EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Belgian Court orders AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine doses to the EU - IP/21/3090 
  • EU Vaccines Strategy: Commissioner Kyriakides visits Greece and meets with Prime Minister Mitsotaki - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The WHO’s call for further research and data on the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus - 
  • Answer given by Mr Lenarčič to a MEP written question - Providing support to tackle India’s COVID-19 public health emergency 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €610,000 Romanian scheme to support companies active in independent cultural sector in Bucharest affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62608) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €8.6 million Belgian scheme to support operators in the tourist accommodation sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63215) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3.2 million Latvian scheme to support media companies in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.63031) - Midday Express

TRAVEL/MOBILITY

  • Council updates the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted  - see Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/992

INTERNAL MARKET

ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: President von der Leyen in Latvia, Germany and Italy to present Commission assessment of national recovery plans - Midday Express
  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Austria's recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/3052QaA, see the Proposal
  • Investment Plan for Europe in Germany: support for small and medium-sized companies during the COVID-19 crisis - IP/21/3108
  • Euro Area fiscal policies and capacity in post-pandemic times - In-Depth Analysis for EP ECON Committee

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10203 - PSA/Felbermayr/PSA Breakbulk/Coil Terminal)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10275 - SMFL/Yanmar/Yanmar Credit)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10264 - SoftBank/Altor Fund Manager/Iyuno)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10250 - Accor/Keys/Hotel Portfolio)
  • Mitsui-Belchim crop protection deal: text of conditional clearance decision published by EU - see Case M.9686
  • Coca Cola-Heineken Romanian Stockday deal: EU clearance decision published - see Case M.10061
  • DIC-BASF Colors & Effects: text of conditional clearance decision published - see Case M.9677
  • Action brought on 19 April 2021 - Múka Vs. Commission - Case T-214/21
    Re : annulment of the European Commission’s decision No C(2021) 1320 final of 21 February 2021 and decision No COMP/B2/JP *Gestdem 2020/5901 of 27 October 2020, refusing access to documents required by the applicant based on the request dated 17 September 2020 and the confirmatory application dated 12 November 2020, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001
  • Commission clears the acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture between MUFG, SMFG, MHFG and Resona HD (M.10294) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of a newly created joint venture by Colony Capital and Liberty Global (M.10241) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Lonza Specialty Ingredients by Bain Capital and Cinven (M.10234) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of MAF Colombia by TFS and Mitsui (M.10279) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Ohio by CDPQ and OTPP (M.10297) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control over Eurolife by Fairfax (M.10329) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Whirlpool Beyaz by Arçelik (M.10291) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Infra Group by ICG (M.10282) - Midday Express
  • Austria - Merger of eBay/Adevinta cleared in phase I – Commitments dispel competition concerns
  • Belgium - Notification - CONC-C/C-21/0014: Les Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles -Hôpital Érasme / L’Institut Jules Bordet / L’Hôpital Universitaire des Enfants Reine Fabiola
  • Germany - Proceeding against Apple based on new rules for large digital companies (Section 19a(1) GWB) – Bundeskartellamt examines Apple’s significance for competition across markets
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Hempel Decorative Paints Limited of FB Ammonite Limited
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Pennon Group plc of Bristol Water Holdings UK Limited.

STATE AID

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Sąd Rejonowy dla Warszawy-Śródmieścia w Warszawie (Poland) lodged on 9 February 2021 - B.S., Ł.S. v M. - Case C-82/21
    Action brought on 4 May 2021 - Ryanair Vs. Commission - Case T-238/21
    Re : Annulment of the defendant’s decision of 17 August 2020 on State Aid SA.57543 - Denmark and SA.58342 - Sweden - COVID-19: Recapitalisation of SAS AB

