EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EU Vaccines Strategy : Commissioner Kyriakides visits Romania and meets with Minister of Health - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Suspending intellectual property rights for COVID 19 related medicines and technologies

DIGITAL

TAXATION

  • Council Directive (EU) 2021/1159 of 13 July 2021 amending Directive 2006/112/EC as regards temporary exemptions on importations and on certain supplies, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

    STATE AID
  • Commission approves a €900 million Swedish compensation scheme for the damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62406) - Midday Express

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Coronavirus: Over 3 million vaccines doses shared via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism - IP/21/3706

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10283 - MEF 4/CDC/3i EOPF Topco/NGM)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Xexec by Castik and Abry (M.10309) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of RG by Castik and Abry (M.10308) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Culligan Group by BDT Capital Partners (M.10351)Midday Express
  • Cartel on the sale prices of trucks: the Court of Justice clarifies the courts with jurisdiction over actions for damages (See CPR No.137/21 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-30/20, Volvo and Others) 
  • Greece - Unannounced inspections of the HCC in the construction of natural gas networks and supply of relevant equipment
  • UK - CMA finds drug companies overcharged NHS - The CMA has imposed fines totalling over £260 million for competition law breaches in relation to the supply of hydrocortisone tablets.

STATE AID

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 July 2021 in Case C-453/19 P, Deutsche Lufthansa AG Vs. European Commission, Land Rheinland-Pfalz, Ryanair DAC,
    Re: Appeal - State aid - Aid to airports and airlines - Decision classifying the measures in favour of Frankfurt-Hahn airport as State aid compatible with the internal market and finding that there was no State aid in favour of the airlines using that airport - Inadmissibility of an action for annulment - Fourth paragraph of Article 263 TFEU - Natural or legal person not directly and individually concerned by the decision at issue - Effective judicial protection
  • Opinion of Advocate General Tanchev of 15 July 2021 in Joined Cases C‑167/19 P and C‑171/19 P, European Commission Vs. Freistaat Bayern (C‑167/19 P) Interessengemeinschaft privater Milchverarbeiter Bayerns eV, Genossenschaftsverband Bayern eV, Verband der Bayerischen Privaten Milchwirtschaft eV (C‑171/19 P)
    Re: Appeal - State Aid - Aid in favour of the Bavarian dairy sector - Funding of milk-quality tests - Decision declaring the aid to be incompatible with the internal market - Opening decision - the Commission’s obligations - Rights of the Member State concerned - Rights of the interested parties to be involved in the administrative procedure - Infringement of essential procedural requirements

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of In Case C-362/20: Openbaar Ministerie, Federale Overheidsdienst Financiën Vs. Profit Europe NV, Gosselin Forwarding Services NV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Trade policy - Regulation (EU) No 1071/2012 - Implementing Regulation (EU) No 430/2013 - Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Subheadings 7307 11 10, 7307 19 10 and 7307 19 90 - Scope - Tariff classification resulting from a judgment of the Court - Definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of threaded malleable cast iron tube or pipe fittings - Applicability of the definitive anti-dumping duties to threaded cast spheroidal graphite iron tube or pipe fittings
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 16 July 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 22 July 2021
  • WTO takes important steps towards global trade rules for sustainable fishing
  • Canada: Report of the fourth meeting of the CETA bilateral dialogue on raw materials
  • WTO issues new edition of World Tariff Profiles
  • WTO holds two-day workshop on SPS risk analysis
  • WTO members consider revised proposal for transparency reforms at Goods Council meeting
  • WTO- Members discuss economic and trade impact of natural disasters on small economies

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Infringement decisions15 July 2021 - July infringements package: key decisions
  • Company Law: European Commission refers Bulgaria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to connect its business register to the EU Business Registers system – IP/21/3631

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • EBA consults on the draft Guidelines on the limited network exclusion under the revised Payment Services Directive

TAXATION

  • Remarks by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and Energy Taxation

EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL & EDUCATION 

  • The Court of Justice provides guidance on the instances in which the Directive concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time does not apply to activities carried out by military personnel (See CPR No 131/2021 - Judgment in Case C-742/19 - Ministrstvo za obrambo)
  • prohibition on wearing any visible form of expression of political, philosophical or religious beliefs in the workplace may be justified by the employer’s need to present a neutral image towards customers or to prevent social disputes (See CPR No 128/2021 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-804/18, C-341/19 - WABE )
  • Professional Qualifications: Commission refers Czechia to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to comply with EU rules on professional qualifications - IP/21/3370
  • Women in Venture Capital Group presents recommendations to increase venture capital for women-led companies - Midday Express
  • Education: EIT selects 23 pilot projects to unlock higher education's innovation potential in Europe - Midday Express

