EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €200 million Danish scheme to compensate companies for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62538) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.53 million Flemish scheme to support the protection of teleworkers' health in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63252) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves amendment to Greek repayable advances scheme, including budget increase, to support companies in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62081) - Midday Express

INDUSTRY

TRAVEL

  • EU Digital COVID Certificate enters into application in the EU - IP/21/3343

TRADE

  • EU extends COVID-19 vaccines export transparency and authorisation mechanism - Q&A

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 05 July 2021
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10322 - TPG/Francisco Partners/Boomi)
  • Commission clears joint acquisition of certain timberland assets of Arauco by BCI, ABP and TIG (M.10315) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Xilinx by AMD (M.10097) - Midday Express
  • Updated Cartels cases statistics - as of 28 June 2021
  • Belgium - The Competition Authority approves the creation of a hospital group between the Cliniques Universitaires de Bruxelles - Hôpital Erasme, the Institut Jules Bordet and the Hôpital Universitaire des Enfants Reine Fabiola
  • France - The Autorité de la concurrence opens a public consultation on a merger in the real estate sector
  • France - Isabelle de Silva has presented the Autorité's annual report to the Prime Minister
  • Greece - Clearance by the Hellenic Competition Commission (“HCC”) of the concentration concerning the acquisition by the company “TROPHY AUTO BRANDS” (“TROPHY”) of the share capital (100%) of the company “OPEL HELLAS” (“OPEL”)
  • Iceland - The Competition Authority (ICA) has published a market analysis into the Icelandic market for books
  • Latvia - The court upholds the Competition Council’s decision regarding the established cartel in the land amelioration sector
  • UK - The CMA has launched its merger inquiry in the completed acquisition by Sony Music Entertainment of AWAL and Kobalt Neighbouring rights businesses from Kobalt Music Group Ltd
  • UK - The minutes of the CMA board meeting on 17 March 2021

STATE AID

  • According to Advocate General Szpunar, the General Court erred in law in concluding that the Commission was not competent to examine, in the light of the law on State aid, compensation paid by Romania following an arbitral award (See CPR Nº 118/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-638/19 P, Commission Vs. European Food and Others)
  • Commission approves €131 million German scheme to support modernisation of inland waterway fleets (SA.57137) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - GFG Alliance's financial problems and the impact on the operations of steelworks 
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Illegal State aid to coal power companies

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Opinion of Advocate General of 01 July 2021 in Case C-891/19 P, Commission Vs. Hubei Xinyegang Special Tube
  • EU proposal for an Exceptions Chapter in the Trade Part of a possible modernised EU-Chile Association Agreement
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2019/216 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards Union tariff rate quota for high quality beef from Paraguay
  • EU-Republic of Korea trade grows twice as fast under trade agreement - IP/21/3261
  • The EU welcomes the start of trading under the EU-Ghana interim Economic Partnership Agreement
  • UK - Trade remedies notice: safeguard measures on certain steel products – application of tariff rate quotas
  • World Bank, IMF, WHO, WTO heads call for urgent action to accelerate global vaccine access
  • WTO members agree to extend TRIPS transition period for LDCs until 1 July 2034

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • In the determination of the taxable amount of a transaction concealed by taxable persons for VAT purposes, the amounts paid and received as reconstituted by the tax authority must be regarded as already including that tax (See CPR Nº 117/2021 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-521/19, CB)
  • Minutes of the 1st Fiscalis Programme Committee of 14 June 2021
  • Minutes of the Working Party IV - Direct Taxation of 22 June 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Abolition of VAT on women’s sanitary products 
  • City of London - UK secures exemption in global tax reform - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

ENERGY

  • Launch of the exchange programme for coal regions in the Western Balkans, Ukraine and the EU
  • New EU ecodesign measures for electric motors and variable speed drives enter into force on 1 July 2021
  • Ukraine says Russian gas supply curbs to Europe are ‘blackmail’ - Gazprom’s refusal to ship via Ukraine prompts price rise to highest level in 13 years - Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) - 25th meeting of the Working Group of the Parties (WGP 25) (Geneva, 3 May (online) and 7 and 8 June 2021 (hybrid)) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • Plastic waste and recycling in the EU: EP facts & figures
  • Brussels needs to be bolder in tackling shipping emissions - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Networking of organisations operating in the fields within the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA’s) mission
  • Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: Commission launches Knowledge Centre to fight cancer - IP/21/3263
  • Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit - IP/21/3242, see the Proposal, Statement by Commissioner Reynders and VP Jourová, Beuc reaction
    - Report  on the implementation of Directive 2001/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 December 2001 on general product safety
    - Behavioural study on strategies to improve the effectiveness of product recalls
    - Study to support the preparation of an evaluation of the GPSD as well as of an impact assessment on its revision
  • Address by President von der Leyen to Professor Peter Piot at the Handover Symposium of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Guidance - EU business: data protection and copyright
  • German data official urges Facebook ban - Financial Times

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Joint Europol-Eurojust Annual Report to the Council of the European Union, European Parliament and the European Commission for 2020
  • Europol: Council agrees negotiating mandate on new rules to strengthen the role of the agency
  • Outcome of Proceedings - Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the European Union Agency for Asylum and repealing Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 (First reading) – Letter to the Chair of the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)
  • Brussels warns of threat to EU from members' legal challenges - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 and Recovery Package: updated state of play of sectoral files

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Slovenia's presidency of the Council of the EU: 1 July - 31 December 2021 - See the EP Statement
  • What Slovenian MEPs expect from their country's Council presidency
  • Sponsorship of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union: guidance on best practice - Final text

BREXIT

  • Application of Union Law related to meat products in Northern Ireland after the end of the transition period
  • Fourth joint report on the implementation of residence rights under part two of the Withdrawal Agreement
  • EU-UK relations: solutions found to help implementation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland - IP/21/3324 - See Statement by VP Maroš Šefčovič
  • The settled status scheme’s success is no guarantee of avoiding future policy problems - See IfG Statement & Report
  • UK unveils post-Brexit state aid scheme to support industry - Promise of nimbler system with less red tape but tensions likely with devolved governments - Financial Times