EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EMA starts rolling review of COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) Inactivated
  • EMA starts evaluating use of COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty in young people aged 12 to 15
  • Reducing mobility of SARS-CoV-2 variants to safeguard containment - See Bruegel Working Paper

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €90 million Slovak scheme to support operators in tourism sector in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62256) - Midday Express 

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Poland submits official recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/2221 & QaA
  • EU recovery funds will flow at last and could be game-changers - Member states have submitted their plans: they are serious and ambitious - Financial Times

EDUCATION & CULTURE

  • Education: Commission launches expert group to step up investment in education in times of COVID-19 - Midday Express
  • Education and Youth in Post-Covid 19 Europe - Crisis effects and policy recommendations - Study for EP CULT Committee 
  • The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the post-COVID Cultural Recovery in the EU: Policy Recommendations Concomitant expertise for INI report - Briefing for EP CULT Committee 

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10181 - Entega/Viessmann/EMS/EPS)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10242 - Melitta/Hubert Burda Media/Roast Market)
  • Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation (M.8181) - IP/21/2181
  • Commission clears acquisition of Indukern by Ravago (M.10213) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - WhatsApp new policy and the Commission’s 2014 approval of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp – personal data as an asset in digital mergers – follow up to question
  • France - The Fleury Michon group is fined 100,000 euros for obstructing an investigation
  • Germany - Guidelines on the conformity of cooperatives with competition law - public consultation
  • Norway - Objections against Bonnier Books’ acquisition of Strawberry Publishing

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €400 million Danish aid scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources (SA.56831) - IP/21/2242
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Lithium batteries project

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party of Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 4 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Commission Expert Group on Trade and Sustainable Development of 19 May 2021
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Risks arising from foreign takeovers of Notified Bodies
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China relations and the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - US tariffs on Italian agri-food products: representations by the EU Commission to the new US administration to remove them
  • CIDSE, MISEREOR and Greenpeace published a new legal opinion on the planned EU-Mercosur trade agreement
  • WTO - Committee on Import Licensing - Import licensing system of Egypt - Additional questions from the European Union to Egypt
  • WTO - TRIPS Council to continue to discuss temporary IP waiver, revised proposal expected in May
  • WTO - Members discuss contours of potential MC12 deliverables
  • We Need to Talk Trade and Technology! - ECIPE Policy Briefs
  • EU-India trade talks face uphill battle - Brussels seeks to restart negotiations after eight-year hiatus but big obstacles remain - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: First meeting of the High Level Roundtable on the Chemicals Strategy of 05 May 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA launches discussion on NPL data templates
  • EBA publishes report on mystery shopping activities of national authorities

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

  • Commission calls for feedback on new platform to facilitate renewable energy statistical transfers
  • ACER publishes updated guidance to facilitate REMIT transaction reporting
  • ACER - Online Webinar on the results of the methodological study on barriers to competitive electricity markets

ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Commission launches online consultation on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare - Feedback period: 04 May 2021 - 27 July 2021
  • Consumer groups in Pro-Nutri-Score countries call for science-based label review - See Beuc Statement 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Aviation on 10 May 2021
  • Maritime taxonomy: new study contributes to definition of ‘sustainable economic activity’
  • EEA EFTA Comment on the Eurovignette Directive

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda of the EU-Brazil expert meeting on drugs (11 May 2021)
  • Position (EU) No 13/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Justice Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1382/2013 - Adopted by the Council on 19 April 2021 - Statement of the Council’s reasons

BREXIT

  • EU-UK cooperation in civil and commercial matters: Commission publishes Communication on the UK's application to join the 2007 Lugano Convention
  • Brussels signals flexibility on post-Brexit rules for N Ireland - European Commission officials warn problems will continue unless UK aligns on food safety - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 05 May 2021
  • 3rd Revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021
  • Special meeting of the European Council (25 May 2021) - Annotated draft agenda
  • Possible items for College agendas: 5 May 2021 - 26 May 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Financial reforms and innovation: a micro-macro perspective - ECB Working Paper Series - No.2544
  • Understanding post-referendum weakness in UK import demand and UK balance of payments risks for the euro area - ECB Economic Bulletin - Issue 3 /2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Russia: Summoning of the Russian Ambassador to the EU - IP/21/2203
  • Ethiopia: Statement by the High Representative Josep Borrell on the cancellation of the Election Observation Mission
  • El Salvador: Statement by the Spokesperson on the replacement of magistrates at the Supreme Court