EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The relevance of voluntary pooling and licensing of intellectual property related to COVID-19 therapeutics and vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Developing a common vaccination card in the EU in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Gabriel to a MEP written question - Role and protection of volunteers in the approval and distribution of vaccines
  • Brussels banks on BioNTech as Danes drop AstraZeneca jabs over clot fears - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €500 million Romanian scheme to support companies active in tourism, accommodation and food services as well as travel agencies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60650) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10 million Italian scheme to support companies operating small ships in the tourist transport sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62525) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €10 million Estonian scheme to support research and development of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.62513) - Midday Express

MOBILITY

  • COVID-19: Council agrees its negotiating mandate on the Digital Green Certificate
  • EU health preparedness: Possible uses for COVID-19 certificates - Discussion Paper agreed by the HSC on 30 March 2021

COMPETITION

  • According to Advocate General Pitruzzella, a national court can order a subsidiary company to pay compensation for the harm caused by the anticompetitive conduct of its parent company in a Case where the Commission has imposed a fine solely on that parent company (See CPR No 63/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-882/19, Sumal)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10162 - AmerisourceBergen/parts of Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Pharmaceutical Business)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10159 - Infosys/Daimler (Certain Assets and Personnel))
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10227 - KPS Capital Partners/Hydro Rolling)
  • Commission approves acquisition of certain Suez waste management companies by the Schwarz Group, subject to condition (M.10047) - IP/21/1744 
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over OneVet by Unavets and Inter-Risco (M.10143) - Midday Express
  • France - The French Competition Authority conditionally authorises the acquisition of the Ronsard group by the LDC group
  • Nordic Competition Authorities: Online pharmacies can increase competition in the pharmacy sector
  • UK - CMA provisionally approves Liberty Global (Virgin Media/ Virgin Mobile) / Telefónica (O2) merger - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision No 156/20/COL of 16 December 2020 adopting Guidelines on certain State aid measures in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 [2021/604]
  • Guidelines on certain State aid measures in the context of the system for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading post-2021 
  • Commission approves €1.97 million Danish aid to support establishment of new private notified body for certification of medical devices (SA.59176) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 16 April 2021
  • Minutes of the 217th meeting of the Customs Code Committee Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (Sub-Section Mec/Misc/Tex) from 03th to 05th March 2021
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/607 of 14 April 2021 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of citric acid originating in the People’s Republic of China as extended to imports of citric acid consigned from Malaysia, whether declared as originating in Malaysia or not, following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Questioning the customs union with Turkey
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Mercosur: the need to reopen negotiations owing to environmental concerns
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
  • Published the updated version of the correlation table between DU codes and 2021 CN codes
  • Chair Summary following “COVID-19 and Vaccine Equity: What Can the WTO Contribute?”
  • ‎DG Okonjo-Iweala calls for follow-up action after WTO vaccine equity event 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/609 of 14 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/439 as regards harmonised standards on packaging for terminally sterilised medical devices and sterilisation of health care products
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/610 of 14 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/437 as regards harmonised standards on medical vehicles and their equipment, anaesthetic and respiratory equipment, biological evaluation of medical devices, packaging for terminally sterilised medical devices, sterilisation of health care products, clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects, non-active surgical implants, medical devices utilising animal tissues and their derivatives, electroacoustics and medical electrical equipment
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/611 of 14 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/438 as regards harmonised standards on biological evaluation of medical devices, packaging for terminally sterilised medical devices, sterilisation of health care products and clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects
  • ECHA proposes seven substances for authorisation to protect people and the environment

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Advocate General Bobek: The Court should declare the European Banking Authority Guidelines on Product Oversight and Governance Arrangements for Retail Banking Products invalid
    (See CPR No 64/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-911/19, FBF)
  • EBA updates list of Other Systemically Important Institutions 
  • EBA published final draft technical standards specifying the methods of prudential consolidation
  • ESMA highlights need for increased efforts on EMIR and SFTR data quality

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations of 20 April 2022 
  • The activity of protecting adults lacking legal capacity carried out by a lawyer constitutes, as a rule, an economic activity (See CPR No 57/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-846/19 - Administration de l'Enregistrement, des Domaines and de la TVA )

