EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/892 of 3 June 2021 amending Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction
  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Digital green certificate - mandatory vaccination and privacy
  • Advancing international collaboration on COVID-19 real-world evidence and observational studies - EMA Statement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €4 million Estonian scheme to support commercial regular bus services companies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.62921) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €500,000 Portuguese scheme to support passenger transport sector in Azores in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.63010) - Midday Express 

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 3 June 2021 in Case C 563/19 P, Recylex SA, Fonderie et Manufacture de Métaux SA, Harz-Metall GmbH, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Market for car battery recycling - 2006 Leniency Notice - Point 26 - Partial immunity - Additional facts increasing the gravity or the duration of the infringement - Elements known to the European Commission - Reduction of the amount of the fine - Ranking for the purposes of the reduction - Chronological order
  • Opinion of Advocate General Pitruzzella of 3 June 2021 in Cases C 697/19 P to C 700/19 P, Sony Corporation and Sony Electronics, Inc. (C 697/19 P) Sony Optiarc and Sony Optiarc America (C 698/19 P) Quanta Storage, Inc. (C 699/19 P) Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Corp., Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology Korea Corp. (C 700/19 P) Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Optical disk drives - Decision finding an infringement of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement - Collusive agreements relating to bidding events organised by two computer manufacturers - Single and continuous infringement - Individual infringements constituting that infringement - Obligation to state reasons - Infringement of the rights of the defence - Calculation of the amount of the fines - 2006 Guidelines on the method of setting fines - Principles of proportionality and equal treatment
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 14 June 2021
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10220 - TPG Capital/AT&T/AT&T US video business)
  • Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct of Facebook - IP/21/2848
  • Commission clears acquisition of EPS by Entega and of EMS by Entega and Viessmann (M.10181) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 3 June 2021 in Case C-57/19 P, European Commission Vs. Tempus Energy Ltd and Tempus Energy Technology Ltd
    Re: Appeal - State Aid - Great Britain electricity capacity market - Decision not to raise objections - Concept of serious difficulties - Standard of proof - Commission’s obligation to carry out a diligent and impartial examination of the information provided by the Member State concerned - Commission’s obligation to investigate a case of its own motion - Pre-notification contacts
  • Commission approves German support for cogenerated electricity (SA.56826) - IP/21/2842

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 03 June 2021 in Case C 822/19, Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Braşov, Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală a Vămilor - Direcţia Regională Vamală Braşov - Biroul Vamal de Interior Sibiu Vs. Flavourstream SRL
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs union - Common Customs Tariff - Combined Nomenclature - Tariff classification - Tariff subheadings 1702 90 95, 2912 49 00 and 3824 90 92 - Aqueous solution
  • Judgment of the Court of 03 June 2021 in Case C 76/20, BalevBio’ EOOD Vs . Teritorialna direktsia Severna morska, Agentsia ‘Mitnitsi’, intervener: Okrazhna prokuratura - Varnenska
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common customs tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Goods made of different materials - Plant fibres - Melamine resin - Headings 3924 and 4419 - Goods described as ‘bamboo beakers’
  • Judgment of the Court of 03 June 2021 in Case C 39/20, Staatssecretaris van Financiën Vs. Jumbocarry Trading GmbH,
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 - Union Customs Code - First subparagraph of Article 22(6), read in conjunction with Article 29 - Communication of the grounds to the person concerned before taking a decision which would adversely affect that person - Article 103(1) and Article 103(3)(b) - Limitation of the customs debt - Period for notification of the customs debt - Suspension of the period – Article 124(1)(a) - Extinguishment of the customs debt where it is time-barred - Temporal application of the provision governing the grounds for suspension - Principles of legal certainty and protection of legitimate expectations)
  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 3 June 2021 in Case C 825/19, Beeren-, Wild-, Feinfrucht GmbH Vs. Hauptzollamt Erfurt
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs Union - Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 - End use procedure - Successive authorisation with retroactive effect - Temporal scope - Conditions
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 09 June 2021
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the EU-Colombia-Peru-Ecuador Trade Committee of 17 May 2021 amending Appendix 1 of Annex XII (Government Procurement) to the Trade Agreement between the European Union and its Member States, of the one part, and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador, of the other part (2021/894)
  • EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic - IP/21/2801, QaA, Factsheet
    - EU communication to the WTO General Council
    - EU communication to the WTO TRIPS Council
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Sustainability impact assessment of the EU-Mercosur trade agreement
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Hentong’s compliance with EU sanctions and its participation in the EU market
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Joint venture requirements under the investment agreement between the EU and the People’s Republic of China
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - India and South Africa’s call for the WTO to suspend or waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 related technologies 
  • WTO - Deadline for submitting proposals for 2021 Public Forum extended to 14 June

