EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month - IP/21/1101
  • Commission welcomes European Parliament adoption of EU4Health programme - IP/21/1084
  • Coronavirus: EU support to innovators shows promising results - FactSheet

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €2 billion French scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.61330) - IP/21/815
  • Commission approves €60 million Greek scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62098) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €200 million Cypriot schemes to support companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61839) - Midday Express

    ECONOMY
  • European Commission raises further €9 billion under SURE via second issuance in 2021 - IP/21/1063
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - The EU’s economic coordination

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8982 - Ivanhoe Cambridge/PSPIB/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8958 - DV4/ABP/OMERS/Real Estate JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9285 - SEGRO/PSPIB/Oignies Site)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9161 - Brookfield/M Finance Capital/ECLA Paris Massy-Palaiseau Companies)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10044 - Mississippi Ventures/Parcom/Hema)
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 7 October 2020 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the TFEU and Article 54 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.40608 - Broadcom)
    - Opinion of the Advisory Committee on restrictive agreements and dominant positions
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer - Commitments
  • Summary of Commission Decision of 16 October 2019 relating to a proceeding under Article 102 of the TFEU, Article 54 of the EEA Agreement and Article 8 of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 of 16 December 2002 on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty (Case AT.40608 - Broadcom)
    - Opinion of theAdvisory Committee on restrictive practices and dominant positions 
    - Final Report of the Hearing Officer - Interim Measures Procedure
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over Fiebig and Gerda Nückel by Sanacorp (M.10141) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Nets by Nexi (M.10111) - Midday Express
  • UK - CMA publishes full text of infringement decision finding that three groundworks suppliers colluded on their commercial behaviour and prices

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €70 million German scheme to support roll-out of infrastructure for mobile communication services in German Land of Lower Saxony (SA. 56426) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves prolongation of Greek bank guarantee scheme (SA.59030) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of Justice of 10 March 2021 in Case C-708/19 Von Aschenbach & Voss GmbH Vs. Hauptzollamt Duisburg
    Re: 'Reference for a preliminary ruling - Definitive anti-dumping duty - Aluminium foil originating in China - Slightly modified aluminium foil - Implementing regulation (EU) 2017/271 - Admissibility - Failure by the applicant to bring an action for annulment in the main proceedings - Standing to bring an action for annulment'
  • Judgment of the Court of Justice of 10 March 2021 in Case C-941/19: Samohýl group a.s. Vs. Generální ředitelství cel
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Tariff headings 3004 and 3808 - Interpretation - Regulation (EC) No 455/2007 - Spot-on solution for cats against flea and tick infestations - Therapeutic or prophylactic effects
  • Draft Recommendation on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the EU, of the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the Union and Australia 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 EU
  • The United Kingdom has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with Cameroon
  • Guidance - Trading with developing nations - Details on the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences
  • UK trade agreements with non-EU countries as of 05 March 2021
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 19 March 2021
  • WTO - DG calls on COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to increase production in developing countries 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 March 2021 in Case C‑739/19, VK Vs. An Bord Pleanála, intervening parties: The General Council of the Bar of Ireland, The Law Society of Ireland and the Attorney General
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Lawyers’ freedom to provide services - Directive 77/249/EEC - Article 5 - Obligation for a visiting lawyer representing a client in domestic legal proceedings to work in conjunction with a lawyer who practises before the judicial authority in question - Limits
  • Judgment of the Court of 10 March 2021 in Case C‑572/19 P, European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination Organisation – Intelligent Transport Systems & Services Europe (Ertico – ITS Europe), supported by: Czech Republic Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration activities - Recommendation 2003/361/EC - Decision of the Validation Panel of the European Commission on classification as a micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) - Decision 2012/838/EU, Euratom - Annex - Sections 1.2.6 and 1.2.7 - Request for review - Regulation (EC) No 58/2003 - Article 22 - No administrative proceedings - Link between request for review and administrative proceedings – Refusal of SME status despite formal observance of the Recommendation 2003/361 criteria - Legal certainty - Legitimate expectations - Handicaps usually faced by SMEs – None
  • Investment Plan for Europe supports new financing for the cultural and creative sectors in Hungary - IP/21/1105
  • Companies should be held accountable for their actions, say MEPs – see the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Vice-President Šefčovič to a MEP written question - Commission communication on better regulation
  • Answer given by Vice-President Šefčovič to a MEP written question - European Battery Alliance

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation comes into effect today, improving the quantity and quality of information about sustainable investments - Midday Express
  • ESMA -  Guidelines on Internal Control for CRAs

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: WPIV on a future proposal to amend the Directive on ACDT of 24 March 2021 

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Lack of electricity in Cañada Real
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question -EU power supply failure
  • Why getting consumers on board Europe’s Renovation Wave is key for it to succeed - See Beuc Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Environment of 15 March 2021
  • 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
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, welcoming US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the occasion of the visit of U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry to the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners
  • Report from the Commission on the application of Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/625 as regards official controls on animals and products of animal origin exported from third countries to the Union to ensure compliance with the prohibition of certain uses of antimicrobials
  • Full report - Hearing on public procurement in healthcare systems (3 February 2021)
  • Answer given by Mr Šchmit to a MEP written question - Protection against reprotoxic substances

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030 - IP/21/983 - QaA & Speech by EVP Vestager
  • Draft Council conclusions on the EU’s Cybersecurity Strategy for the Digital Decade
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Guaranteeing the freedom of expression on online platforms

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: 9th meeting of the Data Thematic Team of the Single Window (EMSWe) Expert Group of the HLSG for Governance of the Digital Maritime System and Services held jointly with the Customs Business Group of 22 March 2021
  • Report on EU-wide alternative fuels infrastructure deployment – increased level of ambition, but still no comprehensive and complete network across EU 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Commission Statement: European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Terrorism
  • Obstacles to the Free Movement of Rainbow Families in the EU - Study for EP Committee on Petitions
  • Fighting organised crime - freezing and confiscating the proceeds of crime - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 09 March 2021 - 06 April 2021
  • Fighting organised crime - strengthening the mandate of EU Asset Recovery Offices - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 09 March 2021 - 06 April 2021
  • Seizure of €14 million worth of contraband cigarette leads to 13 arrests in Danish-Dutch sting - See the Europol Statement
  • Eurojust supports Spanish action against illegal streaming of football matches  - See the Eurojust Statement

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Commission publishes 2020 General Report on the activities of the European Union
  • 9th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • EU Presidents to sign declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Syria: Speech by HR/VP Josep Borrell at the EP debate on 10 years of the conflict
  • The European Commission appoints two new Heads of Representation in Athens and Brussels - IP/21/1061