EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

INSTITUTIONS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/26 of 12 January 2021 further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, and extended by Decisions (EU) 2020/556, (EU) 2020/702, (EU) 2020/970, (EU) 2020/1253 and (EU) 2020/1659, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

STATE AID

  • Commission approves two Czech employment schemes to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59889 and SA.59334) - Midday Express

HEALTH

  • COVID-19 vaccines: MEPs call for more clarity and transparency
  • Public hearing on link between biodiversity loss and pandemics such as COVID-19 - See the Study

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 14 January 2021 in Case C-450/19, Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto, with the presence of : Eltel Group Oy, Eltel Networks Oy
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - Article 101 TFEU - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Manipulation of tendering procedures - Determination of the duration of the infringement period - Inclusion of the period during which the participants in the agreement implemented the anti-competitive agreement - Economic effects of the anti-competitive conduct - Cessation of the infringement at the time of the final award of the contract
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8964 - Delta/Air France-KLM/ Virgin Group/Virgin Atlantic)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10085 - Clearlake Capital Group/Siris Capital Group/Endurance/Web.com)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Refinitiv by London Stock Exchange Group, subject to conditions (M.9564) - IP/21/103
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of a joint venture by Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Materials (M.10030) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over G4S by Allied Universal (M.10038) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification of a concentration - CONC-CC-21/0002 : OCTA+ Group SA - B.F.P. SA / OCTA+ Liège Ardennes SA - OLA Trans SA
  • Finland - FCCA opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger between Altia and Arcus
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence dismisses the thermal insulation case
  • Germany - The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totaling around six million euros. against manufacturers of road sewer castings

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 13 January 2021 in Case T-478/18, Hacène Bezouaoui, HB Consultant, v. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Training in safe driving of construction site machinery - Reimbursement of training in France by approved joint collecting bodies (OPCA) - Decision finding no State aid - Concept of State aid - Imputability to the State - Public control of resources"
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid to mines in Upper Silesia

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • EU-Vietnam FTA - Guidance Document on Rules of Origin (Version 3 - January 2021)
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EU-CTC Joint Committee established by the Convention of 20 May 1987 on a common transit procedure as regards amendments to that Convention - See the Annex
  • Joint minutes of the EU-South Korea FTA Working Group on Government Procurement of 17 December 2020.
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - State of play in the ratification process for the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement
  • DDG Wolff outlines possible responses to calls for WTO reform

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • EU Cohesion policy: Commission supports the development of the Bulgarian research and innovation ecosystem - See the Executive Summary - Midday Express
  • Creativity – how to assess and foster this key skill for the 21st century

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 13 January 2021 in Case C-628/18, European Commission Vs. Republic of Slovenia, supported by Federal Republic of Germany, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Austria, Republic of Poland
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - Article 258 TFEU - Market in financial instruments - Directives 2014/65/EU and (EU) 2016/1034 - Failure to transpose and/or communicate transposition measures - Article 260(3) TFEU - Application for an order to pay a lump sum
  • Judgment of the Court of 13 January 2021 in Case C-631/18, European Commission Vs. Republic of Slovenia
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - Article 258 TFEU - Market in financial instruments - Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 - Failure to transpose and/or to notify transposition measures
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Digital Operational Resilience)  of 21 January 2021

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Company Law (CBR) of 22 January 2021
    - Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches - consolidated compromise proposal
  • The reduction on the price of fuel for residents of the Regione autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia does not, in itself, constitute an infringement of the Energy Taxation Directive (See CPR No.3/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-63/19, Commission Vs. Italy (Contribution à l’achat de carburants))

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE) and repealing Regulation (EU) no 1293/2013
  • Lahti (Finland) starts its European Green Capital year
  • Agriculture: Commission publishes list of potential eco-schemes - see the FactSheet

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • European Year of Rail 2021 – European Commission presents 7th report on monitoring development of the rail market
  • Draft - Council Decision establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the Union within the Joint Committee established by the Euro-Mediterranean aviation agreement between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part, as regards the adoption of the rules of procedure of the Joint Committee
  • Draft - Decision of the EU-Morocco Joint Committee established by the Euro-Mediterranean aviation agreement between the European Community and its Member States of the one part and the Kingdom of Morocco, of the other part adopting its rules of procedure 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Advocate General Bobek: the data protection authority in the State where a data controller or processor has its main EU establishment has a general competence to start court proceedings for GDPR infringements in relation to cross-border data processing (See CPR No.1/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-645/19, Facebook Ireland and Others)
  • Polish DPA & Virgin Mobile Polska: Incidental safeguards review is not regular testing of technical measures
  • Polish DPA & WARTA: Failure to notify a personal data breach without undue delay as a reason for imposing a fine

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Judgment of the Court of 13 January 2021 in Case C‑507/19, Bundesrepublik Deutschland Vs. XT
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common policy on asylum and subsidiary protection - Standards for the qualification of third-country nationals or stateless persons as beneficiaries of international protection - Directive 2011/95/EU - Article 12 - Exclusion from being a refugee - Stateless person of Palestinian origin registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) * Conditions to be entitled ipso facto to the benefits of Directive 2011/95 - Cessation of UNRWA protection or assistance
  • Before issuing a return decision in respect of an unaccompanied minor, a Member State must verify that adequate reception facilities are available for the minor in the State of return (See CPR No.5/2021, Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-441/19, Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid (Retour d’un mineur non accompagné))
  • A national rule permitting the confiscation of an instrumentality that was used to commit an aggravated smuggling offence but belongs to a third party acting in good faith is contrary to EU law (See CPR No.4/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-393/19, Okrazhna prokuratura - Haskovo and Apelativna prokuratura - Plovdiv)
  • A European arrest warrant must be regarded as being invalid when it is not based on a national arrest warrant or any other enforceable judicial decision having the same effect (See CPR No.2/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-414/20, PPU MM)

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: for the 2362nd meeting of the Commission of 14 January 2021
  • 6th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 January 2021
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Coreper of 30 November, 2 & 4 December 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against the Democratic Republic of the Congo