EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

STATE AID

  • Commission approves two Slovenian schemes to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.59943 and SA.61019) - Midday Express

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - European platform for drug and vaccine trials following the novel coronavirus outbreak
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - New strains of COVID-19 and the need to put a final stop to mink farming in the EU
  • What if artificial intelligence in medical imaging could accelerate Covid-19 treatment? - see the EP STOA Study

INDUSTRY

  • Small companies have been hit hard by the Covid-19 crisis. MEPs believe the EU can help by easing requirements and supporting their resilience

PRIVACY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Data privacy protection in COVID-19 contact-tracing applications

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - EU-China relations after the global Covid-19 crisis

COMPETITION

  • Summary of Commission Decision of 6 March 2020 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the TFEU (Case AT.40335 - Romanian gas interconnectors)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10084 - ACP/Marubeni/Toho Gas/GGND)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Smarter Airports by Netcompany and Copenhagen Airports (M.10021) - Midday Express
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects as of 15 January 2020 
  • Greece - Decision for the initiation of a regulatory intervention procedure (market investigation) in the press distribution sector, in accordance with Article 11 of Law 3959/2011 
  • USA - Departing Antitrust Chief Backs Changes to Strengthen Enforcement - Wall Street Journal

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes - Meeting of the Commission expert group on the Generalised Scheme of Preferences of 7 December 2020
  • EU files WTO panel request against illegal export restrictions by Indonesia on raw materials for stainless steel - IP/21/105 - see the Request
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/28 of 14 January 2021 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1362/2000 as regards the Union tariff quota for bananas originating in Mexico
  • EU-Colombia/Ecuador/Peru Trade Agreement – evaluation Staff working document - Feedback period: 14 January 2021 - 08 April 2021
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Protection for Union SMEs against takeovers from China and other non-EU countries
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Frequent criticism of EU trade policy
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Breaches by Turkey of customs union arrangements with the EU
  • WTO - Costa Rica initiates dispute complaint against food import restrictions imposed by Panama
  • DDG Wolff: Focused WTO talks needed on trade and climate change issues

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & growth (Internal Market) of 19 January 2021
  • Agenda for Reach Commitee of 04 February 2021
    - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards N,N-dimethylformamide
    - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EU) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH
  • REACH authorisation has positive health and environmental impacts - ECHA/NR/20/04
  • Vehicle safety – type approval of cars and vans with emergency lane keeping systems (ELKS) - Implementing regulation - Feedback period 14 January 2021 - 11 February 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA releases erratum of the taxonomy package on reporting framework 3.0 phase 1
  • ESMA - Letter to EU Commission on priority issues relating to SFDR application
  • ESAs’ Board of Appeal dismisses case against the EBA on alleged non-application of Union law as manifestly inadmissible

TAXATION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 14 January 2021 in Case C‑4/20, ‘ALTI’ OOD Vs. Direktor na Direktsia ‘Obzhalvane i danachno-osiguritelna praktika’ Plovdiv pri Tsentralno upravlenie na Natisonalnata agentsia za prihodite
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT- Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 205 and Article 273 - Joint and several liability of a third party who is not the person liable for payment of VAT - Extent of liability - Extension of secondary liability to default interest owed by the person liable for payment of VAT - Extended liability with a view to the effective combatting of VAT fraud - Existence of VAT fraud in the case of non-payment of the declared VAT liability
  • A fair & competitive digital economy – digital levy - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period/ 14 January 2021 - 11 February 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Commission action plan on corporate taxation for a fairer taxation of multinationals
  • Eurojust supports action against fuel tax fraud in Germany and 10 other countries

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 19 January 2021 
  • 12 Weeks Consultation launched by the Commission on the list of candidate projects of common interest in electricity and gas

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 14 January 202 in Case C‑64/20, UH Vs. An tAire Talmhaíochta Bia agus Mara, Éire agus an tArd-Aighne
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2001/82/EC - Language requirements with regard to the packaging and labelling of veterinary products - Discretion of national courts to refuse relief - Direct effect - Primacy - Procedural autonomy - Effective judicial protection
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 18, 19, 21 & 22 January 2021 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel/Synergies) of 18 January 2021 
  • Agenda for: 105th session of the Climate Change Committee of 27 January 2021
  • Espoo Convention: 8th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and 4th session of the meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (virtual, 8-11 December 2020) - Information from the Presidency and the Commission
  • Investment Plan's Advisory Hub supports green urban development in German cities - IP/21/112

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the SCHEER WG on Breast implants and ALCL of 07 January 2021
  • Updated agenda and Draft Opinion - Hearing on Public procurement in healthcare systems (3 February 2021)
  • Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 2 ( Published on: 15/01/2021)
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of 11-14 January 2021
  • EFTA - Assessment of GM maize 1507 × MIR162 × MON810 × NK603 and subcombinations, for food and feed uses, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2015‐127)
  • EFSA - Assessment of genetically modified maize Bt11 for renewal authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐RX‐016)
  • EFSA - Safety of dried yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor larva) as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Rules on airport slot allocation "Slot Relief" - presentation by the Commission  

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works - IP/21/104
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The Digital Services Act and the EU’s new powers to take on big technology companies – structural separation remedies – default search engines and consumer choices
  • Data subjects, digital surveillance, AI and the future of work - see the EP STOA Study 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 19 January 2021
  • EU-Japan Agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters – proposed alignment with EU data protection rules - Recommendation for a decision - Feedback period 14 January 2021 - 11 February 2021

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 14 January in Case C‑790/19, Parchetul de pe lângă Tribunalul Braşov Vs. LG, MH, joined parties: Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Braşov
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2005/60/EC - Directive (EU) 2015/849 - Prevention of the use of the financial system for the purpose of money laundering and terrorist financing - Money laundering offences - Self-laundering - Active subject of the offence - Scope
  • Security & border management – new Schengen strategy - Communication - Feedback period/ 14 January 2021 - 08 February 2021
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/27 of 7 January 2021 on the request for registration of the European citizens’ initiative entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices‘
  • European Citizens' Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack' initiative - IP/21/81QaA & Communication

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank held on 9-10 December 2020
  • Euro area international trade in goods surplus €25.8 bn 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • A new US president taking office represents an opportunity to reset transatlantic relations. Find out what the EU is offering to work together on - see the EP Statement
  • New EU-UK agreement is welcome but thorough scrutiny remains, insist lead MEPs