EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: EU Health Security Committee agrees on a common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests - Midday Express
  • Coronavirus: Commission approves second contract with Moderna to ensure up to additional 300 million doses - IP/21/655
  • Coronavirus: preparing Europe for the increased threat of variants - IP/21/641, QaA, FactSheet & Communication
  • Von der Leyen announces the start of HERA Incubator to anticipate the threat of coronavirus variants
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the Read-out of the College meeting/Press conference on the HERA Incubator to anticipate the threat of coronavirus variants
  • Coronavirus: a timeline of EU action in 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Cases of SARS-CoV-2 on mink farms
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Storage of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - What type of vaccine for Romania?
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Antigen tests
  • Detailed data on COVID-19 vaccination progress in the EU/EEA available via Vaccine Tracker and in weekly reports - ECDC

STATE AID

  • Commission publishes additional State aid guiding template on support for cloud capabilities under the Recovery and Resilience Facility - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €19.8 million Greek scheme to support a certain category of bus companies (K.T.E.L. bus companies) in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61573) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €26.3 million Estonian scheme to support companies in Ida-Viru and Harju Counties affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61615) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3.2 million Estonian scheme to support organisers of cultural events in Ida-Viru County and Harju County in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61586) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves modification of 12 Hungarian schemes to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61842) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/240 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 February 2021 establishing a Technical Support Instrument
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/241 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 February 2021 establishing the Recovery and Resilience Facility
  • Spain sets out priorities for spending €140bn in EU recovery funds - Reviving small business sector and boosting demand are central, says top economy official Nadia Calviño - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10142 - Pamplona Capital/Signature Foods)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10178 - Eni/Aldro EyS/Instalaciones MD)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Cytel by Astorg and Nordic Capital (M.10135) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Alpha Trains by APG, Arcus and PSP (M.10130) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of a newly created joint venture by ION, NN and bpfBOUW (M.10116) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Compre by Cinven and BCI (M.10109)  - Midday Express
  • Suez's request for action against Veolia stake rejected by EU regulator - See the Decision
  • Epic files antitrust complaint against apple - see EPIC Statement - Wall Street Journal

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid - Decision to raise no objections p.50,51,52,53,54,55 & 56
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a  MEP written question - State aid Temporary Framework and support for SMEs

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 24 February 2021
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of calcium silicon (CN codes ex 7202 99 80 and ex 2850 00 60) originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Notice of initiation of an anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of superabsorbent polymers (CN code ex 3906 90 90) originating in the Republic of Korea
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN: 9021 1010 - Orthopaedic appliances)
  • Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN: 9504 40 00 - Playing cards)
  • Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy - IP/21/644, QaA, Facts & Figures, see the Communication and the Annex
  • Public Consultation - Trade disputes – mechanism to deter & counteract coercive action by non-EU countries - Feedback period 17 February 2021 - 17 March 2021 
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 22 February 2021
  • WTO - Goods Barometer signals strong trade rebound but momentum may be short lived
  • Brussels strikes assertive pose in trade policy reboot - EU seeks to defuse disagreements with US while pursuing its own interests - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • February infringements package: key decisions 
  • Call for data on ingredients with potential endocrine-disrupting properties used in cosmetic products

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA consults on guidance to assess breaches of the large exposure limits
  • ESMA working paper on MiFID II research unbundling
  • ESMA highlights risks to retail investors of social media driven share trading
  • LME brokers plan EU outposts to comply with post-Brexit rules - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Public Consultation - Detailed implementing rules for the VAT e-commerce trade - Feedback period 18 February 2021 - 18 March 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fighting against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: Commission notifies Cameroon with a yellow card - IP/21/621 & QaA
  • Public Consultation - Integrated farm statistics as regards the financial framework - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 17 February 2021 - 17 March 2021 

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 22 February 2021
  • Commission launches the secretariat of a new initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
  • In focus: The improved EU energy label – paving way for more innovative and energy efficient products

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Aarhus) of 24 February 2021
  • Commission Declaration on the methodology for climate tracking
  • LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects - IP/21/501 & QaA 
  • Urban Waste Water: Commission decides to refer Slovenia to the European Court of Justice over waste water treatment - IP/21/414
  • Noise: Commission decides to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice over non-compliance with the Noise Directive - IP/21/413
  • Nature protection: Commission decides to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice over failure to properly implement the Habitats Directive - IP/21/412
  • Air Quality: Commission decides to refer Slovakia to the European Court of Justice over poor air quality due to high levels of particulate matter (PM10) - IP/21/411
  • Zero Pollution: Clean Air Dialogue between the Commission and the Netherlands
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Pollinators under the EU’s LIFE Programme

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Authorisation to use neonicotinoids that are harmful to bees in Poland: concerns the answers to question
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Sampling for antigen tests by non-medical personnel

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive (EU) 2017/2397 as regards the transitional measures for the recognition of third countries certificates
  • Aviation safety: Evaluation confirms continued relevance of EU rules on follow-up procedures following safety-related events in civil aviation - See Working Document

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Turning Europe’s internet into a ‘walled garden’ is the wrong path to take - Following China in erecting new internet barriers risks isolating the EU - Financial Times
  • ENISA Single Programming Document 2021-2023

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Answer given by Von der Leyen to a MEP written question - Professional drivers’ concerns over delays in the Brexit negotiations
  • Answer given by Von der Leyen to a MEP written question - Brexit: impasse in the negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom – European SMEs liable to become less competitive
  • The equivalence tussle is giving UK a lesson in Brexit power politics - Brussels is fighting to make the EU more competitive in financial services - Financial Times
  • After Brexit: the UK and EU risk a state of ‘permanent alert’ - Disputes over issues such as Northern Ireland and trade leave London and Brussels unsure of their future relationship - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda - IP/21/622 & Joint Communication
  • Nagorno-Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in humanitarian aid for conflict-affected civilians - IP/21/665
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Visegrad cooperation