EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Commissioner Breton in Latvia and Estonia to accelerate ramping-up of vaccine production  - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Funerals and weddings with hundreds in attendance during periods of measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Terms and conditions of the agreements concluded with pharmaceutical companies/consortia for the development and purchase of COVID 19 vaccines (III)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Transparency over EU vaccine procurement contracts
  • Europe's vaccine disarray - Financial Times

    STATE AID
  • Commission authorizes French aid scheme to compensate ski-lift operators for damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (SA.60949) - IP/12/1224
  • Commission approves €3 million Czech scheme to support tour operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.60280) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Report confirms SURE's success in protecting jobs and incomes - IP/21/1209, see the Report 

COMPETITION

  • Action brought on 5 February 2021 - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and Cephalon v Commission (Case T-74/21)
    Re: annulment of Commission decision C(2020) 8153 Final of 26 November 2020 in its entirety
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10151 - Linde/Sipchem/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10088 - PAI Partners/Euro Ethnic Foods)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10166 - Latour Capital/Watling Street Capital Partners/Funecap Groupe)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10183 - AustralianSuper/CPPIB/Transurban/Transurban Chesapeake)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10161 - The Goldman Sachs Group/Warburg Pincus/Good Host Spaces)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Guala by Investindustrial (M.10118) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Appeal brought on 27 January 2021 by Lietuvos geležinkeliai AB against the judgment of the General Court of 18 November 2020 in Case T-814/17, Lietuvos geležinkeliai Vs. Commission (Case C-42/21 P)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Appeal brought on 28 December 2020 by Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Co. Ltd against the judgment of the General Court of 15 October 2020 in Case T-307/18, Zhejiang Jiuli Hi-Tech Metals Vs. Commission - Case C-718/20 P
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Association Committee in Trade configuration and in the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part, as regards a favourable opinion to the comprehensive roadmap approved by the Georgian Government for the implementation of the legislation related to public procurement and recognizing the completion of phase 1 of Annex XVI-B of the Association Agreement - See the Annex
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Impact of trade agreements signed by the UK with third countries
  • WTO - United States appeals panel report regarding US duties on Korean products

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Appointment of Steven Maijoor to the Governing Board of the Dutch Central Bank
  • The EBA takes steps to address ‘de-risking’ practices 

ENERGY

  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Strengthening the common foreign policy by establishing an Energy Union

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2021/476 of 16 March 2021 establishing the EU Ecolabel criteria for hard covering products
  • World Water Day: Joint Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
  • EU solidarity in action: Commission proposes €86.7 million for the recent natural disasters in France and Greece - IP/21/1268
  • Climate diplomacy: EU, China and Canada co-convene the 5th Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) - Midday Express
  • Safe and resilient forests: Commission works for wildfire prevention in Europe and globally - IP/21/1225, see the Guidelines

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Indicators on hospital beds updated with most recent Eurostat statistics (ECHI 62)
  • Indicators on medical technologies (MRI units and CT scanners) updated with most recent Eurostat statistics (ECHI 66)  
  • Video recording - EU Health Policy Platform 2020 Thematic Networks (3 March 2021)
  • Ending tuberculosis is a race against time and drug resistance - ECDC Press release & Surveillance report - 22 March 2021

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Report: 74th Radio Spectrum Committee - Decision n° 676/2002/EC of 09-10 March 2021
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market For Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC [14124/20- COM(2020) 825 final] - Opinion on the application of the Principles of Subsidiarity and Proportionality
  • Answer given by VP Jourova to a MEP written question - Digital Services Act and aggressive lobbying by Google
  • Answer given by VP Jourova to a MEP written question - Accusations of voter fraud in the US and EU action plan against disinformation
  • EU infighting threatens push to curb Big Tech influence - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on a proposal for an amendment of Council Directive 2011/16/EU relating to administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (The full text of this Opinion can be found in English, French and German on the EDPS website)
  • Agenda for: Informal VTC of the Members of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues & Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 24 March 2021
  • Cybersecurity: Council adopts conclusions on the EU's cybersecurity strategy
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union, repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148 [14150/20 - COM(2020) 823 final] - Opinion on the application of the Principles of Subsidiarity and Proportionality
  • Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proposal for a Directive on measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union, repealing Directive (EU) 2016 /1148 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Migration: Vice-President Schinas met with Ministers ahead of the MED 5 Informal Ministerial Meeting - Midday Express

 ‎FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 24 March 2021
  • 17th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021
  • Agenda for Working Party on General Affairs of 22 March 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Myanmar/Burma: EU sanctions 11 people over the recent military coup and ensuing repression - See the Regulations & Decisions
  • EU sets up the European Peace Facility
  • Joint press release by the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission following their video conference with President Erdoğan 
  • Historic EU sanctions on China to herald tough decisions to come - Bloc must negotiate complex relations with Beijing as US pressure for action grows - Financial Times