EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modified €1.1 billion Italian scheme to support internationally active companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.60402) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €23 million Belgian measures to support production of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.60198 and SA.60414) - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - VAT on masks and other medical devices in Spain in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Tax deductions for personal protective equipment

ENVIRONMENT

  • Air pollution and COVID-19 - Study - EP Envi Committee

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10068 - Brookfield/Mansa/ Polenergia)
  • Commission clears acquisition of TeraSteel-Wetterbest by Kingspan (M.9934) - Midday Express
  • Hungary - The GVH launched an investigation into the advertising of a teeth whitening product which was withdrawn from the market
  • Poland - Collusion on the fitness market - decision by the President of UOKiK 
  • Romania - The Competition Council has fined (€8.47 Million) the Romanian Association of financial companies and 16 financial companies
  • Romania - Effects on the competition of BigData platforms – executive summary
  • Slovakia - PMÚ SR approved the merger of  Slovenský plynárenský priemysel, a.s., and ČEZ ESCO, a.s.
  • UK - CMA to require TVS Europe Distribution to divest 3G Truck & Trailer Parts

STATE AID

  • Commission approves investment aid for Czech orchards and irrigations; opens in-depth investigations into Czech measures in favour of large agricultural companies (SA.50787, SA.50837, and SA.51501) - IP/21/87

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 15 January 2020
  • Joint minutes of the EU-South Korea FTA Working Group on Government Procurement of 17 December 2020
  • Trade MEPs promise thorough scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement
  • WTO, OECD launch dataset on bilateral trade in services
  • WTO - Committee on Customs Valuation - Notification under article 22 of the Agreement on Implementation of article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 - United Kingdom - G/VAL/N/1/GBR/1
  • WTO - Committee on Customs Valuation - Information on implementation and administration of the Agreement on Customs Valuation - Checklist of issues - United Kingdom -  G/VAL/N/2/GBR/1
  • WTO - Committee on Customs Valuation - Notification under Decision A.4 concerning the interpretation of the Agreement on Implementation of article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 - Notification of Valuation of carrier media - United Kingdom - G/VAL/N/3/GBR/1 
  • WTO -Committee on Customs Valuation - Notification under Decision A.3 concerning the interpretation of the Agreement on Implementation of article VII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 - Notification of Valuation of Interest charges - United Kingdom - G/VAL/N/3/GBR/2

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Motor vehicles – List of Approval authorities in the Member States
  • Space: EU attracts €300 million of investments to boost innovation in the sector - IP/21/89

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA points to a further rise in capital and leverage ratios, whereas profitability remains strongly subdued
  • ESMA reminds firms of the MiFID II rules on reverse solicitation test
  • ESMA - Guidelines on the reporting to Competent Authorities under Article 37 of the MMF Regulation
  • ESMA - Opinion on position limits on EEX Phelix DE/AT Base Power contracts

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Taxation of betting firm operators in EU territories offering tax breaks

ENERGY

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Expert Group on General Food Law of 26 June 2020
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on e-cigarettes and on WoE - testing of 2 December 2020
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on safety of breast implants in relation to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) of 7 January 2021
  • SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products of 14 December 2020
  • SCCS - Scientific Advice on the safety of Nanomaterials in cosmetics
  • SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 15 December 2020
  • SCCS - Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on Methodologies of 16 December 2020
  • The Impact of Biosimilar Competition in Europe - Annual report conducted by on behalf of the European Commission
  • EFSA - Safety of dried yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor larva) as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283
  • EFSA - Edible insects: the science of novel food evaluations

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Telecommunications and Information Society of 14 January 2020
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications and repealing Directive 2002/58/EC (Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications) - See the Presidency Proposal

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