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: 2nd online meeting of the Industry Forum expert group of 29 June 2021
  • Commission Directive (EU) 2021/903 of 3 June 2021 amending Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards specific limit values for aniline in certain toys

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Financial Services Committee of 16 June 2021
  • Opinion on changes to the features of frozen funds (Libya, Syria) – 27 May 2021
  • ESMA sees a prolonged period of risk from market corrections
  • EMIR: Commission specifies commercial terms for clearing services for OTC derivatives
  • Third joint report on the implementation of residence rights under part two of the Withdrawal Agreement

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: Expert group on the implementation of the legislative package to transmit and exchange payment data in order to combat VAT fraud of 30 June – 01 July 2021 

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • In order for it to be considered that it ‘normally carries out its activities’ in a Member State, a temporary-work agency must carry out a significant part of its activities of assigning temporary agency workers for the benefit of user undertakings established and carrying out their activities in the territory of the same Member State. (See CPR No 92/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-784/19 - TEAM POWER EUROPE) 
  • The principle, laid down by EU law, of equal pay for male and female workers can be relied upon directly, in respect both of ‘equal work’ and of ‘work of equal value’, in proceedings between individuals (See CPR No 95/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-624/19 - Tesco Stores)  
  • Draft Council conclusions on telework

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 08 June 2021
  • Statement by Commissioner K. Simson on the Astravets nuclear power plant in Belarus 

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Between 2010 and 2016, Germany systematically and persistently exceeded the limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) (See CPR No 94/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-635/18 - Commission Vs. Germany (Valeurs limites - NO2) - Environment and consumers) - Financial Times
  • Agenda for: 24th Meeting of the Competent Authorities for the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants of 08 June 2021
  • Conclusions on Forging a climate-resilient Europe - the new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change - Approval
  • EU's new rules on sustainability spell trouble for companies - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • EU regulators develop recommendations to forecast demand of medicines - EMA Statement
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of feed additives consisting of Vitamin B (98%) and Vitamin B (80%) as riboflavin produced by Bacillus subtilis KCCM 10445 for all animal species (Hubei Guangji Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion Ad hoc method for the assessment of animal diseases caused by bacteria resistant to antimicrobials
  • EFSA - Scientific opinion on the relationship between intake of alpha‐lipoic acid (thioctic acid) and the risk of insulin autoimmune syndrome
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion Safety and efficacy of an additive consisting of potassium diformate (Formi™ LHS) for piglets (weaned) and pigs for fattening (Addcon GmbH)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting on Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (formerly Lactobacillus plantarum) CECT 8350 and Limosilactobacillus reuteri (formerly Lactobacillus reuteri) CECT 8700 (AQ02) for suckling piglets (AQUILON CYL S.L.)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Aviation: ASEAN and the EU conclude the world’s first bloc-to-bloc Air Transport Agreement
  • Travel restrictions: Council adds Japan to the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift restrictions on non-essential travel
  • Inland navigation: Council approves general approach to allow continued work by non-EU nationals
  • Rail at the forefront of smart and sustainable mobility – Council adopts conclusions
  • Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy – Council adopts conclusions
  • Clearer rules for the use of hired lorries – Council agrees its position

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • New EU copyright rules that will benefit creators, businesses and consumers start to apply - IP/21/1807
    - Communication from the Commission - Guidance on Article 17 of Directive 2019/790 on Copyright in the Digital Single Market
    - QaA – New EU copyright rules
    - QaA – Directive on television and radio programmes
  • Report from the Commission on the evaluation of Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS) - see the Working Document

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The Court dismisses Hungary’s action against the Parliament resolution triggering the procedure for determining the existence of a clear risk of a serious breach, by a Member State, of the values on which the European Union is founded (See CPR No 93/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-650/18 - Hungary Vs. Parliament - Law governing the institutions)
  • Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans - IP/21/2263, QaA
    - European Digital Identity – Facts Page
    - European Digital Identity Regulation
    - European Digital Identity Recommendation

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • 3rd revised "List of meetings" taking place between 1 and 30 June 2021 
  • Any other business Work programme of the incoming Presidency - Information from the Slovenian delegation

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 8 June 2021
  • The Council took note of the sixth progress report on the implementation of the common set of proposals endorsed by EU and NATO Councils