EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Updated - Guidance on the collection and transfusion of convalescent COVID-19 plasma
  • Crisis management: emergency aid and medical staff mobilised via EU Civil Protection Mechanism - Midday Express
  • EMA starts rolling review of Eli Lilly antibodies bamlanivimab and etesemivab for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca: PRAC preliminary view suggests no specific issue with batch used in Austria

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €511 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.59346) - IP/21/1107
  • Commission approves €16.3 Swedish subsidised loan scheme to support air traffic control services affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61298) - Midday Express

    TRADE
  • Commission extends transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines - IP/21/1121

ECONOMY

  • EU Solidarity in action: Commission proposes to mobilise almost €530 million to support emergency measures against the coronavirus pandemic - IP/21/1111

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Humanitarian action: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell at the press conference on the new outlook for the EU's humanitarian action in light of COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9857 - Volvo/Daimler/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10152 - Temasek/Gategrup)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10082 - CPPIB/TPG/The Torstein Hagen Interest in Possession Settlement/Viking)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.8920 - Mitsubishi Corporation/Arjun Infrastructure Partners/South Staffordshire)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9187 - Autolaunch/Beijing Electric Vehicle Co/JVs)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9938 - Kingspan Group/Trimo) 
  • Commission clears the joint acquisition of Caruna Group by OTPP and KKR (M.10190) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Tikkurila by PPG (M.10123) - Midday Express
  • Spain – The CNMC cleared eight mergers in the phase I in the month of February -
  • Sweden - Competition Authority - Inadequate contract monitoring increases the risk of corruption
  • UK - The CMA has secured the disqualification of 3 company directors, after finding they broke competition law by forming a cartel in the construction industry
  • A cheat sheet on the EU’s new clampdowns on Big Tech - Google, Facebook and Amazon back in EU antitrust regulators’ crosshairs – Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Opinion of advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella of 11 March 2021 in Joined Cases C-174/19 P and C-175/19 P , Scandlines Danmark ApS, Scandlines Deutschland GmbH (C-174/19 P), Star Line Scandinavia AB (C-175/19 P) Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Action for annulment - State aid - Individual aid - Public financing of the Fehmarn Strait rail link - Decision declaring that a measure does not constitute State aid at the end of the preliminary examination phase - Requirement of being capable of distorting competition - Legal monopoly - Cross-appeal - Admissibility
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections OJ C 82 p.810

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Steel, textiles and other industrial sectors) of 17 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 17 March 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union regarding the envisaged decision of the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits - See the Annex
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/425 of 9 March 2021 suspending commercial policy measures concerning certain products from the United States of America imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1646 following the adjudication of a trade dispute under the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the World Trade Organization
  • Second Meeting of the Committee on Regulatory Cooperation of 16 March 2021
  • MEPs: Put a carbon price on certain EU imports to raise global climate ambition - see the EP legislative resolution
  • Highlights - 17/18 March: trade and Covid-19, International Procurement Instrument, sanctions - EP INTA Committee
  • Trade policy: a lever of the EU as a geopolitical global player
  • Answer given by President von der Leyen to a MEP written question - Effect of tariffs as a material burden
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - China preventing the export of Italian pork
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China investment agreement (clauses) 
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Possible future risks of retaliatory trade measures for the agricultural and automotive sectors

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 7th Forum8th Forum &9th Forum sub-group meeting ‘Forum Joint Actions’ of 19 March 2021, 25 March 2021 and 15 April 2021
  • Minutes of the Group of experts on licensing and valuation of standard essential patents of 22 & 23 September 2020
  • Minutes of the Group of experts on Mutual Recognition of Goods of 23 February 2021
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Part 3 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures - see the Annex
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH- See the Annex
  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards polycyclic-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in granules or mulches used as infill material in synthetic turf pitches or in loose form on playgrounds or in sport applications - Decision not to oppose adoption - Statement by Germany
  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH - (trichloroethylene (TCE) - EC No 201-167-4; CAS No 79-01-6)
  • ECHA - Biocides Committee proposes not to approve four silver-containing active substances
  • EU young translator contest ʻJuvenes Translatoresʼ – 27 winners across Europe - IP/21/1044

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/424 of 17 December 2019 amending Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to the alternative standardised approach for market risk
  • EBA issues revised list of ITS validation rules
  • EBA assesses consumer trends for 2020/2021

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Commissioner Simson to discuss energy cooperation with US Energy Secretary Granholm - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy and grids

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question Google-Facebook deals to manipulate bidding and auctions in the online advertising industry
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - TikTok and protecting children from online threats

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 17 March 2021
  • EDPB & EDPS adopt joint opinion on the Data Governance Act (DGA)
  • Main Results of the European Data Protection Board - 46th Plenary session
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Anonymous website for the sharing of pornographic material and personal data of victims  
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Chinese apps  

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Digitalisation of visa procedures: Commission launches public consultation (Feedback period: 11 March 2021 - 03 June 2021) 
  • MEPs express concerns over attacks on media in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia - See the EP Statement & the Remarks by Vice-President Jourová 
  • MEPs: Companies must no longer cause harm to people and planet with impunity
  • Illegal mobile application with more than 100 Million users taken down in Spain - See Europol Statement 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • "We want to hear about Europe our citizens are dreaming of", says von der Leyen about the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe
  • Future of Europe: Engaging with citizens to build a more resilient Europe
  • Building tomorrow’s Europe: EU paves way for Conference on the Future of Europe - See the Joint Declaration

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Advocate General’s Opinion in Avis 1/19, Istanbul Convention Advocate General Hogan proposes that the Court hold that although the EU has signed the Istanbul Convention, the Council is entitled to wait, without however being forced to do so, for the common agreement of all Member States to be bound by that convention before deciding whether and to what extent the EU will accede to it. (See CPR Nº 37/2021
  • EU allocates €17 million to support the most vulnerable in Haiti and the Caribbean - IP/21/1112
  • HRC 46- EU Intervention: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the DPRK
  • EU-Mongolia: Launch of Annual Political Dialogue
  • Answer given by HP/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Plans for a controversial visit by the VP/HR to Moscow
  • Answer given by HP/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Humanitarian situation in Lipa camp  
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Funding allocated to Turkey for accession to the EU 
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - EU contributions to Turkey