EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Action brought on 16 February 2021 - Amort and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-96/21)
    Re: action against European Commission Implementing Decision C(2020) 9598 (final) of 21 December 2020 granting a conditional marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council for ‘Comirnaty - COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)’, a medicinal product for human use
  • Action brought on 5 March 2021 - Amort and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-136/21)
    Re: action against European Commission Implementing Decision C(2020) 9598 (final) of 21 December 2020 granting a conditional marketing authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 726/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council for ‘Comirnaty - COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)’, a medicinal product for human use
  • Action brought on 5 February 2021 - Van Walle Vs. ECDC (Case T-83/21)
  • Joint Statement on European Immunization Week 2021: Celebrating the past, present and future benefits of vaccines 
  • Statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on the review by the European Medicines Agency of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
  • Statement by President von der Leyen, Prime Minister of Belgium De Croo, CEO of Pfizer Bourla, and co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of BioNTech Türeci, following the visit to the Pfizer manufacturing plant in Puurs, Belgium
  • Increase in vaccine manufacturing capacity and supply for COVID-19 vaccines from BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna
  • AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine: benefits and risks in context

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €462 million Portuguese support to compensate TAP for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak - IP/21/1928
  • Commission approves €75 million Belgian scheme to support companies restarting activities in Flemish Region affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62430) - Midday Express
  • Action brought on 7 March 2021 - WIZZ Air Hungary Vs. Commission (Case T-142/21)
    Re: annulment of the defendant’s decision (EU) of 20 August 2020 in State aid Case SA.57026 (2020/N) - Romania COVID-19: Aid to Blue Air

TRADE

  • Amendments 1 - 276 - Draft report by MEP Kathleen Van Brempt Trade related aspects and implications of COVID-19

TRANSPORT

  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question - Unilateral State to State measures requiring hauliers to take PCR tests
  • Answer given by Ms Vălean to a MEP written question - Commission measures to support the transport industry and maritime transport in particular

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Council reaffirms Team Europe's commitment to the global fight against the pandemic

COMPETITION

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Nejvyšší soud České republiky (Czech Republic) lodged on 1 February 2021 - RegioJet a.s. (Case C-57/21)
  • Action brought on 2 March 2021 - CCPL and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-130/21)
    Re: annul the fine imposed on the applicants; Case AT.39563 - Retail food packaging
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10060 - Francisco Partners/Marlin Equity Partners/Conan Holdco)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10006 - Covestro/Koninklijke DSM (Resins & Functional Materials Business and Other Assets))
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Precisely by Clearlake and TA Associates (M.10214) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Action brought on 26 February 2021 - Nevinnomysskiy Azot and NAK ‘Azot’ Vs. Commission (Case T-126/21)
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2020/2100 of 15 December 2020
  • Agenda for: members of the Export Credits Group of 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 29 April 2021
  • Recommendation on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the Union, of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part, and of the Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning security procedures for exchanging and protecting classified information
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/671 of 20 April 2021 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
  • The European Commission holds today its EU Trade Policy Day 2021 - Midday Express
  • Reforming the WTO towards a sustainable and effective multilateral trading system - publication
  • Trade policy review: an open, sustainable and assertive trade policy - brochure
  • EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: press conference with leading MEPs
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China agreement (United States and disputes)
  • WTO - Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of Dispute Settlement Body of 28 April 2021

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission welcomes the political agreement on the proposal for a Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism - IP/21/1935
  • Speech by President von der Leyen on the occasion of the first anniversary of the ACT-Accelerator

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party (Taxation) of 05 May 2021
  • Brussels targets tax rules in EU recovery plans - Member states pushed to introduce economic reforms in order to tap into post-pandemic fund - Financial Times

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 28 April 2021
  • EU gas supply sourcing costs fell to record low in 2020 due mainly to COVID-19 gas demand reductions and record LNG deliveries - See ACER Statement 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Press conference by Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius at the informal Environment Council, on 23 April 2021

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Digital Markets Act (The full text of this Opinion can be found in English, French and German on the EDPS website www.edps.europa.eu )
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Data adequacy assessment for the UK and the right to privacy (1), including a 4(+2)‑month temporary extension for transfers of personal data

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Migration: The EU signs a Joint Declaration on cooperation with Afghanistan - Midday Express

FUTURE OF EUROPE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates)
  • Tracking global economic uncertainty: implications for the euro area - ECB Working Paper Series No.2541
  • Foreign banks and the doom loop – ECB Working Paper Series No.2540

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: 18th meeting of the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council of 10 May 2021
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/667 of 23 April 2021 implementing Article 21(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/44 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/672 of 23 April 2021 implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Libya
  • Action brought on 16 February 2021 - Synesis Vs. Council (Case T-97/21)
    Re: annulment of the Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/2130 of 17 December 2020 implementing Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Belarus
  • Appeal brought on 23 February 2021 by Maen Haikal against the judgment of the General Court delivered on 16 December 2020 in Case T-189/19, Maen Haikal v Council of the European Union (Case C-113/21 P)
    Re: annulment in part of Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/87, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/85, Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/806, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/798 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Syria, in so far as they concern Mr Maen Haikal