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Public-sector workers placed, in certain circumstances, under the labour reserve system: the Greek legislation is not contrary to EU law (See CPR No 58/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-511/19 - Olympiako Athlitiko Kentro Athinon)

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • The Court of Justice dismisses the action brought by the Netherlands against the ban on fishing by vessels using electric pulse trawls (See CPR No 59/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-733/19, Netherlands Vs. Council and Parliament)
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Annex I to Regulation (EU) No 1305/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Annexes II and III to Regulation (EU) No 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council

ENERGY

  • First high-level joint defence and energy meeting 
  • In focus: Hydrogen – driving the green revolution 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 22 April 2022 

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/606 of 14 April 2021 amending Annex I, Annexes IV to XIII, and Annex XVI to Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/405 as regards the entries of Belarus and of the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey in the lists of third countries or regions thereof authorised for the entry into the Union of certain animals and goods intended for human consumption
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/608 of 14 April 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1793 on the temporary increase of official controls and emergency measures governing the entry into the Union of certain goods from certain third countries implementing Regulations (EU) 2017/625 and (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question Regarding the revision of the food contact materials legislation 
  • EFSA  - Extension of the spatially‐ and temporally‐explicit “briskaR‐NTL” model to assess potential adverse effects of Bt‐maize pollen on non‐target Lepidoptera at landscape level
  • EFSA  is working to advance the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified crops to better protect butterflies and moths
  • EFSA - EU Summary Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2018/2019
  • EFSA - Animal transport: help us prepare our assessment

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Internet connection service on board aircraft: a mobile satellite system which is principally based, in terms of capacity of transmitted data, on complementary ground components which are installed so as to cover the entire territory of the European Union is not necessarily incompatible with the European legislative framework (See CPR No 56/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-515/19 - Eutelsat)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 19 April 2021
  • Main Results of the European Data Protection Board - 48th Plenary Session - 14 April 2021
  • Draft - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres – Adoption of the Council's position at first reading and of the statement of Council's reasons – Initiation of written procedure
  • Answer given by Ms Johanson to a MEP written question - The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the right to privacy
  • Ireland - DPC launches inquiry into Facebook in relation to a collated dataset of Facebook user personal data made available on the internet - Financial Times

TRANSPORT MOBILITY

  • Minutes of the Advisory Committee on application of the legislation on access for Community air carriers to intra-Community air routes of 16 March 2021 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Bobek: the Court should revisit its case-law (the CILFIT criteria) on the duty of national courts of last instance to request a preliminary ruling (See CPR No 65/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-561/19, Consorzio Italian Management e Catania Multiservizi and Catania Multiservizi)
  • With regard to the recognition in the EU of the parentage of a child of a married same-sex couple, Advocate General Kokott recommends that a balance be struck between the national identity of the Member States and the right to freedom of movement of the child and of his or her parents (See CPR No 62/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-490/20 , Stolichna obshtina, rayon "Pancharevo")
  • Advocate General Tanchev: two newly-created chambers of the Polish Supreme Court are liable to fail the requirements established by EU law in a situation where the judges concerned were appointed to those positions in flagrant breach of the national laws applicable to judicial appointments to that court (See CPR No 61/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in cases C-487/19, C-508/19, W. Ż. () and des affaires publiques de la Cour suprême - nomination)
  • According to Advocate General Pikamäe, on the basis of the primacy of EU law, a national judge must disapply any national legislation or judicial practice which undermines its power to refer questions to the Court of Justice (See CPR No 60/2021 Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-564/19, IS (Illégalité de l’ordonnance de renvoi))
  • European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities - IP/21/1725

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EIB and Valencia city council join forces to build more than 320 new affordable housing units - IP/21/1762
  • Isabel Schnabel: Die Geldpolitik der EZB in der Corona-Krise  
  • Europeans raise privacy concerns over digital currency - ECB’s work on monetary innovation should ensure spending cannot be tracked, consultation shows - Financial Time

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the EU of 16 April 2021
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - UN report on arbitrary arrests in Cuba: systematic infringement of human rights by the Cuban regime; duty to suspend the EU-Cuba Agreement