EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Commission Statement on BioNTech-Pfizer top-up for Quarter 2 deliveries - IP/21/1202
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Commission opinion on comprehensive COVID-19 antigen testing using immunoassays
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Reduced distribution of Pfizer vaccines to the detriment of Europe
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Use of anti-COVID dogs
  • MEPs share concerns about COVID-19 variants

STATE AID

  • Commission approves amended €3 billion Dutch scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62241) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1 million Italian scheme to support organisers of international sport events in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61841) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €63 million Italian aid scheme to support trade fairs sector affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61294) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/454 of 12 March 2021 further extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

ECONOMY

  • Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States - IP/21/1144
  • Eurogroup statement on the euro area fiscal policy response to the COVID-19 crisis and the path forward
  • Study - Non-performing Loans - New risks and policies? NPL resolution after COVID-19 - PE 651.387 &PE 651.388 - EP Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10028 - Black Diamond Capital Management/Investindustrial Group/Phenolic Specialty Resins Business of Hexion)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10190 - OTPP/KKR/Caruna Group)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10111 - CVC/Vivartia Holdings)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over a joint venture by Linde and Sipchem (M.10151) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Acquisition of Stx by Fincantieri 

STATE AID

  • The Polish tax on the retail sector and the Hungarian tax on advertisements do not infringe EU law on State aid (See CPR Nº 38/2021 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-562/19 P, C-596/19 P, Commission Vs. Poland)
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/452 of 15 March 2021 correcting the Romanian language version of Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Follow-up to questions E-005561/2020, E-005996/2020 and the letter sent by the Commission requesting clarifications regarding State aid 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 22 March 2021 
  • Implementing the Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 15 March 2021 - 10 May 2021
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/456 of 12 March 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1604 as regards the determination of reference values for certain importers and producers for the period from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023
  • Decision of the EEA Joint Committee No 130/2021 of 15 March 2021 amending Protocol 10 to the EEA Agreement, on simplification of inspections and formalities in respect of carriage of goods
  • New customs agreements with Switzerland and Norway on mutual recognition of security measures become applicable from 15 March

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 18 March 2021
  • Acceptance of UNECE Regulations 49,96 approvals as alternative to EU type approvals of non-road mobile machinery engines - Delegated regulation - Feedback period 11 March 2021 - 08 April 2021
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/455 of 15 March 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1326 as regards harmonised standards for electromagnetic compatibility of control circuit devices and switching elements, and multimedia equipment

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 39th Meeting of the Expert Group of the European Securities Committee of 16 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services - Insurance  of 23 March 2021
  • EBA reports on the monitoring of the LCR implementation in the EU

TAXATION

  • Guidelines resulting from Meetings of the VAT Committee – Up until 05 March 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

  • Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2021
  • ACER to decide on the electricity cross-zonal capacity allocation methodologies for the exchange of balancing capacity in 19 EU Member States

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Information notice on marking specifications for single-use plastic products
  • Background Document for the Kick-Off Meeting with the expert group on risk management - March 2021
    - Revised edition with TAG-RM comments integrated – Study supporting the elaboration of guidelines for best risk management approaches in the extractive sector

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 19 March 2021 
  • Commission Decision of 11 March 2021 approving a methodology for the technical assessment of test products assisting in determining tobacco products with a characterising flavor
  • Food safety – food additives (clearer information) - Implementing regulation - Feedback period/ 12 March 2021 - 09 April 2021

DIGITAL INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Formal comments of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Regulation of the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on serious cross-border threats to health and repealing Decision No 1082/2013/EU
  • Agenda - 7th meeting of the Committee established under Article 93 of the General Data Protection Regulation of 22 March 2021
    • Draft decision pursuant to the GDPR on the adequate protection of personal data by the United Kingdom
    • Draft decision pursuant to the LED on the adequate protection of personal data by the United Kingdom

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • According to Advocate General Pikamäe, a strike organised by pilots’ trade unions constitutes, in principle, an extraordinary circumstance that may release the air carrier from its obligation to pay compensation for the cancellation or long delay of the flights concerned (See CPR Nº 39/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-28/20, Airhelp)
  • Draft - Council Decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol to amend the Air Transport Agreement between the United States of America and the European Community and its Member States

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard - Communication - Feedback period 11 March 2021 - 08 April 2021
  • Updated overview of Case-Law by the Court of Justice of the European Union on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) – March 2021

BREXIT

  • Withdrawal Agreement: Commission sends Letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations under the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland - IP/21/1132 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main Results of the Eurogroup of 15 March 2021 - See Remarks by Paschal Donohoe and by Commissioner Gentiloni  
  • Interview of ECB's Philip Lane: ‘We have a unique initiative in Europe now — it is really quite something’ - The ECB’s chief economist says the EU recovery fund has revised beliefs about the durability and resilience of the euro area - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Revised Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 17 & 19 March 2021
  • 13th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main Results of the Foreign & Home Affairs Ministers of 15 March 2021 - See Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell
  • Bolivia: Statement by the Spokesperson on the latest developments
  • Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations to amend the International Cocoa Agreement 2010 - See the Annex