EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Vaccination of European citizens in non-EU neighbouring countries – the case of Serbia
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Infection with the new coronavirus strain in children
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Contractual penalties for vaccine supply contracts 
  • Boosting the EU’s capacity to anticipate and respond to health crises - see EP Statement

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.67319) - IP/21/3704

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10252 - Transgourmet Group/General Markets Food Iberica)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10299 - DBS/JPMC/Temasek/Techco JV)
  • Public Consultation - Horizontal agreements between companies - revision of EU competition rules - Regulation - Feedback period: 13 July 2021 - 05 October 2021
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition of the passive infrastructure assets of CK Hutchison Networks Europe Investments S.À R.L in the UK by Cellnex UK Limited
  • UK - The CMA launched its merger inquiry in the completed acquisition by National Grid Holdings One plc of PPL WPD Investments Limited
  • UK - The CMA referred the anticipated merger between Cargotec Corporation and Konecranes Plc for an in-depth phase 2 investigation
  • France fines Google for failing to obey news ruling - Financial Times
  • EU draft tech rules too ‘narrow’, says German competition head - Andreas Mundt warns proposed regulations risk failing to catch future anti-competitive behaviours - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • The General Court confirms that the aid granted by Austria to Austrian Airlines in order to compensate it for the damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of its flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic is compatible with the internal market (See CPR No 125/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-677/20, Ryanair and Laudamotion Vs. Commission - State aid)
  • Judgment of the Court of 14 July 2021 in Case T‑648/19, Nike European Operations Netherlands BV, e, Converse Netherlands BV, Vs. European Commission
    Re: State aid - Aid implemented by the Netherlands in favour of Nike - Tax rulings - Decision to initiate the formal investigation procedure - Arm’s length principle - Advantage - Selective nature - Equal treatment - Good administration - Inadequate preliminary examination - Serious difficulties - Obligation to state reasons

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 14 July 2021 in Case T‑716/19, Interpipe Niko Tube LLC, Interpipe Nizhnedneprovsky Tube Rolling Plant OJSC, Vs. European Commission
    Re: Dumping - Imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes, of iron or steel, originating in Russia and Ukraine - Interim review - Calculation of the normal value - Selling, general and administrative costs - Sales between related companies - Ordinary course of trade - Single economic entity - Article 2(3), (4) and (6) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 - Export price - Adjustment - Functions similar to those of an agent working on a commission basis - Article 2(10)(i) of Regulation 2016/1036 - Manifest error of assessment - Methodology different from that used in a previous investigation - Article 11(9) of Regulation 2016/1036 - Legitimate expectations - Rights of the defence
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council established by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, of the other part, as regards an amendment to Protocol 3 to that Agreement concerning the definition of the concept of 'originating goods' and methods of administrative cooperation - See the Annex
  • The Council has adopted a Decision on the EU position within the EU-Vietnam FTA Trade Committee as regards the adoption of the Rule of Procedure (See ECOFIN)
  • Draft - Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2020/1706 as regards inclusion of autonomous Union tariff quotas for certain fishery products
  • 4th round of negotiations on an agreement between the EU and Canada on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications of architects
  • Sustainable development - 2021-2023 EU-Georgia work plan for the implementation of the Trade and sustainable development chapter
  • Minutes of the UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 24 June 2021
  • State of play - Economic Partnership Agreements - Updated July 2021
  • DG Trade - Civil society dialogue planning 2021
  • WTO issues joint indicative list of critical inputs for COVID-19 vaccines
  • WTO DG and chair brief NGOs ahead of turning point in fishing subsidies negotiations
  • The EU and WTO: rethinking trade matters - euobserver

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • EU trade mark: the three-dimensional mark in the shape of a Guerlain lipstick may be registered (See CPR No 126/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-488/20, Guerlain Vs. EUIPO () and cylindrique))
  • Commission Staff Working Document & Summary - Evaluation of the Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Follow-up to the Services Directive

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: 41th Meeting of the Expert Group of the European Securities Committee of 19 July 2021
  • EBA publishes final Guidelines for the use of data inputs in the expected shortfall risk measure under the Internal Model Approach
  • ESMA publishes methodology for assessing third country CCPs systemic importance
  • ESMA warns firms and investors about risks arising from payment for order flow
  • ESMA launches public consultations on CCP recovery regime
  • Digital currencies require EU-wide regulation, say French watchdog (See the AMF Proposal) - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Tax rulings issued to Nike and Converse by the Netherlands tax administration: the General Court dismisses the action brought against the Commission’s decision to initiate the formal investigation procedure (See CPR No 124/2021 - Judgment of the General Court in Case T-648/20, NB Vs. Court of Justice of the European Union)
  • Agenda for: 49th Working Group - "Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation" of 21 September 2021
  • Minutes of: 48th Working Group - "Administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation" of 24 June 2021
  • Yellen hopeful last three EU states will support tax deal - Financial Times  

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to rules for non-commercial movements of pet birds into a Member State from a territory or a third country
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/692 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and the Council as regards rules for entry into the Union, and the movement and handling after entry of consignments of certain animals, germinal products and products of animal origin
  • MDCG 2021-14 - Explanatory note on IVDR codes
  • EFSA - Guidance for reporting 2021 avian influenza data
  • EFSA - A systematic review to understand the value of entomological endpoints for assessing the efficacy of vector control interventions 

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Work programme of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the field of civil protection (July - December 2021)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1153 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the Connecting Europe Facility and repealing Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Main Results of the Economic & Financial Affairs Council of 13 July 2021 
    - Council conclusions on the 2021 in-depth reviews under the macroeconomic imbalance procedure
    - Council gives green light to first recovery disbursements
  • Recovery and Resilience Dialogue with the European Commission 14 July 2021 - In-Depth Analysis for the EP ECON Committee
  • ECB - Consolidated financial statement of the Eurosystem as at 9 July 2021
  • ECB - Results of the June 2021 survey on credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities financing and over-the-counter derivatives markets (SESFOD)
  • ECB - Survey on credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities financing and OTC derivatives markets (SESFOD) – June 2021

BREXIT

  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/1157 of 30 June 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the Union in reaction to the unilateral declaration of the United Kingdom setting out the practice it intends to put in place as regards imports of meat products from Great Britain into Northern Ireland between 1 July and 30 September 2021

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Minutes of the Meeting of the Coreper of 28 & 30 June 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the General Court of 14 July 2021 in Case T‑245/18, Antonio José Benavides Torres, Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: CFSP - Restrictive measures taken in view of the situation in Venezuela - Freezing of funds - Lists of persons, entities and bodies subject to the freezing of funds and economic resources - Inclusion of the applicant’s name on the lists - Obligation to state reasons - Rights of the defence - Principle of sound administration - Right to effective judicial protection - Error of assessment (See also Case T-246/18T-247/18T-248/18T-249/18T-550/18T-551/18T-552/18T-553/18T-554/18, T-32/19 & T-35/19)
  • Press statement following the 4th meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries with the Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1031 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus