EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Side effects of vaccination against COVID-19 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Liability for vaccine side effects 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Sharing COVID-19 vaccines
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Assessment of conflict of interest declarations for members of the team negotiating advance purchase agreements for COVID-19 vaccines 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The Commission’s role on the global stage in ensuring equitable access to coronavirus vaccines 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Sale to third countries of vaccines allocated to Spain 
  • Answer given by Mr Lenarčič to a MEP written question - Emergency support for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in Spain following Storm Filomena and European support mechanisms 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €12 million coronavirus damage compensation and €255.5 million of liquidity support to SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines in Portugal; extends ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid - IP/21/2095

MOBILITY

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU while addressing variants through new ‘emergency brake' mechanism - IP/21/2121, see the Proposal for a Council Recommendation

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans - IP/21/2101

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • India: EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to coordinate emergency supplies - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10248 - AP/Lutech)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10196 - Magna/LGE/JV)
  • Commission clears the creation of a joint venture by Ceravis and Frauenhofer-Gesellschaft (M.10209)  - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Essent Belgium by Luminus (M.10173) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Freesat by Channel 4, together with BBC and ITV (M.10187) - Midday Express
  • Appeal brought on 26 February 2021 by International Skating Union against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-93/18, International Skating Union Vs. European Commission - Case C-124/21 P
  • Appeal brought on 26 February 2021 by American Airlines, Inc. against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-430/18, American Airlines Vs. Commission - Case C-127/21 P
  • Belgium - The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition by Comfort Energy NV of Calpam Belgium NV and its subsidiary Mazout.be SPRL (together called “Q8 Mazout”)
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt gives green light for cooperation between ADAC and Fraunhofer for mobile and rapid COVID 19 tests
  • Hungary - The GVH warned Budapest Park due to its ticket sales practices
  • Sweden - The Competition Authority's enforcement activities in 2020
  • UK - Imprivata’s purchase of Isosec raises competition concerns
  • BEUC welcomes EU Commission’s formal charges against Apple for distorting competition in music streaming

STATE AID

  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Possibility that France could set up an SGEI for the whole of the electricity system and thus drop Project Hercules
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Budget Law and state-aid rules 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 04 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 6 May 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1387/2013 suspending the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain agricultural and industrial products - (See the Annex)
  • Proposal - Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Trade Committee of the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, of the other part, as regards the amendments to Decisions No 1/2014, No 2/2014, No 3/2014, No 4/2014 and No 5/2014 of the Trade Committee to take account of the accession of Ecuador to the Trade Agreement and to update the lists of arbitrators and of experts in Trade and Sustainable Development - Adoption & Statement by the Commission  
  • Draft - Decision of the  EU-Colombia-Peru-Ecuador Trade Committee amending Decisions No 1/2014, No 2/2014, No 3/2014, No 4/2014 and No 5/2014 to take account of the accession of Ecuador to the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, of the other part, and to update the lists of arbitrators and of experts in Trade and Sustainable Development
  • Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights of the WTO - Adoption & Statement by the Commission
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Aluminium road wheels - The People’s Republic of China - 25.1.2022)
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the EU-Switzerland Joint Committee of 12 March 2021 amending Chapter III of, and Annexes I and II to, the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on the simplification of inspections and formalities in respect of the carriage of goods and on customs security measures
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Unfair competition regarding japonica rice and paddy rice: Italian producers call for higher duties on imports from South-East Asia

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Appeal brought on 25 February 2021 by PlasticsEurope against the judgment of the General Court of 16 December 2020 in Case T-207/18, PlasticsEurope Vs. ECHA - Case C-119/21 P
  • Inauguration of the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking Headquarters in Luxembourg

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESA’s Joint Board of Appeal dismissed appeal by Societatea de Asigurare-Reasigurare City Insurance SA against the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority - see the Decision

TAXATION

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Citizens' Dialogue: young people to discuss the future of social Europe with Commissioner Schmit ahead of Porto Social Summit - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 06 & 07 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biodiversity) of 07 May 2021
  • Climate and Environment: Commission welcomes the final approval of the new LIFE Programme with €5.4 billion budget

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • World Press Freedom Day: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for : Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 05 May 2021
  • 2nd Revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Interview with Luis de Guindos, conducted by Tonia Mastrobuoni on 27 April 2021
  • Combining Bayesian VARs with survey density forecasts: does it pay off? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2543
  • Recovery plans: 20% digital spending must be the baseline - DigitalEurope

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the imposition of restrictive measures against eight EU nationals
  • Russia: Joint Statement by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the President of the European Parliament on the imposition of restrictive measures against eight EU nationals