EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets
  • Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: implementation of a surveillance case definition within the EU/EEA - See ECDC Technical Report
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/572 of 20 January 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127 as regards the date of application of certain of its provisions
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency of contracts for COVID-19 vaccines 
  • EU regulator to probe ethical standards of Sputnik vaccine trials - EMA team to investigate whether Russian studies followed global clinical and scientific guidelines - Financial Times
  • EU life expectancy drops after decades of increases - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61945) - IP/21/1491
  • Commission authorises €14.6 million Belgian scheme for hotels and similar accommodation in Wallonia affected by the coronavirus crisis (SA. 62407) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Team Europe continues to deliver with more than €26 billion disbursed in support to partner countries in one year - IP/21/1621

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: The European Union and its Member States stand firmly by PNG in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10147 - Mitsui & Co/Mitsui Chemicals/Honshu Chemical Industry)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10210 - KKR/Telefónica/Infraco)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Enwave Energy Canada by OTPP and IFM (M.10193) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of LDC by LDCEH and ADQ (M.10090) - Midday Express
  • Full text of Commission Article 9 referral decision on Telefónica / Liberty Global merger - (M.9871)
  • Austria - Merck Sharp & Dohme GmbH and AFCA reach agreement before the Cartel Court on commitments to end proceedings on abuse of a dominant position in relation to the sale of a Temozolomide drug
  • Germany - Notification - MEDE-CC-21/0006 : Proximus SA - Mobile Vikings SA
  • Greece - Statement of Objections on the compliance of the company "ARGOS SA Press Distribution Agency" with condition II.3 of the HCC Decision no. 687/2019, pursuant to article 25 par. 5 of Greek Law 3959/2011.
  • Portugal - Firmo notifies acquisition of sole control over Staples
  • Portugal - Vimaroja notifies the acquisition of sole control over Imperial.
  • Portugal - AdC Council adopts a non-opposition decision in the concentration 16/2021 - SFI / W&G
  • Romania - The Competition Council authorized the acquisition of certains activities of Arkema SA by Trinseo SA
  • Slovakia - PMÚ SR approved the merger of VKR Holding and Arbonia Windows Division
  • UK - CMA consults on revision of merger control interim measures guidance - Feedback period: 07 April 2021 - 05 May 2021
  • UK - CMA: Government response to CMA final report on funerals and crematoria services market investigation
  • UK - CMA: Merger inquiry outcome statistics

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/575 of 30 March 2021 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (9503 00 99)
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/570 of 24 October 2019 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, and provisional application of the Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Interim Association Agreement on trade and cooperation between the European Community, of the one part, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the general principles for its participation in Union programmes
  • Protocol to the Euro-Mediterranean Interim Association Agreement on trade and cooperation between the European Community, of the one part, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for the benefit of the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, of the other part, on a Framework Agreement between the European Union and the Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on the general principles for its participation in Union programmes
  • EU Trade Policy Day on 26 April 2021 - see the Programme
  • Guidance - UK Trading with the EU under the new rules: 24 February 2021
  • WT/DS583 - Turkey - Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing of Pharmaceutical Products - Replies of the European Union to the Questions from the Panel 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESAs publish joint Annual Report for 2020
  • EBA updates lists of regional governments and local authorities (RGLAs) and of regional governments and local authorities (PSEs) for the calculation of capital requirements
  • EBA consults on the list of advanced economies to determine equity risk under the new market risk regime
  • ESMA published its Final Report containing draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) relating to changes to central counterparty (CCP) services and activities
  • ESMA report highlights liquidity concerns for Alternative Investment Funds
  • ESMA publishes Final Report on SME Growth Markets
  • Guidelines on the submission of periodic information to ESMA by Credit Rating Agencies – 2nd Edition

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes - 2nd Drafting Group on mental health of health workforce and other essential workers (4 March 2021)
  • Minutes - 2nd Drafting Group on European solidarity in public health emergencies (3 March 2021)  
  • Minutes of Consumer Policy Advisory Group of 03 March 2021
  • Presentations - AMR One Health Network (25 March 2021)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Modification of Nutri-Score’s nutrient profiling system algorithm

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing (Annex), and on the conclusion (Annex), on behalf of the European Union of the Common Aviation Area Agreement between the Republic of Armenia, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part
  • Amended proposal for a Council Decision on the signing (Annex), and on the conclusion (Annex), on behalf of the European Union, and provisional application of the Common Aviation Area Agreement between the European Union and its Member States and Ukraine
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing (Annex), and on the conclusion (Annex), on behalf of the Union, of the Air Transport Agreement between the State of Qatar, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part.
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the signing (Annex), and on the conclusion (Annex), on behalf of the European Union, of the Euro-Mediterranean Aviation Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Tunisia, of the other part 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Statement by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, at the forty-third meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee
  • Commission participates in Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Georgia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the selection process of Supreme Court judges