EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Statement by President von der Leyen on developments in the Vaccines Strategy
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Written questions for the Commission on the Russian Sputnik V vaccine
  • COVID-19: faster authorisation for vaccines adapted to variants - See the EP Statement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €8 million Cypriot scheme to support tour operators affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62199) - Midday Express

  ECONOMY

FREE MOVEMENT

  • Digital Green Certificate: MEPs seek clarifications regarding the travel facilitation tool

DATA PRIVACY

  • EDPB-EDPS Joint Opinion 04/2021 on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable certificates on vaccination, testing and recovery to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic (Digital Green Certificate) - 31 March 2021

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9221 - CMA CGM/CEVA)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10225 - AES/Coatue/Schneider Electric/Uplight)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10209 - Ceravis/Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/E-VITA JV)
  • Regulatory Scrutiny Board Opinion: Evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspect of EU merger control
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Follow up to questions E-004625/2020 and P-002969/2020 on Google’s commitments to address concerns raised about its acquisition of Fitbit
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears takeover of Lehmanns by Thalia
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of the share capital of BC Butterfly Cosmetics Ltd by C.A.Papaellinas Ltd
  • UK - CMA 2021 update of tank transfer price calculator in LPG market investigation

STATE AID

  • Guidance on State Aid in European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds Financial instruments in the 2014-2020 programming period
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Commission verification procedure for the award of German corona aid amounting to over EUR 1 million
  • Aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for SAS for damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic comply with EU law (See CPR Nº 52/2021 - Judgments of the General Court in Cases T-378/20, T-379/20, Ryanair Vs. Commission (SAS, Danemark; Covid-19))
  • Judgment of the Court of 14 April 2021 in Case T-69/18, Verband Deutscher Alten- und Behindertenhilfe, Landesverband Niedersachsen/Bremen und Hamburg/Schleswig-Holstein eV, CarePool Hannover GmbH against European Commission, supported by Diakonisches Werk evangelischer Kirchen in Niedersachsen eV, established in Hanover, represented by A. Bartosch, lawyer, by Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Hannover eV, and by Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Braunschweig eV
    Re: State aid - Independent social action - Subsidies granted to the associations of a regional charity - Rejection of a complaint - Decision not to raise objections at the end of the preliminary examination stage - Action for annulment - Status of interested party - Safeguarding of procedural rights - Substantial effect on the competitive position - Admissibility - Absence of serious difficulties - Absence of substantial change to existing aid
  • Judgment of the Court of 14 April 2021 in Case T-300/19, Achema AB, Lifosa AB, Vs. European Commission supported by Republic of Lithuania
    Re: State aid - Market in electricity generated from renewable energy sources - Operating aid - Decision declaring the aid scheme compatible with the internal market at the end of the preliminary examination stage - Article 107(3)(c) TFEU - Infringement of procedural rights - 2008 Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection - 2014 Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 - Article 30 TFEU - Article 110 TFEU - Body of consistent evidence

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 22nd meeting of the CEG - Section for Customs Control and Risk Management of 27 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Customs 2020 project group meeting dealing with classification of products in the HS/CN nomenclatures – mechanical/miscellaneous/textiles (classification of MCPs and classification of certain embedded chips or dies) of 03-04 May 2021
  • Minutes of the 37th meeting of the CEG Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature - Section HS/WCO Coordination Sector (electronic consultation) of 17 March 2021
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the written procedure by the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits as regards the adoption of a decision to increase official support for export credits in the form of local costs
  • Draft - Proposal of the European Union to the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits as regards the adoption of a decision to increase official support for export credits in the form of local costs
  • Draft - Council Decision on the position to be taken by the European Union in the International Tropical Timber Council on the extension of the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006
  • Report by MEP Karin Karlsbro containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Honduras on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the European Union
  • Recommendation by MEP Karin Karlsbro on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Honduras on forest law enforcement, governance and trade in timber products to the European Union
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/600 of 7 April 2021 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (8101 99 10)
  • The European Commission appoints a new Deputy Director-General (Ms Maria Martin-Prat de Abreu) for its trade department
  • EP INTA Committee Hearing - The reform of the EU Generalised System of Preferences - see the Programme
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Ending the European Union opt-out from Article 31bis of the TRIPS Agreement
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Comprehensive Agreement on Investment between the EU and China
  • WTO - Committee on Regional Trade Agreements - 99th session - FTA between the European Union and Singapore - Goods and services - Note on the meeting of 22 March 2021
  • WTO - Speech by DG Okonjo-Iweala: Equitable vaccine access key to sustained recovery for growth and trade - Midday Express
  • DG calls on WTO members to narrow remaining gaps in fisheries subsidies negotiations
  • WTO - Negotiating Group on Rules - Fisheries Subsidies: Plenary meeting at the level of Heads of Delegation - Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA response to ESRB letter on procyclicality of credit ratings
  • ESMA report: MiFIR review report on the obligations to report transactions and reference data
  • ESMA annual statistical report on performance and costs of retail investment products in the EU - 2021

