EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • MEPs highlight impact of pandemic on children’s health and education
  • Fourth COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the EU - IP/21/1085

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61825) - IP/21/1090
  • Commission approves €10 million Belgian scheme to support organisers of festivals in the Flemish and Brussels Regions in context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62017) - Midday Express

    TRADE
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/442 of 11 March 2021 making the exportation of certain products subject to the production of an export authorisation

CONSUMER

  • Commission's new consumer survey shows impact of COVID-19 and popularity of ‘greener' choices - IP/21/1104

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Consequences of COVID-19 on African Caribbean Pacific and EU countries

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10178 - Eni/Aldro EyS/Instalaciones MD)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10079 - SARP/Suez RV Osis)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M. 10043 - CDC/PBB/Capveriant)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10039 - Kronospan Holdings/M Kaindl)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10119 - Deme Concessions/CDC/Occitania Region/Port-La Nouvelle)  
  • Commission clears acquisition of Groupe Funecap by Latour Capital, Watling Street Capital and Groupe Fondateurs Funecap (M.10166) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over newly created joint venture by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (M.10160) - Midday Express
  • Bundeskartellamt has no objections to launch of Online Copyright Clearance System

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: ACP Working Party of 16 March 2021
  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 12 March 2021
  • Agenda for: 69th Electronic Customs Coordination Group jointly with Trade Contact group of 18 & 19 March 2021
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing the Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds (recast) - See the Annex
  • Position (EU) No 2/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Customs programme for cooperation in the field of customs and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1294/2013 Adopted by the Council on 1 March 2021 - Statement of Council’s reasons:
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/441 of 11 March 2021 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of sulphanilic acid originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/443 of 18 February 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Partnership Council established by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part, as regards the date on which provisional application pursuant to the Trade and Cooperation Agreement is to cease
  • Commission publishes market access offers of the EU-China investment agreement - Midday Express
  • WTO - Steady progress in the negotiations for an investment facilitation agreement  

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft Council conclusions on tourism in Europe for the next decade: sustainable, resilient, digital, global and social
  • Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the press conference following the 5th high-level meeting of the European Battery Alliance
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Compliance with the ban on animal testing for cosmetics

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial supervision in the EU: Commission launches targeted consultation to assess the functioning of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs)
  • EBA launches discussion paper on integrated reporting
  • EBA launches public consultation on draft revised Guidelines on stress tests of Deposit Guarantee Schemes (DGSs)
  • ESMA - Guidelines On Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Credit Ratings

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 11 March 2021 inn Case C-812/19, Danske Bank A/S v Skatteverket
    Re Reference for a preliminary ruling – Taxation – Value added tax (VAT) – Directive 2006/112/EC – Article 9 – Taxable person – Concept – Article 11 – VAT group Principal establishment and branch of a company situated in two different Member States – Principal establishment forming part of a VAT group to which the branch does not belong – Principal establishment providing services to the branch and imputing to it the costs of those services
  • Judgment of the Court of 11 March 2021 in Case C-802/19 Firma Z Vs . Finanzamt Y
    Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Value added tax (VAT) - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 90(1) - Reduction of the taxable amount - Principles set out in the judgment of 24 October 1996 in Case C-317/94 Elida Gibbs (EU:C:1996:400) - Supplies of medicinal products - Granting of discounts - Hypothetical nature of the question referred for a preliminary ruling - Inadmissibility of the reference for a preliminary ruling
  • Minutes of the 15th plenary meeting EU VAT Forum of 28 September 2020

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 15 March 2021
  • Commission welcomes agreement on the Connecting Europe Facility to fund greener, more sustainable transport and energy networks, and digitalisation - IP/21/1109 - See the EP Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group on Waste
    - Waste Classification & POP waste of 25 March 2021 
    - Sewage Sludge Directive of 24 March 2021
  • UNEP: - First session of the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (22 and 23 February 2021, online session) = Statements by the European Union and its Member States

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (Methodology) of 26 February 2021
  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (Cosmetics) of 25 February 2021
  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (Nanomaterials in Cosmetic products) of 24 February 2021
  • EFSA Reasoned Opinion - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for fludioxonil in certain small fruits and berries
  • EFSA Reasoned Opinion - Setting of import tolerance for cyflufenamid in hops
  • EFSA statement on the requirements for whole genome sequence analysis of microorganisms intentionally used in the food chain
  • Outcome of the public consultation on the draft EFSA statement on the requirements for whole genome sequence analysis of microorganisms intentionally used in the food chain
  • EFSA Scientific Opinion Commodity risk assessment of Ullucus tuberosus tubers from Peru
  • External Scientific Report - Maintenance, update and further development of EFSA's Chemical Hazards: OpenFoodTox 2.0
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Evaluation of the shucking of certain species of scallops contaminated with lipophilic toxins with a view to the production of edible parts meeting the safety requirements foreseen in the Union legislation

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Judgment of the Court of 11 March 2021 In Case C‑112/20, M. A. Vs . État belge,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2008/115/EC - Article 5 - Return decision - Father of a minor child who is a citizen of the European Union - Taking into account the best interests of the child at the time of the adoption of the return decision
  • Fight against drugs: Commission initiates ban on two new harmful psychoactive substances (MDMB-4en-PINACA and 4F-MDMB-BICA
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Judicial Cooperation in Criminal matters (COPEN) of 19 March 2021
  • Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’ - see the EP Resolution 
  • MEPs warn Commission to activate rule of law mechanism without delay

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 16 March 2021  
  • Macao: EU reports on political and economic developments in 2020 - IP/21/1115
  • Hong Kong: EU report highlights alarming political deterioration - IP/21/1086
  • Human rights breaches in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bahrain and Cambodia‎ - See the EP Statement
  • Syria needs a greater financial and political response from the EU –  See the EP StatementResolution
  • Hong Kong: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the electoral system  
  • Libya: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the approval of the new Government of National Unity
  • EU-Ethiopia relations: EU Council conclusions stress the strategic partnership and EU's deep concerns about the situation in the Tigray region
  • ‎EU conflict Early Warning System: Objectives, Process and Guidance for Implementation – 2020 - Joint Staff Working Document