EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccine agreements between the Commission and pharmaceutical companies
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Establishment of a Europe-wide COVID-19 detection network and stepping up COVID-19 testing by pharmacists
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Mental health of children and young people during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Brussels resists push for Covid vaccine deliveries before regulatory approval - Some EU member states want swift dispatch of Oxford/AstraZeneca jab across bloc to speed up rollout – Financial Times

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves €642 million German federal “umbrella” scheme to compensate companies active in trade fairs and congress sector for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.59173) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Recommendation of the European Systemic Risk Board of 15 December 2020 amending Recommendation ESRB/2020/7 on restriction of distributions during the COVID-19 pandemic

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Proposal for a Council Recommendation amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 of 13 October 2020 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10037 - Mitsui/Veolia/JV)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9995 - Permira Holdings Limited/Neuraxpharm Midco S.C.A.)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of AA by TowerBrook and Warburg Pincus (M.10091) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over BP Sinopec Marine Fuels by BP and Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales (M.9837) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control over TIKI by Syskron, Samhammer and Zollner (M.10053) - Midday Express 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 103rd Customs Code Committee - General Legislation of 3 February 2021  
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Administrative Committee for the Customs Convention on the international transport of goods under cover of TIR Carnets as regards the proposal to amend the Convention - See the Annex 
  • Panel of experts confirms Korea is in breach of labour commitments under our trade agreement - IP/21/203
  • Publication of latest agri-food trade figures: EU agri-food trade sustains growth between January and October 2020 - see the Full Report
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body on 25 January 2021
  • DDG Wolff stresses need to make progress in WTO negotiations to enhance resilience of farm sector  

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Guidelines on liquidity stress testing in UCITS and AIFs

ENERGY

  • EU Cohesion policy: over €55 million for a more reliable and energy-efficient heating system in Croatia - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Simson to a MEP written question - Clean hydrogen – for a broader and more inclusive definition
  • German green foundation stokes Nord Stream 2 dispute - Financial Times  

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 8th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (PRTR WGP 8) (Geneva / virtual, 16-18 December 2020) - Statements by the EU and its Member State 
  • Chemicals: The EU protects wildlife from negative effects of lead in the environment - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/50 of 22 January 2021 authorising an extension of use and a change in the specifications of the novel food 2′-fucosyllactose/difucosyllactose mixture and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/51 of 22 January 2021 authorising a change of the conditions of use of the novel food trans-resveratrol under Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 of the European Parliament and of the Council and amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2470  
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/52 of 22 January 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the extension of the approval periods of the active substances benfluralin, dimoxystrobin, fluazinam, flutolanil, mecoprop-P, mepiquat, metiram, oxamyl and pyraclostrobin  
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for clopyralid in various commodities  
  • EFSA – Modification of the existing maximum residue levels and setting of import tolerances for metiram in various crops 
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain QST 713 (formerly Bacillus subtilis strain QST 713) 
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) - 19-20 January 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Improved rail passenger rights adopted by Council 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Consultation - Transparency of political advertising - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 22 January 2021 - 02 April 2021 
  • Proposal for a Council Recommendation on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, amending Council Recommendation 2020/912

BREXIT

  • Commission Notice – Application of the Union’s pharmaceutical acquis in markets historically dependent on medicines supply from or through Great Britain after the end of the transition period  
  • EU to seek more time to ratify trade deal with UK - Bloc wants until the end of April to sign off on agreement with Britain - Financial Times 
  • Fishermen feel waves of betrayal over Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal - Unmet expectations of new age of plenty and higher costs when selling to EU prompt anger at UK ports - Financial Times  

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Commission updates guidance for recovery and resilience plans
  • "Challenge, resilience and accountability: the path to transformation" - Speech by President Charles Michel at the EIB Annual Economic Conference 
  • ECB sets up climate change centre 
  • ‎Speech by Christine Lagarde: Climate change and central banking 
  • ‎ECB to invest in Bank for International Settlements’ green bond fund 
  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: Sustainable finance: transforming finance to finance the transformation
  • Global impacts of US monetary policy uncertainty shocks - ECB Working Paper Series No.2513
  • Statistical decision functions with judgment - ECB Working Paper Series No.2512

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 27 January 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European union (Foreign Affairs) of 25 January 2021 (see the "A Items 1" & "A Items 2”) 
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/53 of 22 January 2021 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1210/2003 concerning certain specific restrictions on economic and financial relations with Iraq 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/54 of 22 January 2021 amending Decision 2010/231/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Somalia 
  • Council Regulation (EU) 2021/48 of 22 January 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 147/2003 concerning restrictive measures in respect of Somalia 
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/55 of 22 January 2021 amending Decision 2011/72/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Tunisia 
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/49 of 22 January 2021 implementing Regulation (EU) No 101/2011 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Tunisia 
  • Polish president calls on EU to step up sanctions on Russia - Andrzej Duda urges response in wake of Kremlin arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny - Financial Times