EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2021/472 of 17 March 2021 on a common approach to establish a systematic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in wastewaters in the EU
  • EMA - COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca: benefits still outweigh the risks despite possible link to rare blood clots with low blood platelets - Financial Times
  • Statement following the European Medicines Agency review of the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19: approving Chinese, American and Russian vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Uneven supply of COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Agreements with pharmaceutical companies on COVID-19 vaccines

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €45 million Irish scheme to support companies active in the beef sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62293) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €25 million French aid scheme for the horticulture sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.62255) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3 million Latvian scheme to support small farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62195) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Thematic digest: When and how to unwind COVID-support measures to the banking system - Briefing - EP ECON Committee

TRADE

  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - COVID-19 vaccination in partner countries (ACP)
  • EU threat on vaccine exports exposes risk to supply chain - Financial Times

MOBILITY

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10157 - Aurubis/TSR Recycling/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10159 - Infosys/Daimler (Certain Assets and Personnel))
  • Commission clears acquisition of Eaton Hydraulics by Danfoss, subject to conditions (M.9820) - IP/21/1243
  • Commission approves acquisition of real estate in France by TIAA, AP1, AP2 and GPIF (M.10156) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Ingram Micro Inc. by Platinum Equity Group (M.10121) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of KiK by Tengelmann (M.10179) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Korean Hydrogen JV by Linde Korea and Hyosung (M.10192) - Midday Express
  • France -  The Autorité de la concurrence rejects the referral filed by Singing Studio in the karaoke sector for lack of evidence
  • Germany - Edeka’s acquisition of Real stores only partly cleared - Edeka can only acquire 45 stores without conditions
  • Greece - Nationwide survey in the context of the Sector Inquiry on e-commerce
  • Hungary - GVH investigates drug wholesaler system
  • Romania - The Competition Council is carrying out an investigation regarding a possible abuse of a dominant position of Telekom Romania Communications SA
  • UK - CMA requires Countryside and Taylor Wimpey to remove leasehold terms
  • UK - Quick guide to UK merger assessment: CMA18
  • UK - Updated CMA Merger Assessment Guidelines published
  • Apple’s move to increase privacy strengthens its walled garden - Facebook is leading the opposition to making tracking services opt-in for customers - Financial Times

STATE AID 

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - ases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Romania - State aid SA.59974 (2020/N) (ex SA.58053 (2020/PN)) - Restructuring of Complexul Energetic Oltenia SA (CE Oltenia) - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Commission refers United Kingdom to European Court for failure to fully recover illegal tax exemption aid of up to around €100 million in Gibraltar - IP/21/1266

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 24 March 2021
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/469 of 18 March 2021 accepting a request for new exporting producer treatment with regard to the definitive anti-dumping measures imposed on imports of ceramic tableware and kitchenware originating in the People’s Republic of China and amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1198
  • Ongoing bilateral and regional negotiations - State of play of the Free trade agreements and other agreements - March 2021
  • Canada: CETA & Canadian Intellectual Property Rights - Report
  • Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking Event 2021
  • India-EU trade talks may see progress at Portugal summit - Bilaterals.org

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Sustainable Finance: Commission welcomes the advice by the Platform on Sustainable Finance on financing the transition - See the Full Text
  • EBA acknowledges adoption by the European Commission of standards on institutions’ public disclosures
  • EBA updates phase 2 of its 3.0 reporting framework
  • ESMA clarifies application of position limits pending MiFID II change 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 22 & 24 March 2021 
  • Press statement by Commissioner Sinkevičius after the informal video conference of the EU Ministers for Environment

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices of 23 March 2021
  • Save the date - Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting! (10 May 2021)  
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the 17th Plenary meeting, Luxembourg, 3-4 March 2021
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on certain organic chemicals emitted from squishy toys of 11 March 2021 and of 23 February 2021
  • SCHEER - Minutes of the Working Group meeting on safety of breast implants in relation to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) of 10 March 2021

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET / DATA PRIVACY

  • Digital Day 2021: EU countries commit to key digital initiatives for Europe's Digital Decade - IP/21/1186
  • The ENISA-ERA Conference: “Cybersecurity in Railways” presented the latest cybersecurity developments and highlighted the main challenges in the field
  • ENISA has provided a statement with an assessment and advice on Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities - See the Report
  • UK - Secretary of State for the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport and the Information Commissioner sign Memorandum of Understanding on data adequacy

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Land Transport (Rail and Road) of 24 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Shipping of 23 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Aviation of 23 March 2021

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Border management: Commission welcomes political agreement towards making European Travel Information and Authorisation System operational - IP/21/802
  • European travel information and authorisation system (ETIAS): Council Presidency and European Parliament provisionally agree on rules for accessing relevant databases
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Anti-Racism Summit
  • Migrant smuggling: Commission launches public consultation on new EU actions - Feedback period: 19 March 2021 - 14 May 2021
  • Coast guard cooperation: 3 EU Agencies strengthen cooperation in support of Member States - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Opening address by Paschal Donohoe at the Hertie School on "Coordinating Euro Area fiscal policy to drive an inclusive recovery"
  • Update on Wirecard case: public hearing - Briefing - EP ECON Committee
  • ECB warns of systematic risk to companies from climate change - Financial Times

BREXIT

  • The European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks: 26 September to 25 December 2020

‎FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) of 22 March 2021 - see the 'Background Brief', List of 'A Items' & 'Additional List'
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/276 of 22 February 2021 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela
  • European Commission welcomes the endorsement of the new €79.5 billion NDICI-Global Europe instrument to support EU's external action - IP/21/1267
  • Turkey: Joint Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on latest actions regarding the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
  • Declaration by the HR on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March 2021
  • Operation Irini: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell following his meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio
  • Ukraine: Statement by G7 Foreign Ministers
  • EU drawn into US disputes with Russia and China - euObserver