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation / VAT) of 22 April 2021
  • Agenda for: 6th Meeting of the Sub-group on VAT aspects of the Platform economy of 20 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations of 20 April 2021
  • Agenda for: 22nd meeting of the Small Sub-Group eFCA (SSG eFCA) of 21 April 2021
  • Minutes & Submissions - Meeting of the Working Group 'Structures of taxation systems' of 03 December 2020
  • EFAMA comments on European Commission’s public consultation on EU Digital Levy
  • Europe’s low-tax nations braced for struggle over US corporate tax plan - Agreement at OECD would save Brussels from having to push through its own proposal - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Special Committee on Agriculture of 19 April 2021
  • Agricultural market situation - Information from the Commission - Exchange of views
  • Report from the Commission on EAGF expenditure Early Warning System No 1-3/2021 - See the Annex
  • Banning caged farming in the EU: Hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative - See the EP Statement & Programme of the Hearing

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 20 April 2021
  • Draft - Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations with the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation for the renewal of the Agreement between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation
  • The European Commission appoints a new Deputy Director-General (Ms Mechthild Wörsdörfer) for its energy department - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project: breech of environmental rules
  • Money for nothing? Commission set to release first findings on golden handshake to German lignite - See EEB Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Global) of 20 April 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Protecting the Aegean and Mediterranean from pollution with plastic refuse imported from EU countries by Turkey
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Hazardous substance classification of synthetic amorphous silica (SAS)
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Solvay plant in Rosignano (Livorno) and the risk of greenwashing
  • Zero-emission trucks: Industry and environmentalists call for binding targets for infrastructure - See T&E Press Release & Joint Letter
  • HEAL response to public consultation on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUD) Directive

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Harmonised front‑of‑pack nutrition labelling

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Visa Working Party/ Mixed Committee (EU-Iceland/Norway and Switzerland/Liechtenstein) of 14 April 2021
  • Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations - IP/21/1662, QaA/21/1664, FactSheet, Communication & Working Document
  • Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims - IP/21/1663
  • Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a cooperation agreement between the European Union and the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO-INTERPOL) - See the Annex

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Presentation by Luis de Guindos of the ECB Annual Report 2020 to the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament
  • ECB publishes the results of the public consultation on a digital euro 
  • What is Wrong with the German Economy? The Case for Openness to Technology and Human Capital - See ECIPE Policy Brief No.4/2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 14 April 2021 in Case T‑260/19, Mazen Al‑Tarazi, Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Common foreign and security policy - Restrictive measures adopted against Syria - Freezing of funds - Obligation to state reasons - Error of assessment - Rights of defence - Right to property - Right to exercise an economic activity - Right to respect for private and family life - Proportionality
  • The state of the world order and the importance of the India-EU relationship - Address by President Charles Michel at the Raisina Dialogue 2021
  • Team Europe increased Official Development Assistance to €66.8 billion as the world's leading donor in 2020 - IP/21/1701QaA21/1704Factsheets
  • Russia accuses EU of jeopardising Iran nuclear deal talks - Moscow attacks bloc for imposing sanctions on Iranian officials over deadly protest crackdown - Financial Times
  • EU defence chief warns coronavirus has weakened security - Claudio Graziano says bloc can do more on technology and maritime co-operation in Asia - Financial Times