EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Agenda & registration - Workshop EU4Health Programme 2021: potential solutions for a healthier European Union (24 March 2021)
  • Commission Implementing Decision granting a conditional marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council for "COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen - COVID-19 vaccine (Ad26.COV2-S [recombinant])", a medicinal product for human use
  • Statement of the European Commission on the methodology used to determine the allocation of doses of vaccines under the Advance Purchase Agreements - Financial Times
  • Guidance on state of the art of COVID-19 rapid antibody tests - March 2021
  • QaA on Custom-Made Devices & considerations on Adaptable medical devices and Patient-matched medical devices - March 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP to a written question - Terms of contracts concluded with pharmaceutical companies/consortia for the development and purchase of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 vaccines and the responsibility of pharmaceutical companies
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Parallel exports under the EU pharmaceutical strategy 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Reliability of antigen testing
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The EU’s COVID vaccine strategy
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) 8-11 March 2021

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate Finnair for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.60113) - IP/21/809
  • Commission approves €15.8 million Estonian schemes to support farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60666) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves a €1.5 million Slovenian scheme to support holders of ancillary activities at farms in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62118) - Midday Express

TRADE

  • Export requirements for Covid-19 vaccines - FaQ

MOBILITY

  • Guidance for COVID-19 quarantine and testing of travellers - ECDC Technical Report

EMPLOYMENT

  • Proposal for a Council implementing decision granting temporary support under Regulation (EU)2020/672 to the Republic of Estonia to mitigate unemployment risks in the emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak – Adoption 

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 18 & 19 March 2021
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10163 - United Internet/Morgan Stanley/Tele Columbus)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10174 - Macquarie/Aberdeen/Ucles JV)  
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Risks inherent in the acquisition of Chantiers de l’Atlantique by Fincantieri
  • Commission clears joint acquisition of EPS E-mobility by FCA and EEPS (M.10148) - Midday Express
  • Poland - UOKiK has approved the takeover of Tesco Polska by Salling Group – the owner of Netto stores

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 11.3.2021 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
  • Council approves conclusions on the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability
  • Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024: Commission sets research and innovation priorities for a sustainable future - IP-21/1122

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA consults on technical elements for the implementation of the alternative standardised approach for market risk as part of its FRTB roadmap
  • ESMA to allow decision on reporting of net short position of 0.1% and above to expire

TAXATION

  • Council Directive amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation – Adoption

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 15 March 2021
  • European Battery Alliance: Ministerial Meeting on progress and future actions - Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič
  • How to make the home heating and cooling revolution consumer-friendly - See Beuc Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/447 of 12 March 2021 determining revised benchmark values for free allocation of emission allowances for the period from 2021 to 2025 pursuant to Article 10a(2) of Directive 2003/87/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 10.3.2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council to include carbon dioxide generated from propane, butane or a mixture of both by combustion as an active substance in Annex I thereto 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 10.3.2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council to include potassium sorbate as an active substance in Annex I thereto
  • Climate envoy Kerry warns EU against border tax on carbon - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 19 March 2021
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/…. amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/977 as regards the temporary measures in relation to controls on the production of organic products, in particular the period of application
  • Draft - Commission Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of Methyl-N-methylanthranilate in cosmetic products 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - End of methyl bromide derogation and authorisation of the use of sulphuryl fluoride for fumigating oak logs from the US
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Phthalates in toys on the European market
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Efficacy of the feed additive consisting of amprolium hydrochloride (COXAM®) for use in chickens for fattening and chickens reared for laying (Huvepharma N.V.)
  • EFSA - Technical Report - Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on novel foods pursuant to Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 2015/2283
  • EFSA - Technical Report - Administrative guidance for the preparation of applications on additives for use in animal nutrition
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion - Modification of the existing MRLs for fludioxonil in certain small fruits and berries
  • EFSA - Reasoned Opinion - Setting of import tolerance for cyflufenamid in hops

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

BREXIT

  • Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decision 2008/971/EC as regards the equivalence of forest reproductive material produced in the United Kingdom
  • Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Decisions 2003/17/EC and 2005/834/EC as regards the equivalence of field inspections and the equivalence of checks on practices for the maintenance of varieties of agricultural plant species carried out in the United Kingdom
  • UK and EU clash over post-Brexit fishing rights - Row erupts over British conservation plan for part of the North Sea - Financial Times
  • Northern Ireland protocol can work with a light-touch approach - The UK and EU must learn to manage their imperfect agreement - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Agenda for: Eurogroup of 15 March 2021
  • Thinking Beyond the Pandemic: Monetary Policy Challenges in the Medium- to Long-Term – Study for EP ECON Committee
  • European Semester 2021 - Updated roadmap

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 12th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part 2) of 17 & 19 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on General Affairs (Comitology Revision) of 19 March 2021
  • Agenda for: 2076th Meeting of the Working Party on General Affairs of 16 March 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Ukraine: EU extends sanctions over territorial integrity for a further six months (See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/446 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/448)
  • Egypt: EU revokes sanctions framework and delists 9 people (See Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/449 & Council Regulation (EU) 2021/445)
  • Syria: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the 10 years of the conflict