EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: a common path to Europe's safe re-opening - IP/21/1184
    Communication: A common path to safe and sustained re-opening
    - Commission Recommendation of XXX on a common approach to establish a systematic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in wastewaters in the EU
  • EMA - Investigation of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca and thromboembolic events continues
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Has the Commission received an enquiry from the Danish Government in connection with the preparation of a vaccine strategy and the purchase of vaccines?
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Violation by Germany of the EU agreement on the distribution of anti-COVID vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Commission support for Member States concerning accelerated testing for COVID-19
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Questions on EU vaccine strategy and the role of the Member States
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Delays in the COVID 19 vaccination campaign across the EU 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency of the vaccine purchase procedure
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pfizer vaccine – sixth dose
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID vaccine
  • European capitals co-ordinate suspension of Oxford jab - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €3 million Latvian scheme to support cultural institutions affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61769) - Midday Express

INDUSTRY

  • Vaccine production: Commissioner Breton to visit Merck factory in Molsheim (France) to support expansion plans for single-use products essential for the supply chain - Midday Express

EMPLOYMENT

  • Draft - 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

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate - IP//21/1181 & QaA - Financial Times
    - Proposal for a Regulation on Digital Green Certificate to facilitate free movement in the EU
    - Proposal for a Regulation on Digital Green Certificates for third-country nationals legally staying or residing in Member States

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10160 - Mitsubishi Corporation/Nippon Telegraph and Telephoe Corporation/Industry One JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9455 - Compass/Fazer Food Services)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10167 - Continental/Light control units business of OSRAM Continental)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10199 - Goldman Sachs/Advania)
  • Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into PPC's behaviour in the Greek wholesale electricity market - IP/21/1205
  • Competition: The European Commission forms a Multilateral Working Group with leading competition authorities to exchange best practices on pharmaceutical mergers - IP/21/1203
  • PAI Partners' acquisition of Euro Ethnic Foods: EU publishes clearance decision
  • Commission clears the proposed acquisition of joint control over Transurban Chesapeake by CPPIB, AustralianSuper and Transurban (M.10183) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of a newly established JV by CDP Venture Capital and Generali Welion (M.10194)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the proposed acquisition of Good Host by Goldman Sachs and Warburg Pincus (M.10161) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of FACQ by Cordes & Graefe (M.9970) - Midday Express
  • France - Targeted advertising: no urgent interim measures against Apple but the Autorité continues to investigate into the merits of the case
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Edeka’s acquisition of Real stores only partly cleared - Edeka can only acquire 45 stores without conditions
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Project & List of 2nd phase proceedings
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR issued a commitments decision against the company HP Inc Slovakia, s.r.o., in relation to a possible vertical agreement restricting competition
  • UK - CMA joins global partners to consider approach on pharma mergers

STATE AID

  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - On the need for social and affordable housing in Ireland: clarification of the applicability of State aid rules on not-for-profit housing schemes

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 47th Meeting of the Customs Business Group of 29 March 2021
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-subsidy measures applicable to imports of tubes and pipes of ductile cast iron (CN codes ex 7303 00 10 & ex 7303 00 90) originating in India  
  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of tubes and pipes of ductile cast iron  (CN codes ex 7303 00 10 & ex 7303 00 90) originating in India
  • Commission welcomes provisional political agreement on new €1 billion package to finance customs control equipment in EU Member States - IP/21/1133 & FactSheet 
  • Report of the CETA Geographical Indications Committee of 22 October 2020
  • Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Indonesia - Report of the 10th round of negotiations - 22 February to 5 March 2021
  • European Union - Safeguard measures on certain steel products from Turkey - 2nd Written submission by the European Union (WT/DS595)
  • Colombia - Anti-dumping duties on frozen fries from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands - 1st Written submission by the European Union (non-BCI) (WT/DS591)
  • General Scheme of references (GSP) engagement week of 22-25 March 2021
  • US - Notice of Modification of Section 301 Action: Enforcement of U.S. WTO Rights in the Large Civil Aircraft Dispute

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) of 24 March 2021
  • Agenda for: 9th meeting of the Commission Technical Expert Stakeholder Group on SMEs of 18 March 2021
  • Investment Plan for Europe backs the largest impact venture capital fund for start-ups in Spain - IP/21/1221
  • Suez-Veolia hostile bid battle tests European M&A law - War between world’s two largest waste and water groups puts spotlight on Dutch takeover defence - Financial Times 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Ad Hoc Working Party on the Strengthening of the Banking Union (AHWP BU) of 22 March 2021
  • EBA will make its Basel III monitoring exercise mandatory
  • EBA launches call for papers for its 2021 Policy Research Workshop
  • ESMA sees high risk for investors in non-regulated crypto assets

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 17 March 2021 in Case C‑459/19, The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs Vs. Wellcome Trust Ltd
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Harmonisation of fiscal legislation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Articles 43 and 44 - Place of supply of services to a taxable person acting as such - Place of supply of investment management services received by a charitable organisation for a non-economic business activity from suppliers established outside the European Union
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation / VAT) of 31 March 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Where a worker has concluded more than one employment contract with the same employer, the minimum daily rest period applies to the contracts taken as a whole and not to each of the contracts taken separately (See CPR Nº 41/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-585/19, Academia de Studii Economice din Bucureşti)

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 22 March 2021
  • The College appoints a new Director for the department for energy - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • A Member State may not authorise a method of capture of birds leading to by-catch where that by-catch is likely to cause harm other than negligible harm to the species concerned (See CPR Nº 40/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-900/19, Association One Voice and Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - International Chemicals / Synergies of 19 March 2021 
    - Biosafety of 23 March 2021
  • Minutes of the 83rd meeting of the Nitrates Committee and meeting of the Nitrates Expert Group of 11 March 2021
  • LIFE programme – Council adopts its position at first reading
  • Draft Commission Implementing Decision on setting up a mandatory digital information exchange mechanism according to Directive 2002/49/EC (environmental noise)

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Member State court is required to exercise the power conferred on it by national law to make a declaration that that Member State has failed correctly to transpose a directive and is required to take remedial steps in that regard (See CPR Nº 42/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-64/20, An tAire Talmhaíochta Bia agus Mara, Éire agus an tArd-Aighne)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices of 23 March 2021
  • Methodology for the technical assessment of test products assisting in determining tobacco products with a characterising flavour (approved on 11 March 2021)
  • Presentations - EC-DG SANTE/HMA-CTFG/EMA joint training on the Clinical Trials Regulation (EU) 536/2014 (9-10 March 2021)
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question

DIGITAL INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Terrorist content online: Council adopts new rules

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Space: 10th Anniversary of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Safety of Life (SoL) Service

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: JHA Counsellors (Frontiers) / Mixed Committee (EU-Iceland/Liechtenstein/Norway/Switzerland) of 19 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Cooperation in Criminal Matters (COPEN - E-evidence) of 24 March 2021

BREXIT

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/457 of 13 January 2021 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/161 as regards a derogation from the obligation of wholesalers to decommission the unique identifier of products exported to the United Kingdom
  • EU, Norway and the United Kingdom conclude key fisheries arrangements on North Sea - IP/21/1206

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Remarks by EVP Dombrovskis at the informal ECOFIN press conference
  • Interview with Isabel Schnabel, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Guillaume Benoit, Elsa Conesa, Lucie Robequain and Sophie Rolland
  • Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 12 March 2021
  • ECB offers more leeway to banks over pandemic-hit balance sheets - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 14th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe: EU ambassadors greenlight final compromise text with a view to an agreement with the EP
  • Joint press release following the 6th Association council meeting between the European Union and Georgia