EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • COVID-19 Therapeutics matchmaking event open for applications
  • COVID-19 lessons learned: stronger role for EU medicines regulator - See EP Statement
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Supply of surplus Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at cost price to developing countries 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves amendment to Dutch scheme, including €3.5 billion budget increase, to further support companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63257) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Belgium's €5.9 billion recovery and resilience plan – IP/21/3147, QaAFactSheet, & Statement by President von der Leyen 
  • European Union's first NextGenerationEU bond listed on Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Statement by President von der Leyen on Italy's recovery and resilience plan

    ENVIRONMENT
  • COVID-19 in Europe: increased pollution from masks, gloves and other single-use plastics – See EEA Briefing

COMPETITION

  • Belgium - Notification CONC-C/C-21/0015 : Louyet Brussels SA / Etn. Vandeperre SA
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of notifications of merger projects
  • The Netherlands - ACM can continue its investigation into the Apple AppStore
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings in the case of a concentration between Adler Pelzer Holding GmbH and part of Faurecia Automotive Holdings S.A.S.
  • Slovak Republic - AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings in respect of a concentration between Tatra banka, a.s. and IMPULS-LEASING Slovakia, s.r.o.
  • Spain - CNMC sanctions two cartels formed by passenger transport companies in Cantabria
  • Spain - CNMC and the Autoridad da Concorrência (AdC) carry out simultaneous investigations into possible anti-competitive practices in Spain and Portugal.
  • UK - The CMA has secured formal commitments from leading companies as part of its ongoing work to tackle issues in the leasehold sector - Aviva undertakings & Persimmon undertakings 
  • UK - CMA served an initial enforcement order (IEO) on NCR Corporation, NCR UK Group Limited and Cardtronics plc in relation to the acquisition by NCR Corporation of Cardtronics plc 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Control Equipment Instrument (CCEI) to the common benefit of the EU customs union of 12&13 July 2021
  • The EU and the Republic of Kenya launch strategic dialogue and engage towards implementing the East African Community Economic Partnership AgreementIP/21/3151 & Joint Statement 
  • Public Consultation on EU Compliance Guidance for research involving dual-use items - Summary of contributions received
  • FaQ on Regulation (EU) 2019/452 establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question – Method for calculating entry prices for Moroccan tomatoes
  • WTO members review CPTPP at 100th session of Committee on Regional Trade Agreements
  • Chair Castillo selects David Walker to facilitate WTO response to COVID-19
  • Against the dramatic disruption to the fruit and vegetable market caused by the EU-Morocco agreement, Copa and Cogeca call on Commissioner Dombrovskis to take swift action

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Draft - Council Conclusions on the Global approach to Research and Innovation - Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world - Presidency text
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation EU) …/... amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, Annexes I, II, III and IV to Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules on the making available on the market of EU fertilising products
  • ECHA - Highlights from June The Biocidal Products Committee meeting – See the Annex 
  • European Research and Innovation Days kick off today to shape the research and innovation landscape - Midday Express
  • Commission launches Creative Europe calls to support the culture and creative sectors - Midday Express
  • Speech by Commissioner Mariya Gabriel at the European R&I Days 2021

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Motor Insurance: Commission welcomes European Parliament and Council agreement to update the Motor Insurance Directive - IP/21/3097, see the EP Statement
  • EBA publishes its Report on management and supervision of ESG risks for credit institutions and investment firms
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question - Impact of cryptocurrencies on consumer protection

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 10th Expert group on the implementation of the legislative package to transmit and exchange payment data in order to combat VAT fraud of 30 June 2021 to 01 July 2021
  • Agenda for: 16th Plenary Meeting of the EU VAT Forum of 29 June 2021
  • Agenda for: 48th Meeting of the Working Group Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation on 24 June 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Expert Group for sustainability and quality of agriculture and rural development - Sub-group on methane emissions in agriculture of 28 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Expert group for Common organisation of the Agricultural Market
    - subgroup Olive Oil Chemists of 01 July 2021  
    - subgroup Wine of 29 June 201

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Declaration launching the European Platform on Combatting Homelessness. Signatories pledged to work together and deliver actions within their competence

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Meeting on the review of Ecodesign and Energy labelling requirements for air-to-air conditioners and heat pumps, comfort fans and LSH of 06 July 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - The national transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/944 
  • Spain: EIB supports Barcelona City Council in the construction of nearly 490 new public rental homes

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Council approves conclusions reaffirming strong EU commitment
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Fossil fuel subsidies in the Western Balkans 
  • EU ethanol sets new record for greenhouse-gas reduction, increasing its importance to Europe’s Green Deal goals – See ePure Statement
  • First laws to tackle serious polymer health threat being crippled – See EEB Statement

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • MDCG 2021-13 - QaA on obligations and related rules for the registration in EUDAMED of actors other than manufacturers, authorised representatives and importers subject to the obligations of Article 31 MDR and Article 28 IVDR
  • Good for consumers: Deal on EU-wide coordination for assessing new medicines and medical devices – See Beuc Statement 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents - IP/21/3088 & Factsheet
    - Infographic: EU Cybersecurity Ecosystem
    - Recommendation on building a Joint Cyber Unit
    - First implementation report on the EU Cybersecurity Strategy
    - Decision on establishing the office of the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) in Brussels
    - Second Progress Report under the EU Security Union Strategy (see also Annex 1 and Annex 2)
  • European Commission’s proposal for a revised Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS2): EBF key messages
  • ENISA webinars explored the security challenges of mobile networks
  • The EU can be €2 trillion better off by 2030 if we secure cross-border data transfers – See DigitalEurope Study 

JUSTICE, HOME AFFAIRS & SECURITY

  • Joint EU-US statement following the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
  • Statement by European Commission President on the new Hungarian bill that discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation 

BREXIT

  • Five years since the referendum: A short reflection, and some highlights of the CER's Brexit coverage 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.2) of 23 June 2021
  • 11th revised “List of meetings” taking place between 1 and 30 June 2021
  • Main results of the General Affairs Council of 22 June 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENT & COOPERATION

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1016 of 21 June 2021 amending for the 321st time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaeda organisations
  • Thirteenth meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level
  • Twelfth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at Ministerial level.
  • From partners to rivals? The future of EU-Turkey relations – See Policy brief by CER’s Luigi Scazzieri