EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

  STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60275) - IP/21/583
  • Commission approves €1.2 billion Czech scheme to support self-employed and partners in small limited liability companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61358) - Midday Express

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency and management of the EU vaccination campaign
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Negotiations and procurement contracts for SARS-Cov-19 virus vaccines developed and under development
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccination procedure in the Member States
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the increase in suicides
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 pandemic and increase in fake medical products. Call for intervention from the Commission

ECONOMY

  • Decision (EU) 2021/174 of the European Central Bank of 10 February 2021 amending Decision (EU) 2020/440 on a temporary pandemic emergency purchase programme (ECB/2021/6)

COMPETITION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Hannover (Germany) lodged on 10 November 2020 - Landkreis Northeim Vs. Daimler AG (Case C-588/20)
    Re: Must the decision of the European Commission relating to a proceeding under Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA agreement (Case AT.39824 - Trucks) be interpreted as meaning that special-purpose/specialised vehicles, in particular refuse collection vehicles, are also covered by the findings of that Commission Decision?
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10105 - FSN Capital/Obton Invest/Obton Group)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Winoa by Blackstone (M.10024) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of control over Riverstone Europe by CVC (M.10112) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Miller by Cinven and Raffles (M.10076) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Merger control on the digital single market

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 16 December 2020 - Ryanair Vs. Commission (Case T-737/20)
    Re: annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 3 July 2020 on State Aid SA.56943 (2020/N) - Latvia - COVID-19: Recapitalisation of airBaltic

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Action brought on 21 December 2020 - Airoldi Metalli Vs. Commission (Case T-744/20)
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1428 of 12 October 2020, imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of aluminium extrusions originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Action brought on 22 December 2020 - Sinopec Chongqing SVW Chemical and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-762/20)
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1336 of 25 September 2020 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Action brought on 23 December 2020 - Inner Mongolia Shuangxin Environment-Friendly Material Vs. Commission (Case T-763/20)
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1336 of 25 September 2020 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols originating  in the People’s Republic of China
  • Action brought on 18 December 2020 - Grünig Vs. Commission (Case T-746/20)
    Re: annulment of pursuant to Article 263 TFEU, Article 1(4) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1336 of 25 September 2020 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Action brought on 18 December 2020 - EOC Belgium Vs. Commission (Case T-747/20)
    Re: annulment of pursuant to Article 263 TFEU, Article 1(4) of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1336 of 25 September 2020 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on  imports of certain polyvinyl alcohols originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Opinion C-1/20: Request for an opinion submitted by the Kingdom of Belgium pursuant to Article 218(11) TFEU
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 22 February 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 19 February 2021
  • Minutes of the 5th meeting of the Project Group on UCC INF Special Procedures Business of 28 January 2021
  • Council Decision on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the Trade Committee established by the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, of the other part, as regards the amendment of Appendix 1 of Annex XII (Government Procurement) – Adoption
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/170 of 9 February 2021 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 7013 49 99)
  • Strong EU trade enforcement rules enter into force - IP/21/601
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU trade agreement with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru: developing fair trade

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Action brought on 27 October 2020 - Symrise Vs. ECHA - (Case T-655/20)
    Re: annulment of the decision of 18 August 2020 of the European Chemicals Agency’s Board of Appeal in case number A-010-2018 in its entirety;
  • Action brought on 27 October 2020 - Symrise Vs. ECHA - (Case T-656/20)
    Re: annulment of the decision of 18 August 2020 of the European Chemicals Agency’s Board of Appeal in case number A-010-2018 in its entirety;
  • Minutes - Meeting of the Expert Group “Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation” (ESIR2) of 5 February 2021

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Speech by Commissioner Kadri Simson at the Conference on "Hydrogen in the Central and Eastern Europe Region"

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: 22nd meeting of the eCommerce expert group of 26 February 2021
  • Agenda for: 74th meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee of 09 & 10 March 2021
  • Submissions: High Level Group on Internet Governance of 28 January 2021
  • France pushes for big changes to proposed EU tech regulation - Paris wants member states to have more power to act against illegal content - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Norwegian DPA issues fine to Municipality of Indre Østfold
  • Norwegian DPA issues reprimand to Telenor for inadequate protection of personal data
  • Polish DPA: The first fine for non-compliance with an administrative decision order
  • Swedish DPA: Police unlawfully used facial recognition app

BREXIT

  • London and Brussels plan hotline over Northern Ireland problems - Top EU official admits tension shows need for ‘day-to-day care’ of post-Brexit ties - Financial Times
  • Brussels to allow data to continue to flow to UK - Ruling means police can continue to co-operate and businesses transfer information - Financial Times
  • Brexit trade disruption fuels boom at French and Irish ports - Customs paperwork diverts trucks from UK ‘land bridge’ on to EU-Ireland sea routes - Financial Times
  • Brexit woes: small UK distillers struggle to ship gin and whisky to EU - Confusion over paperwork makes it very difficult to ship single pallets of spirits to the bloc - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 17 & 19 February 2021
  • 8th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Kosovo: Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the early legislative elections