‎EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • EMA - AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: review of very rare cases of unusual blood clots continues

ECONOMY

  • Answer given by MR Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Need for immediate EU social and economic support 

TRANSPORT

  • COVID-19 pandemic: Norway may continue to permit transport drivers to spend travel quarantine in vehicles until 1 June 2021

COMPETITION 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - President Macron’s attendance at a meeting preceding the announcement of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
  • ‎Highlights - 14/15 April: Anti-coercion, GSP reform and trade aspects of COVID - Committee on International Trade
  • WTO - Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution kicks off again
  • WTO - World trade primed for strong but uneven recovery after COVID-19 pandemic shock
  • EFTA Parliamentarians discuss green and sustainable trade with Frans Timmermans
  • DIGITALEUROPE Roundtable Discussion on the Trade Policy Review  

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Research for REGI Committee - Islands of the European Union: State of play and future challenges - Briefing for Committee on Regional Development
  • Agenda for the SEP webinar on patent pools of 20 April 2021
  • Contribution to the Debate on SEPs
    - Aims, Methods and Output
    - Executive Summary
    ‎- Analysis of key issues and proposals for improvement
    - Evolution of FRAND licensing in IOT ecosystems

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EU financial regulators warn of an expected deterioration of asset quality
  • EBA launched public consultation on regulatory technical standards on disclosure of investment policy by investment firm
  • The European Supervisory Authorities issue a report on the application of their Guidelines on complaints-handling
  • EBA reviews final Q&As against revised legislation 

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Car makers open to higher CO2 targets, if there is matching infrastructure ramp-up across the EU - See Acea Statement
  • Europe’s chance to lead the green technology race - Opportunities for investors are increasing, with the region’s companies leading change - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • SCHEER - Call for information on the safety of titanium dioxide in toys with regard to a possible derogation from its prohibition
  • EFSA - Statement of the PPR Panel on a framework for conducting the environmental exposure and risk assessment for transition metals when used as active substances in plant protection products (PPP)
  • EFSA - Entomological survey to study the possible involvement of arthropod vectors in the transmission of African swine fever virus in Romania
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion on the assessment of the control measures for category A diseases of Animal Health Law: Lumpy Skin Disease
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for spirotetramat in leeks, spring onions and honey
  • EFSA - Analysis of background variability of honey bee colony size
  • ECDC - Communicable disease threats report, 28 March - 3 April 2021, week 13

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Proceedings of the workshop on Use of big data and AI in fighting corruption and misuse of public funds - good practice, ways forward and how to integrate new technology into contemporary control framework - Study for the EP Committee on Budgets 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Statement of Commissioner Reynders on the referral of Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures
  • Brussels requests Poland suspend disciplinary action against judges - EU Commission warns of ‘constant erosion’ of Polish judges’ independence - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB - Euro area pension fund statistics: fourth quarter of 2020 - See the Annex
  • ECB - Euro area bank interest rate statistics: February 2021
  • ECB - What are targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTROs)? - 30 March 2021 

BREXIT

  •  Irish PM calls on UK and EU to ‘reset’ relations - Micheál Martin laments erosion of trust between London and Brussels over N Ireland protocol - Financial Times 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - Ensuring independent, accurate and authoritative information on disinformation within the EU's EEAS framework