EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak, as well as development and production of coronavirus-relevant products (SA.62576) – IP/21/2904
  • Commission approves €170 million Finnish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.63205) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.5 million Slovenian scheme to support potato farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.63194) - Midday Express 

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10298 - Colony Capital/Platinum Spring/EdgePoint)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10291 - Arçelik/Whirlpool Beyaz)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10242 - Melitta/Hubert Burda Media/Roast Market)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10266 - Astorg Asset Management/Corialis)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10257 - Clearlake/TA Associates/Infogix)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10001 - Microsoft/Zenimax)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10248 - AP/Lutech)
  • Commission clears the merger of Total Produce and Dole (M.10204) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Competition law and creation of a Football Super League 
  • Austria - Federal Competition Authority files application to fine Facebook for failing to notify GIPHY acquisition
  • Croatia - Infringement decision of the CCA in the orthodontists’ cartel case upheld by the Supreme Court
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of the assets, liabilities and operations of the Βyblos Βank S.A.L. branch in Cyprus by AstroΒank Public Company Limited - 04 June 2021
  • Germany - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Greece - Unannounced inspections of the Hellenic Competition Commission in the sector of lighting systems
  • Hungary - Another big-tech proceeding: the GVH is investigating whether Google abused its dominant position

STATE AID

  • The General Court annuls the Commission decision approving the State aid granted by Germany to the airline Condor Flugdienst on the ground of an inadequate statement of reasons (see CPR Nº 98/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-665/20, Ryanair Vs. Commission)
  • The General Court annuls the Commission decision finding that the non-charging of a deposit on certain drinks packaging sold by German border shops to customers resident in Denmark does not constitute State aid (See CPR Nº 97/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-47/19 Dansk Erhverv Vs. Commission)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T‑781/16, Puma SE Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Imports of footwear with uppers of leather originating in China and Vietnam - Implementation of the judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C‑659/13 and C‑34/14 - Reimposition of a definitive anti-dumping duty and definitive collection of the provisional duty - Resumption of the proceeding which preceded the regulations declared invalid - Market economy treatment (MET) - Individual treatment (IT) - Desk analysis - Absence of a verification visit or a request for additional information - Non-reimbursement of anti-dumping duties - Legal basis - Legal certainty - Legitimate expectations - Non-retroactivity - Proportionality - Misuse of powers - Non-discrimination - Previous decision-making practice
  • Judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T‑132/18, Roland SE, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Imports of footwear with uppers of leather originating in China and Vietnam - Implementation of the judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C‑659/13 and C‑34/14 - Reimposition of a definitive anti-dumping duty and definitive collection of the provisional duty - Resumption of the proceeding which preceded the regulations declared invalid - Market economy treatment (MET) - Individual treatment (IT) - Desk analysis - Absence of a verification visit or a request for additional information - Non-reimbursement of anti-dumping duties - Legal basis - Legal certainty - Legitimate expectations - Non-retroactivity - Proportionality - Non-discrimination - Article 1 of Regulation (EC) No 384/96 (now Article 1 of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036) - Previous decision-making practice - Competence of national authorities and courts
  • Minutes of the 58th Plenary meeting of the Trade Contact Group of 15 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 16-17 June and of 12-13 July 2021
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/924 of 3 June 2021 on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the International Cocoa Council as regards the extension of the International Cocoa Agreement 2010
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/926 of 7 June 2021 on the positions to be taken on behalf of the EU in written procedures by the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits and by the Participants to the Sector Understanding on Export Credits for Civil Aircraft as regards the requests by the United Kingdom to become a Participant thereto
  • EU-Canada: Report of the second negotiating round on a MRA for architects
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI): clarifications regarding Chinese compliance with environmental standards and workers’ rights 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Chinese investment in European strategic infrastructures 
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - India to raise duties on European imports 
  • Biden eyes tariffs on China rare earths - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T-177/19, Exxonmobil Petroleum & Chemical BVBA, supported by European Petroleum Refiners Association, Vs. European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), supported by French Republic
    Re: REACH - Establishment of a list of substances identified with a view to their eventual inclusion in Annex XIV of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 - Inclusion of phenanthrene on that list - Articles 57 and 59 of Regulation No 1907/2006 - Manifest error of assessment - Weight of evidence determination - Proportionality - Obligation to state reasons - Right to be heard
  • Agenda for: Coal Advisory Group Ad Hoc Meeting of 10 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Tourism) of 11 June 2021
  • Minutes of the 16th Meeting of the Advisory Group on Construction Products on 15 March 2021
  • Minutes of the Commission Expert Group on Equipment and Protective systems for use in potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX Products) of 20 May 2021
  • Public Consultation - Vehicle safety – data collection rules for vehicle checks (market surveillance) - Feedback period 08 June 2021 - 06 July 2021 
  • Public procurement: the Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to comply with EU public procurement rules - IP/21/2787
  • June infringements package: key decisions
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/57 REACH Lead in gunshot in or around wetlands - National legislations - Bulgaria & Luxembourg
  • EIB supports IE University with a financing plan of up to €30 million to boost educational digitalisation, infrastructure and sustainability - IP/21/2901

