EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Draft Report by MEP Véronique Trillet-Lenoir on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on serious cross-border threats to health repealing Decision No 1082/2013/EU
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccine delays

ENVIRONMENT

  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP  written question - EU co-financing of the National Programme for the prevention, surveillance and control of SARS-CoV-2 in American mink farms 

TAXATION

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • The European Commission and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans - IP/21/1826
  • EU launches €100 million humanitarian initiative to support COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa - IP/21/1767

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 22 April and of 26 April 2021
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10081- KION/Jungheinrich/HSP)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10143 - Inter-Risco/Unavets/OneVet)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10215 - CVC/Carlyle/MedRisk)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10236 - Goldman Sachs/Oikos)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10059 - SK hynix/Intel’s NAND and SSD business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10219 - Cerberus/Koch Industries/PQ Performance Chemicals)
  • Commission fines three EU railway companies €48 million for customer allocation cartel - IP/21/1843
  • Commission to assess proposed acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina - Midday Express
  • Romania - The Competition Council expended the investigation on the labor protection equipment market
  • UK - CMA has cleared the proposed acquisition by SDE Group of Innserve Limited.
  • UK, Australia and Germany issue statement on merger control
  • UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued a public interest intervention notice (PIIN) on the public interest ground of national security in accordance with sections 42(2) and 58(1) of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act) in relation to the anticipated acquisition by NVIDIA Corporation of Arm Limited
  • UK - CAT increases fine after musical instrument firm breaks settlement bargain

STATE AID

  • Commission notice on current State aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates applicable as from 1 May 2021
  • Commission approves restructuring aid for Polish Regional Railways, as Poland commits to an accelerated opening to competition of regional passenger rail transport - IP/21/1842
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - Temporary Framework for State Aid 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - Recapitalisation of Air France
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid ceiling

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - China – investment agreement and growing Sino-dependency
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Suspension of trade relations with Myanmar: rice
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Assessment and monitoring of the economic impact of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) of April 2021
  • Agenda for: Committee on market surveillance & compliance of products of 29 April 2021
  • Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2021/647 of 15 January 2021 amending, for the purposes of adapting to scientific and technical progress, Annex III to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards an exemption for the use of certain lead and hexavalent chromium compounds in electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil (professional) use
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/643 of 3 February 2021 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Part 1 of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures
  • Council adopts position on €14.8 billion EU space programme for 2021-2027 
  • Vega: launch of the first world-class supercomputer in the EU - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Committee for the adaptation to technical progress and application of the Community award scheme for an eco-label (ECO-LABEL) of 30 April 2021 
  • Commission Delegated Regulation on the exclusion of incoming flights from the UK from the EU ETS - Delegated Regulation - Feedback period: 19 April 2021 - 17 May 2021
  • Sharing geospatial data on the environment – evaluation (INSPIRE Directive) - Feedback period: 19 April 2021 - 12 July 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the Conference of the Parties as regards amendments of Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Guidelines of the Single-Use Plastics Directive going beyond the scope and objectives of the Directive 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Details of the Single‑Use Plastics (SUP) Directive
  • Work in progress - ENVI ITER listing (Updated 19.4.2021)

‎HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/642 of 30 October 2020 amending Annex III to Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain information to be provided on the labelling of organic products
  • EFSA - Outcome of the consultation with Member States and EFSA on the basic substance application for approval of Urtica spp. for the extension of use in plant protection as a fungicide on common bean, cucurbits, strawberry, all salads, carrot and potato, as an insecticide in carrot, all salads, strawberry, ornamentals, asparagus and potato, as well as plant strengthener in asparagus

TRANSPORT MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • National provisions of a Member State which confer on the Prime Minister a decisive power in the appointment of members of the judiciary, while providing for the involvement of an independent body responsible for assessing candidates and providing an opinion, are not contrary to EU law (See CPR Nº 66/2021 - Judgment in Case C-896/19 - Repubblika)
  • Justice, rights and values: Council adopts programmes of up to €1.8 billion for 2021-2027
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Rule of law in the European Union

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • April 2021 euro area bank lending survey - See ECB Statement

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform - IP/21/1764 , see the EP Statement

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Main Results of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of 19 April 2021
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/648 of 16 April 2021 amending Decision (CFSP) 2018/299 promoting the European network of independent non-proliferation and disarmament think tanks in support of the implementation of the EU Strategy against proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/649 of 16 April 2021 on Union support for activities of the ATT Secretariat in support of the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Myanmar/Burma: EU imposes sanctions on 10 individuals and two military-controlled companies over the February military coup and subsequent repression (See Regulation (EU) 2021/638 & Decision (CFSP) 2021/639)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar/Burma
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against Myanmar/Burma
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel at the signing ceremony of the Georgia agreement with President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili