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
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Liability for side effects of COVID-19 vaccine
  • EMA and ECDC join forces for enhanced post-marketing monitoring of COVID-19 vaccines in Europe
  • SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern pose a higher risk for hospitalisation and intensive care admission - see ECDC Study

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €4 million Portuguese employment aid scheme to preserve jobs on Azores Islands during coronavirus outbreak (SA.61240) - Midday Express

EMPLOYMENT

ECONOMY

  • Statement by President von der Leyen on the finalisation of national recovery plans under NextGenerationEU 

COMPETITION

  • Antitrust: Commission fines investment banks € 28 million for participating in SSA bonds trading cartel - IP/21/2004
  • Commission clears acquisition of Hydro Rolling by KPS Capital Partners (M.10227) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects and 2nd phase proceedings
  • EU to charge Apple with anti-competitive behaviour this week - Case began 2 years ago and is one of several involving the US tech group - Financial Times 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 5 May 2021
  • EP legislative resolution of 27 April 2021 on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion on behalf of the European Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the Union and Norway relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff-rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union
  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Expert Group on responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold of 27 November 2020
  • Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement - see the EP ResolutionFinancial Times
  • Brussels prepares new rules to clamp down on foreign public subsidies - Proposals would be challenge to China at tense time for EU relations with Beijing - Financial Times 
  • Europeans reassess the double-edged sword of trade with China - Growth in commerce has eased Covid’s economic hit to EU but risks human rights backlash - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/699 of 21 December 2020 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 748/2012 as regards the instructions for continued airworthiness, the production of parts to be used during maintenance and the consideration of ageing aircraft aspects during certification
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/700 of 26 March 2021 amending and correcting Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014 as regards the maintenance data and the installation of certain aircraft components during maintenance
  • The first-ever financial programme to boost the Single Market is ready to kick-off - IP/21/1989 & FactSheet
  • Commissioner Gabriel meets European Women in Venture Capital Group to support female innovators  - Midday Express
  • EU Space Regulation ready to take off - IP/21/1992
  • New Consumer Market Monitoring survey - Annex III
  • MEPs adopt landmark research programme Horizon Europe
  • Electric cars already cheapest option today for many consumers, new study finds - see Beuc Statement

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting of 29 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on financial services (Crypto-Assets) - Attachés + experts of 07 May 2021
  • EBA releases a new erratum (erratum 2) of the taxonomy package on reporting framework 3.0 phase 2.
  • ESMA - Public hearing on CP on taxonomy-related product disclosures April 2021 - Agenda

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Globalisation: European Commission proposes €1.1 million to support 500 dismissed foundry workers in Germany – IP/21/1939 & EGF/2020/003 DE/GMH Guss
  • Parliament adopts a more reactive and accessible European Globalisation Fund - See the EP Resolution

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Main Resultsof the Meeting of the Agriculture Ministers of 26 April 2021 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Public Consultation - Water pollution – EU rules on urban wastewater treatment (update) - Feedback period: 28 April 2021 - 21 July 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Position (EU) No 9/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a programme for the internal market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, the area of plants, animals, food and feed, and European statistics (Single Market Programme) and repealing Regulations (EU) No 99/2013, (EU) No 1287/2013, (EU) No 254/2014 and (EU) No 652/2014 - Adopted by the Council on 13 April 2021 - see the Statement of the Council reasons
  • Public Consultation - Medical devices – online manuals replacing paper instructions - Feedback period: 27 April 2021 - 25 May 2021
  • EFSA - African swine fever: risks from feed, bedding and transport 

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the Proposal for a Pilot Regime for Market Infrastructures based on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)
  • AEPD-EDPS joint paper on 10 misunderstandings related to anonymisation
  • Artificial Intelligence Act: a welcomed initiative, but ban on remote biometric identification in public space is necessary 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Statement on the occasion of the 64th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (Vienna, 12-16 April 2021)
    - Agenda item 3: General debate 
    - Agenda item 7: Inter-agency cooperation and coordination of efforts in addressing and countering the world drug problem
  • Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration - IP/21/1931, QaA/21/1932, Remarks by VP Schinas, Communication & Working Document 
  • A strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism endorsed by European Parliament - IP/21/1940QaA/21/1941, EP Resolution and the EP Statement
  • Public Consultation - Fighting cross-border crime – IT collaboration platform for joint investigation teams - Feedback period: 27 April 2021 - 25 May 2021
  • 30 arrested in The Netherlands and Poland after 54 million counterfeit cigarettes seized - See Europol Statement
  • How to fight corruption and uphold the rule of law - Seee CER Policy brief

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 12th Revision of the "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 30 April 2021
  • Primacy's Twilight? On the Legal Consequences of the Ruling of the Federal Constitutional Court of 5 May 2020 for the Primacy of EU Law - Study for the EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs

BREXIT

  • Regulation on Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) - Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU budget 2021-2027: Record €1.8 billion funding for projects promoting rights and values in the EU - Midday Express
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Germany and Greece submit official recovery and resilience plans - IP/21/1990
  • European Structural and Investment Funds: spending doubled in 2019-2020 - IP/21/1936, see the Report & Annex
  • ECB - Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 23 April 2021
  • Economic predictions with big data: the illusion of sparsity - ECB Working Paper Series No.2542
  • 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

  • Judgment of the Court of 28 April 2021 in Case T-540/19, Ammar Sharif, Vs. Council of the European Union, supported by European Commission,
    Re: CFSP- Restrictive measures against Syria - Freezing of funds - Error of assessment - Proportionality - Right to property - Right to pursue an economic activity
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Sanctions against the ‘Belorus’ sanatorium
  • Can the UK be secure if Europe is not? The UK's (un)integrated review - See CER Insight