EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €6 million Latvian scheme to support companies in the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62003 - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €100 million French aid scheme to mitigate the economic consequences of the cessation of glyphosate use amplified by the pandemic (SA.62568) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €44 million Estonian scheme to support companies active in the tourism and retail sectors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62825) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises a €12.5 million Belgian scheme for the Walloon passenger transport sector affected by the coronavirus crisis (SA. 62882) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62626) - IP/21/2444

FINANCE

  • Covid-19-Related Rent Concessions beyond 30 June 2021 - Amendment to IFRS 16

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Hungary submits official recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/2442
  • EU Cohesion policy: €133.4 million for Bulgaria and Sweden to tackle the social and economic impact of the coronavirus crisis - Midday Express

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU helps Nepal to tackle infections surge - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Competition: The Multilateral Working Group on pharmaceutical mergers launches a joint public consultation  - Midday Express
  • Commission to assess proposed acquisition of Kustomer by Facebook - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of NXK by Shell (M.10170)  - Midday Express
  • Commission has published its December 2020 decision to allow Google's takeover of fitness tracker maker Fitbit - (M.9660)

STATE AID

  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Unequal, discriminatory treatment of TAP in respect of other airlines (III) 
  • Tax rulings granted by Luxembourg to companies in the Engie group: the General Court finds the existence of a tax advantage (See CPR No.80/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Cases T-516/18, T-525/18 - Luxembourg Vs. Commission)
  • No selective advantage in favour of a Luxembourg subsidiary of the Amazon group: the General Court annuls the Commission’s decision declaring the aid incompatible with the internal market (See CPR No. 79/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Cases T-816/17,T-318/18 - Luxembourg Vs. Commission)
  • Greece has failed to fulfil its obligations by failing to recover unlawful aid paid to Greek farmers as compensation for adverse weather conditions (See No.77/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-11/20 - Commission Vs. Greece)
  • Judgment of the Court of 12 May 2021 in Cases T-816/17 and T-318/18, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, applicant in Case T-816/17, supported by Ireland, intervener in Case T-816/17 Amazon EU Sàrl, Amazon.com, Inc, applicants in Case T-318/18, Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Aid implemented by Luxembourg for Amazon - Decision declaring the aid incompatible with the internal market and unlawful and ordering its recovery - Tax ruling - Transfer pricing - Selective tax advantage - Transfer pricing method - Functional analysis

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 19 May 2021
  • Agenda for: First EU-Vietnam joint forum with civil society
  • Agenda for: Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 25 May 2021
  • Agenda for: 71st Electronic Customs Coordination Group (ECCG) joint with Trade Contact Group of 10 & 11 June 2021
  • Notification by the European Union made in accordance with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part
  • EU-US Tech Allies: No more ''business as usual” - redefining the transatlantic trade relationship – see DigitalEurope Statement
  • WTO - Participants in services domestic regulation talks share national practices – See the FactSheet
  • Answer given by Vice-President Šefčovič  to a MEP written question - Northern Ireland Protocol
  • N. Ireland protocol not sustainable for long, warns Frost - Trade minister urges bloc to take ‘common sense’ approach to implementing Brexit deal - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) of 18 May 2021
  • Preparation of Council Meeting on Competitiveness on 27 May 2021: Draft Council Conclusions on Data Technologies to Improve 'Better Regulation' (Non-legislative activity) – Approval
  • Council Decision of 6 May 2021 appointing twelve members of the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency
  • EFTA Council prepares for the Ministerial meeting
  • Economic and steel market outlook 2021-2022, second quarter - Data up to, and including, fourth quarter 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Report from the Commission on the review of the Directive 2014/17/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on credit agreements for consumers relating to residential immovable property - See the Annex
  • Draft – Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Financial Reporting Standard 16
  • ESMA consults on its MiFID II/MiFIR Annual Report - Closed on 11 June 2021

TAXATION

  • Communication on Council position pursuant to Article 294(6) of the TFEU concerning the position of the Council on the adoption of a Regulation establishing the 'Fiscalis' programme for cooperation in the field of taxation
  • Minutes of the WPIV on a future proposal to amend the Directive on ACDT of 24 March 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Agriculture & Fisheries) of 26-27 May 2021 – see “List of A Items” 
  • Strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture for the period 2021 to 2030 - See the Annex
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the sprat box and the plaice box in the North Sea - See the Annex
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council with rules concerning applications for registration of geographical indications of spirit drinks, amendments to product specifications, cancellation of the registration and the register

