EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/756 of 24 March 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 1234/2008 concerning the examination of variations to the terms of marketing authorisations for medicinal products for human use and veterinary medicinal products

STATE AID

  • Commission approves Danish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.62226) Midday Express
  • Commission approves €8.8 million Estonian scheme to support organisers of cultural events in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62815) Midday Express
  • Commission approves €22 million Portuguese scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the region of Madeira in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62647) Midday Express
  • COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Vaccine manufacturing requirements and intellectual property

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears creation of joint venture between Saudi Aramco Development Company and Cognite (M.10182Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Signature Aviation by Blackstone, GIP and Cascade Investment (M.10200Midday Express
  • Belgium - The Competition College has imposed a fine on companies of the Caudalie group for the imposition of minimum prices and the restriction of active and passive sales
  • Romania - The Competition Council fined Delgaz Grid SA 6.1 Million Euros

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 19 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group 16-17 June 2021
  • Action brought on 15 March 2021 - Hangzhou Dingsheng Industrial Group and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-150/21
    Re: annulment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2162 of 18 December 2020
  • Appeal brought on 26 February 2021 by Changmao Biochemical Engineering Co. Ltd against the judgment of the General Court (Third Chamber) delivered on 16 December 2020 in Case T-541/18, Changmao Biochemical Engineering Vs. Commission - Case C-123/21 P
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/760 of 7 May 2021 amending Implementing Regulations (EU) 2020/761 and (EU) 2020/1988 as regards the management system of some tariff quotas with licences and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/991
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the Eu-Jordan Association Council of 15 April 2021 amending the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, by replacing Protocol 3 thereto concerning the definition of the concept of ‘originating products’ and methods of administrative cooperation 
  • Trade of dual-use items: new EU rules adopted

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: 12th Forum for the Exchange of Information on Enforcement of the EU legislation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles of 26 May 2021
  • Council complements EU research legislative framework
  • Commissioner Gabriel meets Innovation Ecosystem Leaders Group to support start-ups in Europe - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA has withdrawn the credit rating agency (CRA) registration of ACRA Europe, a.s. (ACRAE).
  • ESMA has updated its public register with the latest set of double volume cap (DVC) data under MiFID II 

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Energy of 12 May 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP to a written question - Alternative to offshore wind turbines for truly green energy
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP to a written question - Hydropower use in the EU

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 10, 11 and 12 May 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Eliminating mercury light bulbs (completing the enactment of the RoHS Directive) 
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Written question on the Single‑Use Plastics Directive guidelines
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Fertilisation restrictions

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Telecommunications & Information Society 12 May 2021
  • Europe’s media in the digital decade - An action plan to support recovery and transformation in the news media sector - Study - Research for EP CULT Committee
  • Leveraging European Union's competitiveness and global influence through an ambitious Digital Services Package - Policy debate

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson participate in ministerial conference on migration management with African partnersMidday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Can central bank communication help to stabilise inflation expectations? – ECB Working Paper Series - No.2547
  • First Recovery and Resilience Dialogue with the European Commission – In-Depth Analysis - EP ECON Committee
  • Interview with Frank Elderson, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Annemiek Leclaire
  • Interview with Philip R. Lane, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, conducted by Eric Albert and Marie Charrel

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Conference on the Future of Europe: inaugural event in Strasbourg - IP/21/2403
  • Conference on the Future of Europe: make your voice heard - IP/21/2402
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the inaugural event of the Conference on the Future of Europe
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 12 May 2021 
  • 5th Revised List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

EU - INDIA SUMMIT

  • Remarks by President Charles Michel after the informal meeting of the members of the European Council and the EU-India Leaders' meeting in Porto 
  • ‎EU-India Connectivity Partnership, 8 May 2021 - See the Full text
  • Joint Statement - EU-India Leaders’ Meeting, 8 May 2021 
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel and Prime Minister Costa following the informal meeting of EU Leaders and the EU-India leaders' meeting
  • "The EU stands with India in times of need": op-ed article by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  • Principles, Partnership, Prosperity: EU and India launch collaboration on sustainable connectivity - IP/21/2327