EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves second modification of Belgian scheme to support companies in Flanders affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62826) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves increase in budget to €213 million for Italian scheme to support trade fairs sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62504) - Midday Express

AGRICULTURE

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX derogating from Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • India: EU mobilises an initial €2.2 million in emergency funding for the vulnerable during COVID-19  - Midday Express

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 May 2021 in Case T‑561/18, ITD, Brancheorganisation for den danske vejgodstransport A/S, Danske Fragtmænd A/S, supported by Jørgen Jensen Distribution A/S, and by Dansk Distribution A/S, interveners, Vs. European Commission, supported by Kingdom of Denmark,
    Re: State aid - Postal sector - Compensation for the discharge of the universal service obligation - Decision not to raise any objections - Calculation of the compensation - Net avoided cost methodology - Taking into account the intangible benefits of the universal service - Use of funds granted as compensation - State guarantee of redundancy payments in the event of bankruptcy - VAT exemption for certain transactions carried out by the universal service provider - Accounting allocation of common costs between universal service activities and non-universal service activities - Capital contribution from a public undertaking in order to avoid the bankruptcy of its subsidiary - Complaint from a competitor - Decision finding no State aid after the preliminary examination stage - Existing aid - Advantages granted on a periodic basis - Whether imputable to the State - Private investor test
  • Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market - IP/21/1982 & QaA
    - Proposed Regulation on distortive foreign subsidies
    - Impact Assessment Report & Executive summary
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Rejection of Commission appeal in the Tercas case

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 May 2021 in Case T-45/19, Acron PAO, Dorogobuzh PAO, Acron Switzerland AG, Vs. European Commission, supported by Fertilizers Europe
    Re: Dumping Imports of ammonium nitrate originating in Russia - Request for partial interim review - Termination of the partial interim review - No change of circumstances - Error of assessment - Obligation to state reasons - Rights of the defence
  • Agenda for: 51st Meeting of the Customs 2020 - Customs Business Group of 17 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 11 May 2021
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding fittings, whether or not finished; P.R. of China -Taiwan - 28.1.2022)
  • Trade barriers: EU concludes two examinations on ceramic tiles and on Tequila 
    - Report to the TBR committee on Saudi Arabia’s measures on ceramic tiles 
    - Report to the TBR committee on Mexican measures related to the exportation of Tequila
  • Minutes the Kimberley Process Committee meeting of 24 March 2021
  • WTO - EIF launches policy briefs to develop trade opportunities for least-developed countries

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) of 07 May 2021
  • Chemicals regulation (REACH) – updated list of restricted substances - Regulation - Feedback period: 05 May 2021 - 02 June 2021
  • Chemicals legislation – revision of REACH Regulation to help achieve a toxic-free environment - Inception impact assessment - Feedback period: 04 May 2021 - 01 June 2021
  • Revision of EU legislation on hazard classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals - Roadmap - Feedback period: 04 May 2021 - 01 June 2021
  • Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery - IP/21/1884QaA & Communication 

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 24th Meeting of the Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation of 03 June 2021
  • Cultural policy perspective of the negotiations on the European Commission proposal on amending the VAT Directive (2006/112/EC), especially considering taxation of the art trade - Information from the German delegation

ENERGY

  • ACER finds serious shortcomings in ENTSOs’ energy network plans – underlining the need for current TEN-E reforms to strengthen independent project assessments

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE CLRTAP) of 10 May 2021
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/727 of 29 April 2021 on the submission, on behalf of the European Union, of proposals to amend Annexes A and B to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, regarding mercury-added products and manufacturing processes in which mercury or mercury compounds are used 

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Judgment of the General Court of 5 May 2021 in Case T‑611/18, Pharmaceutical Works Polpharma S.A., e Vs. European Medicines Agency (EMA), supported by European Commission, and by Biogen Netherlands BV
    Re: Medicinal products for human use - Application for marketing authorisation for a generic version of the medicinal product Tecfidera - Decision of the EMA not to validate the application for marketing authorisation – Previous decision of the Commission taking the view that Tecfidera - Dimethyl fumarate was not covered by the same global marketing authorisation as Fumaderm - Plea of illegality - Admissibility - Previously authorised combination medicinal product - Subsequent marketing authorisation for a component of the combination medicinal product - Assessment of the existence of two different global marketing authorisations - Manifest error of assessment
  • Agenda for: Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health of 07 May 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the seventy-fourth session of the World Health Assembly
  • Updated document - Guidance on harmonised administrative practices and alternative technical solutions until EUDAMED is fully functional
  • Launch of the HealthyLifestyle4All initiative in September - Background note from the European Commission
  • EFSA - Commodity risk assessment of Nerium oleander plants from Turkey
  • EFSA - Xylella fastidiosa: ‘applied research’ the key to success

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Treaty infringement in connection with the EU telecom rules

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal matters (COPEN) of 7 May 2021
  • Commissioner Johansson participates in two events addressing trafficking in human beings - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - Rule of law conditionality 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the conclusion of the EU and UK trade agreement and the EU and UK exchange of classified information agreement 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Minutes - Meeting of the Coreper of 30,31 March and 01 April 2021
  • 4th Revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021 
  • Decisions adopted by the Commission by written procedure on 05 May 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Afghanistan: Joint Statement by HR/VP, Josep Borrell and the External Affairs Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
  • Maritime security: Joint press release by the co-chairs of the ASEAN Regional Forum Inter-Sessional Meeting
  • United States: HR/VP Josep Borrell meets with Secretary of State Antony Blinken 
  • The European Commission appoints Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU - Midday Express