September 23, 2021

Europe Daily News, 23 September 2021




  • United States-European Commission Joint Statement: Launch of the joint COVID-19 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Taskforce
  • An U.S.-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic: Vaccinating the World, Saving Lives Now, and Building Back Better Health Security
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Serology tests showing the presence of antibodies overlooked the Digital COVID Certificate
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Withdrawal of vaccine authorisation
  • Data for the maps in support of the Council Recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU/EEA - ECDC
  • Data on the daily number of new reported COVID-19 cases and deaths by EU/EEA country - ECDC
  • Data on the weekly subnational 14-day notification rate of new COVID-19 cases - ECDC


  • Commission approves €900,000 Cypriot scheme to support wine producers affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.64602) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises €61.19 million in aid to compensate Brittany Ferries for the damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.62193) - Midday Express



  • Agenda for: Working Party on Customs Union of 27 September 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 29 September 2029
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)) of 28 September 2029
  • Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries - IP/21/4801, Q&A, FactSheet, Remarks by EVP Valdis Dombrovskis, Proposal & Impact Assessment Report
  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2021/1700 of 15 September 2021 on internal compliance programmes for controls of research involving dual-use items under Regulation (EU) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items
  • WTO - The 8th review of the trade policies and practices of Singapore takes place on 22 and 24 September 2021
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 27 September 2021
  • Members commend considerable progress by the Comoros to secure WTO membership
  • WTO - DDG Zhang: Trade plays a unique role in scaling up circular economy solutions


  • According to Advocate General Rantos, the installation of software that alters the level of pollutant gas emissions of vehicles based on the outside temperature and the altitude is contrary to EU law, and such a vehicle is not in conformity with the contract of sale within the meaning of Directive 1999/44 (See CPR Nº 162/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in Cases C-128/20, C-134/20,C-145/20 GSMB Invest,Volkswagen, Porsche Inter Auto et Volkswagen)  
  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 23 September 2021 in Case C-433/20, Austro-Mechana Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung mechanisch-musikalischer Urheberrechte Gesellschaft mbH Vs. Strato AG
    Re: Request for a preliminary reference - Approximation of laws - Copyright and related rights - Directive 2001/29/EC - Article 2 - Reproduction right - Article 5(2)(b) - Private copying exception - Servers owned by third parties made available to natural persons for private use - Provision of a cloud computing service - Interpretation of terms ‘on any medium’ - Fair compensation
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/53/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment
  • Conclusions on the Global approach to Research and Innovation - Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world - Approval - Statement by Hungary & by Poland
  • September infringements package: key decisions
  • Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey - IP/21/4645
  • Firearms: Commission refers Luxembourg to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to transpose EU rules on acquisition and possession of firearm - IP/21/4585
  • New Fasanara €250 million fintech fund anchored by the EIF to support SMEs across the EU - IP/21/4861


  • Agenda for: Expert Group Crops Market Observatory of 04 October 2021
  • Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day' - IP/21/4821



  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 23 September 2021 in Case C‑228/20, I GmbH Vs. Finanzamt H
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 132(1)(b) - Exemptions for certain medical activities in the public interest - Concept of ‘duly recognised establishments’ - Concept of ‘social conditions comparable with those applicable to bodies governed by public law’ 


  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 23 September 2021 in Case C‑165/20, ET, Vs. Bundesrepublik Deutschland
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Environment - Directive 2003/87/EC - Scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading - Directive 2008/101/EC - Inclusion of aviation activities - Free allocation of aviation emission allowances for 2013-2020 trading period to aircraft operators - Cessation of aviation activities in 2017 due to insolvency of aircraft operator - Withdrawal of emission allowances for the years 2018-2020 - Principle of legal certainty - Regulation (EU) No 389/2013 - Article 10(5), Article 29, Article 55(1)(a) and (3) and Article 56 - Validity - Allocation request not awarded at the end of a trading period - Shift to next trading period
  • European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air - Feedback period: 23 September 2021 - 16 December 2021
  • Air pollution still too high in most EU Member States - See EEA Statement


  • Minutes and presentations - AMR One Health Network - Subgroup meeting on National Action Plans (NAPs) (07 July 2021)


  • Opinion of Advocate General Pikamäe of 23 September 2021 in Case C‑395/20, EP, GM Vs. Corendon Airlines Turistik Hava Tasimacilik A.Ş.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Air transport - Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 - Common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of cancellation or long delay of flights - Change in the departure time of a flight - Departure postponed by almost three hours - Passengers notified nine days before departure - Concepts of ‘cancellation’ and ‘offer of re-routing’
  • Opinion of Advocate General Pikamäe of 23 September 2021 in Case C‑263/20, Airhelp Limited Vs. Laudamotion GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Air transport - Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 - Common rules on compensation and assistance to passengers in the event of cancellation or long delay of flights - Flight booked through an electronic platform - Flight departure time brought forward - Receipt of notification of the flight being brought forward sent to an electronic address - Scope of the obligation on the operating air carrier to provide information - Directive 2000/31/EC - Information society services - Article 11 - Placing of order - Presumption of receipt


  • Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for undermining the independence of the national telecommunications regulator - IP/21/4611
  • Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media Laws - IP/21/4612
  • ENISA welcomed the EP’s Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE)



  • REACT-EU: Italy, Spain and Germany will receive more than €1.2 billion to support employment, social inclusion and digital transition
  • Recovery and Resilience Plans - state of play (September 2021) - In-Depth Analysis - EP ECON Committee
  • ECB - Economic Bulletin, Issue 6/2021 - 23 September 2021 


  • Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union in the Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community as regards the adoption of a decision to amend the Agreement
  • Proposal for a Council Decision concerning the position to be taken on behalf of the Union in the annual consultations with the United Kingdom to agree total allowable catches



  • United States: HR/VP Josep Borrell met Secretary of State Antony Blinken
  • Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell on the situation in the north of Kosovo
  • Iran: HR/VP meets with Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Strategic dialogue on military responses to cyber threats

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