EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market - IP/21/814 & Report
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccine approval process
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Savings made by Member States in purchasing vaccines to combat the pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pharmaceutical strategy for Europe 
  • Hungarians get Chinese Covid vaccine as Orban breaks with EU - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves increase of €240 million in budget of existing Latvian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61873) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves modified €1.2 billion Danish ‘umbrella' scheme to support self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61946) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10 million Italian public support to compensate Toscana Aeroporti for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak (SA.59518) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €15 million Portuguese scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Azores region in context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62023) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Restrictions to free movement for travellers returning from COVID-19 risk areas  
  • EU plans digital vaccine passports to boost travel - Financial Times

ECONOMY

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 04 March 2021 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9981 - Bain Capital/Ahlstrom-Munksjö) 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9776 - Worldline/Ingenico)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10121 - Platinum Equity Group/Ingram Micro Inc.)  
  • Action brought on 17 December 2020 - Car-Master 2 Vs. Commission (Case T-743/20) 
    Re: Annulment of European Commission Decision C(2020)7369 final of 22 October 2020 in Case AT.40665 - Toyota
  • Action brought on 19 January 2021 -  Amazon.com and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-19/21)
    Re: partially annul Decision C(2020) 7692 final of the European Commission of 10 November 2020 for the part that excludes Italy from the scope of the investigation and from the legal consequences of Article 11(6) of Regulation 1/2003, Case AT.40703

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 15 December 2020 - Grupa Azoty and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-726/20)
    Re: annulment of Annex I of the Communication from the Commission - Guidelines on certain State aid measures in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 (1), to the extent that it wrongfully excludes the fertilisers sector
  • Action brought on 15 January 2021 - Ryanair Vs. Commission (Case T-14/21)
    Re: annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 21 August 2020 on State Aid SA.57544(2020/N) - Belgium COVID-19: Aid to Brussels Airlines;
  • The Court of Justice dismisses the appeal brought by the Commission against the judgment of the General Court concerning the measures adopted by a consortium of Italian banks to support one of its members (See CPR Nº 30/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-425/19 P, Commission Vs. Italy and Others)
  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into compensation for early closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany (SA.53625) - IP/21/872

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 08 March 2021 
    - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 26.2.2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/196 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additional customs duties on imports of certain products originating in the United States of America - See the Annex  
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesfinanzhof (Germany) lodged on 8 December 2020 - Y GmbH Vs. Hauptzollamt (Case C-668/20)
    Re: Interpretation 1302 19 05, 33019030 - oleoresin diluted with ethanol and water - Directive 92/83/EEC
  • Recommendation on the Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the Union and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/370 of 1 March 2021 making imports of stainless steel cold-rolled flat products originating in India and Indonesia subject to registration -
  • DG Okonjo-Iweala: WTO can deliver results if members “accept we can do things differently”
  • This year holds great promise for WTO and multilateral system - DDG Wolff 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes of 23rd Steel Advisory Group Meeting of 9 December 2020
  • SMEs: Commission and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency support SMEs in the space sector - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Summary of conclusions Board of Supervisors - 16 December 2020
  • ESMA - Summary of conclusions Management Board Meeting - 26 January 2021
  • ESMA - Advice on Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation - Press Release & Final Report 
  • ESMA - SMSG advice to ESMA on initiative overview report on Wirecard case 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Spirit Drinks of 09 February 2021

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Hogan of 02 March 2021 in Case C-94/20, Land Oberösterreich Vs. KV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2003/109/EC - Third-country nationals who are long-term residents - Article 11(1)(d) - Equal treatment - Derogation - Article 11(4) - Limitation of equal treatment in respect of social assistance and social protection to core benefits - Concept of ‘core benefits’ - Housing assistance - Requirement of proof of a basic command of the language of the Member State - Condition applicable solely to third-country nationals who are long-term residents - Application of Charter and fundamental principles of EU law in the context of a derogation under Article 11(4) of Directive 2003/109/EC
  • EU action plan for social economy - Communication - Feedback period: 01 March 2021 - 26 April 2021

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Amendment to the 2021 calendar for transfers of allowances between the EU and Swiss emission trading registries

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Regulatory Committee on Directive 2001/18/EC of 3 February 2021
  • Minutes - 6th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health (2019-2022) (10 February 2021)
  • 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 - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme α‐amylase from the genetically modified Bacillus licheniformis strain NZYM‐KE

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Urban Mobility Package: Evaluation confirms importance to adapt urban mobility planning to today’s technological, social, political, environmental, and health-related reality -  See the Evaluation Report Executive Summary
  • Agenda & Working Documents - Informal Expert Group on Drones of 03 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Stakeholders' Advisory Group on Aviation Security - SAGAS 102 of 17 March 2021
  • Air traffic – EU performance targets for the air traffic management network 2020-24 - Implementing decision - Feedback period: 01 March 2021 - 15 March 2021
  • EU Agency for Railways – European Commission evaluation of the Agency’s work - Staff working document - Feedback period: 01 March 2021 - 29 March 2021

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Access, for purposes in the criminal field, to a set of traffic or location data in respect of electronic communications, allowing precise conclusions to be drawn concerning a person’s private life, is permitted only in order to combat serious crime or prevent serious threats to public security (See CPR Nº 29/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-746/18 - Prokuratuur
  • ENISA and CERT-EU sign Agreement to start their Structured Cooperation

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Successive amendments to the Polish Law on the National Council of the Judiciary which have the effect of removing effective judicial review of that council’s decisions proposing to the President of the Republic candidates for the office of judge at the Supreme Court are liable to infringe EU law (See CPR Nº 31/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-824/18 A.B. and Others (Nomination des juges à la Cour suprême - Recours))
  • Judicial cooperation: Strengthening Eurojust's cooperation with third countries on international crime - Midday Express
  • Fighting migrant smuggling: 2021-2025 EU action plan - Communication - Feedback period: 01 March 2021 - 29 March 2021

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 4th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 03 March 2021
  • Possible items for College agendas from 3 March 2021 to 27 April 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting in Georgia with Prime Minister Garibashvili and representatives of opposition political parties 
  • Cambodia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the mass trials conducted against opposition figures
  • Speech by HR/VP Josep Borrell at the EP Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation
  • Joint press statement following the 11th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Albania - Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell
  • EU Statements delivered at the IAEA Board of Governors on 1-5 March 2021 in Vienna