EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • EMA advises against use of ivermectin for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19 outside randomised clinical trials
  • Johnson seeks to end UK-Brussels stand-off over AstraZeneca vaccine - Financial Times
  • EU jab reallocation plan set to deepen tensions with Austria - Financial Times
  • Kurz’s vaccine broadsides against Brussels mask problems at home - Financial Times

TRADE

  • Draft Report on trade related aspects and implications of COVID-1

    ECONOMY
  • SURE: Commission welcomes Council decision to approve €230 million to Estonia - Midday Express

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Support for low- and middle-income countries in accessing COVID-19 vaccines

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10099 - Arch/Kelso/Warburg/Watford)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10185 - Pierer Industrie/Palfinger/FSS/Jetfly)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10133 - Astorg/Nordic Capital/Novo/Bioclinica)
  • Germany Bundeskartellamt has no objections to Sana’s participation in Klinikum Niederlausitz
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Czech Republic -The appeals of three Olomouc exchange offices against a decision in which fines exceeding a total of CZK 2 million were imposed on these competitors for participating in a cartel agreement has been rejected
  • Greece - Clearance of the proposed acquisition by «Belterra Investments Limited» of sole control over «Melbery Investments Limited»
  • Greece - Anonymous reporting of information (whistleblowing)
  • The Netherlands - Commitments help realize a level playing field in container transport for inland shippers in the port of Rotterdam
  • The OECD-GVH Regional Education Center hosted a virtual seminar for participants from 22 countries

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €146.5 million Austrian support in favour of companies joining research and innovation project in microelectronics (SA.56606) - IP/21/1343

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 29 November 2021
  • Minutes of the Customs Code Committee - General Customs Legislation section of 03 February 2021
  • Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations with Angola for an agreement on investment facilitation
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the Association Committee in Trade configuration and in the Association Council established by the Association Agreement between the EU 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
  • Draft Recommendation by MEP Maximilian Krah on the Proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the EU, of the agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the Union and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/486 of 15 March 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the EU in the written procedure by the Participants to the Sector Understanding on Export Credits for Civil Aircraft contained in Annex III to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits as regards the Common Line on the temporary deferral of loan principal repayment
  • Strengthening the EU's autonomy – Commission seeks input on a new anti-coercion instrument - IP/21/1325 - Feedback period: 23 March 2021 - 15 June 2021
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-US Tariffs in November 2020 
  • WTO - DG Okonjo-Iweala continues outreach to members with Ottawa Group ministers
  • WTO members hold March cluster of fisheries subsidies meetings

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Procurement of 29 March 2021
  • Agenda for: 15 th COSME Committee information session of 24 March 2021
  • Final version of the ERAC-SFIC work programme 2021-22
  • Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annexes VII to XI to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) - Decision not to oppose adoption
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/488 of 22 March 2021 amending Implementing Decisions (EU) 2020/174 and (EU) 2020/1167 as regards the use of the approved innovative technologies in certain passenger cars and in light commercial vehicles capable of running on liquefied petroleum gas, compressed natural gas and E85
  • Commission Notice - Guidelines for economic operators and market surveillance authorities on the practical implementation of Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products
  • Commission Notice - Guidance document for the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/515 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mutual recognition of goods lawfully marketed in another Member State
  • Commission Notice - Guide on Articles 34-36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Retail payments: Council supports action to promote instant payments and EU-wide payment solutions
  • Targeted consultation on the designation of a statutory replacement rate for CHF LIBOR - Consultation period 23 March 2021 - 18 May 2021

TAXATION

  • Taxation: Council adopts new rules to strengthen administrative cooperation and include sales through digital platforms
  • OECD’s incoming chief confident of global deal on taxing multinationals - Mathias Cormann warns EU against carbon border levy that will have ‘implications’ for trade - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Investment plan: the European Investment Bank is co-financing the construction of the Calvados offshore wind farm to the tune of 350 million euros - IP/21/1324

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Biodiversity: Commission launches virtual Pollinator Park
  • President von der Leyen, Executive Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuiness take part in Investing in Climate Action event - see the Joint op-ed article by Ursula von der Leyen & Werner Hoyer 

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Minutes - Joint Meeting of the Shadow Health Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee and of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (4 March 2021)
  • Dual food quality: Commission releases study on sensory differences in food products - IP/21/1301

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Joint Statement by ETNO and the GSMA on the European Green Digital Coalition

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the New pact on Migration and Asylum (The full text of this Opinion can be found in English, French and German on the EDPS website)  
  • Summary of the Preliminary Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the European Health Data Space (The full text of this Opinion can be found in English, French and German on the EDPS website
  • ENISA releases new guidelines to facilitate the reporting of security incidents by national telecom security authorities

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • A strike organised by a trade union of the staff of an air carrier that is intended in particular to secure pay increases does not fall within the concept of an ‘extraordinary circumstance’ capable of releasing the airline from its obligation to pay compensation for cancellation or long delay in respect of the flights concerned (See CPR Nº 44/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-28/20, Airhelp)
  • Agenda of 29th Land Transport Security of 14 April 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • International role of the euro: President Donohoe's report to the President of the Euro Summit
  • Consensus grows that EU must avoid past fiscal mistakes - European finance ministers have agreed not to withdraw support to economies prematurely - Financial Times
  • EU risks snatching defeat from the jaws of victory - Financial Times

BREXIT

  • Opinion No 1/2021 (pursuant to Article 322 TFEU) concerning the proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (COM(2020) 854 final)

‎FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 24 March 2021
  • Possible items for College agendas - 24 March 2021 – 27 April 2021
  • EU’s dirty dozen pour cold water on Conference on Future of Europe - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU imposes further sanctions over serious violations of human rights around the world (See Regulation (EU) 2021/478, Decision (CFSP) 2021/481 & Notice 1 & 2)
  • Myanmar/Burma: EU sanctions 11 people over the recent military coup and ensuing repression - (See Regulation (EU) 2021/479, Regulation (EU) 2021/480, Decision (CFSP) 2021/482, Decision (CFSP) 2021/483 & Notice 1, 2 & 3)
  • Readout of the telephone conversation between President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin
  • UK sanctions perpetrators of gross human rights violations in Xinjiang, alongside EU, Canada and US
  • Nepal, Philippines and South East Asia: EU allocates €11 million for disaster preparedness and humanitarian aid - IP/21/1282
  • Yemen: Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by Saudi Arabia
  • Foreign Affairs Council: Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borrell at the press conference