EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Urgent measures to ensure the supply of syringes suitable for administering the sixth dose of the Pfizer vial
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Procurement contracts concluded between the Commission and Gilead for doses of remdesivir

STATE AID

  • Commission approves French guarantee scheme mobilising up to €20 billion support from private investors for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58639) - IP/21/812

EMPLOYMENT

AGRICULTURE

  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Aid for the poultry sector to mitigate potential further outbreaks of bird flu and the effects of COVID-19

ECONOMY

  • Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni on the updated approach to the fiscal policy response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Remarks by EVP Dombrovskis on the updated approach to the fiscal policy response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Answer given by Mr Hahn to a MEP written question - The long-term budget and the coronavirus package

    EXTERNAL RELATIONS
  • Team Europe partners with Equity Bank to support Kenyan business and agriculture amid COVID-19 - IP/21/969
  • EEA Joint Committee adopts three urgent COVID-19-related decisions 
  • EU Global response to COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10194 - CDP Venture Capital/Generali Welion/JV)
  • Purchaser approval Decisions published by the European Commission in Case M.9517 Mylan / Upjohn  
  • Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct of Teva in relation to a blockbuster multiple sclerosis medicine (AT.40588) - IP/21/1022
  • Commission clears acquisition of Fundingport by IKB and Hypoport (M.10110)  - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves over €1 billion support for high-efficient cogeneration of electricity and heat in Slovakia - IP/21/1023
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid - Decision to raise no objections OJ C 075 p.3 & p.4
  • The Court of Justice sets aside the judgment of the General Court by which the Commission’s decision classifying as State aid the tax scheme of four Spanish professional football clubs had been annulled (See CPR Nº 32/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-362/19 P, Commission Vs. Fútbol Club Barcelona)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda - EP INTA Committee - 17 & 18 March 2021
  • Seventh EU-Georgia Association Committee in Trade Configuration: Joint Report - 03-04 February 2020
  • Answer to a written question - EU Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African countries and its impact on Valencian citrus fruit
  • WTO - Members review proposals on improving implementation of Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement
  • WTO - The third review of the trade policies and practices of Saudi Arabia takes place on 3 and 5 March 2021
  • UK signs Trade Partnership Agreement with Ghana
  • Summary of the UK-Albania Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Continuing the UK's trade relationship with Albania: Parliamentary report
  • UK - Guidance - Export controls: dual-use items, software and technology, goods for torture and radioactive sources
  • The UK's Ambassador to the WTO in Geneva, Julian Braithwaite, delivered these statements during the WTO General Council (1 - 2 March 2021) 
  • Portugal warns EU trade ‘credibility’ on the line over Mercosur - Country’s foreign minister says indefinite delay of deal with South American bloc would be damaging - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Minutes for: 22nd Coal and Steel Committee of 21 January 2021
  • Minutes for: 23rd Steel Advisory Group (SAG) of 09 December 2020
  • Agenda for: 50th meeting of the ECHA Committee for Socio-economic Analysis of 9-12 March and 16-17 March 2021
  • Brussels aims to toughen pay reporting obligations for companies - Large groups would have to disclose gender pay gap details and offer wage transparency - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting of 09 March 2021
  • ESMA - Guidelines on disclosure requirements under the Prospectus Regulation
  • ESMA - Opening Statement Loeber Third Annual Joint Deutsche Bundesbank, European Central Bank and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago conference on CCP Risk Management 

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 March 2021 in Case C‑581/19, Frenetikexito – Unipessoal Lda Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2(1)(c) - Supplies subject to VAT - Exemptions - Article 132(1)(c) - Provision of medical care in the exercise of the medical and paramedical professions - Nutrition monitoring and advice - Sports, physical well-being and fitness activities - Concepts of a single complex supply, a supply ancillary to the main supply, and independent supplies - Criteria
  • Agenda for: Code of Conduct (Business Taxation) - Subgroup on internal issues of 09 March 2021
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches (CBCR) - Mandate for negociations with the European Parliament

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 09 March 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 4 March 2021 in Case C‑664/18, European Commission, Vs. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland supported by: Federal Republic of German
    Re: Failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Environment - Directive 2008/50/EC - Ambient air quality - Article 13(1) and Annex XI - Systematic and persistent exceedance of the limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in certain areas of the United Kingdom - Article 23(1) - Annex XV - Exceedance period to be ‘as short as possible’ - Appropriate measures
  • Minutes of the 14th Committee on invasive alien species of 19 January 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 08 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Basel) of 09 March 2021
  • Commission launches new European Climate and Health Observatory  - Midday Express
  • EU Cohesion policy: over €77 million for a more efficient and sustainable waste management system in Romania  - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 08 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party of Chief Veterinary Officers of 10 March 2021
  • Minutes - Scientific Committee for Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks - on Breast implants and ALCL of 05 February 2021
  • Minutes - 1st Drafting Group on European solidarity in public health emergencies (29 January 2021)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/382 of 3 March 2021 amending the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs as regards food allergen management, redistribution of food and food safety culture
  • Revised Draft Agenda - Biocides Working Group Meeting I-2021 of 15-25 March 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Preventing surgical site infections 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Szpunar 4 March 2021 in Case C‑570/19, Irish Ferries Ltd Vs. National Transport Authority
    Re Reference for a preliminary ruling - Rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway - Regulation (EU) No 1177/2010 - Cancellation - Notice given prior to the originally scheduled date of departure following delay in the delivery of a new vessel to the carrier - Consequences

DIGITAL INFORMATION SOCIETY & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Opinion by MEP Geert Bourgeois on shaping the digital future of Europe: removing barriers to the functioning of the digital single market and improving the use of AI for European consumers
  • EU invests over €6 million in media projects supporting debates and information about EU topics - Midday Express

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • ENISA hosted the 33rd meeting of European Competent Authorities for Secure Electronic Communications (ECASEC)
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - European data protection regulations and legal certainty on privacy safeguards offered by WhatsApp to EU citizens
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - EU rules on data protection and disclosing the names of those on the Spanish Government’s COVID-19 pandemic expert advisory panel

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Law Enforcement Working Party (LEWP) of 08 March 2021
  • Council approves greater corporate transparency for big multinationals
  • Opening speech by President von der Leyen at the EP FEMM Interparliamentary Committee meeting, on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2021
  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Dalli on the Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030
  • According to Advocate General Bobek, decisions of a constitutional court declaring unlawful the composition of panels of a supreme court on the ground that the right to an independent and impartial tribunal has been infringed and declaring unconstitutional the technical surveillance measures in criminal proceedings by domestic intelligence service are compatible with EU law (See CPR Nº 33/2021 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-357/19, C-547/19, C-379/19 , C-811/19,C-840/19, Euro Box Promotion and Others)

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following today's announcement by the UK government regarding the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland
  • Leavers will forever blame Brussels for Brexit’s failure - Hubris, resentment and insecurity still loom large in Britain’s attitude to the EU - Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • South Sudan: Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the European Union
  • Venezuela: International Contact Group statement on the expulsion of the EU Head of Delegation to Venezuela
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Infringement by the Spanish Government of Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Entry to the EU of individuals on whom the Council of the European Union has imposed sanctions
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Global human rights sanctions regime