EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EMA and ECDC update on COVID-19
  • International regulators work towards alignment on development and authorisation of second-generation COVID-19 vaccines - See EMA Statement
  • SARS-CoV-2 resurgence in EU and EEA related to relaxation of non-pharmaceutical interventions and increasing spread of Delta variant - See ECDC Statement

STATE  AID

  • Commission approves a €5.9 million Swedish scheme for liquidity support to mink fur producers in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63337) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €2 million Estonia scheme to support organisers of cultural events and conferences in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.63701) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

TRAVEL

  • COVID-19: Council adds Ukraine and removes two countries from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted - see Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/1170 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10333 - B&C KB/Atlas Flexibles)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10316 - Macquarie/Warrington/Bingo)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10337 - BC Partners/Vista Equity Partners /EAB Global)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10295 - Orange Polska/APG/Fiberco JV)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Visual Comfort by Leonard Green & Partners, The Goldman Sachs Group and AEA Investors (M.10342) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises the acquisition of property in France by TIAA, AP1, AP2 and GPIF (M.10300) - Midday Express
  • Greece - Unannounced inspections of the Hellenic Competition Commission in companies active in catering services provision
  • UK - The CMA has cleared the anticipated acquisition by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. of Xilinx, Inc. - see the Full Text Decision

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission approves €1.2 billion rescue loan; opens investigation into €3.2 billion Portuguese further restructuring aid in favour of TAP (SA.57369 and SA.60165) - IP/21/3741
  • Commission approves €45 million Czech aid scheme to support rail freight operators using electric traction (SA.62018) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of sodium cyclamate (CN 2929 90 00) originating in the People’s Republic of China and Indonesia
  • WTO - Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - Subsidies - New and full notification pursuant to article XVI:1 of the GATT 1994 and article 25 of the Agreement on Subsidies Countervailing Measures - European Union
  • WTO - Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures - Subsidies - New and full notification pursuant to article XVI:1 of the GATT 1994 and article 25 of the Agreement on Subsidies Countervailing Measures - Norway
  • The EU’s technical tangle in making carbon border measures WTO-legal - Brussels will have to fight its own instincts on exporting regulation and raising cash - Financial Times
  • Democrats eye carbon border tax to help fund $3.5tn spending package - Proposal comes as part of sweeping aid plan and follows EU bid to move towards zero emissions - New York Times

INTERNAL MARKET

  • Opinion of Advocate General Szpunar of 15 July 2021 in Case C‑261/20, Thelen Technopark Berlin GmbH Vs. MN
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2006/123/EC - Article 15 - Fees of architects and engineers for planning services - Minimum and maximum tariffs - Judgment of the Court establishing a failure of a Member State to fulfil obligations - Contrary to a directive - Whether it may be relied upon in a dispute between individuals - Freedom of establishment - Article 49 TFEU - Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union - Article 16 - Freedom of contract
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1158 of 22 June 2021 on design, construction and performance requirements and testing standards for marine equipment and repealing Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1170
  • Single Market: new rules to ensure safe and compliant products on the EU market - Midday Express
  • Commission adopts proposal for a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe - Midday Express

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA has today launched a Consultation Paper on the review of its Guidelines on delayed disclosure of inside information under the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) in relation to its interaction with prudential supervision https://www.esma.europa.eu/press-news/esma-news/esma-consults-amendments-mar-guidelines-delayed-disclosure-inside-information
  • ESMA publishes disclosure and investor protection guidance on SPACs

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Agriculture & Fisheries) of 19 July 2021 - see List of A Items
    - Improving animal welfare for turkey husbandry in line with the Farm to Fork Strategy - Information from the Austrian delegation, supported by the Belgian, Cyprus, German, Luxembourg and Slovak delegations
    - Prohibition of the systematic killing of male chicks in the laying hens sector - Information from the French and German delegations, on behalf of the Austrian, French, German, Irish, Luxembourg, Portuguese and Spanish delegations
  • Agriculture: the Commission approves new geographical indication from the United States (Willamette Valley) - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 15 July 2021 in Case C‑181/20, VYSOČINA WIND a.s. Vs. Czech Republic
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2012/19/EU - Waste - WEEE - Costs for the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of photovoltaic panels - Producer responsibility - Incorrect transposition of a directive - Liability of a Member State - Polluter-pays principle - Principle of non-retroactivity
  • Reports from the CEG/Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests, including the EU Timber Regulation and the FLEGT Regulation of 24 June 2021
  • Minutes of the Horizon 2020 Commission Expert group to support the implementation of Bioeconomy Policy Support Facility of 23 April 2021
  • European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests - IP/21/3723QaA, Working Document & Summary

"FIT FOR 55" PACKAGE

  • The European Commission’s “Fit for 55” package must drive decarbonisation while ensuring a level playing field for EU airlines - A4E Statement
  • Fit for 55 – EU Commission’s objective is clear, the way to achieve it in agriculture and forestry much less so - Copa-Cogeca Statement
  • Being “Fit-for-55″ is a huge challenge, the European biodiesel industry can make a difference, just let us! - EBB Statement
  • A fine balance: Fit for 55 must help decarbonisation of EU steel and prevent carbon leakage effectively - Eurofer Statement
  • Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform: Joint statement on the Fit for 55 package
  • Electrify now: a successful “Fit for 55” must fast track electrification - Eurelectric Statement
  • Fit for 55: EU auto industry’s initial reaction to Europe’s climate plans - ACEA Statement
  • EU push to green shipping is positive but risks locking in fossil gas - T&E Statement
  • Fit for 55 ‘fails’ to right wrongs of EU’s disastrous biofuels policy - T&E Statement
  • EU axes airlines’ fuel tax exemption in drive for greener fuels - T&E Statement
  • EU’s “Fit-for-55″ is unfit and unfair - EEB Statement
  • EU climate plans provoke national opposition over rising emissions costs France, Spain and Italy among member states raising concerns about the impact on citizens - Financial Times
  • Europe sets pace for global climate policy - Comprehensive approach is sensible but faces political challenges - Financial Times

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Minutes of the EU Rail Passenger Security Platform of 08 June 2021
  • Minutes of the Expert Group on Land Transport Security of 07 July 2021
  • Decision No 1/2021 of the Community/Switzerland Inland Transport Committee of 30 June 2021 amending Annex 1 to the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation on the Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Rail and Road and Decision No 2/2019 of the Committee on transitory measures to maintain smooth rail traffic between Switzerland and the European Union

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Association Council set up by the Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Community and its Member States, of the one part, and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, of the other part, as regards the extension of the EU-Algeria Partnership Priorities until new updated joint documents are adopted by the EU and Algeria