EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/1126 of 8 July 2021 establishing the equivalence of COVID-19 certificates issued by Switzerland to the certificates issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission welcomes report on COVID-19 in children and the role of school settings in transmission - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €750 million German State guarantee scheme for the Travel Insolvency Fund in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63063) - IP/21/3611
  • Commission approves Italian scheme to compensate tour operators and travel agents for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.62392) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Croatia's recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/3487, QaA & Statement by President von der Leyen
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Rebuilding the European tourism sector in the post-COVID period

DIGITAL

  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Economic recovery of the film and audiovisual industry in the COVID-19 context

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • COVID-19: EU sends 200,000 vaccines to Albania and North Macedonia - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Urpilainen to a MEP written question - After the citizens’ committee on vaccines, the Brussels citizens’ committee for Africa

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10345 - Equistone Partners Europe/CVG)
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.10078 - Cargotec/Konecranes)
  • Commission invites interested parties to provide comments on draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines - IP/21/3561
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of Verizon Media Group by Apollo Management (M.10318) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of P27 NPP and Bankgirot by six Nordic banks (M.9971) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of PTSG by Warburg Pincus and Macquarie (M.10317) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - The Competition Authority approves the acquisition of Landia NV by Indufin Investment Fund NV (De Eik Group) and Mr. Jeroen Nys
  • France - The Autorité unveils its annual report
  • Ireland - The CCPC has cleared, subject to a binding commitment, the proposed acquisition by Orpea S.A. of six Firstcare nursing homes.
  • The Netherlands - ACM sees more and more mergers with anticompetitive risks
  • UK - CMA consults on market investigation into emergency services’ mobile radio network
  • UK - CMA has launched its merger inquiry in the anticipated acquisition by Hempel Decorative Paints Limited of FB Ammonite Limited
  • UK and Brussels plan closer antitrust cooperation - Financial Times
  • VW and BMW fined €875m over cartel - Financial Times

 STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves compensation to energy-intensive companies in Italy for indirect emission costs (SA.60787) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Revision of the maritime transport State aid guidelines and alignment with the European Green Deal objectives

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Opinion of Advocate General Pitruzzella of 8 July 2021 in Joined Cases C‑884/19 P and C‑888/19 P, European Commission Vs. Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Ltd (C‑884/19 P) and GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH Vs. Xinyi PV Products (Anhui) Holdings Ltd, European Commission (C‑888/19 P)
    Re: Appeal - Referral back to the General Court - Dumping - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 470/2014 - Imports of solar glass originating in China - Third indent of Article 2(7)(c) of Regulation (EC) No 1225/2009 - Concept of ‘significant distortion in the production costs and financial situation of firms’ - Preferential tax regimes
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 12-13 July 2021
    - Working document - Round 2022-01 - Quotas & Suspensions
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1123 of 8 July 2021 suspending commercial policy measures concerning certain products from the United States of America imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1646 following the adjudication of a trade dispute under the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the World Trade Organization
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Customs controls
  • Why a carbon border tax is a necessity - EU’s proposal is a good attempt to prevent carbon leakage while avoiding WTO objections - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Commission calls on Member States to build a more competitive and dynamic business services market - IP/21/3404 & Reform recommendations
  • Revising the Machinery Directive - Briefing for the EP IMCO Committee
  • Revision of Directive 2008/48/EC on credit agreements for consumers - Briefing for the EP IMCO Committee
  • Business calling for the right balance on future corporate and due diligence rules - See BusinessEurope Statement

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1122 of 8 July 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1368 adding the Norwegian Interbank Offered Rate to and removing the London Interbank Offered Rate from the list of critical benchmarks used in financial markets established pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • ESMA consults on derivatives clearing and trading obligations in view of the benchmarks transition
  • Letter to Commissioner McGuinness - European Crowdfunding Service Providers for Business
  • ESA: Iceland must bring financial services rules into line with EEA law
  • Strategy for Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy: EBF comments
  • Next stage of sustainable finance agenda critical to meeting EU sustainability objectives, says AFME

