EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Action brought on 29 March 2021 - Amort and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-165/21
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question – Possible purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by EU Member States

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €12.835 million Italian aid measure to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.62542) - IP/21/2475
  • Commission approves €793 million Greek subsidised loan scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by coronavirus outbreak - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €63.2 million modification of Hungarian scheme to support self-employed individuals in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62913) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises €27.8 million Belgian scheme for businesses and self-employed in Wallonia indirectly affected by closure decisions in the context of the coronavirus crisis (SA. 62883) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises €255 million Belgian scheme for companies indirectly affected by closure decisions due to the coronavirus pandemic (SA.62884)  - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question – Temporary Framework for State aid measures in the current COVID-19 outbreak and the wine industry 

ECONOMY

  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Croatia and Lithuania submit official recovery and resilience plans - IP/21/2501

AGRICULTURE

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/788 of 12 May 2021 laying down rules for the monitoring and reporting of infections with SARS-CoV-2 in certain animal species

MOBILITY

  • Draft – Council Decision (EU) 2021/… of … further extending the temporary derogation from the Council's Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430, in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union
  • Coronavirus variants: Commission calls for limiting essential travel from India - IP/21/2461

SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Draft Council Conclusions on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the threat posed by terrorism and violent extremism, including the impact on CT and CVE authorities and their activities – Approval

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU to back expansion of vaccine production capacity in Africa - Investment in manufacturing more useful than Covid patent waivers supported by US - Financial Times

COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question – State aid measures for aviation 
  • Action brought on 29 March 2021 - Autorità di sistema portuale del Mare Ligure occidentale and Others Vs. Commission (Case T-166/21)
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Juzgado de lo Mercantil No 2 de Madrid (Spain) lodged on 15 January 2021 - ZA, AZ, BX, CV, DU and ET Vs. Repsol Comercial de Productos Petrolíferos, S.A. (Case C-25/21)
  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgments on the Amazon and Engie tax State aid cases in Luxembourg

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/792 of 6 May 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Joint Committee on Organic Products established by the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Chile on trade in organic products as regards the adoption of the rules of procedure of the Joint Committee on Organic Products
  • First EU-Vietnam Joint Forum with Civil Society on 4 June 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the General Council of the World Trade Organization on the European Union request for an extension of the WTO waiver permitting autonomous trade preferences to the Western Balkans
  • Joint European Union-United States Statement on addressing global steel and aluminum capacity
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Relaunching negotiations on a transatlantic trade agreement
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Free trade agreements and WTO
  • Bolivia outlines vaccine import needs in use of WTO flexibilities to tackle pandemic
  • Russian businesses start counting cost of EU carbon border tax - Some of Europe’s metal groups call for a different approach as they weigh up billions of dollars in fees - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 17 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) of 27 and 28 May 2021 – “List of A Items”  
    - Leveraging European Union's competitiveness and global influence through an ambitious Digital Services Package - Policy debate
    - Conclusions on "Deepening the European Research Area: Providing researchers with attractive and sustainable careers and working conditions and making brain circulation a reality" – Approval & Statement by the Polish delegation
    - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market for Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC - Progress report
  • Draft – Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH as regards N,N-dimethylformamide

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • SMSG advice to the ESA’s Joint Consultation Paper on Taxonomy-related sustainability disclosures
  • ESAs’ report on the implementation and functioning of the securitisation regulation
  • The EBA observes achievements in a number of key areas of the supervisory review across the EU, but also highlights items requiring continued attention 
  • José Manuel Campa speaks at the 35th Annual General Meeting of ISDA

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) of 19 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on tax questions (direct taxation) of 21 May 2021 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the Council of the European union (Agriculture & Fisheries) of 22 and 23 March 2021
  • Minutes of the Special Committe on Agriculture of 10 May 2021
  • Joint declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, on the opportunities and challenges of agricultural holdings in light of the Farm to Fork Strategy
  • The Commission approves a new protected geographical indication (“Pesca di Delia”) from Italy - Midday Express

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 18 May 2021
  • Action brought on 26 February 2021 - Swissgrid Vs. Commission (Case T-127/21)
  • Acer - Consultation launched on Gas Interconnection Points between the EU and the Energy Community and within the Energy Community
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the Renovation Summit 2021 session – ‘People driving the Energy Transition’
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Introduction of a European industrial electricity price

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Draft Council Conclusions on Access to medecines and medical devices for a Stronger and Resilient EU
  • Conference report and video recording - "Mental health and the pandemic: living, caring, acting!" (10 May 2021)
  • EMA - Meeting highlights from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) of 10-12 May 2021

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Account of the monetary policy meeting of the Governing Council of the ECB held in Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday and Thursday, 21-22 April 2021
  • Funding behaviour of debt management offices and the ECB’s Public Sector Purchase Programme - ECB Working Paper Series No.2552
  • The disciplining effect of supervisory scrutiny in the EU-wide stress test - ECB Working Paper Series No.2551
  • Do banks fuel climate change? - ECB Working Paper Series No.2550
  • Climate-related risks to financial stability - Financial Stability Review - Issue 1, 2021
  • Decisions taken by the Governing Council of the ECB (in addition to decisions setting interest rates) – 14 May 2021

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 19 & 21 May 2021
  • 7th revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 31 May 2021

BREXIT

  • Frost warns EU that it needs to rethink Northern Ireland rules - Election of Edwin Poots as DUP leader has added to pressure over trade and border issues - Financial Times
  • Music industry decries first 100 days of Brexit as a ‘disaster’ - Research shows 94% of respondents had been negatively affected by deal with the EU - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, 17 May 2021: Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU
  • Ethiopia: Statement by HR Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on restricted humanitarian access to Tigray
  • Russia: Declaration by the HR Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU on the publication of a list of so-called “unfriendly States”
  • Israel/Palestine: HR/VP Josep Borrell in intense efforts to contribute to de-escalation of violence
  • Update on the Republic of Albania submitted by the Commission to the Council
  • Nagorno Karabakh conflict: EU allocates additional €10 million to support those affected - IP/21/2462
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell to a MEP written question - Turkey’s unilateral actions and provocations