EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Vaccines: Commission hosts first EU matchmaking event to mobilise Europe's full potential for the production of COVID-19 vaccines - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Response to serious suspicions published in the media regarding the approval of a coronavirus vaccine by the EMA
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Responsibility of the three European institutions with regard to the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in the EU/EEA: challenges and good practice - ECDC Technical Report

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €24.7 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.61676) - IP/21/1423
  • Commission approves Czech guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak and modification to existing guarantee scheme for loans to large exporting companiesT (SA.61470 and SA.61824) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves modifications to four Hungarian schemes to support companies in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62250, SA.62359 and SA.62268) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €6.5 million Belgian scheme to support pig farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62393) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 laying down a general framework for securitisation and creating a specific framework for simple, transparent and standardised securitisation to help the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
  • Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 as regards adjustments to the securitisation framework to support the economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 crisis 
  • Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on EU industries -  Study - EP ITRE ommittee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • COVID-19: EU helps to deliver vaccines to Moldova and medical items to Montenegro and North Macedonia - IP/21/1481

COMPETITION

  • Commission announces evaluation results and follow-up measures on jurisdictional and procedural aspects of EU merger control – IP/21/1384 & Working Document
  • Revision of certain procedural aspects of EU merger control - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 26 March 2021 - 23 April 2021
  • Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of Capveriant by Caisse des dépôts et consignations and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (M.10043) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Preserving fair competition – a new kind of technology gatekeeper in the sector of artificial intelligence and data
  • Cyprus - Notification of concentration regarding the acquisition of the share capital of M.T. Mediterranean Towers Limited by The Blackstone Group Inc., via Phoenix Tower International Development LLC
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt gives green light for Emergency Platform for Vaccination Equipment - Also no objection to participation of pharmaceutical wholesalers
  • Poland - UOKiK to take over the control of Orlen - PGNiG concentration from the European Commission

STATE AID

  • Appeal brought on 3 December 2020 by Lico Leasing, S.A.U and Pequeños y Medianos Astilleros Sociedad de Reconversión, S.A. against the judgment of the General Court (Eighth Chamber, Extended Composition) delivered on 23 September 2020 in Joined Case T-515/13 RENV and T-719/13 RENV Kingdom of Spain and Others Vs. Commission (Case C-658/20 P)
  • Action brought on 12 February 2021 - Condor Flugdienst Vs. Commission (Case T-87/21)
  • Action brought on 3 February 2021 - Ryanair and AMS Vs. Commission (Case T-79/21)
    Re: annul the defendant’s decision (EU) of 2 August 2019 on State aid SA.47867 2018/C (ex 2017/FC) granted by France to Ryanair and Airport Marketing Services
  • Commission approves modified German support scheme for offshore wind energy (SA.57610) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Redundancies at Siemens Gamesa in Spain and EU aid

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth
    - Internal Market of 12 & 15 April 2021 
    - Industry of 30 March 2021
  • EU countries' authorities responsible for implementing the directive – Toy safety Directive
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Protection of the ‘Made in Italy’ footwear sector from the crisis caused by the impact of COVID-19, relocations and unfair competition from China
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Closure of TE Connectivity in Montcada i Reixac
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Supply chains out of China

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Technical negotiations concluded on UK – EU Memorandum of Understanding
  • ESAs publish Joint Opinion on jurisdictional scope under the Securitisation Regulation
  • ESMA - Summary of conclusions Board of Supervisors - 28 January 2021
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Management Board - 3 March 2021
  • ESMA advises on framework for data reporting service providers
  • ESMA consults on the framework for EU Money Market Funds
  • ESMA updates Q&A on inducements
  • UK and EU begin diverging on financial regulation after Brexit - Prospects for supervisory ‘equivalence’ fade as each side pursues differing rules - Financial Times

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE

  • Agenda for: Committee for the Farm Accountancy Data Network of 13 April 2021
  • Organic farming - list of products & substances authorised in organic production (update) - Implementing regulation - Feedback period: 26 March 2021 - 23 April 2021
  • Labelling of alcoholic beverages – use of allusions (updated technical specifications) - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 26 March 2021 - 23 April 2021  
  • Labelling of alcoholic beverages – use of compound terms (updated technical specifications) - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 26 March 2021 - 23 April 2021 

ENERGY

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Drug resistance - criteria for identifying antimicrobial medicines reserved for treating humans - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 26 March 2021 - 23 April 2021
  • Updated - Ongoing guidance development within MDCG Subgroups
  • The sustainable development goals and hepatitis B and C in the EU/EEA - ECDC Technical Report 

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Speech by Commissioner Reynders at American Chamber of Commerce on the Digital Transatlantic Economy

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

TRANSPORT

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Aviation of 15 April 2021
  • European Year of Rail: Hop on the Connecting Europe Express
  • Rail passenger transport in Q3 2020 below 2019 - See Eurostat Report

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates)
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: Stabilising the economic outlook

BREXIT

  • Statement by the European Commission following the seventh meeting of the Specialised Committee on the implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/543 of 26 March 2021 amending Decision 2011/173/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 30 March 2021 
  • Libya: EU lifts sanctions on one person -  (See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/538)
  • Brussels V Conference ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the region': highlighting the role of civil society
  • Sudan: Statement by HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen for clearing it’s arrears to the IDA
  • Cuba: European Union and Cuba hold third Dialogue on Unilateral Coercive Measures
  • Myanmar: Statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell on the escalation of violence
  • Council extends the mandate of Operation IRINI until 2023