2020)
  3. Coronavirus: Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma (31/07/2020)
  4. Coronavirus: Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19 (29/07/2020)
  5. Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions (27/07/2020)
  6. Coronavirus: How the Capital Markets Union can support Europe's recovery (24/07/2020)
  7. Coronavirus: Making capital markets work for Europe's recovery (24/07/2020)
  8. Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks (15/07/2020)
  9. Coronavirus: Commission welcomes 'Best Practices' to provide relief for consumers and businesses (14/07/2020)
  10. Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy (17/06/2020)
  11. Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps (16/06/2020)
  12. Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU (15/06/2020)
  13. New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience times of crisis | DESI Q&A (11/06/2020)
  14. Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach (11/06/2020)
  15. EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation (10/06/2020)
  16. Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List | Q&A (02/06/2020)
  17. Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation (27/05/2020)
  18. Coronavirus Global response: EU launches pledging effort | Q&A (24/04/2020)
  19. Coronavirus: EU guidance for a safe return to the workplace (24/04/2020)
  20. European Commission Coronavirus response: Transport measures
  21. European Parliament Think Tank: The impact of coronavirus on Schengen borders (24/04/2020)
  22. WTO report finds growing number of export restrictions in response to COVID-19 crisis (23/04/2020)
  23. Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (H2020) Q&A

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