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 16th plenary meeting of the EU VAT Forum of 29 June 2021
  • Agenda for: 8th meeting - Sub-group on VAT aspects of the Platform economy of 16 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Fiscal Counsellors/Attachés from the Permanent Representations of 14 June 2021
  • Taxation: Commission launches public consultation on new initiative to fight the abusive use of shell companies in the EU

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Atomic Questions of 14 June 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Correct application of the EIA Directive to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project 
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure and repealing Regulation (EU) No 347/2013 - General approach
  • Commissioners Schmit and Breton hosted Pact for Skills roundtable with energy-intensive industry stakeholders - Midday Express
  • Spain: EIB grants support to the Navarre region to improve the energy efficiency of around 1 900 housing units

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 22nd Meeting of Group of Experts of the competent CITES Management Authorities of 15 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Int. Chemicals/Synergies) of 14 June 2021
  • Urban Waste Water: Commission decides to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice over waste water treatment - IP/21/1547
  • Urban Waste Water: Commission decides to refer France to the Court of Justice over waste water treatment - IP/21/1546
  • Drinking water: Commission decides to refer Italy to the Court of Justice over unsafe drinking water - IP/21/1545
  • Sustainable consumption: Six new companies join Green Consumption Pledge - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Circulation of packaged goods in the EU
  • Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people - See the EP Resolution

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Expert Group on Digital Europe of 03 March 2021

TRANSPORT

  • Commission decides to refer Denmark to the Court of Justice over its 25-hour limit on lorry parking - IP/21/2823

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future - IP/21/2878, QaA, Documents and Press remarks by Commissioner Hahn
  • 2020 EU Budget: Performance report highlights swift and global EU response to the coronavirus crisis while supporting key EU priorities - IP/21/2877
  • Green light from the European Parliament and the Council for the European Social Fund Plus - Midday Express 
  • GDP down by 0.3% and employment down by 0.3% in the euro area - Stat/66/2021 

BREXIT

  • The UK’s new relationship with the EU - The UK has left the EU and the transition period has now ended.
  • Brexit Adjustment Reserve: MEPs want swift disbursement of €5 billion fund
  • Britain and EU pursue N. Ireland pact as Biden flies in for Summit - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T‑580/19, Sayed Shamsuddin Borborudi Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Common foreign and security policy - Restrictive measures taken against Iran with the aim of preventing nuclear proliferation - Freezing of funds - List of persons, entities and bodies subject to the freezing of funds and economic resources – Retention of the applicant’s name on the list - Error of assessment - Article 266 TFEU
  • The General Court annuls the Council’s 2019 acts extending the fund-freezing measures imposed on Viktor Yanukovych, former President of Ukraine, and his son, Oleksandr Yanukovych (See CPR Nº 96/2021 - Judgments of the General Court in Cases T-302/19, T-303/19 Yanukovych Vs. Council)
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EP Plenary on the conclusions of the special meeting of the European Council of 24-25 May 2021 and preparation of the G7 Summit of 11-13 June 2021 and the EU-U.S. Summit