EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €55 million Irish ‘umbrella' scheme to support companies active in tourism or in directly related sectors in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61236)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €400,000 Croatian scheme to support fattening pig farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62105) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €38.5 million Czech scheme to support ski resort operators affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61808)  - Midday Express 

EMPLOYMENT

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2021/402 of 4 March 2021 on an effective active support to employment following the COVID-19 crisis (EASE) 

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10180 - BH Holding/TEDi)
  • TPG, CPPIB acquisition of joint control of Viking: clearance decision published by EU
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) lodged on 15 December 2020 - Unilever Italia Mkt. Operations Srl Vs. Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Case C-680/20)
  • Commission clears acquisition of EEF by PAI Partners (M.10088) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of ZeniMax by Microsoft (M.10001) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Aldro EyS and Instalaciones MD by Eni (M.10178) - Midday Express
  • Poland - UOKiK watchdog is ‘ready’ to defend PKN Orlen-Polska Press deal in court
  • Serbia - Telekom Srbija lodges antitrust complaint against United Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 22 January 2021 - Ryanair Vs. Commission (Case T-34/21)
    Re : annulment of the European Commission’s decision (EU) of 25 June 2020 on State Aid SA.57153 (2020/N) - Germany - COVID-19 - Aid to Lufthansa
  • Action brought on 16 January 2021 - Be Smart Vs. Commission (Case T-18/21)
    Re: declare that the Commission has failed to fulfil its obligations under Articles 107 and 108 TFEU, Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and Article 12(1) and Article 15(1) of Regulation (EU) No 2015/1589, by failing to take a decision under Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 2015/1589, in particular to initiate proceedings pursuant to Article 108(2) TFEU, in connection with the complaint lodged by the applicant on 15 October 2014 (SA.39639)
  • Action brought on 16 December 2020 - Advansa Manufacturing and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-741/20)
    Re: Annulment of Annex I to 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 man-made fibres manufacturing sector;
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Stage reached in the State aid procedure for Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 12 March 2021
  • Agenda for: UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 08-09 March 2021
  • Minutes of the Economic Tariff Questions Group (Quotas & Suspensions) of 21 January 2021
  • Commission Implementing Decisions on Member States’ Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) adopted as from 12.03.2020 - Latest update in February 2021
  • Enhancing EU-China Trade Security and Facilitation - Strategic Framework for Customs Cooperation 2021 – 2024 between the European Union and the Government of the People's Republic of China - Approval of entering into negotiation - Decision to use the written procedure
  • The European Union and the United States conclude negotiations on agricultural quotas agreement - IP/21/987
  • EU and U.S. agree to suspend all tariffs linked to the Airbus and Boeing disputes  - Joint Statement
  • UK-EU trade falls sharply as Brexit disruption starts to bite - Latest British export-import data from French customs office mirror declines recorded in Germany and Italy - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for : Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) & (Industry) of 09 March 2021 
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Counterfeit products from non-EU countries – urgent intervention required by the Commission 
  • Regulation of professional services - update of reform recommendations to Member States – Communication - Feedback period: 04 March 2021 - 01 April 2021
  • Guidance document for the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/515 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State and repealing Regulation (EC) No 764/2008
  • Guidelines for economic operators and market surveillance authorities on the practical implementation of Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products
  • Guide on Articles 34-36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Progress on financial services legislative files of 16 March 2021
  • Sustainable finance: Commission welcomes reports on development of EU sustainability reporting standards - Midday Express
  • EBA issues new supervisory reporting and disclosures framework for investment firms

TAXATION

  • Roadmap: Business taxation for the 21st century – Communication - Feedback period 04 March 2021 - 01 April 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Lack of tax solidarity in the European Union and lack of response to the existence of domestic tax havens - 

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 12th meeting of the Scientific Forum on invasive alien species of 13 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Kick-off meeting for the Study supporting the elaboration of guidelines for best risk management approaches in the extractive sector - March 2021 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - New rules on certain single-use plastic products
  • Bathing water quality – review of EU rules - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 04 March 2021 - 01 April 2021
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Expert Group on waste classification and POP waste of 23 November 2020
  • Draft - Commission delegated Directive (EU) .../… amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex IV to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the validity period of an exemption for the use of mercury in electric rotating connectors used in intravascular ultrasound imaging systems - See the Annex

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 78th Single Sky Committee of 23-24 March 2021
  • Report from the Commission on the application of Directive 2014/94/EU on the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Towards stronger international cooperation on crime prevention: Commission welcomes adoption of Kyoto declaration - Message by Ylva Johansson

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Agenda for: Euro Summit of 26 March 2021
  • Can we evaluate the non-price competitiveness of French products based on export data? -  see Economic Brief 064

BREXIT 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: 6th meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council of 16 March 2021
  • Statement by President von der Leyen following her phone call with President of the United States Joe Biden