EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Press statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on vaccine deliveries and on the vaccine export transparency scheme

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises €200 million French scheme for certain companies affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.60965) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises a French aid scheme worth €120 million to partially compensate sports clubs and event organisers for damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.59746) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €4 million Danish tax deferral scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61233) - Midday Express

FREE MOVEMENT

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated approach on free movement restrictions - IP/21/195, see the Proposal
  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restriction - IP/21/194, see the Proposal for a Recommendation

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10066 - Carlyle/Flender) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10004 - EQT/Zentricity/Cajelo/Recipharm)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10049 - Partners Group/Atlantia/Telepass) 
  • Commission clears joint venture between Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance and Macquarie Bank (M.10077) - Midday Express
  • "Technical Report on Sustainability and Competition" by the Netherlands ACM and the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC)
  • Finland - The probe into Finnish Olo-apteekki Oy — a JV between Tamro Oyj, Suomen Terveystalo Oy and certain pharmacists has been closed by the KKV
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Ireland - CCPC rejects as invalid merger notification relating to a joint venture between AIB; BOI; PTSB and KBC ( 21.01.2021)
  • Spain - The CNMC analyzes in second phase the acquisition of the Basque funeral home Rekalde by Memora.

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 5th meeting Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 28 January 2021
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the EU-Central America Association Council of 14 December 2020 modifying Appendix 2 (List of working or processing required to be carried out on non-originating materials in order that the product manufactured can obtain originating status) of Annex II (Concerning definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation)  
  • Decision No 2/2020 of the EU-Central America Association Council of 14 December 2020 introducing Explanatory Notes to Articles 15, 16, 19, 20 and 30 of Annex II (Concerning Definition of the Concept of ‘Originating Products’ and Methods of Administrative Cooperation) of the Agreement regarding the Movement Certificate EUR.1, invoice declarations, approved exporters and verification of proofs of origin
  • Agenda for: EU-Japan EPA 2nd meeting of the committee on trade and sustainable development of 25-26 January 2021
  • Minutes & Working Documents of the Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 26 November 2020 
  • Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors - IP/21/183, QaA & Factsheet
  • WTO - Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade - Notification - European Union - Batteries and waste batteries (See the Regulation & Annex)

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property of 03 February 2021 
  • Agenda for: High Level Group on Competitiveness & Growth of 04 February 2021
    - Strengthening the resilience of the Single Market - Note from the Trio Presidency
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/57 of 25 January 2021 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards lead in gunshot in or around wetlands  
  • EIB provides €20 million to support RDI activities and growth at Galenicum - IP/21/223

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Ad Hoc Working Party on the Strengthening of the Banking Union (AHWP BU) of 02 February 2021  
  • Agenda for: Government Expert Group on Retail Financial Services of 04 February 2020
  • Bank sustainability and deposit protection: Have your say via a Commission consultation - Consultation period 26 January 2021 - 20 April 2021
  • EBA announces timing for the launch of its 2021 EU-wide stress test exercise

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party (Taxation) of 02 February 2021 
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EU) No 389/2012 on administrative cooperation in the field of excise duties as regards the content of electronic registers

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • The practice adopted by an employer and consisting in the payment of an allowance only to workers with disabilities who have submitted disability certificates after a date chosen by that employer may constitute direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of disability (See CPR Nº 9/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-16/19 Szpital Kliniczny im. dra J. Babińskiego Samodzielny Publiczny Zakład Opieki Zdrowotnej w Krakowie)

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability - IP/21/182
  • The Council today adopted conclusions on "Climate and Energy Diplomacy - Delivering on the external dimension of the European Green Deal"
  • Banque des Territoires, with the support of the European Investment Advisory Hub, launches “S'GREEN+” to help municipalities participating in its City Centre Action programme roll out their climate change adaptation projects - IP/21/107

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (5 February 2021) 
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices of 29 January 2021
  • Registration open - Hearing on Public procurement in healthcare systems (3 February 2021) 
  • Farm to Fork: Commission push for responsible food business and marketing practices - Midday Express

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Dating app Grindr faces large GDPR fine following consumer group’s EU-wide action against ad-tech industry - See Beuc Statement

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Position of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on rail passengers’ rights and obligations (recast) - Adopted by the Council on 25 January 2021

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers - Presentation: REFIT Expert Group Meeting - 14 January 2021

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • A euro area Member State can oblige its administration to accept payments in cash, but can also limit that payment option on public interest grounds (See CPR Nº 8/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-422/19 & C-423/19 Hessischer Rundfunk)
  • The implications of liquidity regulation for monetary policy implementation and the central bank balance sheet size: an empirical analysis of the euro area - ECB Working Paper Series No.2515
    ‎Risk aversion and bank loan pricing - ECB Working Paper Series No.2514
  • Opening remarks by Paschal Donohoe at the European Parliament's ECON Committee of 25 January 2021 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Revised Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 27 January 2021
  • 13th Revised Agenda for: List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 January 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The Council approved conclusions launching a pilot case in the Gulf of Guinea as part of the EU Coordinated Maritime Presences concept
  • Venezuela: Council adopts conclusions on the outcome of the legislative elections
  • Special Address by President von der Leyen at the Davos Agenda Week
  • EU boosts sustainable cocoa production in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon - IP/21/193
  • EU boosts humanitarian aid budget for 2021 as needs rise - IP/21/202
  • Statement by President von der Leyen ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day