ENERGY

  • Commissioners Schmit, Breton and Sinkevičius hosted Pact for Skills roundtable with renewable energy stakeholders - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Energy Charter Treaty update and definition of economic activity in the energy sector
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Regulation exemptions for the planned liquified natural gas terminal in Brunsbüttel, Germany

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 21 May 2021
  • European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil - IP/21/2345QaA/21/2343, FactSheet
    - Communication on EU Action Plan: ‘Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil'
    - Working Document: 'Digital Solutions for Zero Pollution'
    - Working Document: 'Towards a monitoring and outlook framework for the zero pollution ambition'
  • EU strategy for sustainable textiles - Consultation - Feedback period: 12 May 2021 - 04 August 2021
  • Ship recycling – updated list of approved breaking yards (8th edition) - Implementing decision - Feedback period: 11 May 2021 - 08 June 2021
  • ‎Independent national advisory bodies can reinforce the role of science in climate policy – See the EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda - 94th meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee of 28 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF Committee, section GMFF of 17 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 17 May and of 18 May 2021
  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on E-cigarettes and Woe of 28 April 2021
  • Minutes of the SCCS WG on Cosmetics Ingredients Products of 27 April 2021
  • Commission Decision of 7 May 2021 amending Decision 2017/C 31/12 establishing the Commission Expert Group ‘Platform on Animal Welfare’
  • Veterinary medicines - rules on the distribution of active substances - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 12 May 2021 - 09 June 2021
  • Veterinary medicines - good distribution practices - Implementing regulation: Feedback period: 12 May 2021 - 09 June 2021
  • Influenza virus characterisation Summary Europe, April 2021 - ECDC Surveillance report
  • Communicable disease threats report, 9-15 May 2021, week 19 - ECDC Report

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Europe's Digital Decade: Commission launches consultation and discussion on EU digital principles - IP/21/2288

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Regulation on digital operational resilience for the financial sector and amending Regulations (EC) No 1060/2009, (EU) No 648/2012, (EU) No 600/2014 and (EU) No 909/2014
  • Agenda for: 9th Meeting and 10th Meeting of the Article 93 Committee of the General Data Protection Regulation of 17 May and of 25 May 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Minutes of the 22nd meeting of the Expert Group on the Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/962 on RTTI of 21 March 2021

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters (COPEN - E-evidence) of 21 May 2021
  • Presentation/information by the Genocide Network - Conclusions of the 29th Genocide Network meeting
  • Fighting terrorist content online: President von der Leyen to deliver video message at Christchurch Call summit on Friday - Midday Express
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council replacing Annexes A and B to Regulation (EU) 2015/848 on insolvency proceedings - See the Annex
  • The principle prohibiting the duplication of proceedings can preclude the arrest, within the Schengen Area and the European Union, of a person who is the subject of an Interpol notice (see CPR No.76/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-505/19 - Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Notice rouge d’Interpol) - Principles of Community law)
  • The General Court, finding an inadequate statement of reasons, annuls a Commission decision refusing to register a proposed citizens' initiative (See CPR No.81/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-789/19 - Moerenhout and Others Vs. Commission)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves - The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022 - IP/21/2351 - Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni
  • Private sector working group on euro risk-free rates publishes recommendations on EURIBOR fallbacks - See ECB Statement
  • ECB Forum on Central Banking – 11-12 November 2020 – Central banks in a shifting world – Conference proceedings
  • ECB - Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 7 May 2021 – Annexes
  • Blog post ECB's Fabio Panetta: A global accord for sustainable finance
  • ECB - Euro area securities issues statistics: March 2021
  • ECB board member seeks to soothe German inflation concerns - Isabel Schnabel says expected rise above 3% unlikely to cause tightening of monetary policy - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Advocate General Hogan: Iranian undertakings may invoke EU law blocking US secondary sanctions before the courts of the Member States (See CPR No.78/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-124/20 - Bank Melli Iran)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda and persons, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them
  • The European Commission published a guidance note on the implementation of specific provisions of Council Regulation (EU) No 401/2013 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Myanmar/Burma
  • Enlargement: new enlargement methodology will be applied to Montenegro and Serbia
  • EU foreign, security and defence policy co-operation with neighbours: Mapping diversity – See CER Policy Brief
  • EU seeks to make stalled Swiss deal tick again Premium - European Commission to present options on how to move forward with Bern - Financial Times