EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Vaccine production in the European Union
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Application of the clause in the Doha Declaration in respect of Article 31 of the TRIPS Agreement 

DIGITAL

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: France submits official recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/2021
  • EU Cohesion policy: €300 million to support measures for recovery and transition for France and Germany - Midday Express
  • National Recovery and Resilience Plans: Empowering the green and digital transitions? - See EPC Policy Paper

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Uplight by AES, Coatue and Schneider Electric - Midday Express
  • France - Green light, subject to conditions, for the acquisition of Suez RV OSIS by SARP, a Veolia subsidiary

STATE AID

  • Communication from the Commission - Guidelines on regional State aid
  • Commission approves prolongation and modification of German scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources - IP/21/2042
  • Commission approves €2.5 million compensation to Slovenian Press Agency STA for its public service - IP/21/2041
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Italcomp situation

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 5 May 2021
  • Agenda for: High Level Working Party of the Directors General of Customs of 04 May 2021
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products - See the Annex
  • Anti-dumping proceeding concerning imports of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Turkey
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/704 of 26 February 2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2018/196 of the European Parliament and of the Council on additional customs duties on imports of certain products originating in the United States of America
  • EU and Republic of Korea hold high-level trade meeting - Midday Express
  • Counterfeit remains top priority for EU’s efforts in intellectual property protection - see DG Trade Statement & Report
  • New Zealand : Report on the 10th round of negotiations for a trade agreement between the European Union and New Zealand - 22-30 March 2021
  • Canada: CETA Guide on Business and Professional Services
  • Canada: Report of the 3rd meeting of the CETA Committee on Trade Sustainable Development of 10-11 December 2020
  • Canada: An overview of EU-Canada trade performance under CETA
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Possible division of the EU-Mercosur agreement
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - The Union Customs Code – clarifications on Articles 70 and 74
  • WTO - Morocco notified the Committee on Safeguards that it initiated on 23 April 2021 a safeguard investigation on street lights
  • WCO Working Group on Performance Measurement successfully concludes its 3rd Meeting of 22 April 2021
  • EU industry calls for urgent carbon border tax as prices soar - Record costs in bloc’s ETS are a gift to rivals, say companies - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Note from the Trio Presidency - The Update of the Industrial Strategy: First reactions and the external dimension
  • Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH - Decision not to oppose adoption - Statement by the German Delegation 
  • Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future - IP/21/1901QaA/21/1902, Speech by VP Maroš Šefčovič, see the Communication
  • Intellectual Property Action Plan: Commission seeks public opinion on protection of Industrial Designs and EU-wide Geographical indications for products - Midday Express
  • Analysis highlights quality of public administration as key success factor towards recovery, green and digital transitions - Midday Express
  • New tyre labelling rules apply from 1 May 2021 - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Implementation of the General Vehicle Safety Regulation
  • The EU must play a long game for semiconductor success - Europe’s share of world chip production has collapsed but building new plants is only part of the solution - Financial Times 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Public consultation - Extension of the transitional provisions related to own funds requirements for exposures to central counterparties - Feedback period: 28 April 2021 - 26 May 2021
  • EIOPA annual report on the use of capital add-ons under Solvency II
  • Opinion of the European Central Bank of 28 April 2021 on a proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology
  • Opinion of the European Central Bank of 19 February 2021 on a proposal for a regulation on Markets in Crypto-assets, and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937 (CON/2021/4)
  • EBA launches public consultation to enhance proportionality in liquidity reporting 
  • EBA consults on draft Guidelines on the delineation and reporting of available financial means of Deposit Guarantee Schemes
  • The challenges of replacing UCITS KIIDs with PRIIP KIDs - See EFAMA Statement

TAXATION

  • Acea - Tax from motor vehicles rises to €398bn in key EU markets, highest taxes per vehicle in Belgium 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Biotechnologies: Commission seeks open debate on New Genomic Techniques as study shows potential for sustainable agriculture and need for new policy - IP/21/1985
  • The European Commission's response on NGTs must take us away from an increasingly abstract EU debate on major agricultural issues - See Copa-Cogeca Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Ocean conservation: EU leads the international effort to establish new Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica - IP/21/2006
  • Climate Diplomacy: Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans meets COP26 President in London - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Climate Change
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Contribution of waste-to-energy plants to reducing CO 2 emissions 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Timmermans to a MEP written question - Legislative initiatives addressing voluntary idling of cars 

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels of cadmium in certain foodstuffs
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/705 of 28 April 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 333/2007 as regards the required number of incremental samples and the performance criteria for some methods of analysis
  • Commission launches interactive tool to monitor and anticipate demographic change in the EU - IP/21/1983
  • Factsheet for Class I - Medical Devices
  • EFSA - Physicochemical characterization of nanoparticles in food additives in the context of risk identification

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

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 5 (b): Challenges and future work of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) in the review of substances for possible scheduling recommendations 
    - Agenda item 5(c): International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) 
    - Agenda item 6: Follow-up on the implementation at the national, regional and international levels of all commitments, as reflected in the Ministerial declaration of 2019, to address and counter the world drug problem
  • Joint statement following the meeting of the Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights between the European Commission and the UK Government
  • New rules adopted for quick and smooth removal of terrorist content online - See the EP Statement

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the New European Bauhaus Collective online conference 'Common Ground: Making the Renovation Wave a Cultural Project'

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Interview on Twitter with ECB's Isabel Schnabel
  • Speech by Frank Elderson: All the way to zero: guiding banks towards a carbon-neutral Europe
  • ECB publishes Euro money market study 2020
  • The role (and accountability) of the President of the Eurogroup - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Draft Opinion by MEP Iuliu Winkler on A new EU-China strategy