EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - No obligation to be vaccinated and a ban on discrimination against people who do not wish to be vaccinated 
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Falsification of PCR certificates and European vaccination card
  • EMA starts evaluating use of Olumiant in hospitalised COVID-19 patients requiring supplemental oxygen

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €2.5 million Belgian scheme to support professional sport clubs in Flemish and Brussels Regions in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62466) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €40 million Dutch subsidised soft bridge loans scheme to support start-ups affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62556)  - Midday Express

MOBILITY

  • EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Slovakia submits official recovery and resilience plans - IP/21/2046 & QaA/21/1870

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Commissioner Várhelyi travels to the Western Balkans as first EU funded vaccines arrive

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10207 - ICG/Dr. Axel Paeger/AMEOS)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10214 - Clearlake/TA Associates/Precisely)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10208 - The Coca-Cola Company/Coca-Cola HBC/WABI CCH JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10224 - OTPP/Nikky Investments/Logoplaste)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10020 - Korian/VYV/Technosens Evolution)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10265 - Hisense Group/Sanden)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10257 - Clearlake/TA Associates/Infogix)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10245 - TA Associates/Partners Group/Unit4)
  • Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers (AT.40437) - IP/21/2061
  • Commission clears acquisition of Stark Group by CVC (M.10164) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of parts of Walgreens Boots Alliance's Pharmaceutical Business by Amerisourcebergen (M.10162) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Semiconductor industry: Bundeskartellamt clears the proposed acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor PLC by Renesas Electronics Corporation
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition by Schülke & Mayr GmbH of the share capital of CommitMed GmbH and subsidiaries
  • Danish Competition Appeals Tribunal: FK Distribution has abused its dominant position
  • France - « FinTech » sector-specific inquiry: The Autorité de la concurrence issues its opinion
  • Ireland - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) commenced an investigation into suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the sale of household furniture in the State (See the Agreement)
  • Malta - Office for Competition is publishing a preliminary report regarding the results of a sector inquiry on the Supply of Infant Milk Formula in the Public Health Secto

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 29 April 2021 in Case C‑890/19 P, Fortischem a.s., Vs. European Commission, AlzChem AG
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Advantage - Recovery - Economic continuity
  • Judgment of the Court of 29 April 2021 in Case C‑847/19 P, Achemos Grupė UAB, Achema AB, Vs. European Commission, Republic of Lithuania, Klaipėdos Nafta AB
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Decision not to raise any objections - Article 108 TFUE - Rights of the interested parties - Principle of sound administration - Diligent and impartial investigation - Scope of the review by the General Court - Obligation to state reasons
  • Judgment of the Court of 29 April 2021 in Case C‑704/19 P, European Commission, Vs. Kingdom of Spain
    Re: "Failure of a Member State to fulfil its obligations - State aid - Aid for the deployment of digital terrestrial television in remote and less urbanized areas of the Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla-La Mancha (Autonomous Community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) - Decision (EU) 2016/1385 - Unlawful aid incompatible with the internal market - Failure to implement within the time limit set"
  • Opinion of Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzella of 29 April 2021 in Case C-647/19 P, Ja zum Nürburgring eV Vs. European Commission
    Re: "Appeal - State aid - Aid for the Nürburgring complex - Sale of the assets of the beneficiaries of the State aid declared incompatible - Open, transparent, non-discriminatory and unconditional tendering procedure - No difficulties requiring the opening of a formal investigation procedure - Admissibility - Status of interested party - Obligation on the Court of First Instance to state reasons - Distortion of the evidence"
  • Opinion of Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzella of 29 April 2021 in Case C‑665/19 P, NeXovation, Inc. Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Aid in favour of the Nürburgring complex - Sale of the assets of the beneficiaries of the State aid found to be incompatible - Open, transparent, non-discriminatory and unconditional tender process - No difficulties that would have required the initiation of a formal investigation procedure - Obligation of the General Court to state reasons - Article 20(2) of Regulation No 659/1999 - Infringement of the procedural rights of the interested parties

TRADE & CUSTOMS 

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 04 May 2021
  • EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement: Council adopts decision on conclusion
  • Draft Opinion by Bernd Lange on the future of EU-US relations
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Starting negotiations on a bilateral investment agreement with Taiwan
  • WTO - Members consider requests for dispute panels from Australia, Malaysia
  • WTO - Future of special treatment for developing countries talks lies in members’ hands - chair

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • The conclusion of a contract of insurance against civil liability in respect of motor vehicles is compulsory where the vehicle concerned is registered in a Member State and has not been officially withdrawn from use (See No 71/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-383/19 - Ubezpieczeniowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny )  
  • Agenda for: High Level Working Group on Competitiveness & Growth of 06 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Tourism) of 05 May 2021
  • EU defence gets a boost as the European Defence Fund becomes a reality - IP/21/2007 & FactSheet
  • Public consultation - EU-wide protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 29 April 2021 - 22 July 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Copyright law reform and the urgent need to support media publishers in view of the unreasonable negotiating positions of digital platforms such as Google

