EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/933 of 9 June 2021 derogating from Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/39 as regards certain measures to address the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Strasbourg, 7 to 10 June 2021) 
  • Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) with regard to third-country nationals legally staying or residing in the territories of Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Strasbourg, 7 to 10 June 2021) 
  • Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver

SOCIAL POLICY

  • ESA: Norway must end restrictions on the retention of sickness benefits while abroad

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €150 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62762) - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9971 - P27 NPP/Bankgirot)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10328 - CDPQ/ATI/ATI European Communications Infrastructure Business) 
  • Antitrust: Commission publishes initial findings of consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry - IP/21/2884, QaA & Report
  • Commission autorises the acquisition of the Ports de Mulhouse-Rhin by SMO PSA, CDC and Swissterminal (M.10270) - Midday Express
  • Romania - The Competition Council will change the analysing manner of the cases in the sector of pharmaceuticals and Para pharmaceuticals retail

STATE AID

  • Commission confirms that Spain needs to recover incompatible aid from certain digital terrestrial operators (SA.28599) - IP/21/2928
  • Commission approves €40 million Portuguese scheme to support the purchase of zero-emission buses and related infrastructure (SA.62618) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee 
    - Full Members of 11 June 2021
    - Steel, textiles and other industrial sectors of 14 June 2021
  • EU import requirements, authorisations and prohibitions for animal products: comparison between different categories of third countries
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Further action against Myanmar and the EBA trade regime
  • US and Europe to forge tech alliance amid China’s rise - The joint initiative aims to push back against China’s dominance of the tech sector - Politico.eu

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Judgment of the General Court of 9 June 2021 in Case T-398/20, Aeroporto di Villanova d’Albenga SpA (Riviera-Airport) Vs.EUIPO, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur
    Re: EU trade mark - Invalidity proceedings - EU figurative mark Riviera-Airport - Bad faith - Article 52(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 (now Article 59(1)(b) of Regulation (EU) 2017/ 1001))
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/936 of 3 June 2021 on the harmonised standards for household washing machines and household washer-dryers drafted in support of Regulation (EU) 2019/2023 and Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2014
  • Report from the Commission to the EP and the Council on the outcome of the Internal Market Information System (IMI) pilot project in the area of e-commerce

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • A consumer who has taken out a loan denominated in a foreign currency and who does not know that a term in the loan agreement is unfair cannot be subject to any limitation period for the repayment of sums paid on the basis of that term (See CPR No 100/2021 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-609/19, C-776/19 - C-782/19 - BNP Paribas Personal Finance)
  • Commission Opinion of 8.6.2021 on Article 2(2) of Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2014

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 June 2021 in Case C‑279/19, The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Vs. WR
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - General arrangements for excise duty - Directive 2008/118/EC- Article 33(3) - Goods ‘released for consumption’ in one Member State and held for commercial purposes in another Member State - Person liable to pay the excise duty that has become chargeable in respect of those goods - Person holding the goods intended for delivery in another Member State - Transporter of the goods
  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches
  • Answer given by EVP Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Commission position on the ‘tax haven’ the United Arab Emirates
  • Answer given by EVP Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Carbon tax at borders – and fertilisers!
  • MEPs hail minimum global corporate tax rate deal as historic

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Main Results of Fisheries ministers of 9 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Expert Group Fruit and Vegetables Market Observatory of 17 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Subgroup on contingency plan for ensuring food supply and food security of 16 June 2021

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanisms - Progress Report

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (TTE - Energy) of 11 June 2021

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 16 June 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Impact of the textile sector on the environment
  • Advocate General Bobek: the Court should dismiss the appeals against the General Court’s judgment annulling the excessive oxides of nitrogen emission limits the Commission set for real driving tests in the wake of the ‘dieselgate’ scandal (See CPR No 102/2021 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-177/19,C-178/19,C-179/19 - Allemagne - Ville de Paris and Others Vs. Commission)

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 11 June 2021
  • An article in a printed newspaper that provides inaccurate health advice relating to the use of a plant which, when followed, has proved injurious to the health of a reader, does not constitute a defective product within the meaning of EU law (See CPR No 99/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-65/20 - KRONE - Verlag - Approximation of laws)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of an additive consisting of phyllite, natural mixture of minerals of metamorphic origin, as a feed additive for all animal species (Marmorkalkwerk Troesch GmbH & Co. KG)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Assessment of a feed additive consisting of vitamin B (pyridoxine hydrochloride) for all animal species for the renewal of its authorisation (Kaesler Nutrition GmbH)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of the food enzyme containing chymosin and pepsin from the abomasum of calves and cows

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the initial findings of the Consumer Internet of Things Sector Inquiry
  • Press statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following today's Joint Committee and Partnership Council meetings
  • Register and join the BEREC public debriefing on 16 June 2021

TRANSPORT

  • Evaluation confirms TEN-T policy’s support for infrastructure helping EU achieve transport policy objectives

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • When considering an application for subsidiary protection, the competent authorities of the Member States must examine all the relevant circumstances which characterise the situation of the country of origin of the applicant in order to determine the intensity of an armed conflict (See CPR No 101/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-901/19 - Bundesrepublik Deutschland () and individuelles"))
  • Judgment of the Court of 10 June 2021 in Case C‑921/19, LH Vs. Staatssecretaris van Justitie en Veiligheid
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Border controls, asylum and immigration- Asylum policy - Common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection - Directive 2013/32/EU - Article 40(2) - Subsequent application - New elements or findings - Concept - Documents the authenticity of which cannot be established or the source of which cannot be objectively verified – Directive 2011/95/EU - Article 4(1) and (2) - Assessment of the evidence - Obligation of the Member State concerned to cooperate
  • Czechia: MEPs demand action on rule of law breaches and conflict of interests

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Preventing money laundering in the banking sector - reinforcing the supervisory and regulatory framework - In-Depth Analysis for EP ECON Committee

BREXIT

  • Examples of flexibilities identified by the European Commission in an effort to ensure the full implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland
  • Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the Partnership Council under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement
  • Statement by the European Commission following the eight meeting of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the ruling to label Alexei Navalny’s organisation and his regional offices “extremist groups”
  • NDICI-Global Europe: final green light for the new financial instrument to support the EU's external action
  • Report by President Charles Michel to the European Parliament plenary session 
  • Education: EU increases its commitment to Global Partnership for Education with a pledge of €700 million for 2021-2027 - IP/21/2933
  • Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel ahead of the G7 Summit
  • Commissioner Várhelyi at Tirana Summit with the Western Balkans leaders - Midday Express