EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries - IP/21/690
  • EFSA - SARS-CoV-2 in mink: recommendations to improve monitoring

STATE AID

  • Case T-769/20: Action brought on 23 December 2020 - Ryanair Vs. Commission 
    Re: annulment of the European Commission’s decision C(2020) 5616 final of 11 August 2020 on State Aid SA.57586 (2020/N) - Estonia COVID-19: Recapitalisation and subsidised interest loan for Nordica
  • Commission approves modification of Spanish ‘umbrella' scheme to support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak, extending it to support uncovered fixed costs of companies (SA.59723)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support small and medium-sized businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61802)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €149 million Belgian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies in Flanders affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61748)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €34 million Belgian scheme to support tourism companies in Flanders in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61807)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves amended Italian scheme to support companies in Southern Italy affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61940) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • The ECB's policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Shifts in the portfolio holdings of euro area investors in the midst of COVID-19: looking-through investment funds - ECB Working Paper Series No.2526
  • Cultural and creative sectors in post-COVID-19 Europe - crisis effects and policy recommendations - Study - Committee on Culture and Education

TRANSPORT

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/250 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2021 amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 as regards temporary relief from the slot utilisation rules at Union airports due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/267 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2021 laying down specific and temporary measures in view of the persistence of the COVID-19 crisis concerning the renewal or extension of certain certificates, licences and authorisations, the postponement of certain periodic checks and periodic training in certain areas of transport legislation and the extension of certain periods referred to in Regulation (EU) 2020/698

AREA OF FREEDOM

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • G7: EU to support COVID-19 vaccination strategies and capacity in Africa - IP/21/ 701 
  • New EU project to support readiness for vaccination efforts and resilient health systems in the Western Balkans - IP/21/683FactSheet & Joint Communication
  • Coronavirus : EU sends personal protective equipment to Moldova - Midday Express

INSTITUTIONS

COMPETITION

  • Appeal brought on 18 December 2020 by Casino, Guichard-Perrachon and Achats Marchandises Casino against the judgment of the General Court delivered on 5 October 2020 in Case T-249/17, Casino, Guichard-Perrachon and AMC Vs. Commission - Case C-690/20 P:
  • Appeal brought on 21 December 2020 by Intermarché Casino Achats against the judgment of the General Court delivered on 5 October 2020 in Case T-254/17, Intermarché Casino Achats Vs. Commission - Case C-693/20 P
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10130 - APG/Arcus/PSP/Alpha Trains)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9676 - Lov Group/Banijay/ESG)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10136 - PGGM/Arcus/AMP/Alpha Trains)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9779 - Alstom/Bombardier Transportation)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10190 - OTPP/KKR/Caruna Group)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10111 - CVC/Vivartia Holdings)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10166 - Latour Capital/Watling Street Capital Partners/Funecap Groupe)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Varian by Siemens Healthineers, subject to conditions (M.9945) - IP/21/704
  • Commission adopts final measures to preserve the divestment of former Aleris plant in Belgium following Novelis' acquisition of Aleris (M.9076) - IP/21/687 
  • Commission clears acquisition of Canyon by GBL (M.10125) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisitions of joint control over EKPO by ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium New Energies and of sole control over EKAT by Plastic Omnium New Energies (M.10067) - Midday Express
  • Commission cleras acquisition of joint control of Market Pay by Carrefour et Anacap (M.10064) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Glenigan by TA Associates and the SSCP Funds (M.10128) -  Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Apleona Group by PAI Partners SAS (M.10115) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestagerto a MEP written question - Notification procedures for equity injections and State aid in the transport sector
  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - France - State aid SA.47970(2017/C) - Aid to Béziers airport and Ryanair - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State aid - Czechia - State aid SA.50787 (2019/NN) (ex-2018/N) - Aid for restructuring of orchards - State aid SA.50837 (2019/NN) (ex-2018/N) - Aid for the construction of drip irrigation in orchards, hop fields, vineyards and nurseries - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State aid - Czechia - State aid SA.51501 (2019/NN) (ex-2018/N) - Aid for insurance premium for large enterprises - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Commission approves €30 million German scheme to compensate farmers in Bavaria for costs related to implementation of Water Framework Directive (SA.56274)  - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 24 February 2021
  • Agenda for: 39th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - General Customs Legislation Section of 12 March 2021
  • Action brought on 23 December 2020 - Anhui Wanwei Updated High-Tech Material Industry and Inner Mongolia Mengwei Technology Vs. Commission
    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 - Case T-764/20
  • Decision No 1/2020 of the Trade Committee of 19 November 2020 modifying Appendix 1 to Annex XIII to the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, of the other part
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the EU-Switzerland Joint Committee of 12 February 2021 amending Tables III and IV of Protocol 2 to the Agreement between the European Economic Community and the Swiss Confederation of 22 July 1972, as amended 
  • Decision No 2/2021 of the CETA Joint Committee of 29 January 2021 adopting a procedure for the adoption of interpretations in accordance with Articles 8.31.3 and 8.44.3(a) of CETA as an Annex to its Rules of Procedure
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/254 of 18 February 2021 amending Implementing Regulations (EU) 2020/761 and (EU) 2020/1988 and Regulations (EC) No 218/2007 and (EC) No 1518/2007 as regards imports of products originating in the United Kingdom and excluding those products from the tariff quotas with ongoing quota periods
  • Vietnam: Guidance on the Rules of Origin - EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement - 22 February 2021
  • Enforcement and protection : Trade Policy Review - 18 February 2021, see FactSheet on Digital tradeWTO reformSMEsImplementation and enforcementOpen Stategic AutonomySustainability and climate
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - New Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement
  • Consumer groups respond to EU trade strategy - see Beuc Statement
  • The third round of Free Trade Agreement negotiations with New Zealand took place between 25th January and 9th February - Bilaterals.org

