EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: new procedure to facilitate and speed up approval of adapted vaccines against COVID-19 variants - IP/21/1088
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by Member States without a joint purchasing agreement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modification of Spanish schemes, including €10 billion budget increase for aid of limited amount, to further support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak - IP/21/1351
  • Commission approves €100 million support in favour of Greek oil and gas company Energean affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.58824) - Midday Express

TRADE

  • Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines - IP/21/1352, FaQ, see the Regulation - Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis
  • EU prepares to tighten vaccine export rules after UK spat - Controls would allow Brussels to block shipments to countries not sharing production and take into account whether they are ahead in their rollout - Financial Times 

ECONOMY

  • Commission goes to the market for the sixth time under SURE, raises further €13 billion amid strong demand
  • Coronavirus: more online risks for children and more digital skills for parents to mitigate them
  • Socioeconomic impact of Covid-19 on gender equality - Research note 

DIGITAL SOCIETY

  • Coronavirus: more online risks for children and more digital skills for parents to mitigate them - See JRC Report

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10156 - TIAA/AP1/AP2/GPIF/Target)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10121 - Platinum Equity Group/Ingram Micro)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10081- KION/Jungheinrich/HSP)
  • Commission clears acquisition of GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica, subject to conditions (M.9569) - IP/21/1348
  • Poland - Polish sports-equipment supplier Spokey has been fined almost 570,000 złoty ($147,000) by the national competition authority
  • Spain - The CNMC clears, subject to conditions, the merger by absorption of BANKIA, S.A. by CAIXABANK, S.A.
  • UK - Competition and Markets Authority Annual Plan 2021 to 2022

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €146.5 million Austrian support in favour of companies joining research and innovation project in microelectronics - IP/21/1343 
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid for the self-employed in Poland
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Inconsistencies between Technology Readiness Levels and the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER), and the Commission’s proposed amendment to clarify Recital 47 of the GBER - the Commission must clear up existing confusion about this and connected documents 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: EP INTA Committee of 25 March 2021
  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 29 March 2021
  • Dual-use goods: what are they and why are new rules needed? - See the EP Statement
  • WTO members consider EU-Singapore, Peru-Australia trade agreements
  • Post-COVID-19 recovery must not leave anyone behind - DG Okonjo-Iweala at Aid for Trade event
  • Nord Stream 2 impasse threatens transatlantic ties - Berlin’s inflexibility risks alienating a US administration that wants to stand up to Russia – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) of 29 March 2021
  • Minutes of 1st meeting of the Industry Forum expert group of 01 February 2021
  • Minutes of 81st meeting of the Expert Group on the Implementation of the Services Directive of 17 December 2020
  • Commission launches open access publishing platform for scientific papers - IP/21/1262
  • Islands of the EU: State of play and future challenges - ‎Study for the EP Committee on Regional Development
  • EUIPO erroneously declared invalid a design of a brick of a LEGO toy building set (See CPR No 48/2021 - Judgment in Case T-515/19, Lego Vs. EUIPO - Delta Sport Handelskontor (Élément de construction d'une boîte de jeu de construction)

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Public Procurement of 29 March 2021
  • Minutes of the meeting of the Commission Stakeholder Expert Group on Public Procurement of 30 November 2020
  • EU law precludes a national practice by which a candidate excluded from a public procurement procedure may rely, in that candidate’s appeal against the decision to admit the bid of another tenderer, only on the infringement of the principle of equality in the assessment of bids (See CPR No 47/2021 - Judgment in Case C-771/19, NAMA and Others)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Judgment of the Court of 24 March 2021 in Case C‑950/19, A intervening party: Patentti- ja rekisterihallituksen tilintarkastuslautakunta,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Company law - Directive 2006/43/EC - Statutory audit of annual and consolidated accounts - Article 22a(1)(a) - Recruitment of a statutory auditor by an audited entity - Waiting period - Prohibition on taking up a key management post in the audited entity - Infringement - Gravity and duration of the infringement - Expression ‘taking up a post’ - Scope - Conclusion of an employment contract with the audited entity - Independence of statutory auditors - External appearance
  • Speech by Steven Maijoor at ESMA 10 Year Anniversary Conference
  • ESMA has updated its statement on the application of key provisions of the Benchmark Regulation (BMR)
  • ESMA appoints new chair of Market Integrity Standing Committee
  • CCP Supervisory Committee Chair delivers keynote speech at the Derivatives Forum Frankfurt 2021
  • Wirecard: MEPs call for new audit rules, protection for whistle-blowers and EU supervision  

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for : Meeting of the Expert Group on Waste (Waste Classification & POP waste) of 25 March 2021
  • Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans' remarks at the 5th Ministerial for Climate Action
  • Motorised transport: train, plane, road or boat - which is greenest? - see EEA Statement &  Annual Report

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • 2020 Annual Report on EudraVigilance for the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission
  • EFSA - Veterinary drug residues: compliance still high 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Lorry, motor coach and bus drivers who, during an inspection, do not produce the record sheets for the tachograph relating to the current day and the previous 28 days are subject to a single penalty, irrespective of the number of missing record sheets (See CPR No 45/2021 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-870/19, C-871/19, Prefettura Ufficio territoriale del governo di Firenze)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for temporary derogations from Directive 2002/58/EC for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online  

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Drugs Strategy 2021-2025 – Introduction – Aim, foundations and approach  
  • The jurisdiction of the court of a Member State that is seised of an action relating to parental responsibility cannot be based on Article 10 of the Brussels II bis Regulation in a case of abduction of a child to a third State (See CPR No 46/2021 - Judgment in Case C-603/20, PPU, MCP)
  • Security Union: New EU-funded projects to protect public spaces against terrorist threats - Midday Express

BREXIT

  • Guidance - Brexit Transition: Moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland firms hit by EU state aid restrictions on UK Covid loans - Officials warn lenders that local companies may be ‘ineligible’ for the new scheme - Financial Times
  • Interpretation and implementation of Article 50 TEU Legal and institutional assessment - Study for the EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs 

‎FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 18th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 March 2021 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • MEPs continue to firmly condemn human rights abuses in China  
  • MEPs hope for diplomatic thaw before decision on China deal - Brussels’ bureaucratic hurdles could buy time for de-escalation of Beijing spat - Financial Times
  • Sanctions row threatens EU-China investment deal - Diplomatic escalation between Brussels and Beijing deepens uncertainty over treaty - Financial Times