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 19 July 2021
  • Minutes & Working Documents of the Expert Group Crops Market Observatory of 30 June 2021
  • Council conclusions on the action plan for the development of organic production - Approval
  • Significant reduction in the fruiting of olive trees due to extreme weather conditions - Information from the Greek delegation
  • Situation in the livestock sector with regard to the cost of feed - Information from the Croatian delegation

ENERGY

  • The legality of any act of the EU institutions falling within the EU’s energy policy must be assessed in the light of the principle of energy solidarity (See CPR No.129/21 - Judgment in Case C-848/19 P, Germany Vs. Poland)
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Atomic Questions of 19 July 2021
  • Statement by Commissioner Simson on delivering the European Green Deal

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Climate change) of 22 July 2021
  • EU supporting Belgium with flood response - IP/21/3721
  • Air Quality: Commission decides to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU over poor air quality - IP/21/3402
  • Statement by Commissioner Sinkevičius on delivering the European Green Deal
  • EU climate proposals promise consumers a fossil fuel-free, healthy, and affordable future- see Beuc Statement
  • Carmakers and airlines warn EU’s climate plan imperils innovation - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EU) No 142/2011 as regards conditions for exports of certain organic fertilisers and soil improvers containing Category 2 materials - See the Annex
  • Amendments to UN Regulation 44 [2020/1223] – Uniform provisions concerning the approval of restraining devices for child occupants of power-driven vehicles (‘Child Restraint Systems’)

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB adopts urgent binding decision: Irish SA not to take final measures but to carry out statutory investigation
  • Coordinated German investigation of international data transfers

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 75th meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee of 07-08 July 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Green, safe and smart transport networks: Additional €242 million for transport infrastructure studies - Midday Express
  • Opening remarks by Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Vălean at the press conference on delivering the European Green Deal for transport

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • The disciplinary regime for judges in Poland is not compatible with EU law (See CPR No 130/2021 - Judgment in Case C-791/19, Commission Vs. Poland (Régime disciplinaire des juges) 
  • Statement by the European Commission on the decision of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal of 14 July
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1147 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1148 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing, as part of the Integrated Border Management Fund, the Instrument for Financial Support for Border Management and Visa Policy
  • Regulation (EU) 2021/1149 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 July 2021 establishing the Internal Security Fund
  • EU founding values: Commission starts legal action against Hungary and Poland for violations of fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people - IP/21/3668
  • Fight against crime: Commission refers Italy to the Court of Justice of the European Union for gaps in information sharing to combat terrorism and crime - IP/21/3423
  • Visa Code: The Commission proposes temporary visa measures for Bangladesh, Iraq and The Gambia to improve cooperation on return and readmission IP/21/3681 & QaA
  • Commission refers Hungary to the Court of Justice of the European Union for unlawfully restricting access to the asylum procedure - IP/21/3424

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Annulment of the decision of the Single Resolution Board on the calculation of ex ante contributions to the Single Resolution Fund for 2017 as far as it concerns Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the ground that the statement of reasons was inadequate (See CPR No 135/2021 - Judgment in Joined Cases C-584/20 P, C-621/20 P - Commission Vs. Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and SRB)
  • Council Recommendation of 13 July 2021 on the economic policy of the euro area
  • EU ambassadors today agreed the Council’s position on the 2022 EU draft budget. In total, the Council’s position amounts to €167.7 billion in commitments and €170 billion in payments
  • EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts a new report on EU border regions - Midday Express

BREXIT

  • The UK legislation on Universal Credit, which deprives of that benefit Union citizens who have a right to reside on the basis of the scheme established in the context of Brexit but who do not satisfy all of the conditions of Directive 2004/38, is compatible with the principle of equal treatment guaranteed by EU law (See CPR No 133/2021 - Judgment  in Case C-709/20 - The Department for Communities in Northern Ireland)

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Implementing the Civilian CSDP Compact: Suggestions for common master message – EEAS Working Document