EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EMA starts evaluating the use of Kineret in adult COVID-19 patients at increased risk of severe respiratory failure

STATE AID

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into arbitration award in favour of Antin to be paid by Spain - IP/21/3783
  • Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak - IP/21/3782
  • Commission approves €10 million scheme to compensate companies in Flemish Region for events rebooking costs due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.63932) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Czechia's €7 billion recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/3745 & QaA
  • REACT-EU: over €580 million for Belgium, Croatia and Germany to support jobseekers and workers in sectors particularly affected by the pandemic - Midday Express 

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10303 - Astorg/Bridgepoint/Fenergo)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10250 - Accor/Keys/Hotel Portfolio)
  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) of 21 April 2021 - F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd and Others Vs. AGCM - Case C-261/21
  • Commission closes investigation into airline ticket distribution services (AT.40617) - Midday Express
  • Commission authorises the acquisition of joint control of the Apave Group by PAI Partners and Association Gapave (M.10335) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control over Boomi by TPG and Francisco Partners (M.10322) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Hypion by HanseWerk, EDF, IPP, and EARH (M.10243) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Deli Home by Ardian (M.10263) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 12 May 2021 - E. Breuninger Vs. Commission (Case T-260/21)
    Re: annul, pursuant to Article 264(1) TFEU, the defendant’s decision of 20 November 2020 (State aid No SA.59289) as amended by the defendant’s decision of 12 February 2021 (State aid No SA.61744)
  • Commission re-approves Dutch €3.4 billion liquidity support to KLM (SA.57116) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves a Portuguese calculation methodology proposed for guarantee premiums on loans to micro, and small and medium enterprises (SA.61340) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Ad hoc working party on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) - Establishment and approval of the mandate
  • Public Consultation - EU Green Deal (carbon border adjustment mechanism) - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 15 July 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/1180 of 13 July 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the written procedure by the Participants to the Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits as regards the adoption of a decision to amend the provisions on Commercial Interest Reference Rates of the Arrangement
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/1181 of 13 July 2021 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the Trade Committee established by the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam as regards the adoption of the Rules of Procedure for the Trade Committee
  • EU plan for world’s first carbon border tax provokes trading partners - Russia sharply critical of policy of limiting climate change by imposing cost on imports linked to emissions - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Internal Market) of 23 July 2021
  • EU preparedness and responses to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats - Study for EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA publishes its third report on CSDR implementation
  • EBA consults to amend its technical standards on currencies with constraints on the availability of liquid assets
  • EBA welcomes European Court of Justice ruling supporting EBA guidelines on product oversight and governance
  • A home for anti-money laundering sleuths EU capitals expected to quarrel over where to establish upcoming Anti-Money Laundering Authority– Financial Times

ENERGY

  • Public Consultation - EU renewable energy rules – review - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 16 July 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • Public Consultation - EU energy efficiency directive (EED) – evaluation and review - Proposal for a directive - Feedback period: 16 July 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the ITRE Committee meeting on delivering the European Green Deal package
  • European gas market braces for ruling on Morocco-Spain dispute - Court verdict on sovereignty of Western Sahara may roil supplies – Financial Times

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 19 & 23 July 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 22July 2021
  • Public Consultation - CO2 emissions from shipping – encouraging the use of low-carbon fuels - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 16 July 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • Public Consultation - Low-emission vehicles – improving the EU’s refuelling/recharging infrastructure - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback period: 16 July 2021 - 13 September 2021
  • EFSA - African swine fever: campaign extended to new countries

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Digital sovereignty: Commission kick-starts alliances for Semiconductors and industrial cloud technologies - IP/21/3733
  • Commission seeks feedback to improve public sector website and mobile apps accessibility - see the Public Consultation - Midday Express
  • MEPs adopted rules to facilitate making more data available to help create new products and innovation, in particular in Artificial Intelligence
  • Five MEDIA-supported films awarded in 2021 Cannes Film Festival - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • Investment Plan for Europe supports Kevaka bypass infrastructure project in the Baltics - IP/21/3749

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Public Consultation - Supporting crime victims – evaluation of the Victims’ Rights Directive - Report - Feedback period - 19 July 2021 - 25 October 2021 

BREXIT

  • UK and EU find it easier to disagree than compromise on Northern Ireland - Brexit poses the difficult question of how to protect both the peace process and the integrity of the EU’s single market – Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1 & Part.2) of 20 & 22 July 2021

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Statement by President Charles Michel on developments in Georgia
  • EU terrorist list: Council renews restrictive measures to combat terrorism for a further six months 
  • EU extends the mandates of the EU special representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Kosovo* for two years
  • The EU issued a declaration commemorating the seventh anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 
  • Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU: urging China to take action against malicious cyber activities undertaken from its territory
  • Speech by President Charles Michel following his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku
  • Action brought on 4 May 2021 - Pšonka Vs. Council - Case T-243/21
    Re: Annulment of Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/394 of 4 March 2021 amending Decision 2014/119/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine, (1) and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/391 of 4 March 2021 implementing Regulation (EU) No 208/2014 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine, (2) in so far as that decision and that regulation relate to the applicant;