‎EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants - IP/21/1548
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Privatisation of healthcare causes deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • EU regulator to probe ethical standards of Sputnik vaccine trials - EMA team to investigate whether Russian studies followed global clinical and scientific guidelines - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €268 million Czech scheme to support operators offering accommodation services affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61948) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3.7 million Polish aid to promote shift of freight transport from road to rail in Podkarpackie Province (SA.55679) - Midday Express 

COMPETITION

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Commission Notice concerning the reimbursement of anti-dumping duties
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/563 of 31 March 2021 on the validity of certain decisions relating to binding origin information
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Extending the classification of dairy products to include products such as ‘cocktails based on milk whey proteins’ in the Combined Nomenclature (CN) 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Reported side agreements accompanying the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pallet exchange in the context of post-Brexit trade with the United Kingdom 
  • Sudan, WTO host Round Table with development partners to discuss accession needs
  • WTO - 3rd review of the trade policies and practices of Qatar on 6 and 8 April 2021

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the REACH Committee of 27 April 2021
  • Communication from the Commission concerning the visual appearance of the label on EU fertilising products referred to in Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Summary of the mutual recognition regulation for businesses - as updated on 27 March 2021
  • National market surveillance programme 2021 - France, Spain, Turkey, Slovenia, Cyprus, Iceland, Ireland
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The presence of phthalates in toys from third countries

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission publishes guidance on the avoidance and management of conflicts of interest - Midday Express
  • ESMA updates its Q&As on MiFID II and MiFIR transparency topics
  • ESMA has updated its Q&As related to reporting under the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation (SFTR)
  • ESMA publishes Guidelines on periodic information for Trade Repositories
  • ESMA - List of designated authorities, payment systems and securities settlement systems

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Commission seeking feedback on forest biomass compliance rules
  • ePURE’s Monthly Ethanol Bulletin – April 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards updating the references to the environmental protection requirements - See the Annex
  • Commission Notice - Guidelines providing a common understanding of the term ‘environmental damage’ as defined in Article 2 of Directive 2004/35/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on environmental liability with regard to the prevention and remedying of environmental damage
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Protecting the Alberoni Dunes
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius to a MEP written question - Breach of EU law and attack on the Natura Network in Ourense (Galicia)
  • INEA has been replaced by the new European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/568 of 6 April 2021 amending Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 798/2008 as regards the entry for the United Kingdom in the list of third countries, territories, zones or compartments from which certain poultry commodities may be imported into and transit through the Union in relation to highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • World Health Day: Statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides
  • Global Health Summit: Stay up to date via the new website
  • EFSA - Pesticides in food: latest figures published

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question
  • Minutes & Submissions of the High Level Group on Internet Governance of 28 January 2021
  • Guidance on tackling disinformation (update) - Feedback period: 01 April 2021 - 29 April 2021
  • Workshop on Manufacturing Data Spaces, summary of the results - 01 April 2021

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EU data protection authorities adopt joint opinion on the Digital Green Certificate Proposals
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Hack of US Treasury Department and its consequences for people in the EU 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • International Roma Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová, Commissioner Dalli and Commissioner Várhelyi - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Guideline (EU) 2021/564 of the European Central Bank of 17 March 2021 on the Eurosystem’s provision of reserve management services in euro to central banks and countries located outside the euro area and to international organisations and repealing Guideline (EU) 2020/1284 of the European Central Bank (recast) (ECB/2021/9)
  • Guideline (EU) 2021/565 of the European Central Bank of 17 March 2021 amending Guideline (EU) 2019/1265 on the euro short-term rate (€STR) (ECB/2021/10)

BREXIT

  • UK government seeks expressions of interest in relation to UK-EU trade and co-operation agreement arbitrators
  • Brexit ignites the debate about a united Ireland - Campaigners say Northern Ireland is edging towards holding a referendum on its future - Financial Times
  • Nematodes become latest casualty of post-Brexit trade glitches - Slug-killing worms’ path to the EU blocked by bureaucracy since January 1 - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting in Ankara with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
  • Statement by President von der Leyen following the meeting with Turkish President Erdoğan