EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides in the Plenary of the European Parliament on the EU Vaccine Strategy
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The Commission has concluded talks with six producers of potential coronavirus vaccines and spent EUR 2.15 billion before asking for an additional EUR 750 million
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Support for health systems in EU countries with difficulties purchasing effective anti-COVID-19 equipment
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Measures to prevent and combat the spread of the new variant of Sars-CoV-2 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Criteria and minimum efficacy levels for evaluating COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 antigen tests in pharmacies 
  • AstraZeneca and German drugmaker to step up dose supply for EU - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €35 million Portuguese scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Azores region in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61758) - Midday Express

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Answer given by Mr  Breton to a MEP written question - Measures to prevent the marketing of non-compliant face masks in Europe

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EU Recovery prospectus and targeted adjustments for financial intermediaries to help the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic - see the EP Legislative resolution
  • European Parliament legislative resolution of 11 February 2021 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/65/EU as regards information requirements, product governance and position limits to help the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic

TRANSPORT

  • COVID-19: MEPs extend relief measures for the transport sector
  • European Parliament legislative resolution of 11 February 2021 on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 as regards temporary relief from the slot utilisation rules at Community airports due to the COVID-19 pandemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • New EU programme to support readiness for vaccination efforts in Eastern Partnership countries with WHO - IP/21/522 & FactSheet 

COMPETITON

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10095 - Crédit Agricole Italia/Credito Valtellinese)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10100 - Stirling Square Capital Partners/TA Associates/NBS Group)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9234 - Harris Corporation/L3 Technologies)
  • Commission accepts commitments by Aspen to reduce prices for six off-patent cancer medicines by 73% addressing excessive pricing concerns - IP/21/524QaA & Statement by EVP Vestager
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Telepass by Partners Group and Atlantia (M.10049) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of Recipharm by EQT, Zentricity and Cajelo (M.10004) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Market distortion through Facebook monopoly
  • CMA announces review of retained Vertical Block Exemption Regulation

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority State aid - Decision to raise no objections - OJ C 048 p.8,10 & 11
  • Commission publishes additional State aid guiding template on support to digitalisation of news media under the Recovery and Resilience Facility - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Transfer of payments to Greek hotels by TUI

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Opinion of Advocate General M. Campos Sanchez-Bordona of 11 February 2021 in Case C-39/20, Staatssecretaris van Financiën Vs. Jumbocarry Trading GmbH
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Time-limit for notification of customs debts - Suspension of the time-limit for notification - Limitation of the customs debt - Application in time of the provision governing the grounds for suspension - Principle of legal certainty - Principle of legitimate expectations
  • Agenda for: Second Meeting of the EU-Japan Committee on TBT under the Agreement for an Economic Partnership - Video Conference, 17 February 2021
  • Answer given by Executive VP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Distortions of competition by non-EU countries to the detriment of Union businesses
  • ‎WTO - New system for applying for trade-related training activities now available online
  • WTO launches “Trading during the COVID-19 pandemic” photo contest

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Company law expert group - mobility directive of 11 February 2021
  • Agenda for: Group of experts on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents of 22 September 2020
  • Legislation which reserves dock work to recognised workers may be compatible with EU law if it is aimed at ensuring safety in port areas and preventing workplace accidents. (See CPR No 15/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-407/19,C-471/19 - Katoen Natie Bulk Terminals and General Services Antwerp)
  • Minutes of the 23rd Steel Advisory Group (SAG) Meeting of 9 December 2020
  • Rebound in third quarter of 2020 fails to compensate for exceptionally poor first half performance – see Eurofer Statement and Report

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1222/2014 supplementing Directive 2013/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards for the specification of the methodology for the identification of global systemically important institutions and for the definition of subcategories of global systemically important institutions
    Commission delegated Regulation
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2361 as regards the arrangements for the payment of contributions to the administrative expenditures of the Single Resolution Board 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Public consultation: EU farm and food products - review of policy on promotion inside and outside the EU - Feedback period: 09 February 2021 - 09 March 2021

ENERGY

  • Gas networks - revision of EU rules on market access - Feedback period: 10 February 2021 - 10 March 2021
  • Public consultation: Future EU rules for reducing methane emissions in the energy sector
  • Regulatory treatment of Power-to-Gas: second Paper in the ACER/CEER European Green Deal Regulatory White Paper series

