EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • COVID-19 tests: Q&A on in vitro diagnostic medical device conformity assessment and performance in the context of COVID-19

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves €115 million Czech rent compensation scheme to support businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.61361) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €61.4 million Italian scheme to support private employers in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61939) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €26 million Irish aid scheme to compensate airport operators in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.59709) - Midday Express

INDUSTRY

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Effects of the pandemic on the food industry

ECONOMY

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10125 - GBL/Canyon)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10086 - Cerberus Group/Dorel Industries)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of Confirmit, Dapresy and FocusVision by EQT Fund Management and Verdane Fund Manager Future AB (M.10140) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Societa Gasdotti Italia by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board and SL GIO II (M.10155) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of TricorBraun by Ares and OTPP (M.10150) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of CSM Ingredients by Investindustrial Group (M.10010) - Midday Express
  • The European Commission published the non-confidential version of its decision accepting commitments from US chipmaker Broadcom closing an abuse of dominance investigation 
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Abuse of dominant position on social media with regard to the Parler app
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Merger Control: 2nd phase proceedings
  • Greece - Statement of Objections in relation to the alleged obstruction of dawn raid by the Directorate-General for Competition in the press distribution market, pursuant to Article 39 of the Greek Competition Act (Law 3959/2011) by the company ALTER EGO MEDIA S.A. and natural persons 
  • Luxembourg – Competition Council published its Annual Report 2020
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings against undertakings in relation to the breach of their obligation to submit required documentation or information to AMO SR within a stipulated time limit and in a set quality 
  • Spain - The CNMC settles the disciplinary case against the General Council of Official Associations of Dentists and Stomatologists of Spain and the Association of the 1st Region (COEM)
  • UK- CMA consults on intention to accept final undertakings in TVS Europe Distribution / 3G Truck & Trailer Parts merger 

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the General Court of 24 February 2021 in Case T-161/18, Anthony Braesch, Trinity Investments DAC, Bybrook Capital Master Fund LP, Bybrook Capital Hazelton Master Fund LP, Bybrook Capital Badminton Fund LP, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Action for annulment - State aid - Aid for the precautionary restructuring of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena - Preliminary examination stage - Decision declaring the aid compatible with the internal market - Plea of inadmissibility - Status as an interested party - Interest in bringing proceedings - Locus standi - Admissibility

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 24 February 2021
  • Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations on an agreement between the European Union and Panama under Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 regarding the withdrawal of its WTO tariff rate quotas on liquid milk and evaporated milk - See the Annex
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/326 of 22 February 2021 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the 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)
  • WTO - Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices - Semi-annual report under Article 16.4 of the Agreement - 1 July - 31 December 2020 - United Kingdom
  • WTO - Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - Semi-annual report under Article 25.11 of the Agreement - 1 July - 31 December 2020 - United Kingdom
  • WTO - Committee on Rules of Origin - Notification under article 5 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin - Non-preferential rules of origin - United Kingdom
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    TO - Committee on Rules of Origin - Notification of preferential rules of origin for least developed countries - United Kingdom
  • WCO - Uzbekistan accedes to the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), becoming the 127th Contracting Party

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 February 2021 in Case C 95/19, Agenzia delle Dogane Vs. Silcompa SpA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Excise duties - Directive 92/12/EEC - Articles 6 and 20 - Release of products for consumption - Falsification of the accompanying administrative document - Offence or irregularity committed in the course of movement of products subject to excise duty under a duty suspension arrangement - Irregular departure of products from a suspension arrangement - Determination of the Member State where the excise duty is chargeable - Directive 76/308/EEC - Articles 6, 8 and 12(1) to (3) - Mutual assistance - Excise duty subsequently levied on the same transactions in two Member States - Duplication of the claim relating to the excise duties - Power of review of the courts of the Member State where the requested authority is situated - Possible refusal of the request for assistance
  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 23 February 2021 in Case C‑923/19, Van Ameyde España SA Vs. GES, Seguros y Reaseguros, SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2009/103/EC - Motor vehicle civil liability insurance - Concept of the movement of vehicles - Scope of the obligation to insure - Accident involving a towing vehicle and a semi-trailer insured with different insurers
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on a standardisation request to the European Committee for Standardisation and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation as regards toys in support of Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Guidance document labelling of EU fertilising products – Annex

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 39th meeting of the Expert Group of the European Securities Committee of 16 March 2021
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/1238 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to additional information for the purposes of the convergence of supervisory reporting
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/1238 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to product intervention
  • ESMA publishes Guidelines to harmonise CCP supervisory reviews and evaluation under EMIR
  • ESMA publishes second Annual Report on waivers and deferrals for non-equity instruments
  • ESMA - Steven Maijoor delivers statement on GameStop at the ECON Committee
  • Opinion of the European Banking Authority on measures in accordance with Article 458 of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013
  • Final draft RTS on indirect derivative exposures under the Large Exposures framework
  • Report from the Commission on a possible extension of the leverage ratio buffer framework to O-SIIs and on the definition and calculation of the total exposure measure, including the treatment of central bank reserves

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party - Taxation of 02 March 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Facebook’s VAT practices

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Proposal by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Romania and Slovakia on the social dimension – taking into account the scope of the CAP, national circumstances and Member States' competences

ENERGY

  • Commission publishes report on barriers in EU retail energy markets

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 20th Meeting of the Working Group on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) of 03 March 2021
  • EU and Honduras sign agreement to reduce illegal timber logging
  • Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change - IP/21/663QaA & Communication
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and Industrial Emissions Directive
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Over-packaging of products

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Public Consultation - Air travel - computerised reservation systems (updated rules) - Feedback period: 23 February 2021 - 18 May 2021

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • ACER and energy regulators will draft new Framework Guidelines on sector-specific cybersecurity rules for cross-border electricity flows
  • Polish DPA fines the National School of Judiciary and Public Prosecution (KSSIP) fined for breaching the GDPR rules
  • Norwegian DPA issues fine to Aquateknikk AS

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Commission publishes "enhanced surveillance report" for Greece

BREXIT 

  • Ministers discuss EU-UK consultations on fishing opportunities
  • Statement to Parliament: Agenda of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee: 24 February 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Disproportionate actions taken by the British legislature distorting competition for international hauliers in the light of Brexit

INSTITUTIONS

  • Decision (EU) 2021/323 of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of 19 February 2021 appointing four Judges and an Advocate-General to the Court of Justice
  • Decision (EU) 2021/324 of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of 19 February 2021 appointing a Judge to the General Court

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their video conference of 25 and 26 February 2021
  • Statement by VP Maroš Šefčovič following the General Affairs Council
  • Decisions adopted by the Commission by written procedure on 21 February 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda of the 11th meeting of the EU-Albania Stabilisation and Association Council
  • AHLC: HR/VP Josep Borrell hosted donor meeting for Palestine
  • Turkey - Statement by the Spokesperson on the ongoing actions against the members of the People's Democratic Party (HDP)
  • HRC 46 - EU Statement by Josep Borrell at HRC46
  • Comoros: Statement by the Spokesperson on the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty  
  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - Ethiopia – Cotonou Agreement consultation procedure
  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - Terrorist threat by an Iranian diplomat
  • Georgia's political crisis poses a test for the EU - Financial Times