EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the Read-out of the College meeting/Press conference on the Commission's response to COVID-19
  • ECDC - Stress test on logistical aspects of COVID-19 vaccination deployment plans for the Western Balkans: final report
  • ECDC - Introducing a coherent European framework for tuning COVID-19 response measures - Technical Report

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €350 million Finnish support to Finavia in the context of the coronavirus outbreak - IP/21/1210
  • Commission approves €1 million Luxembourgish scheme to support pig farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62239) - Midday Express

MOBILITY

  • Council Recommendation amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 of 13 October 2020 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic notification from Liechtenstein
  • Commissioner Breton in Denmark to discuss ramping-up of vaccine production and the Digital Green Certificate

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 March 2021 in Case C-440/19, Pometon SpA Vs. European Commission 
    Re: Appeal - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - European market for abrasive metal shot - Participation in bilateral and multilateral contacts aimed at coordinating prices throughout the EEA - 'Hybrid' procedure leading successively to the adoption of a settlement decision and a decision at the end of an ordinary procedure - Article 41 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU - Duty of impartiality of the European Commission - Article 48 - Presumption of innocence - Obligation to state reasons - Single and continuous infringement - Duration of the infringement - Equal treatment - Full jurisdiction
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10193 - OTPP/IFM/Enwave Energy Canada)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10148 - FCA/EEPS/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9728 - Altice/OMERS/Allianz/Covage)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9554 - Elanco Animal Health/Bayer Animal Health Division)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Watford by Arch, Kelso and Warburg (M.10099) - Midday Express
  • Factual summary of the contributions received in the context of the public consultation on the evaluation of the Motor Vehicles Block Exemption Regulation (EU) No 461/2010
  • Antitrust officials unlikely to appeal Qualcomm case to Supreme Court - Wall Street Journal

STATE AID

Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question -

  • Commission authorises rescue aid in the form of a €40 million loan from the French State to CNIM (SA.62120) - Midday Express
  • Commission concludes that change of service provider for water and waste-water services in Rostock area in northern Germany does not raise State aid concerns (SA.48706) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €4 million Slovenian scheme to support enterprises active in apple production (SA.62223) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) of 24 March 2021
  • "List of Items” of Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs - Trade) of 22 March 2021
  • Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1749 of 7 October 2020 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items
  • Answer to a written question - EU relations with Communist China, repressive totalitarian tactics used against European companies and effects of the investment agreement  
  • ‎DDG Wolff: Africa is a priority for the WTO
  • WTO - The 3rd review of the trade policies and practices of Mongolia takes place on 17 and 19 March 2021

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission launches European Innovation Council to help turn scientific ideas into breakthrough innovations - IP/21/1185, FactSheet & Speech by President von der Leyen
  • Chemicals - Explosives – QaA concerning the Implementation of Directive 93/15/EEC
  • The Council adopted the regulation establishing the InvestEU programme
  • Notice on tools to fight collusion in public procurement and on guidance on how to apply the related exclusion ground

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EU bank crisis management and deposit insurance framework: Commissions hosts virtual event with key policy figures - Midday Express
  • Pension scheme arrangements – exemption from clearing obligation (1-year extension) - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 16 March 2021 - 13 April 2021
  • EBA consults on its revised Guidelines on recovery plan indicators
  • EBA consults on its draft Guidelines for institutions and resolution authorities on improving resolvability
  • Webinar on ESMA's report on trends, risks and vulnerabilities no.1 2021

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 March 2021 in Case C-388/19, MK Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Direct taxation - Taxation of capital gains on immovable property - Free movement of capital - Basis of assessment - Discrimination - Option to be taxed in the same way as residents - Compliance with Union law
  • Judgment of the Court of 18 March 2021 in Case C-895/19, A. Vs. Dyrektor Krajowej Informacji Skarbowej, in the presence of : Rzecznik Małych i Średnich Przedsiębiorców
    Re: Preliminary reference - Indirect taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Intra-Community acquisition of goods - Deduction of input tax due in respect of such an acquisition - Formal requirements - Substantive requirements - Time-limit for lodging the tax return - Principles of tax neutrality and proportionality
  • Judgment of the Court of 18 March 2021 in Case C-48/20, UAB "P." Vs. Dyrektor Izby Skarbowej w B.,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 203 - Tax wrongly charged - Good faith on the part of the issuer of the invoice - Risk of loss of tax revenue - Obligations of the Member States to provide for the possibility of regularisation of tax wrongly charged - Principles of fiscal neutrality and proportionality
  • Opinion of Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard ØE of 18 March 2021 in Case C-855/19, G. sp. z o.o. v Dyrektor Izby Administracji Skarbowej w Bydgoszczy
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of value added tax - Intra-Community acquisition of motor fuels - Obligation to pay tax in advance - Period of five days from the introduction of the motor fuels into the national territory - Article 110 TFEU - Prohibition on levying higher internal taxes on products from other Member States - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 27(1)(b) of the Treaty on European Union. Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 273 - Measures to prevent fraud - Articles 62 and 69 - Chargeability of tax - None - Article 206 - Concept of 'instalments' - Instalment relating to tax not due - Basis of calculation - Gross amount calculated on a taxable transaction - Net amount of tax calculated over the entire taxable period

