EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • COVID-19 vaccines: contract between the European Commission and Sanofi-GSK now published - IP/20/1680
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the state of play of the EU's COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Coronavirus on mink farms in Member States

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €122.5 million Dutch scheme to support companies offering special transport services in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61360) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.18 billion Dutch scheme to support SMEs in the Netherlands affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60166) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €94.6 million Polish scheme to support non-governmental organisations and religious legal entities affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61173) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €20 million Slovenian scheme to support companies active in public transport sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61132) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Commission welcomes European Parliament's approval of Recovery and Resilience Facility - IP/21/423QaA & EP Resolution
  • MEPs: EU recovery instruments must also support young people and sports sector 
  • Answer given by Mr Schmit to a MEP written question - Emergency measures to support businesses and workers in the fight against the COVID-19 crisis in Spain and other Member States

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU dispatches additional medical material to neighbouring countries - Midday Express

COMPETITON

  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9162 - Fincantieri/Chantiers de l’Atlantique)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10131 - Partners Group/Warburg Pincus/Ecom Express Private)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10120 - EQT/Molslinjen)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10141 - Sanacorp Pharmahandel/Leopold Fiebig and Gerda Nückel)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10123 - PPG/Tikkurila)
  • NENT-Telenor TV joint venture clearance decision published by EU Commission (M.9604)
  • The European Commission refers to the French Competition Authority the examination of the acquisition of Suez RV OSIS by SARP, a subsidiary of Veolia
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt has concerns about acquisition of Real locations by Edeka - negotiation on commitments
  • Germany - Semiconductor industry: Bundeskartellamt has no objections under competition law to the proposed acquisition of Siltronic AG by GlobalWafers Co. Ltd.
  • Germany - Case report: Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on steel forges (Date of decision: 4 February 2021)
  • Portugal - AdC Council adopts a decision of non-opposition in the concentration 4/2021 - Vauban / SPER*Planestrada
  • Portugal - AdC Council adopts a decision of non-opposition decision in merger case 47/2020 - RNM / BLUE CHEM
  • Portugal - The companies Transdev Norte, Auto Viação Landim, Vale do Ave Transportes, and UTS Viagens e Serviços, notify the award of the CIM do AVE Concession
  • Romania - The Competition Council analyzes the transaction through which the DKV Mobility Group and Ovidiu-Ioan Andrieș intends to take over the companies Smart Diesel SRL and Tax Refund SRL.
  • Romania - The Competition Council approved the transaction through which the Hidroelectrica S.A. takes over Crucea Wind Farm S.A. and Flag Energy Romania S.R.L 
  • Spain - The CNMC fines the two main pharmaceutical producers of PET radiopharmaceuticals in Spain for €5.76 million
  • UK - Price comparison website: use of most favoured nation clauses

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Tonnage tax and guidelines for State aid in the maritime sector

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 February 2021 in Case C-56/19 P, RFA International Vs. Commission
    Re: Appeal- Dumping - Imports of ferro-silicon originating in Russia - Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 - Article 11(9) and (10) - Rejection of applications for a refund of anti-dumping duties paid - Method of investigation - Change of circumstances since the original investigation or since intervening interim refund and review investigations - Constructed export price - Deduction of anti-dumping duties paid - Conclusive evidence
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Partnership Council established by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part, as regards the date on which provisional application of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement shall cease - See the Annex
  • CETA Information and Communication Technology - Market Entry Guide
  • EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Commission proposes to extend provisional application - Midday Express
  • EFTA Parliamentarians meet with Commission’s Executive Vice President and Trade Commissioner Dombrovskis to discuss EU and EFTA trade policies
  • WTO General Council to consider appointment of next Director-General

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/157 of 9 February 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1616 as regards industrial valves, welding procedures, equipment for refrigerating systems and heat pumps, shell boilers, metallic industrial piping, copper and copper alloys, LPG equipment and accessories and safety devices for protection against excessive pressure

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Public consultation: "EU trade repositories - 2021 fees" - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 09 February 2021 - 09 March 2021
  • ESMA organises workshop on “CCP margins and procyclicality in times of crisis’’
  • ESMA - Compliance table - Guidelines on performance fees in UCITS and certain types of AIFs
  • ESMA has withdrawn the credit rating agency (CRA) registrations of Fitch France, Fitch Polska, Fitch Italia and Fitch Ratings España following the merger with Fitch Ratings Ireland.

TAXATION

  • Taxation: Commission launches public consultation on VAT rules for financial and insurance services

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • MEPs: Minimum wage is a remedy for inequality and in-work poverty

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Notification pursuant to Article 114, paragraph 4 of the TFEU - Authorisation to maintain national measures which are more stringent than provisions of an EU harmonisation measure
  • Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on e-cigarettes of 19 January 2021
  • Minutes of Working Group Meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 19 January 2021 -
  • Minutes of the Working Group Meeting safety of breast implants in relation to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) of 5 February 2021
  • Minutes - 92nd meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (11 December 2020) 
  • Presentations - Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases of 5 February 2021
  • Annual Conference 2020 of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) - 15 years of EPAA contribution to the 3Rs
  • EFSA - Outcome of the consultation with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for approval of caffeine to be used in plant protection as insecticide in cabbage, potatoes and buxus and as molluscicide in all edible and non‐edible crops
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for difenoconazole in leafy brassica
  • EFSA - Cumulative dietary risk assessment of chronic acetylcholinesterase inhibition by residues of pesticides

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • EU Cohesion policy: over €86 million for Croatia's next generation broadband - Midday Express

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Return and readmission: improving cooperation within the EU and with external partners - IP/21/503 & Communication
  • Human trafficking: stronger measures to protect women, children and migrants - See EP Statement

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • During its 45th plenary, the EDPB adopted the following documents:
    - Recommendations on the adequacy referential under the Law Enforcement Directive
    - Opinion on the draft Administrative Arrangement for transfers of personal data between the Haut Conseil du Commissariat aux Comptes (H3C) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)
    - Statement on new draft provisions of the second additional protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (Budapest Convention)
    - EDPB response to the European Commission questionnaire on processing personal data for scientific research, focusing on health related research

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda & Working Documents for: Meeting of the Expert Group on Aviation Safety of 25 February 2021
  • Public consultation: "Law Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) - revised guidelines" launched

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • MEPs call on ECB to prepare for looming economic difficulties

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU-Ukraine Association Council, 11 February 2021
  • Southern Neighbourhood: EU proposes new Agenda for the Mediterranean - IP/21/426 & College readout by Commissioner Várhelyi  
    - Joint Communication: Renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood - A new agenda for the Mediterranean
    - Joint Staff Working Document: Renewed Partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood Economic and Investment Plan for the Southern Neighbours
  • Georgia: EU report highlights the need for political compromise to continue the reform momentum - IP/21/425
  • Ecuador: Statement by the Spokesperson on the parliamentary and presidential elections 
  • EEA Joint Committee adopts 85 decisions and 170 legal acts
  • MEPs criticise visit of EU foreign policy chief to Moscow