EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Dealing with the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing a comprehensive mental health action plan
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Misleading information detrimental to public health -

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises extension and modification of a Belgian scheme to support Walloon airports in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.60682) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises €1.3 million Belgian scheme for tourist attraction operators in Wallonia affected by the coronavirus crisis (SA.62336) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €120 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62306) - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU in times of crisis - IP/21/1642, see the Proposal

ECONOMY

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10167 - Continental/Light control units business of OSRAM Continental)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10207 - ICG/Dr. Axel Paeger/AMEOS)
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt ensures equal opportunities for online trade in new Liebherr distribution model 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Steel, textiles and other industrial sectors) of 22 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 15 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 16 April 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken, on behalf of the European Union, in the Trade Committee of the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, of the other part, as regards the amendments to Decisions No 1/2014, No 2/2014, No 3/2014, No 4/2014 and No 5/2014 of the Trade Committee to take account of the accession of Ecuador to the Trade Agreement and to update the lists of arbitrators and of experts in Trade and Sustainable Development - See the Annex
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union regarding the envisaged decision of the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits - Decision to use the written procedure for the adoption
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/582 of 9 April 2021 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of aluminium flat-rolled products originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Consolidating trade relations with the United States
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Decision to extend duty-free imports of fruit and vegetables from Skopje, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 13 April 2021
  • Appeal brought on 2 February 2021 by SGL Carbon SE against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-638/18, SGL Carbon SE Vs. Commission (Case C-65/21 P)
  • Appeal brought on 3 February 2021 by Química del Nalón SA, formerly Industrial Química del Nalón SA against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-638/18, Industrial Química del Nalón SA Vs. Commission (Case C-73/21 P)
  • Appeal brought on 4 February 2021 by Deza a.s. against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-638/18, Deza a.s. Vs. Commission (Case C-74/21 P)
  • Appeal brought on 3 February 2021 by Bilbaína de Alquitranes, SA against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-645/18, Bilbaína de Alquitranes SA Vs. Commission (Case C-75/21 P)
  • Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/583 of 9 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1073 on the equivalence of designated contract markets in the United States of America in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Report from the Commission on whether trades that directly result from post-trade risk reduction services should be exempted from the clearing obligation for OTC derivatives under EMIR
  • ESMA has published the interim simple, transparent and standardised (STS) notification templates for synthetic securitisations following amendments to the Securitisation Regulation (SECR).

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 100th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation (SCAC) of 21 April 2021
  • Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU in times of crisis - IP/21/1642, see the Proposal
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Tax avoidance as a breach of integrity and a possible criterion for excluding bidders in public procurement

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Evaluation of the impact of the CAP on generational renewal, local development and jobs in rural areas - Staff Working Document & Executive Summary
  • European Commission registers Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) - IP/21/1623
  • The European bioeconomy in 2050: four foresight scenarios - See the JRC Statement & Report

ENERGY

  • Electricity and gas market reports confirm notable changes in 2020
  • Hydrogen: Commission launches project collection for European Clean Hydrogen Alliance investment pipeline - See Speech by Commissioner Simson

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Position (EU) No 4/2021 of the council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE), and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013
    Adopted by the Council on 16 March 2021
  • Statement of Council’s reasons: Position (EU) No 4/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (LIFE), and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1293/2013

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Application of transitional provisions for certification of class D in vitro diagnostic medical devices according to Regulation (EU) 2017/746
  • Updated Implementation Rolling Plan - Regulation (EU) 2017/745 and Regulation (EU) 2017/746
  • Indicator on Infant Mortality (ECHI 11) and Health expectancy: Healthy Life Years (ECHI 40) updated with most recent Eurostat statistics
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council on specific hygiene requirements for food of animal origin

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Funding for European companies seeking to improve cyber security
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - A comprehensive inter-agency strategy against cybercrime
  • Dutch DPA fines Booking.com for delay in reporting data breach
  • ENISA - 6 key success factors to run Effective National Cybersecurity Competitions - See the Report

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for Committee of Road Transport of 15 April 2021
  • Agenda for ad-hoc Single Sky Committee of 16 April 2021
  • Consultation of the Council by the European Commission on the EU position regarding the revision by the Regional Steering Committee of Annex I to the Treaty establishing the Transport Community
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Regional Steering Committee of the Transport Community as regards certain administrative and staff matters of the Transport Community - See the Annex

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Fight against organised crime: Commission welcomes Europol threat assessment report (EU SOCTA 2021 Report) - Midday Express
  • Update of the list of residence permits referred to in Article 2(16) of Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code)
  • Migration: Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson participate in informal Ministerial meeting on integration - Midday Express
  • Summary of the 36th meeting of the VIS Advisory Group – 11 February 2021
  • Summary of the 35th meeting of the SIS II Advisory Group – 03 March 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Interview of Christine Lagarde with CNBC
  • Interview of Fabio Panetta with El País
  • International medium-term business cycles - ECB Working Paper Series No.2536
  • Euro area equity risk premia and monetary policy: a longer-term perspective - ECB Working Paper Series No.2535 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 14 & 16 April 2021
  • 5th revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 April 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS