EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

ECONOMY

  • EP- Economic policy priorities for a post-pandemic recovery 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Help for the Western Balkans in acquiring the COVID-19 vaccine

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €254 million Romanian aid to support rehabilitation of district heating system in Bucharest - IP/21/762
  • Commission invites stakeholders to provide comments on revised State aid rules on Important Projects of Common European Interest (see the Background Note) - IP/21/689 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 217th Meeting of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section MEC/MISC/TEX) from 03th to 05th March 2021
  • Agenda for: 216th Meeting of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (CN Sector) of 02 March 2021
  • Revised Agenda for: Working Party on the Generalised System of Preferences of 23 February 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 24 February 2021
  • Agenda for: Exports Credit Group of 01 March 2021
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/234 of 7 December 2020 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/2446 as regards common data requirements, and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/341 as regards the codes to be used in certain forms
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/235 of 8 February 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 as regards formats and codes of common data requirements, certain rules on surveillance and the competent customs office for placing goods under a customs procedure
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Comparison between EU agreements already signed or in preparation and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership 
  • WTO - Pakistan appeals panel report regarding duties on BOPP film from the UAE
  • WTO - New WTO handbook sheds light on the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Intellectual Property (Copyright) of 01 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on mutual recognition of goods - precious metal sector of 23 February 2021
  • Opening speech by President von der Leyen at the EU Industry Days 2021 
  • EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition -  IP/21/702

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 02 March 2021
  • Minutes of the third meeting of the Energy Union Committee on 5 February 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Upgrading electricity interconnection networks
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - ARERA and ILVA
  • Biofuels reality check: Will the EU step up to make the Green Deal real? - see the ePure Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/277 of 16 December 2020 amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council on persistent organic pollutants as regards pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters
  • New study confirms role for chemical recycling in reducing greenhouse gas emissions - see the Cefic Study

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Agenda for: RSC Radio Spectrum Committee - Decision n° 676/2002/EC of 09 March 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Significant price differences between EU Member States for telecommunications services
  • New EIB report: Boosting Investments in European digital ventures to unleash the full potential of 5G

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Data protection is non-negotiable in international trade agreements - see EDPS Statement & Opinion
  • DIGITALEUROPE welcomes the draft UK data adequacy decision

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Summary of discussions of the Working Party on Information on 18 February 2021
  • Over 10,000 children take part in consultation on upcoming EU Strategy on Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee (See the Study) - Midday Express
  • Report from the Commission On the assessment of the Agreement on Operational and Strategic Cooperation between the Kingdom of Denmark and the European Police Office

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • EU terms of reference for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting on 26 February 2021
  • Speech of Eurogroup President, Paschal Donohoe, at the European Parliamentary Week, 22 February 2021

BREXIT

  • UK pet food industry hurt by Brexit checks and red tape - Survey shows only one-third of businesses managed to get products through to EU since start of 2021 - Financial Times
  • Insurers urge UK to reduce capital buffer in break from EU rules - Watering down Solvency II would help to cover the costs of preparing for Brexit, trade body says - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 24 February 2024
  • 14th Revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 28 February 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS