EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

EMPLOYMENT

  • Council Implementing Decision amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/1352 granting temporary support under Regulation (EU) 2020/672 to the Republic of Malta, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Cyprus and the Kingdom of Belgium to mitigate unemployment risks in the emergency following the COVID-19 outbreak 

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Remarks by Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the first deliveries of EU funded vaccines for the Western Balkans
  • Papua New Guinea: EU allocates €1 million to strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable during COVID-19 - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10197 - CSS/Visana/Zur Rose/medi24/WELL JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10237 - BRIDGEPOINT/INFINIGATE)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10200 - Blackstone/GIP/Cascade/Signature)
  • Francisco-Marlin cloud-shipping merger: clearance decision published by EU - Case M.10060
  • Belgium - Notification - MEDE-CC-21/0007 - Comfort Energy NV / Kuwait Petroleum (Luxembourg) SA
  • Germany - Agricultural trade: RaiWa Kassel can acquire 19 locations of RWZ Cologne – Bundeskartellamt allows merger only after changes to merger plans
  • Poland - UOKiK's report - Buyer power should spur retailers to stop unfair treatment of suppliers
  • Poland - UOKiK has initiated an investigation to determine whether there has been price fixing or abuse of a dominant position in the polystyrene foam market
  • Portugal - AdC issues Statements of Objections for anticompetitive agreement in the labour market for the first time
  • Spain - The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Audax Renovables S.A. for alleged practices prohibited by the Anti-Trust Law
  • UK - CMA has published its administrative timetable in the completed acquisition by Facebook, Inc. of GIPHY, Inc.
  • UK - CMA - Bellis’ purchase of Asda raises some competition concerns 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 26 April 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the positions to be taken on behalf of the European Union by written procedure by the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits and the Participants to the Sector Understanding on Export Credits for Civil Aircraft (“ASU”) regarding the requests by the United Kingdom to become a Participant thereto
  • Request for information from the investor for the purposes of notifications pursuant to Article 6 of Regulation (EU) 2019/452
  • EU-Canada: Report of the Committee on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications to the Joint Committee held on 24 and 26 March 2021
  • Turkey - Certain Measures concerning the Production, Importation and Marketing of Pharmaceutical Products - Opening Oral Statement by the EU at the First Substantive Meeting - WT/DS583
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Suspension of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme with Myanmar given the human rights situation in the country and the state of the EU rice sector
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The failure to mention the possibility of an EU‑Taiwan investment agreement in the new trade communication
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Customs duties on US walnuts
  • China’s grand industrial strategy and what it means for Europe – See EPC Policy Brief
  • Trade: Ethanol imports into EU continue troubling trend – See ePure Statement

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • The General Court dismisses the action brought by Chanel against the registration of a Huawei mark on the ground that the figurative marks at issue are not similar (See CPR Nº 67/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-44/20, Chanel Vs. EUIPO - Huawei Technologies)
  • Agenda for: Annual Meeting of the Technical Group on Coal TGK1 of 22 April 2021
  • Agenda for: TGK 1 - Post-Mining Issues, Safe and Productive Coal Mining Operations of 22 April 2021
  • Minutes of the 15th meeting of the Committee for the Programme for Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME) - Information session of 24 March 2021
  • Titles and references of standards to be used for demonstrating the conformity of articles under entry 27 of Annex XVII to REACH
  • 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
  • Draft Council conclusions on tourism in Europe for the next decade: sustainable, resilient, digital, global and social

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Minutes of the IT sub-group of the Committee on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing - 6th meeting on the Interconnection of beneficial ownership (BO) registers of 28 January 2021
  • Draft -  Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/35 as regards the integration of sustainability risks in the governance of insurance and reinsurance undertakings
  • Draft - Commission delegated Directive (EU) .../… amending Directive 2010/43/EU as regards the sustainability risks and sustainability factors to be taken into account for Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS)
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulations (EU) 2017/2358 and (EU) 2017/2359 as regards the integration of sustainability factors, risks and preferences into the product oversight and governance requirements for insurance undertakings and insurance distributors and into the rules on conduct of business and investment advice for insurance-based investment products
  • Draft - Commission delegated Directive (EU) .../… amending Delegated Directive (EU) 2017/593 as regards the integration of sustainability factors into the product governance obligations
  • Submission of the draft regulatory technical standards on the methods of prudential consolidation under Article 18 of the Capital Requirements Requlation ("CRR")
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/637 of 15 March 2021 laying down implementing technical standards with regard to public disclosures by institutions of the information referred to in Titles II and III of Part Eight of Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1423/ 2013, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2015/1555, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/200 and Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2295

