EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commissioners Kyriakides and Breton participate in COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination meeting - Midday Express
  • Read-out of the videoconference between President von der Leyen and CEOs of pharmaceutical companies 
  • Ursula von der Leyen feels the heat over vaccine exports hiccup - Commission president’s move to block jab exports angered neighbours and forced U-turn - Financial Times
  • European Commission authorises third safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 - IP/21/306, EMA Statement & Wall Street Journal
  • EMA has released its first safety update on a COVID-19 vaccine - Comirnaty
  • EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) has updated the product information for the COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty to clarify its position on the interval between the first and second dose

    STATE AID
  • Communication from the Commission – Fifth Amendment to the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak and amendment to the Annex to the Communication from the Commission to the Member States on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU to short-term export-credit insurance
  • Commission approves €200 million Belgian scheme to support companies in Flanders affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60524) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10.2 million Cypriot scheme to support self-employed and enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60274) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €478 million Hungarian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60910)  - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid Temporary Framework

TRADE

  • Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines – IP/21/307, Q&A, see Regulation (EU) 2021/111
  • Opening remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the press conference on the transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on the transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Transparency and authorisation mechanism for vaccines - List of the competent authorities in Member States
  • EU faces global criticism over curbs on vaccine exports - Canada and Japan question rules requiring manufacturers obtain permission before shipping - Financial Times

ECONOMY

  • Investment Plan for Europe supports businesses in Romania affected by the COVID-19 pandemic - IP/21/346

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10135 - Nordic Capital/Astorg Asset Management/Cytel)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10072 - Sojitz/Eneos/Edenvale Solar Park
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10077 - Macquarie Bank/Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Company/Vestone Capital)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9843 - Colony Capital/PSP/NGD)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9893 - C&G/Fischer/Craftnote)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9968 - TOTAL/Ørsted UK)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10103 - Towerbrook/Consolis Rail Division)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Web.com and Endurance by Clearlake and Siris (M.10085) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - New competition rules and Digital Services Act and criteria for the list of large platforms: market share of revenues and number of users, personal data
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of joint control of Cyprus Tourism Development Public Company Limited by Invel Real Estate Partners Three Ltd, Prodea Real Investment Company SA and Papabull Investments Ltd, via Vibrana Holdings Ltd
  • France - Lego makes commitments to the Autorité de la concurrence to amend its price discount system
  • Germany - List of the 2nd phase examination proceedings of the Bundeskartellamt
  • UK - Merger & market remedies: Guidance on reporting, investigation, and enforcement of potential breaches
  • UK - Full text decision of the completed acquisition by Sonoco Products Company, Inc of Can Packaging SAS
  • UK - Conduct of the Remittal - FNZ/GBST merger

STATE AID

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2021/104 of 24 January 2020 on SA.39182 (2017/C) (ex 2017/NN) (ex 2014/CP) - Alleged illegal aid to AS Tartu Agro
  • Appeal brought on 25 September 2020 by European Commission against the judgment of the General Court of 15 July 2020 in Joined Cases T-778/16 and T-892/16, Ireland and Others Vs. Commission (Case C-465/20 P)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Extraordinary meeting of EP INTA Committee from Monday, 9 November 2020 to Tuesday, 10 November 2020
  • Notice concerning the date of entry into force of the Amendments to Annexes 14-A and 14-B and to Appendices 2-C-1 and 2-C-2 of the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the Joint Committee under the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership of 25 January 2021 on the amendments to Annexes 14-A and 14-B on geographical indications
  • Decision No 2/2021 of the Joint Committee established under the Agreement between the European Union and Japan for an Economic Partnership of 25 January 2021 on the amendment of Appendices 2-C-1 and 2-C-2 to Annex 2-C on Motor Vehicles and Parts
  • The EU and Japan trade deal celebrates second anniversary by further strengthening ties - IP/21/313
    - A code of conduct for the judges of the Investment Court System
    - Rules for binding interpretations to be adopted by the CETA Joint Committee
    - Decision setting on the functioning of the Appellate Tribunal
    - Rules for mediation
  • Scrutiny of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement - See the EP Statement
  • DDG Wolff urges WTO ministers to address the pandemic and make 2021 a year of action
  • WTO - Investment facilitation agreement negotiators set up roadmap towards Ministerial Conference

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of Stakeholder expert group on public procurement of 30 November 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA finalises rules on standardised information to facilitate cross-border distribution of funds
  • ESMA publishes report on proposed fees for Benchmarks Administrators
  • ESMA launches a Common Supervisory Action with NCAs on MiFID II product governance rules
  • ESMA consults on appropriateness and execution-only under MiFID II
  • ESMA launches a public consultation on the revision of the Delegated Regulation regarding fees charged to CRAs
  • ESMA calls for legislative action on ESG ratings and assessment tools
  • ESAs consult to amend technical standards on the mapping of ECAIs’ credit assessments
  • EBA launches 2021 EU-wide stress test exercise
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question – Measures to combat money laundering

TAXATION

  • Commission publishes public consultation on the taxation of cross-border alcohol and tobacco purchases in the EU - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 29 January 2021 - 23 April 2021  - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question – FATCA 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fisheries – evaluation of the EU’s sustainable fisheries partnership agreements (SFPAs) - Feedback period: 28 January 2021 - 25 February 2021

ENERGY

  • Continental Europe electricity system separation incident of 8 January 2020: Next steps
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Offshore renewable energy impact assessments
  • Answer given by Mr Simson to a MEP written question - Recycling of RES technical components following the example of photovoltaic modules

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Wildlife trade – alignment of EU rules with recent decisions taken under the CITES convention and changes to EU ivory trade rules - Regulation - Feedback period: 28 January 2021 - 25 February 2021
  • Continued EU funding commitment to support energy efficiency in urban areas

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/625 as regards import conditions for live snails, for composite products and for casings placed on the market for human consumption
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) - 25-29 January 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Aviation: a new step towards modernising and greening the European skies
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers - see the Annex

AREA OF FREEDOM,SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Security Union: Stricter rules on explosive precursors will make it harder for terrorists to build homemade explosives  - Midday Express
  • Vice-President Jourová on a virtual visit to Slovakia to discuss the rule of law and disinformation - Midday Express

DATA PROTECTION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tribunal d’arrondissement (Luxembourg) lodged on 13 November 2020 - SOVIM SA Vs. Luxembourg Business Registers - (Case C-601/20)
  • Solidarity - “The power of the powerless” - Closing remarks of the EDPS, Wojciech Wiewiórowski, at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU Cohesion policy: €61 million to support research and innovation for innovative applications in economy and society in Croatia - Midday Express
  • Investment Plan for Europe supports new financing for the cultural and creative sectors in the Nordic countries - IP/21/343
  • Euro area unemployment at 8.3%
  • Limited liability, strategic default and bargaining power - ECB Working Paper Series No.2519
  • Interview of Philip R. Lane with Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • Interview of Isabel Schnabel with Deutschlandfunk

BREXIT

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021 
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 03 February 2021 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Myanmar: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell
  • Indonesia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the caning of six persons in Aceh Province
  • Russia: High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell travels to Moscow
  • China: Statement by the Spokesperson on the release of human rights defender Tashi Wangchuk