EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: First EU disinfection robots arrive in hospitals - Midday Express
  • EMA - Adapting COVID-19 vaccines to SARS-CoV-2 variants: guidance for vaccine manufacturers
  • EMA - First oral treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) recommended for approval
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) 22-25 February 2021
  • EMA - International cooperation to align approaches for regulation of COVID-19 vaccines and medicines
  • Statement of the members of the European Council on COVID-19 and health, 25 February 2021
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel following the first session of the video conference of the members of the European Council
  • COVID-19: MEPs discuss ways to increase roll-out of vaccines with pharma CEOs
  • Remarks by Sassoli on the pandemic: “There can be no return to how things were before”

INTERNAL MARKET

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the Internal Market - Study for the EP IMCO Committee

TRANSPORT

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/337 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 as regards the EU Recovery prospectus and targeted adjustments for financial intermediaries and Directive 2004/109/EC as regards the use of the single electronic reporting format for annual financial reports, to support the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
  • Directive (EU) 2021/338 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2021 amending Directive 2014/65/EU as regards information requirements, product governance and position limits, and Directives 2013/36/EU and (EU) 2019/878 as regards their application to investment firms, to help the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

ECONOMY

  • Commission proposes to provide €230 million to Estonia under SURE (See the Decision) - Midday Express
  • The SURE: Implementation - See Briefing - EP ECON Committee
  • Cultural and creative sectors in post-COVID-19 Europe – crisis effects and policy recommendations - See Briefing EP Committee on Culture and Education

COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of initiation concerning the possible extension of the safeguard measure applicable to imports of certain steel products - see IP/21/816
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/342 of 25 February 2021 reimposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain prepared or preserved sweetcorn in kernels originating in the Kingdom of Thailand, in so far as it concerns River Kwai International Food Industry Co., Ltd, following the reopening of the interim review pursuant to Article 11(3) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council  
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the Partnership Council established by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part of 23 February 2021 as regards the date on which provisional application pursuant to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is to cease (2021/356)
  • Short overview of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) - Briefing for EP INTA Committee  
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU strategy to eliminate tariffs on European products imported by the US following the Airbus-Boeing dispute between the EU and the US
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Formal launch of negotiations on an EU-Taiwan bilateral investment agreement
  • DDG Wolff calls on members to work with new Director-General to reform WTO

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) of 05 March 2021
  • Minutes of the 8th meeting of the Expert Group on Radio Equipment of 17 November 2020

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 25 February 2021 in Case C-403/19, Société Générale SA Vs. Ministre de l'Action et des Comptes publics
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 63 TFEU - Free movement of capital - Corporation tax - Bilateral conventions for the avoidance of double taxation - Taxation of dividends distributed by a non-resident already subject to a levy in another Member State - Maximum amount of tax credit accorded - Legal double taxation
  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 25 February 2021 in Joined Cases C‑478/19 and C‑479/19 UBS Real Estate Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH Vs. Agenzia delle Entrate
    Re: References for a preliminary ruling ‐ Freedom of establishment - Article 43(1)EC ‐ Free movement of capital - Article 56(1) EC ‐ Mortgage registration tax and Land Registry fees ‐ Tax advantages granted only to closed-ended real estate investment funds
  • ESAs issue recommendations on the application of the Regulation on sustainability-related disclosures 
  • ESMA has launched a consultation on draft technical standards on crowdfunding under the European crowdfunding service providers regulation (ECSPR)

ENERGY

  • Consumer prices of petroleum products inclusive of duties and taxes – 22 February 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Environment of 05 March 2021
  • Commission publishes contributions to public consultations on EU climate legislation
  • Commission and UN Environment Programme agree to reinforce cooperation in tackling the crises in climate, biodiversity and pollution - Midday Express
  • Agricultural policy needs to secure stronger environmental improvements for water in Europe - See EEA Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 05 March 2021
  • Summary report - 18th Meeting of the eHealth Network (12-13 November 2020)
  • European Health Union: Commission launches a “structured dialogue” to address vulnerabilities in the supply of medicines in the EU - Midday Express
  • Safety Gate: Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products - Weekly Report - Report 8 (Published on: 26/02/2021)
  • SCHEER - Agenda of the 17th Plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 3-4 March 2021
  • SCHEER - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Toxicological reference values for certain organic chemicals emitted from squishy toys with regard to adopting limit values under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC ‘Chemicals (deadline: 22 February 2021)
  • SCCS - Request for a scientific advice on the threshold for the warning ‘contains formaldehyde’ in Annex V, preamble point 2 for formaldehyde-releasing substances 
  • EFSA - Campylobacter and Salmonella cases stable in EU
  • EFSA - Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis sequence type (ST)11 infections linked to poultry products in the EU/EEA and the United Kingdom
  • EFSA - The European Union One Health 2019 Zoonoses Report
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for cyflumetofen in various crops
  • EMA - First oral treatment for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) recommended for approval

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Participants' Submission - High Level Group on Internet Governance of 28 January 2021
  • Minutes - Meeting of the Single Digital Gateway coordination group - General topics of 21 January 2021
  • Expert Group for the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy: Final reports
  • Connectivity for a European Gigabit Society – Brochure

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 01 March 2021

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Eurojust Report on Trafficking in Human Beings – best practice and issues in judicial cooperation

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Isabel Schnabel: Unconventional fiscal and monetary policy at the zero lower bound
  • Interview of Philip R. Lane with Expansión
  • Luis de Guindos: Sources of risk and vulnerabilities for financial stability

BREXIT

  • Detailed guide: The Field Force Support Programme - support for businesses that trade with the EU

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 02 March 2021
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/350 of 25 February 2021 amending for the 318th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida organisations
  • Belarus: EU prolongs sanctions for a year (See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/339 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/353)
  • Ukraine: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol 
  • Iran: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA)
  • President Charles Michel to visit Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine
  • Venezuela: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata
  • EU extends mandates of six EU special representatives
  • Report: The innovation race on disruptive technologies requires close collaboration between NATO, the EU and industry