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Export Credits Group of 23 June 2021
  • Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the EU and the Republic of Cuba pursuant to Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff-rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the united Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union - See Council Decision (EU) 2021/990
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/983 of 17 June 2021 imposing a provisional anti-dumping duty on imports of aluminium converter foil originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the EU Domestic Advisory Group of the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Relaunching the EU-Mercosur trade deal 
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - The new GSP+-status of Uzbekistan and the safeguarding of human rights, including freedom of religion or belief
  • Towards WCO modernization: Reforming the World Customs Organization - EU Submission
  • EU and Canada set up a strategic partnership on raw materials - Midday Express
  • WTO to host technical symposium on COVID-19 vaccine supply chain, regulatory transparency
  • WTO launches call for MSME stories on “Building resilience through trade during COVID-19”
  • WTO - Investment facilitation talks advance, delve into implementation and technical assistance

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Council conclusions on data technologies to improve ‘Better Regulation’
  • European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions - IP/21/3048 & QaA
  • Consumer protection: Credit card companies should clearly inform consumers when they risk being tricked into costly monthly subscriptions - Midday Express
  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/979 of 17 June 2021 amending Annexes VII to XI to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 102nd Meeting of Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation (SCAC) of 07 July 2021
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/991 of 7 June 2021 concerning the dock dues scheme in the French outermost regions and amending Decision No 940/2014/EU

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Commissioners Gabriel and Schmit participate in G20 ministerial meetings on education and employment - Midday Express
  • Speech by Commissioner Schmit at the high-level conference to launch the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Forest fires: European Commission is stepping up its preparations for the forest fire season 2021 - IP/21/3093
  • 2030 climate target plan: extension of European Emission Trading System (ETS) to transport emissions - In-Depth Analysis for EP ENVI Committee
  • Tackling Environmental Crimes under EU Law: The Liability of Companies in the Context of Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions - Study for Committee on Legal Affairs

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases of 18 June 2021
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Research priorities to fill knowledge gaps in the control of African swine fever: possible transmission of African swine fever virus by vectors
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Development of Integrated Approaches to Testing and Assessment (IATA) case studies on developmental neurotoxicity (DNT) risk assessment

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY 

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Telecommunications & Information Society of 23 June 2021
  • Artificial Inteligence diplomacy | Artificial Inteligence governance as a new European Union external policy tool – Study for Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age

JUSTICE, HOME AFFAIRS & SECURITY

  • The Council gives its consent to the revised statute of the Ombudsman to further guarantee its independence
  • Vice-President Schinas, Commissioners Reynders and Johansson to take part in EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting - Midday Express
  • Ensuring that crime does not pay: Commission launches public consultation to review EU rules on seizing criminals' profits - Feedback period: 21 June 2021 - 27 September 2021 - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main Results of Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 18 June 2021
    - Fiscal sustainability: Conclusions on challenges arising from an ageing population 
    - Council adopts recommendations on the updated stability and convergence programmes 
    - Excessive deficit procedure: Council adopts recommendation for Romania
  • Economic and monetary union: President Donohoe's report to the President of the Euro Summit
  • The ECB’s Monetary Policy Response to the COVID-19 Crisis - Briefing for EP ECON Committee
  • Economic Dialogue with the President of the Eurogroup - June 2021 - In-Depth Analysis for EP ECON Committee 

BREXIT

  • Keynote speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič on "EU-UK relations after Brexit" at the Mario Soares Promotion Closing Ceremony, College of Europe

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting for the Coreper (Part.1) of 23 June 2021
  • Conference on the Future of Europe: Plenary meets for the first time - IP/21/3092

EXTERNAL RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENT & COOPERATION

  • Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol: Council renews sanctions for a further year
  • Libya: Council specifies sanctions criteria in relation to obstruction of elections
  • EUBAM Libya: Council extends mandate for a further two years
  • Ethiopia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union
  • Council appoints three new EU special representatives for the Sahel, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa
  • Council approves conclusions recognising the key role of cultural heritage in promoting peace, democracy and sustainable development
  • Council updates the list of countries, special administrative regions and other entities and territorial authorities for which travel restrictions should be lifted
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus
  • Action brought on 30 April 2021 - Dana Astra Vs. Council - Case T-239/21
    Rer: Annulment of Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/353 of 25 February 2021 amending Decision 2012/642/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Belarus, and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/339 of 25 February 2021 implementing Article 8a of Regulation (EC) 765/2006 insofar as they apply to the Applicant