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 8 July 2021 in Case C-695/19, Rádio Popular – Electrodomésticos, SA Vs. Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Directive 2006/112/EC - VAT - Exemptions - Article 135(1)(a) - Definition of ‘insurance’ transactions and of ‘related services performed by insurance brokers and insurance agents’ - Article 174(2) - Right to deduction - Proportional deduction - Extended warranties on household electrical appliances and other computer and telecommunications equipment - Definition of ‘financial transactions’
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 8 July 2021 in Case C‑156/20, Zipvit Ltd Vs. The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Tax legislation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 168 and 178(a) - Origin of right of deduction in the case of an input mistakenly considered to be exempt - VAT included in the price despite the mistake - Time of origin of right of deduction - VAT due or paid - Possession of an invoice as a substantive requirement - Differentiation from the formal requirements for the right of deduction
  • Ireland frets about losing its ‘sacrosanct’ low-tax regime - History of high unemployment and emigration help to explain opposition to global levy - Financial Times

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union - Agriculture & Fisheries of 19 July 2021
    - Prohibition of the systematic killing of male chicks in the laying hens sector Information from the German and French delegations
    - The challenges agriculture is facing with climate change and the transition to more sustainable food systems
  • Minutes of the Expert Group Fruit and Vegetables Market Observatory (Tomatoes) of 17 June 2021
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Sustainability and its crucial role in the internal market
  • Farm income increased over last decade, with important differences between EU countries - see The ‘EU Farm economics overview’ report

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 13 July 2021
  • Quarterly market reports confirm globalised nature of gas market in 1st quarter of 2021
  • Ministers of the Members of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum have this week welcomed the European Union as an official permanent observer
  • Official launch of the EU DSO Entity which is a new association for the European distribution system operators (DSO) - see Eurelectric Statement
  • The Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform calls for action on the upcoming Fit For 55 package - See EBB/ePure Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1119 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 June 2021 establishing the framework for achieving climate neutrality and amending Regulations (EC) No 401/2009 and (EU) 2018/1999 (‘European Climate Law’)
  • Outcome of the Eight Session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-8) (virtual, 14-24 June 2021) - Report by the Presidency and the Commission
  • Climate diplomacy: Executive Vice-President Timmermans in South Korea and Singapore for climate talks
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question - Nuclear power and green taxonomy

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of the Scientific Committee for Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks
    - Working Group on Nuclear Taxonomy of 28 June 2021
    - Working Group on safety of Titanium dioxide in toys of 15 June 2021
    - Working Group on groundwater quality and Water frame work directive of 28 June 2021
  • Safety Gate: the EU rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products - Report-2021-27
  • As part of the series on Food 2030 pathways for action, 3 new factsheets have been published
  • EFSA - Scientific report on the analysis of the 2‐year compulsory intensified monitoring of atypical scrapie (TSEs)
  • EFSA - Assessment of the 2019 post‐market environmental monitoring report on the cultivation of GM maize MON 810 in the EU
  • EFSA - Assessment of GM cotton GHB614 for renewal authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA-GMO-RX-018)
  • EFSA - Update of the list of QPS‐recommended biological agents intentionally added to food or feed as notified to EFSA 14: suitability of taxonomic units notified to EFSA until March 2021
  • EU Parliament supports reinforced role for European Medicines Agency in benefit to consumers - See Beuc Statement

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Minutes of the 61st Meeting of the Stakeholders Advisory Group on Maritime Security of 03 June 2021
  • Revision of the TEN-T Regulation - Briefing for the EP TRAN Committee

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Agenda for: Horizontal Working Party on cyber issues of 12 July 2021
  • EDPB adopts Guidelines on Codes of Conduct as a tool for transfers, final versions of the Guidelines on Virtual Voice Assistants & the Guidelines on the concepts of Controller & Processor, disbands TikTok Taskforce & discusses topics for its first coordin
  • Lithuanian DPA: Fine Imposed on a Sports Club for Infringements of the GDPR in Processing of Fingerprints of the Customers and Employees
  • UK - ICO fines transgender charity for data protection breach exposing sensitive personal data
  • Norwegian DPA: Moss Municipal Council fined

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges - IP/21/3523, QaA
  • Strengthened Code of practice on disinformation: Commission and signatories call for broader participation - Midday Express
  • Decision (EU) 2021/1124 of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States of 7 July 2021 appointing two Judges and two Advocates-General to the Court of Justice

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS