EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Covid-19: Commission Notice on audits to be performed by notified bodies
  • Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine - IP/21/51
  • Coronavirus response: €20 million to support the health sector and businesses in Poland - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.60265) - IP/21/49
  • Commission approves €87 million Cypriot guarantee scheme to support companies in the tourism sector in context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59668) - Midday Express

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €200 million of public support to promote rail transport interoperability in Germany (SA.58908) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Current stay of play regarding State aid in the European air carriers sector
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Termination of Hellenic Shipyards SA employment contracts 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 13 January 2021
  • Minutes of the 101th meeting of the General Customs Legislation Section of the Customs Code Committee (CCC/GEN/101) of 07 December 2021 
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EU-Switzerland Joint Committee established by the Agreement of 25 June 2009 between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on the simplification of inspections and formalities in respect of the carriage of goods and on customs security measures as regards the amendment of Chapter III and Annexes I and II of the Agreement - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EEA Joint Committee established by the Agreement on the European Economic Area as regards the amendment of Chapter IIa and Annexes I and II of Protocol 10 to the EEA Agreement, on simplification of inspections and formalities in respect of carriage of goods - See the Annex
  • Since 1 January 2021, the transition period for the application of the Registered Exporter system (the REX system) in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is over for all countries
  • Answer given by Mr Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Commission’s proposal for a climate and trade initiative
  • Second EU-Japan Joint Dialogue with Civil Society - 29 January 2021
  • The EU-UK trade agreement explained - see the slide show
  • Trade MEPs promise thorough scrutiny of the EU-UK agreement
  • WIPO and WTO launch enhanced access to the Colloquium Research Papers collection

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles of 10 February 2021
  • Minutes of the meeting of the Technical Committee - Motor vehicles (TCMV) of 15 December 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Presidency Report on the state of play of legislative proposals in the field of financial services 
  • ESA’s Joint Board of Appeal dismissed appeal by Scope Ratings Gmbh against the European Securities and Markets Authority
  • Governance of Market Abuse Surveillance Controls: An industry perspective - see the AFME Report

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for : Working Party on Commodities of 18 January 2021
  • Food quality scheme – protecting spirits made in a specific country or region (detailed rules) - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 11 January 2021 - 08 February 2021 
  • Food quality scheme – protecting spirits made in a specific country or region (detailed rules) - Delegated regulation - Feedback period : 11 January 2021 - 08 February 2021 

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 14 January 2021
  • Portugal: EIB and BPI provide EDP Renováveis with €112 million to construct and operate two wind farms with a total capacity of 125 MW - IP/21/83
  • EU renewable energy financing mechanism: opening the way for private investment
  • Wind and water provide most renewable electricity - see the Statistics
  • ePURE’s Monthly Ethanol Bulletin – January 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the European Union Ecolabelling Board of 18-19 November 2020 
  • Guidance document on the scope of application and core obligations of Regulation (EU) No 511/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the compliance measures for users from the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation in the Union 
  • Protecting biodiversity also protects human health, says Charles Michel
  • UNECE - Eleventh Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (TEIA COP 11) (Virtual, 7-9 December 2020) - Information from the Presidency and the Commission & Statements by the EU and its Member States 
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the One Planet Summit
  • Sustainability: What are the alternatives to economic growth? - See the EEA Briefing

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - Webinar on EU4Health Programme 2021-2027: A vision for a healthier European Union of 22 January 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF Committee, section Phyto-pharmaceuticals - Legislation of 25-26 January 2021
  • Have Your Say by 3 February 2021: Roadmap for the European Health Data Space open for feedback - Feedback period: 23 December 2020 - 03 February 2021 
  • EFSA - New rules on transparency: detailed arrangements for stakeholders
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for bentazone in beans and peas with and without pods
  • EFSA - Safety evaluation of a food enzyme containing trypsin, chymotrypsin, elastase and carboxypeptidase from porcine pancreas
  • EFSA - Outcome of the public consultation on the draft guidance on renewal of the authorisation of feed additives

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The data strategy and business-to-government data sharing

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party in Civil Law Matters (General Questions) of 18 January 2021  
  • Minutes of the Member States expert group on the Implementation of Directive 2008/48/EC on Consumer Credit (CCD) of 17 December 2020 
  • Euro-DEN Plus network prepares to expand beyond the EU - EMCDDA Statement

BREXIT

  • Global Britain, global broker A blueprint for the UK’s future international role – See Research paper by Chatham House 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EUCAP Sahel Mali: mission extended until 31 January 2023 and mandate adjusted - See the Political and Security Committee Decision (CFSP) 2021/22
  • Iran: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), following latest Iranian activities 
  • Kazakhstan: Statement by the Spokesperson on the parliamentary elections
  • Uganda: Statement by High Representative Josep Borrell on the upcoming general elections
  • Kyrgyz Republic: Statement by the Spokesperson on the Presidential Elections and on the referendum on the future political system
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina : High Representative Josep Borrell spoke to Presidency Chairman Milorad Dodik
  • "Space action at the heart of European strategic autonomy" - Speech by President Charles Michel at the 13th European Space Conference