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Post 2020 CAP reform package: Proposals to make CAP implementation simpler - Information from the French delegation, on behalf of the Austrian, Cyprus, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Luxembourg, Polish, Romanian and Spanish delegations
  • Wine fraud – EU database for chemical analysis to protect the identity, origin and quality of wines (implementing rules) - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 16 March 2021 - 13 April 2021

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 18 March 2021 in Case C‑282/19, YT, ZU, AW, BY, CX, DZ,EA, FB, GC, IE, JF, KG, LH, MI, NY, PL, HD, OK Vs. Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca – MIUR, Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per la Campania, joined parties: Federazione GILDA-UNAMS
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Fixed-term work - Directive 1999/70/EC - Contracts concluded with public-sector teachers of the Catholic faith– Absence of measures aimed at preventing abusive recourse to fixed-term contracts - Clause 5(1) of the Framework Agreement annexed to Directive 1999/70/EC – Objective reasons justifying renewal of fixed-term contracts - Remedies - Article 17(1) TFEU on the status of religious groups - Articles 20, 21 and 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights - Constitutional impediments to the application of EU law

ENERGY

  • According to Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona, the principle of energy solidarity can be used to review the lawfulness of acts of the EU institutions in energy-related matters (See CPR Nº 43/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-848/19 P, Germany Vs. Poland)
  • Keynote speech by President von der Leyen at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 22 and 24 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global) of 23 March 2021
  • 8th Environment Action Programme: Member States ready to start negotiations with Parliament
  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a General Union Environment Action Programme to 2030 - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
  • Sustainable products initiative - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 17 March 2021 - 09 June 2021
  • Funding clean technologies  proposed changes to Innovation Fund application procedure - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 17 March 2021 - 14 April 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • EU Platform on Food Losses & Waste: Stepping up action to fight food waste in the EU and worldwide - Midday Express
  • ECDC - Risk Assessment: Emergence of hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae ST23 carrying carbapenemase genes in EU/EEA countries
  • Member State Data on cross-border patient healthcare following Directive 2011/24/EU - Year 2019 
  • Indicators on Birth rate, crude and Total fertility rate updated with most recent Eurostat statistics (ECHI 2 & 4)

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • BEREC adopts Opinion on the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive and Digital Markets Act, as well as Guidelines on Geographical surveys
  • BEREC’s Opinion on the revision of the Broadband Cost Reduction Directive 
  • Fight breaks out between Ireland and Germany over Big Tech regulation - Simmering tensions about alleged lack of enforcement by Dublin burst into public – Financial Times

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Judgment of the Court of 18 March 2021 in Case C‑578/19, X Vs. Kuoni Travel Ltd, intervener: ABTA Ltd
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 90/314/EEC - Article 5(2), third indent - Package travel, package holidays and package tours - Contract concerning package travel concluded between a travel organiser and a consumer - Liability of the travel organiser for the proper performance of obligations arising from the contract by other suppliers of services - Damage resulting from the acts of an employee of a supplier of services - Exemption from liability - Event that cannot be foreseen or forestalled by the travel organiser or the supplier of services - Concept of a ‘supplier of services’

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of advocate General Bobek of 18 March 2021 in Case C‑546/18, FN, GM, Adler Real Estate AG, HL, Petrus Advisers LLP joined parties: Übernahmekommission
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Finality of decisions taken at the close of administrative procedures - Directive 2004/25/EC - Interpretation in conformity with EU law
  • Opinion of advocate General Bobek of 18 March 2021 in Case C-605/18, Adler Real Estate AG, Petrus Advisers LLP, GM joined parties: Finanzmarktaufsichtsbehörde (FMA)
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Transparency requirements in relation to securities admitted to trading on a regulated market situated or operating within a Member State - Notification of ‘major holdings’ by ‘persons acting in concert’ - Directive 2004/109/EC - ‘Requirements more stringent’ - ‘Supervision’ by an authority designated under Directive 2004/25/EC
  • Security Union: Commission launches public consultation to evaluate the work of the EU Agency for law enforcement training - Feedback period: 18 March 2021 - 13 May 2021
  • European political parties and foundations – review of rules on legal status and funding - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 17 March 2021 - 14 April 2021 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB starts publishing compounded euro short-term rate (€STR) average rates on 15 April 2021
  • Networking the yield curve: implications for monetary policy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2532
  • Forbearance vs foreclosure in a general equilibrium model - ECB Working Paper Series No.2531
  • Christine Lagarde: Hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament  

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 15th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • Joint Declaration of the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission on the Conference on the Future of Europe – Engaging with citizens for democracy – Building a more resilient Europe

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela
  • EU mediation in Georgia’s political crisis tests Brussels’ clout - Peace talks have ramification for Tbilisi and EU’s ability to influence events in own backyard – Financial Times