EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • ECDC supports EU/EEA Member States in rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants
  • ECDC begins epidemic monitoring of the EURO 2020/2021 Football Championship
  • Overview of the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and deployment plans in the EU/EEA - ECDC Technical report
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccine supply problems
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 – Delays in vaccine deliveries
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Urgent measures to combat the new COVID-19 variant

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €824 million amendment to Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.63263) – Midday Express

TRAVEL/MOBILITY

  • Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/961 of 14 June 2021 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475 on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

ECONOMY

  • Emerging stronger from the pandemic: acting on the early lessons learnt - IP/21/2989 & Communication
  • Looking Through and Past COVID-19: Do Spillovers Matter? - Study for EP ECON Committee
  • Recovery and Resilience Plans - An overview - In-Depth Analysis for EP ECON Committee

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 18 June 2021
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10270 - SMO PSA/CDC/Swissterminal/Euro Rhein Ports JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10327 - Elexent/GP JOULE Connect/Elexent DACH JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10153 - Orange/Telekom Romania Communications)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10316 - Macquarie/Warrington/Bingo)
  • Commission clears acquisition of ten real estate properties located in Germany by PLD and NBIM (M.10221) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition exclusive control of Cerba by EQT (M.10278) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Quilter International by Utmost (M.10272) - Midday Express
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt/Booking.com: Courtesy translation of Press Release No. 099/2021 published by the Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice) on 18.05.2021
  • Norway - The Norwegian Competition Authority closes its investigation against Orkla, Mondelez and Norgesgruppen
  • Spain - CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against four banks for possible anti-competitive practices
  • UK - The CMA has accepted undertakings in lieu of reference for the completed acquisition by Bellis Acquisition Company 3 Limited of Asda Group Limited
  • UK - CMA to scrutinise Apple and Google mobile ecosystems
  • EU freezes 10 banks out of bond sales over antitrust breaches - Big names involved in past market-rigging scandals barred from lucrative recovery plan - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Banning state aid, safeguarding free competition and the free movement of capital
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Spanish Government aid for the airline Plus Ultra

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Minutes for: Project Group on the Import of Cultural Goods of 12 May 2021
  • Minutes of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section (“Combined Nomenclature” sector) of 28 April 2021
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1706 as regards inclusion of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products
  • Working document for the ETQG meeting of 16-17 June 2021 - Round 2022-01 - Quotas & Suspensions
  • Trade breakthroughs boost renewal of EU-US partnership
  • EU-US relations: Factsheet on reforming the WTO
  • EU-US launch Trade and Technology Council to lead values-based global digital transformation - IP/21/2990 & FactSheet
  • US warns EU against anti-American tech policy - National Security Council complains ahead of Biden’s first presidential trip to Brussels - Financial Times
  • EU and US take decisive step to end aircraft dispute - see the Understanding on a cooperative framework for Large Civil Aircraft - See reaction from WTO DG Okonjo-Iweala  
  • WTO - Japan initiates WTO dispute complaint against Chinese steel duties
  • Draft opinion by MEP Roman Haider (Inta Committee) : A European strategy for critical raw materials – Amendments 1 - 72
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni  to a MEP written question - Customs controls

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Tourism) of 17 June 2021
  • Commission to invest €14.7 billion from Horizon Europe for a healthier, greener and more digital Europe - IP/21/2993, see the main work programme of Horizon Europe
  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery - IP/21/2982, see Statement by President von der Leyen and Commissioner Hahn
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Foreign subsidies and public procurement 

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 22 June 2021
  • Agenda for: 15th meeting of the IAS Committee of 18 June 2021
  • European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising and Sponsorships' initiative - IP/21/2991
  • Judgment of the Court of 16 June 2021 in Case T-126/19: Krajowa Izba Gospodarcza Chłodnictwa i Klimatyzacji, (Poland) Vs. European Commission, supported by the European Parliament, and by the Council of the European Union
    Re: Environment - Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 - Fluorinated greenhouse gases - Allocation of allowances for the placing on the market of hydrofluorocarbons - Plea of illegality - Article 16 of and Annexes V and VI to Regulation No 517/2014 - Principle of non-discrimination - Obligation to state reasons
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Definition of plastic in Directive (EU) 2019/904

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Main Results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 14-15 June 2021
  • Council agreement paves way to reinforce European Medicines Agency
  • European Medical Device Nomenclature (EMDN) - QaA
  • Emerging stronger from the pandemic: acting on the early lessons learnt - IP/21/2989 & Communication
  • Commissioner Kyriakides visits Bulgaria and meets with President Radev - Midday Express
  • EFSA - Antimicrobial resistance and the food production environment: sources and control options
  • EFSA - Glyphosate: EU regulators begin review of renewal assessments

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Data protection: European Commission launches the process towards adoption of the adequacy decision for the Republic of Korea - IP/21/2964
  • EU court ruling to bolster GDPR enforcement and help protect consumer data - See Beuc Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Economic & Financial Affairs) of 18 June 2021
  • Implications for the Euro Area of US Macroeconomic Policies - In-Depth Analysis for EP ECON Committee
  • The European Fiscal Board assesses the appropriate fiscal stance for the euro area in 2022 - See the Report
  • Targeted consultation on improving transparency and efficiency in secondary markets for non-performing loans (NPLs)

FUTURE OF EUROPE

BREXIT

  • UK agrees historic trade deal with Australia  
    - 10 key benefits of the UK-Australia free trade agreement
  • The UK-Australia trade deal has been painted as both a travesty and a triumph for Britain – it’s neither - see ECR Opinion piece by Sam Lowe
  • UK and Australia agree post-Brexit trade deal - Pact marks first big bilateral agreement negotiated by Britain since leaving the EU - Financial Times
  • Brexit a ‘one-off’ chance for UK to escape EU red tape, says task force - Opportunity for new regulatory framework to encourage innovation, growth and inward investment - Financial Times

EXTERNAL RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENT & COOPERATION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Development Cooperation of 21 June 2021
  • EU-Russia relations: Commission and High Representative propose the way forward - IP/21/3010, Facts & Figures & Joint Communication
  • EU-US Summit statement: "Towards a renewed Transatlantic partnership"
  • Remarks by President Charles Michel following the EU-Canada summit in Brussels 
  • Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: Press statement by EU Special Representative Miroslav Lajčák following the meeting
  • Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell upon arrival