EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics - IP/21/2201, FactSheet, see the Communication 
  • Q&A on the EU COVID-19 certificate
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Limits on the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses
  • US backs plan to suspend Covid vaccine patents during pandemic - EU says it is ‘ready to discuss’ move to rip up intellectual property rights - Financial Times

EMPLOYMENT

  • Coronavirus: Commission proposes €6.8 million in total to support 1,700 dismissed workers of air carriers KLM and Finnair - IP/21/2243 & EGF/2020/004 NL/KLM

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Surplus COVID-19 vaccination doses for developing countries
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Restrictions imposed by the State of Qatar on Romanian citizens vaccinated against COVID

COMPETITION

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 6 May 2021 in Case C-819/19, Stichting Cartel Compensation, Equilib Netherlands BV Vs. Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV, Martinair Holland NV, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Lufthansa Cargo AG, British Airways plc, Société Air France SA, Singapore Airlines Ltd, Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd, Swiss International Air Lines AG, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, SAS AB,SAS Cargo Group A/S
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement – Implementing rules of Article 103 TFEU - Transitional regime of Articles 104 and 105 TFEU - Agreements and concerted practices in respect of several elements of the pricing of airfreight services (imposition of fuel and security surcharges, refusal to pay commission on surcharges) - Action for damages - Direct effect - Competence of the national courts
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10225 - AES/Coatue/Schneider Electric/Uplight)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10118 - Investindustrial/Guala Closures)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10246 - Hellman & Friedman/Cordis)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10177 - Repsol/Suez/Ecoplanta)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10253 - Colony Capital/Goldman Sachs/Japan JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10254 - Apax Partners/Rodenstock)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10228 - Advent/Mondial Relay)
  • Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of the evaluation of rules on horizontal agreements between companies - IP/21/2094 
  • Commission clears acquisition of MedRisk by CVC and Carlyle (M.10215) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Honshu Chemical by Mitsui Chemicals and Mitsui Bussan (M.10147) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Sodium gluconate - China - Anti-dumping duty - 21. 1.2022)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/734 of 5 May 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/521 making specific arrangements to the mechanism making certain products subject to the production of an export authorization
  • EU-Korea FTA: 7th Committee on Trade and Sustainable Development: Joint Minutes
  • January 2021 sees decline in agri-food trade - Statement & Report 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - New threat of anti-dumping duties by South Africa on imports of poultry meat originating in Poland, Spain, Ireland and Denmark
  • WTO - DG Okonjo-Iweala underlines urgent need to address equitable access to vaccines

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Judgment of the Court of 6 May 2021 in Case C‑142/20, Analisi G. Caracciolo Srl Vs. Regione Siciliana – Assessorato regionale della salute – Dipartimento regionale per la pianificazione, Regione Sicilia – Assessorato della salute – Dipartimento per le attività sanitarie e osservatorio, Accredia - Ente Italiano di Accreditamento, Azienda sanitaria provinciale di Palermo, intervening parties: Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation Inc.,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Approximation of laws - Regulation (EC) No 765/2008 - Requirements for accreditation and market surveillance relating to the marketing of products - Single national accreditation body - Issuing of the accreditation certificate to conformity assessment bodies - Accreditation body having its seat in a third State - Article 56 TFEU - Article 102 TFEU - Articles 20 and 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Validity
  • Minutes of the Advisory Committee for coordination in the Internal Market field of 24 November 2020
  • EU celebrates 10,000 grantees of the European Research Council
  • Investment Plan for Europe in Belgium: support for innovation, research and development activities of company in the textiles sector - IP/21/2321
  • Energy efficiency and circular economy - ecodesign and energy labelling working plan 2020-2024 – Roadmap - Feedback period: 05 May 2021 - 02 June 2021
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission's proposal for a new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market
  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference on the Launch of Updated EU Industrial Strategy

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services (Digital Operational Resilience) of 12 May 2021
  • High-level conference on a proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive – the way forward - Midday Express
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards specifying the characteristics of the systems and controls for the identification and reporting of any conduct that may involve manipulation or attempted manipulation of a benchmark
  • The EBA consults on its proposals for a central AML/CFT database
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question - EU global human rights sanction regime

TAXATION

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Judgment of the Court of 6 May 2021 in Case C‑499/18 P, Bayer CropScience AG, Bayer AG, Vs. AGPM, NFU, ECPA , Rapool-Ring GmbH Qualitätsraps deutscher Züchter, ESA, Agricultural Industries Confederation Ltd, interveners at first instance, European Commission, supported by: Stichting De Bijenstichting, intervener in the appeal, UNAF, Deutscher Berufs- und Erwerbsimkerbund eV, Österreichischer Erwerbsimkerbund, PAN Europe, Bee Life European Beekeeping Coordination (Bee Life), Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Stichting Greenpeace Council (Greenpeace), Kingdom of Sweden
    Re: Appeal - Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 - Articles 4 and 21 - Criteria for approval - Review of approval - Plant protection products - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 485/2013 - Active substances clothianidin and imidacloprid - Seeds treated with plant protection products containing those active substances - Prohibition of non-professional use - Precautionary principle

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Opinion of Advocate General Bobek of 6 May 2021 in Case C‑428/19, OL, PM, RO Vs. Rapidsped Fuvarozási és Szállítmányozási Zrt.
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 96/71/EC - Freedom to provide services - Posting of workers in the context of the provision of services - Drivers working in international transport - Compliance with the minimum rates of pay of the country of posting - Daily allowance – Regulation (EC) No 561/2006 - Fuel economy allowance
  • Social Europe: President von der Leyen and College members to participate in Porto Social Summit - Midday Express
  • The impact of teleworking and digital work on workers and society - Briefing by EP EMPL Committee 

ENERGY

  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the North Atlantic Council meeting on energy security

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 12 May 2021
  • Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans attends Petersberg Climate Dialogue 

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for:Working Party on Pharmaceuticals & Medical devices of 10 May 2021
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/687 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and the Council, as regards rules for the prevention and control of certain listed diseases - See the Annex
  • President von der Leyen addresses the High Level Scientific Panel for the Global Health Summit
  • Answer given Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Plastic materials and items intended to come into contact with food

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Tanchev: the Court should rule that the Polish legislation concerning the disciplinary regime for judges is contrary to EU law (See Nº 75/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-791/19, Commission Vs. Poland (Régime disciplinaire des juges))
  • Investing in destabilisation: How foreign money is used to undermine democracy in the EU - Study for EP Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • First visit of Security Union Vice-President Margaritis Schinas to ENISA and announcement of ‘Team EU’ for the first Cyber World Cup

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the State of the Union conference of the European University Institute
  • Rede von Präsidentin von der Leyen bei "Ready, Steady, Go! The Conference on the Future of Europe is about to start", einer Veranstaltung der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung