EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Pressure exerted on the European Medicines Agency in the process to authorise COVID‑19 vaccines
  • EU to sue AstraZeneca over vaccine supply shortfall - Pharma group says litigation is ‘without merit’ and that it will ‘strongly defend’ itself - Financial Times  

EMPLOYMENT

MOBILITY

  • EU in talks with US over pass scheme for vaccinated travelers - Any deal would need to function with compatible digital apps and comply with data protection rules – Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism - IP/21/1986

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10233 - Clearlake/TA Associates/Charlesbank/Ivanti)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10170 - Shell/NXK)
  • Belgium - MEDE-C/C-21/0008: Smile Invest NV - Rabo Participaties B.V. / IGS GeboJagema Holding B.V.
  • Croatia adopts Revised Competition Act 2021
  • Norway - Competition Authority approved the merger between Vipps AS, BankAxept AS and BankID Norge AS with remedies
  • Poland - The European Commission has published its decision to allow UOKiK to review oil refiner PKN Orlen’s plan to take over oil and gas company Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo, or PGNiG
  • Romania - Competition Council examines the acquisition by Sandoz AG of a trading business from GlaxoSmithkline
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding in the matter of a merger of undertakings Smithfield Foods Group Limited and Mecom Group  
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR stopped an administrative proceeding in the matter of a possible cartel agreement in a public procurement for the construction of a healthcare facility “Emergency department of the L. Pasteur University Hospital Košice“
  • Spain - The CNMC imposes a fine of 850,000 euros on Repsol Comercial de Productos Petrolíferos, S.A.
  • UK - CMA published case studies on its decisions finding infringements of competition law by two rolled lead roofing materials companies and by three suppliers of groundworks products to the construction industry 
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by SK hynix Inc. of Intel Corporation's NAND and SSD business.

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/675 of 20 April 2021 authorising the opening of negotiations to amend the International Cocoa Agreement 2010
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/682 of 26 April 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/715 as regards specified fruits originating in Argentina
  • CETA Three Years on an Overview of EU-Canada Trade Performance - 2nd CETA Joint Committee - Report
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Safeguard duties on steel imports into the EU
  • WTO - The second review of the trade policies and practices of Viet Nam takes place on 27 and 29 April 2021
  • WTO members note further progress on Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation
  • WTO - “Easter text” to facilitate negotiations for an investment facilitation agreement
  • WTO examines progress in landlocked developing countries’ trade performance
  • WTO - Seminar to map evolving and diversifying links between IP and competition policy

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Committee on market surveillance and compliance of products of 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: First meeting of the High Level Roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy of 05 May 2021
  • Minutes of 22nd meeting of the eCommerce expert group of the 26 February 2021
  • Germany resists EU move to limit UK role on R&D - Brussels’ plan to limit participation by Britain and others in Horizon Europe raises concern - Financial Times

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Annual EFC Report for 2020 on “The Movement of Capital and the Freedom of Payments”
  • ESMA enters final stage in the registration of the first securitisation repositories

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 7th meeting - Sub-group on VAT aspects of the Platform economy of 18 May 2021
  • Minutes of the Working Party IV - Direct Taxation: Withholding taxes (WHT) relief procedures of 17 March 2021 
  • New future-proof VAT rules- e-commerce made easy

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Revised Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 26, 27 and 28 April 2021
  • Public sector loan facility to support just climate transition – provisional agreement reached

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the PAFF Committee, section General Food Law of 6 May 2021
  • Agenda for: MDCG - Unique Device Identification working group meeting of 04 May 2021
  • Agenda - 7th Plenary meeting of the Expert Panel (2019-2022) of 28 April 2021
  • Revision 4 - Guidance on basic UDI-DI and changes to UDI-DI - ‎27 ‎avril ‎2021
  • Minutes - Subgroup on Traceability and Security Features established by the Expert Group on Tobacco Policy (18 March 2021)
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the High-level Group on HERA and HERA Incubator of 30 March 2021
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of a preparation of benzoic acid, calcium formate and fumaric acid (AviMatrix Z) for all avian species other than laying birds (Novus Europe S.A. / N.V)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Assessment of a feed additive consisting of all‐rac‐alpha tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E) for all animal species for the renewal of its authorisation (DSM)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of ferrous lysinate sulfate for all animal species (Phytobiotics Futterzusatzstoffe GmbH)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Guidance on date marking and related food information: part 2 (food information)

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Summary of the Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Digital Services Act (The full text of this Opinion can be found in English, French and German on the EDPS websitewww.edps.europa.eu)
  • Ireland stress-tests Europe’s data protection law - Timid record against US Big Tech companies puts Ireland’s data protection regulator in a pickle - Financial Times 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Economic predictions with big data: the illusion of sparsity - ECB Working Paper Series No.2542
  • Speech by Philip R. Lane: Maximising the user value of statistics: lessons from globalisation and the pandemic
  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: Monetary autonomy in a globalised world

EXTERNAL RELATIONS