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA calls on national authorities to take supervisory actions for the removal of obstacles to account access under the Payment Services Directive
  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on disclosure of indicators of global systemic importance by G-SIIs
  • EBA publishes final draft technical standards on indirect exposures arising from derivatives underlying a debt or equity instrument

TAXATION

  • The Council conclusions on the revised EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes
  • Minutes: 23rd Meeting of the Working Group - Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation of 04 February 2021 

ENERGY

  • Fusion energy: Council approves ITER financing
  • ACER grants Nordic energy regulatory authorities an extension to decide on the proposal for a regional coordination centre in the Nordic region -

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency launched
  • EU must prioritise sectoral climate laws over emissions trading, urge consumer groups

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question
  • Agenda for: MDCG - EUDAMED working group meeting of 23 February 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the MDCG (MDR - IVDR) of 04-05 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting between MDCG and the Stakeholders of 04 March 2021
  • Minutes of SCHEER WG on Breast implants and ALCL of 05 February 2021 and of 20 January 2021
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) 16-17 February 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Statement by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders on the European Day for Victims of Crime
  • Media pluralism: Commission launches call for tenders to map rules and approaches in support of media plurality and cultural diversity

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Data protection: European Commission launches process on personal data flows to UK - IP21/661 & Financial Times
    - Draft decision: General Data Protection Regulation  
    - Draft decision: Law Enforcement Directive (LED) 
    - International dimension of data protection: Adequacy decisions 
    - International dimension of data protection: Brexit
  • Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) imposes fine of 6.000.000 EUR on CAIXABANK, S.A.,

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/271 of 17 February 2021 on the prolongation of enhanced surveillance for Greece
  • Background Reader on the European Semester - Winter Edition 2021 - Study - Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates)
  • Regional economic impact of Covid-19: the role of sectoral structure and trade linkages - ECB Working Paper Series No.2528
  • On the interaction between monetary and macroprudential policies - ECB Working Paper Series No.2527

BREXIT

  • Procurement Policy Note 02/21: The WTO GPA and the UK-EU TCA

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 24 February 2024
  • 12th Revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021
  • The representatives of the governments of the member states today appointed four judges and an advocate-general to the Court of Justice and a judge to the General Court

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The EU issued a Declaration on Zimbabwe noting with concern that the crisis in the country has further deepened, and highlighting the renewal of the EU's restrictive measures currently in place (See Council Regulation (CFSP) 2021/251, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/253 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/258)
  • Ottawa Convention: Council addresses the threat of mines and explosive remnants of war (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/257)
  • The Council adopted conclusions condemning in the strongest terms the military coup in Myanmar/Burma, and stressing that the EU stands with the Burmese people
  • Venezuela: 19 officials added to the EU sanctions list (See Regulation (EU) 2021/275 and Decision (CFSP) 2021/276)
  • Human Rights: Council adopts conclusions on EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021
  • Von der Leyen discusses a new Transatlantic agenda at 2021 Munich Security Conference
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Special Edition 2021 of the Munich Security Conference