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 100th meeting of the Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation (SCAC) of 21 April 2021
  • Tax policy: EU solutions to prevent tax fraud and avoidance - See the EP Statement

EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Education and skills: Commission launches public consultation to support lifelong learning and employability - Feedback period: 20 April 2021 - 13 July 2021 - Midday Express

ENERGY

  • Commissioner Simson participates in clean energy transatlantic events - Midday Express
  • Make transatlantic cooperation great again – Prospects for EU-US collaboration on climate and energy under the Biden administration - see Policy Paper by Jacques Delors Institute

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: 1st EU4Health Steering Group Meeting of 23 April 2021
  • Minutes - 3rd Drafting Group on European solidarity in public health emergencies (26 March 2021) 
  • Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on “certain organic chemicals emitted from squishy toys” of 8 April 2021
  • Minutes of the Working Group Meeting on “e-cigarettes” of 30 March 2021
  • Minutes - Workshop EU4Health Programme 2021: potential solutions for a healthier European Union (24 March 2021)
  • The work continues! Join the newly created exchange and stakeholder networks based on the 2020 Thematic Networks
  • Indicators on injuries at workplace updated with most recent Eurostat statistics (ECHI 31)
  • SCCS - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Gold (nano), Colloidal Gold (nano), Gold Thioethylamino Hyaluronic Acid (nano) and Acetyl heptapeptide-9 Colloidal gold (nano) - deadline: 14 June 2021
  • SCCS - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Platinum (nano), Colloidal Platinum (nano) and Acetyl tetrapeptide-17 Colloidal Platinum (nano) - deadline: 14 June 2021
  • SCCS - Addendum to the scientific opinion SCCS/1613/19 on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products (lipstick) - Submission II
  • SCCS - Final Opinion on ResorcinolBenzophenone-3OctocrylenePropylparaben & Hydroxyapatite (nano)
  • SCCS - Notes of Guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation - 11th revision
  • SCCS - Final opinion on the safety of presence of Bisphenol A in clothing articles
  • EFSA - Safety of the feed additives consisting of l‐lysine monohydrochloride and l‐lysine sulfate produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum CCTCC M 2015595 for all animal species (Kempex Holland B. V.)
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of an additive consisting of Bacillus subtilis DSM 32325 for all animal species (Chr. Hansen A/S)
  • EFSA - Assessment of a feed additive consisting of all‐rac‐alpha‐tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) for all animal species for the renewal of its authorisation (NHU Europe GmbH)
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of l‐valine produced by Corynebacterium glutamicum CGMCC 7.366 for all animal species (Ningxia Eppen Biotech Co., Ltd.)
  • EFSA - Assessment of genetically modified soybean GMB151 for food and feed uses, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA‐GMO‐NL‐2018‐153)
  • 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
  • EFSA - Research priorities to fill knowledge gaps on ASF seasonality that could improve the control of ASF

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence - IP/21/1682, Q&A/21/1683
    - Communication on Fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence
    - Regulation on a European approach for Artificial Intelligence
    - New Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence
    - Regulation on Machinery Products
    - EU-funded AI projects
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the general government sector

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Bucharest-based Cybersecurity Competence Centre gets green light from Council - Statement of the Council`s reasons & Adopted by the Council on 20 April 2021 
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Belgian compliance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Access to encrypted data content: a violation of privacy principles?
  • Artificial Intelligence and cybersecurity - Benefits and perils – See CEPS Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register two citizens' initiatives - IP/21/1823

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Opening address by the Eurogroup President, Paschal Donohoe, at Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence on “Coordinating Euro Area fiscal policy to drive an inclusive recovery”
  • European Business Cycle Indicators – 1st Quarter 2021

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Commissioner Johansson travels to Slovenia ahead of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and to Croatia - Midday Express
  • 9th revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 30 April 2021
  • 2078th meeting of the Working Party on General Affairs of 23 April 2021
  • Main results of the European affairs ministers of 20 April 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 21 April 2021 in Case T‑322/19, Aisha Muammer Mohamed El-Qaddafi, Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Common foreign and security policy - Restrictive measures taken in view of the situation in Libya - Freezing of funds - List of persons, entities and bodies subject to the freezing of funds and economic resources - Restrictions on entry into and transit through the territory of the European Union - List of persons subject to restrictions on entry into and transit through the territory of the European Union - Retention of the applicant’s name on the lists - Period allowed for commencing proceedings - Admissibility - Obligation to state reasons - Error of assessment
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and with President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili in Tbilisi
  • EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta: new Operation Commander appointed