EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

TAXATION

  • Commission Decision (EU) 2021/660 of 19 April 2021 amending Decision (EU) 2020/491 on relief from import duties and VAT exemption on importation granted for goods needed to combat the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak during 2020

TRANSPORT

  • Further crucial step for the Digital Green Certificate: Member States agree on technical specifications – IP/21/1883

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10090 - Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company/Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Energy Holdings/Louis Dreyfus)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10039 - Kronospan Holdings/M. Kaindl)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10182 - SADCO/COGNITE/JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10187 - BBC/ITV/Channel 4/Freesat)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of FiBrasil by CDPQ and Telefónica (M.10222)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Birkenstock by L Catterton (M.10211)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Bioclinica by ERT (M.10133) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - New Commission probes into Google
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of a merger of undertakings Adecco Group AG, Avanta Intermare Holdings Ltd, Adecco Hrvatska d.o.o., Adecco Outsourcing d.o.o., Adecco A/S and Adecco Slovakia, s.r.o.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of a merger of undertakings Ing. Igor Vicel, Roman Brutenič, Synot W, a. s., and SLOV-MATIC, spol. s r.o.
  • UK - The CMA appointed the following panel group members to the TVS/3G remedy group. (Kirstin Baker (Chair), Humphrey Battcock, Ulrike Hotopp, and Stephen Rose)

 STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves French support measures for fisheries sector in the context of Brexit (SA.62421, SA.62426 and SA.62427) - IP/21/1921
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Uber avoids tax by channelling funds through the Netherlands

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting on digitization of proofs of preferential origin (certificates) in the Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) area of 28 April 2021 (See the Working Document)
  • Commission reports on negotiating round with five Eastern and Southern African countries
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/659 of 15 April 2021 concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 88/97
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Protecting small farmers and geographical indications for agri-food products in the EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement 
  • WTO – Conclusion of the joint FES-WTO seminar for journalists from Latin America
  • The EU's carbon border adjustment mechanism: How to make it work for developing countries – See CER Policy Brief

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Internal Market) of 27 and 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: 11th meeting of the Commission Technical Expert Stakeholder Group on SME of 29 April 2021
  • Paths towards European Digital Sovereignty in the perspective of Industry and Internal Market Policy
  • Draft - Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), as regards carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicant (CMR) substances

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • "Green finance" - Speech by President Charles Michel at the Leaders’ Climate Summit

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the Special Committee on Agriculture of 19 April 2021 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 26, 27, 28 and 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) of 27 April 2021
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Global Leaders Summit hosted by U.S President Joe Biden on the occasion of Earth Day

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regard the use of polyols in certain energy-reduced confectionery products 
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/663 of 22 April 2021 amending Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards maximum residue levels for chlordecone in or on certain products

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Digital transformation: importance, benefits and EU policy – See the EP Statement
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Geo-blocking in the EU
    Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Transparency Register – Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • During its 48th plenary, the EDPB adopted the following documents: 
    - Opinion 14/2021 on the draft implementing decision pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) on the adequate protection of personal data in the United Kingdom
    - Opinion 15/2021 on the draft implementing decision pursuant to Directive (EU) 2016/680 (LED) on the adequate protection of personal data in the United Kingdom
    - Guidelines on the application of Article 65(1)(a) GDPR
    - Guidelines on the targeting of social media users (following public consultation)
    - Statement on international agreements including transfers
  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for amendment of the Europol Regulation

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Drones: Commission adopts new rules and conditions for safe, secure and green drone operations
    - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/664 of 22 April 2021 on a regulatory framework for the U-space 
    - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/665 of 22 April 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 as regards requirements for providers of air traffic management/air navigation services and other air traffic management network functions in the U-space airspace designated in controlled airspace 
    - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/666 of 22 April 2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 923/2012 as regards requirements for manned aviation operating in U-space airspace
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/662 of 22 April 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 748/2009 on the list of aircraft operators which performed an aviation activity listed in Annex I to Directive 2003/87/EC on or after 1 January 2006 specifying the administering Member State for each aircraft operator 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Eurobarometer: Trust in the European Union has increased since last summer - IP/21/1867
  • 10th Revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 30 April 2021
  • Speech by President Charles Michel at the European University Association annual conference
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the New European Bauhaus Conference

BREXIT

  • Statement following the third meeting of the Specialised Committee on Gibraltar between the European Union and the UK Government via videoconference
  • Could the Brexit domino effect come back to haunt us? - See EPC Commentary

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Introductory statement by Christine Lagarde, Luis de Guindos to the press conference (with Q&A) & Monetary policy decisions
  • Results of the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters in the second quarter of 2021
  • ECB - US dollar liquidity-providing operations from 1 July 2021
  • Leveraged property cycles - ECB Working Paper Series No.2539
  • Capital flows-at-risk: push, pull and the role of policy - ECB Working Paper Series No.2538
  • Government finance statistics: updated information - Eurostat

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU allocates €149 million in humanitarian aid to the Greater Horn of Africa region - IP/21/1861
  • Statement by the President and Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation
  • EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs
  • Russia, Ukraine and the West: Déjà vu all over again – See CER Opinion Piece