EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves modifications of Polish scheme to support companies in the tourism and cultural sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak, resulting in €593 million budget increase (SA.62231)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €800 million Polish receivables insurance scheme to support domestic trade credit in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.59800) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Vestager to a MEP written question - Company takeovers and State aid allowed under the Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

ECONOMY

  • European Commission announces an Economic Recovery Plan for the Republic of Moldova (€600 million) - IP/21/2712
  • Recovery and Resilience Facility: Czechia submits official recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/2811

TRADE

  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Export of vaccines from the EU to third countries 

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 09 June 2021
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9637 - IAG/Air Europa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10279 - TFS/Mitsui/MAF Colombia)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10228 - Advent/Mondial Relay)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10253 - Colony Capital/Goldman Sachs/Japan JV)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Enverus by Hellmann & Friedman and Genstar (M.10267) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt – List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Slovak Republic - The PMÚ SR approved the concentration of Smithfield Foods Group Limited, a limited liability company, and Mecom Group, s.r.o.
  • Slovak Republic - The PMÚ SR approved the concentration of the undertakings Západoslovenská energetika, a. s., and BK, a.s.
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Glennon Bros UK Holdings Limited of Balcas Limited 
  • UK - The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the anticipated acquisition by Adevinta ASA of eBay Classifieds Group from eBay Inc., and eBay Inc.’s acquisition of a minority stake in Adevinta ASA
  • BEUC joins European Commission investigation into Apple for distorting competition in music streaming

STATE AID

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 16-17 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 04 June 2021
  • Notice of the impending expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (Certain heavy plate of non-alloy or other alloy steel - The People’s Republic of China - 1. 3.2022)
  • Trade: Council agrees its negotiating mandate on the International Procurement Instrument
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Comprehensive consideration of the interests of each Member State in the EU-China investment agreement 
  • EFTA advisory bodies discuss horizontal issues relating to EFTA free trade agreements

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA announces changes to its internal organisation and appoints two new Directors
  • BEUC chief resumes work in the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance after Commission gives reassurances on process and governance

TAXATION

  • Report of the SCAC - Expert Group in the field of VAT- Administrative Cooperation of 20 January 2021
  • Public country-by-country reporting by big multinationals: EU co-legislators reach political agreement -  see the EP Statement
  • Information for EU exporters and carriers regarding the optional deferral of UK import formalities 
  • International tax debate moves from digital focus to global minimum – See Brugel Blog Post

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fighting against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing: Commission notifies the Republic of Ghana with a yellow card - IP/21/2745 & QaA 

ENERGY

  • Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst announce new partnership to support investments in clean technologies for low-carbon industries - IP/21/2746
  • Recent developments in the field of external energy relations - Information from the Commission
  • Reflection on EU taxonomy and further possible steps - Information from the Czech delegation

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Expert Group on clinical trials and the Clinical Trials Facilitation and Coordination Group of 28 May 2021
  • Commissioner Kyriakides participates in the G7 Health Ministers Meeting in Oxford on 3-4 June - Midday Express
  • EFSA - Peer review of the pesticide risk assessment of the active substance carbon dioxide
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Assessment of the feed additive consisting of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (formerly Lactobacillus plantarum) DSM 21762 for all animal species for the renewal of its authorisation (Lactosan GmbH & Co KG)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of l‐histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate produced using Escherichia coli NITE SD 00268 for all animal species (Kyowa Hakko Europe GmbH)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Efficacy of the feed additive containing Companilactobacillus farciminis (formerly Lactobacillus farciminis) CNCM I-3740 (Biacton®) for chickens for fattening, turkeys for fattening and laying hens (ChemVet dk A/S)
  • EFSA - Assessment of the feed additive consisting of copper chelate of hydroxy analogue of methionine for all animal species for the renewal of its authorisation (Novus Europe S.A./N.V.)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/883 of 1 June 2021 amending Regulation (EC) No 474/2006 as regards the list of air carriers banned from operating or subject to operational restrictions within the Union 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Data protection: MEPs urge the Commission to amend UK adequacy decisions - See the EP Statement
  • EDPB Annual Report 2020: Ensuring data protection rights in a changing world
  • Draft opinion Measures for a high common level of cybersecurity across the Union, repealing Directive (EU) 2016/1148 - Amendments 23 - 78

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Company Law (Sustainability information) of 7 June 2021
  • Criminal law and protection of intellectual property rights: connections between counterfeiting and organized crime
  • The European Commission is presenting a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient - IP/21/2708 & QaA - see the Proposal
  • Fight against corruption: Commissioner Johansson delivers a statement to the first UN General Assembly session on corruption - Midday Express
  • Rule of law: MEPs press Commission to defend EU funds – See the EP Statement
  • The EU needs better anti-corruption plans to defend the rule of law in Europe – CER Opinion piece

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission to issue around €80 billion in long-term bonds as part of funding plan for 2021 - IP/21/2749
    Q&A Commission's first funding plan
    Q&A diversified funding strategy
    Factsheet - NextGenerationEU - Funding strategy
  • Economic Dialogue with Cyprus - ECON on 3 June 2021 - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Informal meeting of the members of the EU-Kyrgyz Republic Cooperation Council of 04 June 2021
  • Review of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP): lessons for the implementation of the European Defence Fund (EDF) - Study for EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence 
  • Ms Ramona Iulia Chiriac has been appointed as Head of the European Commission's Representation in Bucharest - IP/21/2672
  • EFTA Ministerial meeting 31 May 2021 - Communiqué & Declaration