EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Updated - Guidance on the management of clinical trials during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

STATE AID

  • Commission acknowledges implementation by Denmark of a € 255.5 million Danish scheme to compensate mink farmers affected by coronavirus measures (SA.61782) - Midday Express

COMPETITON

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9609 - Mann Mobilia/Tessner Holding/Tejo/Roller)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Obton Group by Obton Invest and FSN Capital VI (M.10105) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of NBS by TA Associates and the SSCP Funds (M.10100) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of the joint venture Daimler Truck Fuel Cell by Volvo and Daimler (M.9857) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of Resins & Functional Materials businesses of Koninklijke DSM N.V. by Covestro (M.10006) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Viking by CPPIB, TPG and the Torstein Hagen trust (M.10082) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Faerch by APMH Invest (M.10117) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Deterrence effect of EU anti‑trust fines

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 12 November 2020 - Solar Electric and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-678/20)
    Re: annulment of  the Commission’s decision SA.40349 (2020/MI3) B2/AD/MKL/D*2020/101866 
  • Appeal brought on 4 December 2020 by Hermann Albers eK against the judgment of the General Court of 5 October 2020 in Case T-597/18, Hermann Albers Vs. European Commission (Case C-656/20 P)
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - EU supervision of State aid to banks needs proper scrutiny

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) 12 February 2021
  • EU and India launched the High-Level Dialogue on Trade and Investment 
  • Action brought on 14 December 2020 - Guangdong Haomei New Materials and Guangdong King Metal Light Alloy Technology Vs. Commission - (Case T-725/20)
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/139 of 4 December 2020 amending Annexes I and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/125 concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment to take into account the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the Union
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Transparency of customs data
  • WTO - Participants in domestic regulation negotiations for services commit to maintain momentum
  • WTO Leadership Race Narrows to One After South Korean Candidate Exits - Announcement by Seoul’s trade minister leaves only a former Nigerian finance minister who had previously received broad support – Wall Street Journal

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme: €328 million to support 1,630 experienced researchers in Europe and beyond - Midday Express
  • Vehicle safety – technical rules & test procedures for advanced safety features - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 08 February 2021 - 08 March 2021
  • Draft act: Road safety – easy installation of alcohol interlocks in vehicles - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 03 February 2021 - 03 March 2021
  • Roadmap to address substances of very high concern complete - ECHA/NR/21/08

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Guidelines on portability of information between securitisation repositories under the Securitisation Regulation
  • Steven Maijoor delivers keynote speech at Conference on FinTech and Regulation
  • Management and supervision of ESG risks for credit institutions and investment firms: EBF response to EBA consultation
  • Efama demands more time to implement the new PRIIPS rules 
  • Efama’s reply to EC’s consultation on the review of CSDR

TAXATION

  • Public consultation: VAT rules for financial and insurance services – review - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 08 February 2021 - 04 May 2021
  • Public consultation: VAT - Mind the VAT Gap - Communication - Feedback period: 03 February 2021 - 03 March 2021

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Public consultation: Combating gender-based violence – protecting victims and punishing offenders - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 08 February 2021 - 11 May 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Landscape of subnational and non-state climate action in the EU: what science tells us today
  • Fighting crime: Commission launches public consultation on environmental crime - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 08 February 2021 - 04 May 2021
  • Public consultation: Climate change – new rules to prevent methane leakage in the energy sector - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 05 February 2021 - 01 May 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Socio-economic development of Natura 2000 sites
  • EU urged to quit energy treaty as companies sue over climate action - ECT agreement is serious obstacle to bloc’s environmental goals, warn critics - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • SAMIRA Action Plan: Radiological and nuclear technology in support of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan – IP/21/265QaAFactSheet   
  • EU Health Policy Platform webinar - Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan (12 February 2021, 11:30 – 13.00 CET)
  • Report - Meeting Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases of 5 February 2021
  • Commission adoption: Community plant variety rights – duration of protection of plant breeders’ rights extended for certain species - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 05 February
  • 2021 - 03 April 2021
  • Draft act: Horse passports - rules on identifying and registering horses - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 04 February 2021 - 04 March 2021
  • EFSA’s scientific advice to inform harmonised front-of-pack labelling and restriction of claims on foods
  • EFSA - Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for propiconazole
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment for the active substance spiroxamine in light of confirmatory data submitted
  • EFSA - Evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the molecular characterisation and environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants obtained through synthetic biology
  • EFSA - Outcome of the public consultation on the draft Scientific Opinion on the evaluation of existing guidelines for their adequacy for the molecular characterisation and environmental risk assessment of genetically modified plants obtained through synthetic biology

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • European Commission’s consultation on the Data Governance Act: EBF Response
  • A telecoms viewpoint on the EU-U.K. agreement – See ETNO Statement 
  • Digital education, research funding and data spaces are the most important areas of investment to support scaleups, new DIGITALEUROPE report shows

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The 2021 edition of the Conference presented the developments and upcoming challenges in European standardisation under the Cybersecurity Act
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Processing of big data and information on non-suspected citizens by Europol
  • EDPS - Democratic Societies in the Digital Age 1: Mass Surveillance and Facial Recognition

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Informal Expert Group on Drones of 03 March 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the 222nd session of the Council of the ICAO as regards the envisaged adoption of Amendment 177 to Annex 1, Amendment 47 to Annex 2, Amendment 108 to Annex 8, Amendment 90 to Annex 10 and of the new volume VI to Annex 10 the Convention on International Civil Aviation
  • Future of rail in Europe tops list of priorities

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Interview of Christine Lagarde with Le Journal du Dimanche
  • ECB to publish results of the Survey of Monetary Analysts
  • Homeownership and portfolio choice over the generations - ECB Working Paper Series No.2522
  • Policy uncertainty, lender of last resort and the real economy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2521
  • Speech of Eurogroup President, Paschal Donohoe, at the LSE's German Symposium 2021 - "The Euro – A Changing Europe in a Changing World"

BREXIT

  • Response to points raised in Road Haulage Association letter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • The UK companies seeing the upside of Brexit - Despite the EU-UK trade deal bringing disruption and red tape, some companies report benefits – Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 10 February 2021
  • 4th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021
  • Portuguese Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees 
  • Two new director-generals appointed in the Council’s General Secretariat

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Fight against terrorism: Council renews the EU terrorist list for a further six months (See Regulation (EU) 2021/138 & Decision (CFSP) 2021/142)
  • European Union to host Brussels V Conference on Syria - IP/21/427 & Declaration by the HR Josep Borrell
  • Action brought on 11 December 2020 - Prigozhin Vs. Council (Case T-723/20)
    Re: annulment of Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1481 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1483 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Action brought on 3 December 2020 - OL Vs. Council (Case T-714/20)
    Re: annulment of Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014 of 17 March 2014 concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, in its present wording, in so far as it refers to or may affect the applicant