EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - ‘Conditions for access to the COVID-19 vaccine for low- and middle-income countries 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €200 million Belgian subsidised loans scheme to support economic activity in Wallonia in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62032) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €500 million Portuguese top-up insurance scheme to support domestic trade credit in coronavirus outbreak (SA.58082) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes €4.5 million to support over 5,000 dismissed tourism workers or self-employed in Estonia - IP/21/1445
  • Europe’s ‘green and just’ transition starts with its recovery fund - Financial Times 

COMPETITION

  • Communication from the Commission – Guidance on the application of the referral mechanism set out in Article 22 of the Merger Regulation to certain categories of cases
  • Prior notification of a concentration - Case M.10164 - CVC/Stark Group
  • Prior notification of a concentration - Case M.10173 - Luminus/Essent Belgium
  • Commission withdraws 2019 Decision making commitments binding on Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky UK and closes proceedings - AT.40023 - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of M. Kaindl by Kronospan/Peter Kaindl (M.10039)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Stockday by CCH Romania and Heineken Romania (M.10061) - Midday Express
  • Croatia - CCA 2019 Annal Report accepted by the Croatian Parliament
  • Germany - Case summary from 30 March: Bundeskartellamt clears GlobalWafers’ acquisition of silicon wafer manufacturer Siltronic (Decision of 8 February 2021) 
  • Greece - Statement of objections on the request put forth by Depa Commercial S.A.
  • Poland - Principles of penalising practices limiting competition - new explications from the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection

STATE AID

  • Commission endorses €17 million aid for reconstruction of infrastructure related to 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games (SA.61094) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Exclusion of ceramics industry from emission cost offsets. Challenges to competitiveness at Italian and European level 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Transparency and authorisation mechanism for vaccines - List of the competent authorities in Member States
  • Report of the 3rd Meeting of the EU-Canada Dialogue on Biotech Market Access Issues of 21 October 2020
  • EU-Australia trade agreement: report of the 10th round of negotiations - 09-19 March 2021
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China political agreement on investment 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Trade relations between the EU and Turkey
  • Latest agri-food trade figures: stable growth through 2020  - Midday Express
  • WTO - Committee on Market Access - Notification pursuant to the Decision on Notification Procedures for Quantitative Restriction (G/L/59/Rev.1) - European Union - Addendum
  • WCO‘s response to COVID-19 presented to the EU Council Customs Cooperation Working Party
  • WTO - Members discuss SPS Ministerial Declaration, address large number of trade concerns
  • WTO - Blockchain forum looks looks at how to accelerate digitalization to facilitate trade
  • WTO - Global Trade and Blockchain Forum 2021 - Remarks by DDG Yi
  • Director-General urges WTO members to deliver concrete results this year
  • UK trade chief urges tough line on China - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the REACH Committee of 27 April 2021
  • Council adopts position on €4.2 billion Single Market programme for 2021-2027
  • Investment Plan in Spain: EIB and Banco de Sabadell join forces to provide €600 million in loans to small businesses - IP/21/1544
  • Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on the mobilisation of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund following an application from Estonia – EGF/2020/002 EE/Estonia Tourism

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Tobacco taxation – excise duties for manufactured tobacco products (updated rules) - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 30 March 2021 - 22 June 2021 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Statistics on pesticides, as regards the list of active substances - Regulation - Feedback period: 30 March 2021 - 27 April 2021
  • Time is ripe for the EU to start a carbon club - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2021/554 of 30 March 2021 on the form, content, time limits and level of detail to be given in notifications under the procedures set in Article 32 of Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Electronic Communications Code
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The need to develop a sovereign and independent internet given the GAFAM monopoly 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - US proposal for obligatory facial recognition of non-US travellers and uncontrolled access to the data by airlines and airports 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures - IP/21/1524
  • European political parties and foundations - review of rules on legal status and funding - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 30 March 2021 - 22 June 2021
  • Migration: Commissioner Johansson takes part in European Integration Network meeting on role and working conditions of migrant workers - Midday Express
  • Report from the Commission on the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/343 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at the trial in criminal proceedings

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Opinion article by Eurogroup President, Paschal Donohoe - To compare the EU and US pandemic packages misses the point
  • EU financial aid (macro-financial assistance) - analysis of several evaluations (2010-20) - Staff working document - Feedback period: 30 March 2021 - 22 June 2021 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • European political parties and foundations - review of rules on legal status and funding - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period 30 March 2021 - 22 June 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses
  • Syrian crisis: €5.3 billion mobilised by donors for 2021 and beyond at 5th Brussels Conference - IP/21/1464
  • EU disburses €90 million in macro-financial assistance to Albania - Midday Express
  • Sanctions spat has forced EU to reassess its China strategy - Beijing’s hardline diplomatic response marks watershed in relations with Brussels - Financial Times