EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €275,000 Portuguese scheme to support the sugarcane-processing sector in Madeira affected by the coronavirus (SA.64041) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €1.8 million Estonian scheme for liquidity support to fish processors in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63935) - Midday Express 
  • Commission approves €1.4 million Slovenian scheme to support farmers in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.64098) - Midday Express 

ECONOMY

  • Catch me (if you can): assessing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission via euro cash - ECB Occasional Paper Series No.259
  • ECB - What is the pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP)?

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10313 - CVC/CDPQ/WAVS)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10268 - SYNNEX/Tech Data)
  • Commission approves acquisition of Telekom Romania by Orange, subject to conditions (M.10153) - IP/21/3941
  • Commission clears acquisition of GIL by DSV Panalpina (M.10321) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of SITECH by Brose (M.10232) - Midday Express
  • Austria - The Cartel Court imposed a fine of EUR 340,000 on the company Fond Of GmbH following a request submitted by the Federal Competition Authority on 6 April 2021
  • Germany - Insufficient consumer protection in mobile apps: Bundeskartellamt identifies problems and proposes possible solutions
  • Italy - TIM-DAZN, viewing of the Serie A football championship to start regularly - According to the Authority, the measures presented by the two operators are suitable to avoid the precautionary measure
  • The Netherlands - ACM conditionally clears acquisition of mortuary service provider Yarden by rival DELA
  • Romania - The Competition Council approved the operation by which the EBRD takes over a part of the share capital of Vestmoldtransgaz SRL.
  • UK - CMA fines pharma firm over pricing of crucial thyroid drug

STATE AID

  • Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1237 of 23 July 2021 amending Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority Decision of 24 February 2021 replacing the Annex to the Guidelines on short-term export-credit insurance [2021/1238]
  • State aid - Italy - State aid SA.55678 (2019/NN) - New loan to Alitalia - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid - Decision to raise no objections
  • Commission approves €10.25 million investment aid for Palanga airport in Lithuania (SA.62162)  - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €5 million German support measure for fishery sector in the context of Brexit (SA.63536) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Notice of initiation of an expiry review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of aspartame originating in the People’s Republic of China;
  • Notice of the expiry of certain anti-dumping measures (High fatigue performance steel concrete reinforcement bars - The P.R. of China - Regulation (EU) 2016/1246 - 30.7.2021)
  • Minutes of the 221st meeting of the Customs Code Committee Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature (Sub-Section Agriculture/Chemistry) of 28th to 30th June 2021
  • Report on the 5th round of negotiations between the EU and five Eastern and Southern African (ESA) countries for the deepening of the currently implemented EPA
  • CETA - reply to the joint statement of the Canadian and European Union domestic advisory groups
  • CETA TSD Committee in progress Joint Work Plan 2020-2021
  • WTO - Members agree on 2021 chairs for subsidiary bodies of Goods Council
  • WTO - Open trade policies vital to support growth in solar energy, highlights new booklet
  • Costa Rica initiates WTO dispute case against Dominican Republic over steel bar duties

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Judgment of the court of 25 March 2021 in Case E-3/20 - The Norwegian Government, represented by the Ministry of Health and Care Services (Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet) Vs. Anniken Jenny Lindberg
    Re: Freedom of movement of persons - Directive 2005/36/EC - Recognition of professional qualifications - Access to profession of dental practitioner - Automatic recognition
  • Judgment of the court of 25 March 2021 in Case E-4/20 - Tor-Arne Martinez Haugland and Others Vs. The Norwegian Government, represented by the Ministry of Health and Care Services - Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet)
    Re: Freedom of movement of persons - Directive 2005/36/EC - Recognition of professional qualifications - Access to the profession of psychologist - General system of recognition - Notion of ‘same profession’

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fisheries: EU and Mauritania announce the conclusion of negotiations for a new fisheries agreement - Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora by regulating trade therein and Commission Regulation (EC) No 865/2006 laying down detailed rules concerning the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 338/97 - See Annex 1 & 2
  • Commission adopts new guidance on how to climate-proof future infrastructure projects - IP/21/3943

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Minutes of Working Group Meeting on Cosmetic Ingredients of 15-16 July 2021
  • Rapid Risk Assessment: Extreme rainfall and catastrophic floods in western Europe - ECDC
  • EFSA - Research priorities to fill knowledge gaps in wild boar management measures that could improve the control of African swine fever in wild boar populations
  • EFSA - Safety for the environment of a feed additive consisting of nicarbazin (Coxar) for use in turkeys for fattening (Huvepharma N.V.)
  • EMCDDA launches new resources to help European countries beat viral hepatitis

DATA PRIVACY

  • Data protection guidance for the organisers of European citizens’ initiatives

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • With the support of Europol, the Polish authorities have arrested two individuals committing so-called ‘Black Box’ attacks against ATMs

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Recommendation of the European Central Bank of 23 July 2021 repealing Recommendation ECB/2020/62 (ECB/2021/31)
  • EU Cohesion policy: Commission adopts €21 billion Greek Partnership Agreement for 2021-2027 - IP/21/3907
  • Household real consumption per capita continues decreasing in both euro area and EU - Stat/86/2021