EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Health measures and travel conditions across Europe - See Paper by Fondation Robert Schuman
  • Brussels fails to win round critics of tighter Covid vaccine export curbs Berlin warns move to scrap exemptions for Western Balkans could cause ‘reputational damage’ to EU - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €12 million Italian scheme to support art and tourism publishers and journals in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62191) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves modified Italian “umbrella” scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62495) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The crisis in Airbus and aerospace sector
  • The unequal inequality impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - See Bruegel Working Paper

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9945 - Siemens Healthineers/Varian Medical Systems)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10194 - CDP Venture Capital/Generali Welion/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9970 - Cordes & Graefe/FACQ)
  • Withdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.9489 - Air Canada/Transat)
  • Commission clears acquisition of certain assets and personnel of Daimler by Infosys (M.10159) - Midday Express
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • UK - CMA publishes full text and decision that undertakings might be accepted in Adevinta / eBay merger 

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves prolongation of market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece (SA.62242) - IP/21/1661
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Proposed risk tax in Sweden

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services & Investment) of 14 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Steel, textiles and other industrial sectors) of 22 April 2021
  • Uzbekistan joins EU’s GSP+ arrangement - see Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/576
  • Hearings EP INTA Committee - The reform of the EU Generalised System of Preferences - Programe - 14 April 2021
  • Transatlantic economic relations under the Biden administration: Be careful what you wish for?  - See EPC Commentary
  • WTO-ECOWAS workshop addresses health, intellectual property and trade policy-making

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • European Parliament decision to raise no objections to the Commission delegated regulation of 21 December 2020 amending regulatory technical standards laid down in Delegated Regulations (EU) 2015/2205, (EU) 2016/592 and (EU) 2016/1178 as regards the date at which the clearing obligation takes effect for certain types of contracts 
  • European Parliament decision to raise no objections to the Commission delegated regulation of 21 December 2020 amending technical standards laid down in Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/2251 as regards to the timing of when certain risk management procedures will start to apply for the purpose of the exchange of collateral 
  • Commission Notice – Guidance on the avoidance and management of conflicts of interest under the Financial Regulation
  • ESMA has published its annual peer review report on the supervision of EU Central Counterparties (CCPs) by National Competent Authorities (NCAs)
  • Taxonomy-related product disclosures. Public event on the European Supervisory Authorities consultation

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Code of Conduct (Business Taxation) - Subgroup on internal and external issues of 13 April 2020
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation / VAT) of 14 April 2020 
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Risk of fiscal dumping in the UK: what safeguards does the EU have against it?

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 12 & 13 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE CLRTAP) of 15 April 2021
  • Agenda for: EP Meeting of ENVI from 15 to 16 April 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Position (EU) No 3/2021 of the council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Digital Europe Programme and repealing Decision (EU) 2015/2240 - Adopted by the Council on 16 March 2021
  • Statement of the Council’s reasons: Position (EU) No 3/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Digital Europe Programme and repealing Decision (EU) 2015/2240
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Impact of the source code clause on the future EU regulation on artificial intelligence (AI)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The ENISA launches a call for expression of interest concerning an Ad Hoc Working Group on the EU Cybersecurity Market
  • Belgium - Facebook data leak: DPA intervenes and encourages citizens to assert their rights
  • Ireland - DPC statement, re: Dataset appearing online

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Report from the Commission - Evaluation of Decision (EU) 2015/601 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 April 2015 providing further macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
  • Interview of Isabel Schnabel with Der Spiegel
  • The identification of dominant macroeconomic drivers: coping with confounding shocks – ECB Working Paper Series No.2534 - April 2021 
  • Technology and demand drivers of productivity dynamics in developed and emerging market economies - ECB Working Paper Series No.2533 - April 2021
  • Why the German Constitutional Court will (probably) not kill the €750 bn EU recovery fund - See EPC Commentary

BREXIT

  • UK - Parliamentary committee wants more scrutiny of N. Ireland Brexit issues 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Humanitarian aid: €24.5 million in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region - IP/21/1625
  • EU-Turkey in blame game over ‘sofagate’ after von der Leyen left standing - Dispute over protocol prompts charges of sexism at high-level meeting in Ankara - Financial Times