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • EU should target 1m EV public chargers by 2024, say carmakers, environmentalists and consumer groups - see Beuc Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 11 February 2021 in Case C‑579/19, R (on the application of Association of Independent Meat Suppliers and another) Vs. Food Standards Agency
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 - Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 - Official controls on food of animal origin - Right to judicial review of a decision of an official veterinarian - Principles of equivalence and effectiveness - Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • Agenda - 93rd meeting of the Pharmaceutical Committee (17 and 22 February 2021)
  • Minutes of Expert Group Meeting on Clinical Trials of 20 November 2020
  • Joint Research Centre analysis reveals divergent population growth, decline and ageing across Europe - Midday Express

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Confidentiality of electronic communications: Council agrees its position on ePrivacy rules
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - European Electronic Communications Code (EECC): possible anti-competitive developments
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Role of deepfake technologies in creating content that harms individuals and private use
  • Public Consultation: Europe’s digital decade: 2030 digital targets - Feedback period: 10 February 2021 - 09 March 2021
  • EU emergency number 112 marks 30th anniversary - see the 2020's Report

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPS Opinions on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act
  • Cybersecurity challenges in the uptake of Artificial Intelligence in Autonomous Driving - see the JRC/ENISA Report

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard ØE of 11 February 2021 in Case C-535/19, A in the presence of Latvijas Republikas Veselības ministrija
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Citizenship of the Union - Right of free movement and freedom of residence within the territory of the Member States - Economically inactive Union citizen having left his Member State of origin to settle in a host Member State for the purpose of family reunification - Refusal to join the social security system of the host Member State and to assume responsibility for public health care benefits - Directive 2004/38/EC - Article 7, (1)(b) - Condition of having 'comprehensive sickness insurance' - Concept of 'unreasonable burden' - Article 24 - Right to equal treatment - Regulation (EC) No 883/2004 - Article 3(1)(a) - Concept of 'sickness benefit' - Article 4 and Article 11(3)( e) - Scope - Real link of integration with the host Member State - Consequences
  • Opinon of Advocate General Hogan of 11 February 2021 in Case C‑921/19, LH Vs. Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Border controls, asylum and immigration - Asylum policy - Common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection - Directive 2013 /32/EU - Grounds of inadmissibility - Article 40 - Subsequent application - New elements or findings - Standard of assessment - Burden of proof - Article 19(2) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU - Protection against deportation
  • Opinion of Advocate General Mr Jean Richard de la Tour of 11 February 2021 Case C-648/20 PPU, Svishtov Regional Prosecutor's Office Vs. PI
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Urgent preliminary ruling procedure - Judicial cooperation in criminal matters - European arrest warrant - Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA - National arrest warrant and European arrest warrant issued by the public prosecutor's office of a Member State - Effective judicial protection - Lack of judicial control in the issuing Member State prior to the surrender of the requested person to that Member State - Right to liberty - Articles 6 and 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • MEPs called on the EU to step up its efforts to regulate social media while safeguarding freedom of speech and avoiding censorship.
  • Regulate social media platforms to defend democracy, MEPs say
  • Public consultation - Fighting child sexual abuse: detection, removal and reporting of illegal content online - Feedback period: 11 February 2021 - 15 April 2021 

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Consumer protection: AliExpress commits to bringing terms and practices in line with EU consumer rules - See the ACM StatementMidday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel - IP/21/504 & Remarks by Mr Gentiloni
  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: Evolution or revolution? The impact of a digital euro on the financial system
  • Investment Plan for Europe supports impact lending fund investing in a sustainable European economy - IP/21/529
  • Modeling extreme events: time-varying extreme tail shape - ECB Working Paper Series No.2524
  • A multivariate unobserved components model to estimate potential output in the euro area: a production function based approach - ECB Working Paper Series No.2523

BREXIT

  • Guidance: Exporting goods from Great Britain to the EU via the short straits
  • Government announces £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 6th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021
  • EP Plenary Session, texts adopted on 9 & 10 February 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Sudan: Statement by the Spokesperson on the renewed Transitional Government of Sudan
  • Bahrain: EU and Bahrain sign a Cooperation Arrangement
  • EU-Republic of Korea: Report of the 17th Joint Committee
  • EU-Uzbekistan: Report of the 17th Cooperation Committee
  • Eresolution of 11 February 2021 on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine