‎EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Additional rapid antigen tests in the context of the new coronavirus strain recently discovered in England 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise Air France (SA.59913) - IP/21/1581
  • Commission approves €35 million Portuguese scheme to support companies in Azores region in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62091) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €60 million Irish scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62301) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves modification of Swedish rent rebate scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62272) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €24 million Italian scheme to support mooring companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62108) - Midday Express

ECONOMY & FINANCE

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/557 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2021 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 (EU) 2021/558 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2021 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
  • The General Board of the European Systemic Risk Board held its 41st regular meeting on 25 March 2021 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10119 - Deme Concessions/CDC/Région Occitanie/Port-La Nouvelle)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10043 - CDC/PBB/Capveriant)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10211 - L Catterton/Birkenstock)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10222 - CDPQ/Telefónica/FiBrasil J)
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Maxim Integrated Products by Analog Devices (M.9926) - Midday Express
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Vestager on announcement by Air Canada and Transat to withdraw from proposed merger
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects & 2nd phase proceedings
  • Cyprus - Notification of concentration concerning the acquisition by Altamira Asset Management (Cyprus) Ltd of the non-performing loan and real estate management platform controlled by Alpha Bank Cyprus and Agi-Cypre Ermis Ltd
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of the Bold360 business by Genesys Cloud Services Holdings I, LLC
  • Greece - Clearance of the concentration, concerning the acquisition by "Assicurazioni Generali - Societa per Azioni" regarding the acquisition of sole control over "Axa Insurance S.A".
  • Greece - Statement of Objections in regard with the notification of acquisition by «OPAP SA» of sole control over the Greek and Cypriot activities of Kaizen Gaming
  • Poland - Rules for imposing sanctions for competition restricting practices - new clarifications provided by the President of UOKiK
  • Romania - The Competition Council carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of Samsung Electronics Romania SRL, Altex Romania SRL, Flanco Retail SA and Dante International SA. 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Request by Cape Verde for a temporary derogation from the rules of preferential origin
  • Trade in goods by top 5 partners, European Union, 2020 - Eurostat

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/535 of 31 March 2021 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards uniform procedures and technical specifications for the type-approval of vehicles, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, as regards their general construction characteristics and safety

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA - Guidelines on certain aspects of the MiFID II compliance function requirements
  • ESMA publishes 2020 report on enforcement of corporate disclosure

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Employment and social innovation: improved access to financing for small businesses in Estonia and Lithuania - IP/21/1601
  • Answer by Mr Schmit by to a MEP written question - European Works Councils post-Brexit

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/556 of 31 March 2021 amending Implementing Regulations (EU) 2017/1529 and (EU) No 540/2011 as regards the conditions of approval of the basic substance sodium chloride
  • BEUC plus scientists and environmental groups denounce EU’s green finance labelling plans

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Health emergency preparedness and response authority (HERA): European Commission launches public consultation - IP/21/1522
  • The expert panels in the field of medical devices now accept submissions from notified bodies for the Clinical Evaluation Consultation Procedure
  • EFSA - Draft EFSA Strategy 2027 out for public consultation
  • One in two EU citizens look for health information online - Eurostat

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - GAFAM, pluralism and freedom of expression  
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Democratic scrutiny of social media and upholding fundamental rights
  • European Commission must ban biometric mass surveillance practices, say 56 civil society groups - See the Edri’s Open Letter

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Drones: Commission adopts new rules and conditions for safe, secure and green drone operations - Midday Express
  • Space: Galileo provides a new exclusive function – the Return Link Service - Midday Express

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Directive (EU) 2021/555 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 March 2021 on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons (codification)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Global Recovery: The EU disburses SDR 141 Million to the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust - IP/21/1555
  • EU Cohesion policy: first REACT-EU support measures for recovery and transition approved for the Netherlands and Austria - IP/21/1541
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Stability and Growth Pact

BREXIT

  • Notification by the European Union made in accordance with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part
  • Competent authorities designated by the United Kingdom under Part Three of the Agreement: Law Enforcement and Judicial Cooperation in Criminal Matters

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting in Tripoli with Prime Minister Al-Dabaiba and Foreign Minister Mangoush