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • SMSG advice to ESMA on its Consultation Paper on “Guidelines on certain aspects of appropriateness and execution-only”
  • EBA consults on draft technical standards specifying how to identify the appropriate risk weights and conditions when assessing minimum LGD values for exposures secured by immovable property 

TAXATION

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Statement by Commissioner Nicolas Schmit ahead of International Workers' Day
  • The impact of teleworking and digital work on workers and society - Study for EP EMPL Committee

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • EU law prohibits the addition of the alga Lithothamnium calcareum in the processing of organic foodstuffs such as rice- and soya-based organic drinks for the purpose of their enrichment with calcium (See No 69/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-815/19 - Natumi ) 
  • Advocate General Pitruzzella: PDO products are protected against all forms of commercial parasitism (See No 74/2021 - Opinion  in Case C-783/19 - Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne)
  • Fairness in the food supply chain: Member States to apply EU rules banning unfair trading practices
  • Study on the Union’s options to update the existing legislation on the production and marketing of plant reproductive material
  • Study on the status of new genomic techniques under Union law and in light of the Court of Justice ruling in Case C-528/16  

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 04 May 2021
  • Agreement between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the European Atomic Energy Community for Cooperation on the Safe and Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
  • Public consultation: Renewable energy – new Renewable Development Platform - Delegated regulation - Feedback period: 29 April 2021 - 27 May 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices of 04 May 2021
  • EFSA reports set to inspire future risk communications in Europe
  • EFSA External Scientific Report - Physicochemical characterization of nanoparticles in food additives in the context of risk identification
  • EFSA External Scientific Report - Overview of sixteen scientific opinions on genetically modified plants obtained by new genomic techniques
  • EFSA Scientific Report - Overview of EFSA and European national authorities’ scientific opinions on the risk assessment of plants developed through New Genomic Techniques
  • EFSA Catalogue of Communication Tools and Dissemination Guidelines: benchmarking current practice in EU and Member State bodies
  • EFSA Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of chromium propionate (KemTRACE™ Chromium) for all growing poultry species (Kemin Europa NV)
  • 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 (BASF SE)
  • EFSA Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of a dried extract from the roots of Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer (P. ginseng dry extract) for use in cats and dogs (C.I.A.M.)
  • EFSA Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme triacylglycerol lipase from the genetically modified Aspergillus luchuensis strain FL100SC
  • EFSA - Mapping the coordination and cooperation mechanisms of risk communication on feed/food safety in the EU

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • A Member State may refuse to recognise a driving licence that was merely renewed in a Member State after its holder had been prohibited from driving in its territory (See No 70/2021 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-47/20, C-56/20 - Stadt Karlsruhe (Reconnaissance d’un permis de conduire renouvelé) 
  • Rail transport: Commission welcomes adoption of improved rail passenger rights - Midday Express

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Census 2021: Portuguese DPA (CNPD) suspended data flows to the USA
  • ACER seeks views on its proposal for a Framework Guideline to establish a Network Code on Cybersecurity

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The Court of Justice clarifies the scope of the principle ne bis in idem applicable when executing a European arrest warrant in respect of acts which were previously the subject of a sentence in a third State (See No 73/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-665/20 - PPU - X (Mandat d’arrêt européen - Ne bis in idem) 
  • Commissioner Johansson's video message at the European Migration Network Annual Conference - "Digital transformation in migration"
  • Fighting sexual abuse of children: Commission welcomes political agreement on interim rules for voluntary detection measures by online service providers - IP/21/2463
  • Combating child abuse online - informal deal with European Parliament on temporary rules
  • Border management: Frontex agreement with Serbia enters into force - Midday Express
  • Rule of law in Malta: Parliament calls for justice and reforms

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Council ready for talks on €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve
  • 13th revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021
  • EP group leaders’ statement on the Conference on the Future of Europe

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Interview of Philip R. Lane with Dagens Industri TV
  • ECB- Euro area economic and financial developments by institutional sector: fourth quarter of 2020

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union – (Foreign Affairs/Defence) of 06 May 2021 – see the “List of A Items
  • Myanmar/Burma: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the outcome of the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting
  • Myanmar/Burma: Council extends sanctions for another year (See Regulation (EU) 2021/706, Decision (CFSP) 2021/711 - see Notice 1 & 2
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/707 of 29 April 2021 implementing Article 17(3) of Regulation (EU) No 224/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in the Central African Republic
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/712 of 29 April 2021 implementing Decision 2013/798/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Central African Republic
  • The Council appointed Mr Sven Koopmans as the EU's Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process from 1 May 2021 to 28 February 2023 - See Decision (CFSP) 2021/710
  • Russia: MEPs deplore military build-up, attack in Czechia and jailing of Navalny -see the EP Resolution
  • Human rights: Pakistan, Bolivia and the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America - MEP
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - State of play of EU-Turkey political, economic and trade relations