EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Health Security Committee updates the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (see the Recommendation) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Statements by an official of the EMA and the evaluation process of the Sputnik-V vaccine
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 vaccines: questions regarding the lack of transparency over contracts 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Germany acting outside the EU’s vaccine strategy
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccines and protecting the rights of EU citizens 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Sputnik V vaccine production in the EU 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - ‘English variant’ of SARS-CoV-2 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - EU vaccination strategy
  • EMA - Additional measures to allow experts to focus on COVID-19 activities
  • EMA working on COVID-19 during closure on 13 and 14 May 2021

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62471) - IP/21/2429
  • Commission approves €11.6 million Czech scheme to support travel agencies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61837) - Midday Express

GENERAL

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth - Information from the Presidency on the state of play
  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sport - Information from the Presidency on the state of play 

MOBILITY

  • Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/767 of 6 May 2021 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction  

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10215 - CVC/Carlyle/MedRisk)
  • Commission adopts Recommendation for Council Decision authorising negotiations for EU-UK Competition Cooperation Agreement - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over PQ Performance Chemicals by Cerberus and Koch Industries (M.10219) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of AT&T's U.S. video business by TPG and AT&T (M.10220) - Midday Express
  • Denmark: Fine of DKK 500,000 to manufacturer of sportswear for retail price maintenance (07.05.2021)
  • Slovakia - The PMÚ SR approved  the concentration of Adecco Group AG, Avanta Intermare Holdings Ltd, Adecco Hrvatska d.o.o., Adecco Outsourcing d.o.o., Adecco A/S, a limited liability company, and Adecco Slovakia, s.r.o.
  • Slovakia - The PMÚ SR cleared  the concentration between Draslovka Holding, a.s. and AnQore B.V.
  • UK - CAT upholds infringement decision for pay for delay pharma deals (10.5.21)

STATE AID

  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question – Follow up to E-000331/2021, State aid rules and the set of indicia (‘faisceau d’indices’) for economic discontinuity analysis, CJEU oversight of the final decision 
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question – Goals pursued by the Commission and the French Government with the dismantling of EDF (‘Project Hercules’) 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Export Credits Group of 17 May 2021
  • Draft Agenda for: INTA EP Committee of 25 May 2021
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of certain ring binder mechanisms originating in the People’s Republic of China and extended to Vietnam and Lao People’s Democratic Republic (See Case R738)
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) amending Council Regulation (EC) No 32/2000 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 847/2006 as regards the exclusion of imports of products originating in the United Kingdom from tariff quotas
  • CSD on the Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) in support of negotiations with Angola to accede the EU-SADC EPA - see the Presentation & the Meeting Report
  • CSD on the ex-post evaluation of the implementation of the trade pillar of the EU-Central America Association Agreement-inception report
  • Study Reviewing DG TRADE Civil Society Dialogue - Final Report & Executive Summary
  • The EU is trailing China’s trade distortions all round the world - Brussels’ lawyers are formidable, but the solutions they devise are often outdated - Financial Times 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Single Market Enforcement Task Force meets to tackle cross-border restrictions and discuss industrial strategy update - Midday Express
  • ECHA - Agenda for 51st Meeting of the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis of 31 May - 4 June and 7-9 June 2021
  • ECHA - Decision of the Chairman of the Board of Appeal (Rectification of the contested decision − Withdrawal of the appeal by the Appellant) - A-003-2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Retail investment: Commission launches public consultation to prepare future retail investment strategy - Midday Express
  • EBA updates data on Deposit Guarantee Schemes across the EEA
  • EBA updates phase 1 of its 3.1 reporting framework 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Special Committee on Agriculture of 17 May 2021 

ENERGY

  • Proposal for a Council Regulation establishing the Research and Training Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community for the period 2021-2025 complementing Horizon Europe – the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation - Statement by the German delegation
  • ACER has reached a Decision on the definition of capacity calculation regions 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel) of 18 May 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Medicines for children and rare diseases: Commission launches a public consultation

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/694 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2021 establishing the Digital Europe Programme and repealing Decision (EU) 2015/2240
  • BEREC Chair emphasises the role of the fast roll-out of fibre networks in ensuring EU’s competitiveness and sustainability

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Data Protection of 17 May 2021
  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Cybersecurity Strategy and the NIS 2.0 Directive

TRANSPORT

  • 26 countries in 36 days: Commission unveils Connecting Europe Express timetable

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Disinformation and propaganda: impact on the functioning of the rule of law and democratic processes in the EU and its Member States - 2021 update - Study for Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • “Time to open up to citizens”: Conference on the Future of Europe launched - see the EP Statement 
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 12 May 2021 
  • 8th Revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021
  • Possible items for College agendas 18 May 2021 – 28 July 2021
  • European Council meetings in the first semester of 2022

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main Results for: Foreign Affairs Council of 10 May 2021 - see the Press remarks by HR Josep Borrell
  • The EU, Japan and Djibouti carried out a trilateral joint naval exercise in the Gulf of Aden for the first time
  • Israel/Palestine: Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest escalation 
  • Sahel and Central Africa: €210 million in EU humanitarian aid - IP/21/2421