EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Press release on the EU participation to the small group of foreign ministers meeting to coordinate enhanced COVID-19 response - IP/22/1061

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10596 - OTPP / KKR / Greencollar)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10620 - GIP / SSE / OTPP / Scotia Gas Networks)
  • Germany - Case report: Bundeskartellamt terminates proceedings concerning the entry of KHG GmbH & Co. KG to the furniture purchasing cooperation Begros after far-reaching changes to the original project (decision of 19 January 2022)
  • Romania - The division of road upgrading and repair works into lots will increase competition
  • Romania - The Competition Council imposed fines of 71 Million Euros on the Immunoglobulin market
  • Slovak Republic - PMÚ SR initiated administrative proceedings in the case of concentration of AZC, a.s., BSP Softwaredistribution, a.s., and ColosseoEAS, a.s.
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by ASSA ABLOY Limited of Arran Isle Limited
  • UK - JD Sports and Footasylum have been fined almost £5 million after breaching the rules around a merger blocked by the CMA
  • UK - CMA is consulting on proposed undertakings in lieu of a reference for the completed acquisition by Pennon Group plc of Bristol Water Holdings UK Limited

STATE AID

  • Appeal brought on 16 December 2021 by the Federal Republic of Germany against the judgment of the General Court of 6 October 2021 in Joined Cases T-233/19 and T-234/19, Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG and Infineon Technologies AG Vs. European Commission - Case C-794/21 P
    Re: annulment of Commission’s Decision of 28 May 2018 on State aid SA.34045 (2013/c) (ex 2012/NN)
  • Appeal brought on 17 December 2021 by Infineon Technologies AG and Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG against the judgment of the General Court of 6 October 2021 in Joined Cases T-233/19 and T-234/19, Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH & Co. KG and Infineon Technologies AG Vs. European Commission - Case C-800/21 P
    Re: annulment of Commission’s Decision of 28 May 2018 on State aid SA.34045 (2013/c) (ex 2012/NN)
  • Appeal brought on 16 December 2021 by AZ against the judgment of the General Court of 6 October 2021 in Case T-196/19, AZ Vs. Commission - Case C-792/21 P
    Re: set aside the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 6 October 2021, Case T-196/19, and annul European Commission Decision SA.34045 (2013/C) (ex 2012/NN)
  • Appeal brought on 16 December 2021 by the Federal Republic of Germany against the judgment of the General Court of 6 October 2021 in Case T-196/19, AZ Vs. Commission - Case C-793/21 P
    Re: set aside the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 6 October 2021, Case T-196/19, and annul European Commission Decision SA.34045 (2013/C) (ex 2012/NN)

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 31th meeting of the Customs Expert Group - Data Integration & Harmonization section of 24 February 2022
  • Agenda for: 228th meeting of the Customs Code Committee - Tariff & Statistical Nomenclature Section (Combined Nomenclature Sector) from 07 March 2022
  • Minutes - Meeting of the programme coordinators network on the new policy objective driven approach of the Customs & Fiscalis programmes of 27 January 2022
  • Appeal brought on 3 December 2021 by PAO Severstal against the judgment of the General Court of 22 September 2021 in Case T-753/16, Severstal Vs. Commission - Case C-747/21 P
  • Appeal brought on 3 December 2021 by Novolipetsk Steel PAO against the judgment of the General Court of 22 September 2021 in Case T-752/16, NLMK Vs. Commission - Case C-748/21 P
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the Partnership Council established by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part, on the adoption of the guidelines of the Civil Society Forum
  • WTO - Remarks by DG Okonjo-Iweala: Climate-related trade policies must focus on needs of most vulnerable - See the Agenda
  • WTO, WHO, WIPO to hold workshop on access, use of pandemic-related information resources on 28 February will provide an overview of particular COVID-19-related information resources
  • Why import bans to combat forced labour may backfire Premium content - The EU and other powers are debating how best to help oppressed workers such as China’s Uyghurs - Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: 1st meeting of the Commission Expert Group on Outdoor Noise Emission (Directive 2000/14/EC) of 17 February 2022
  • Call for evidence: Intellectual property - new framework for standard-essential patents - Proposal for a regulation - Feedback and consultation period: 14 February 2022 - 09 May 2022
  • EUROfusion: Powerpoint presentation (Research (atomique questions) WP meeting of 14 February 2022
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question -  Measures to protect European steel from competition

FINANCIAL SERVICES

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Agenda for: Agriculture & Fisheries Council of 21 February 2022
  • Minutes of: 10th Meeting - EU Platform on Animal Welfare of 10 November 2021
  • Minutes of: Committee of Agricultural Markets - Animal Products of 20 January 2022
  • Minutes of: Committee of Agricultural Markets - Organic Production of 26 & 28 January 2022
  • Ombudsman asks Commission how it is ensuring transparency in relation to farming policy - Case SI/2/2022/LDS

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 24 February 2022
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Emerging energy crisis due to a dangerous supply shortage in oil markets
  • Gas tariffs reports: ACER recommends that the Danish regulatory authority further assesses compliance of the tariff proposed by the TSO
  • ACER shares considerations on ENTSO-E’s electricity Adequacy Outlook for this winter

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Environment of 14 & 15 February 2022
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Environment International (Biodiversity)" - WPIEI (Biodiversity) of 16 February 2022
  • Commission Decision of 13 December 2021 on instructing the Central Administrator of the European Union Transaction Log to enter the national aviation allocation tables of Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and Sweden into the European Union Transaction Log
  • Call for evidence: Review: Restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electronics - Proposal for Directive - Feedback period: 14 February 2022 - 14 March 2022

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Carcinogenic substance in lateral flow test swabs
  • EFSA - Animal welfare: consultation opens on Farm to Fork guidance
  • Strategic Autonomy and Long-term Innovation Competitiveness: On the importance of Intellectual Property Rights for the Production of High-Value Medicines in the EU - See ECIPE Occasional Papers

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Minutes of the 16th meeting eGovernment Action Plan Steering Board of 15 December 2021 - see Conclusion Paper
  • Telecoms chiefs urge EU lawmakers to press tech groups on internet investment - Heads of Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone want big companies to contribute more to infrastructure costs - Financial Times 
  • EU to take on SpaceX and Amazon with its own satellite internet system - Brussels wants standalone coverage but internal watchdog has previously raised doubts over proposals - Financial Times

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Scope of the definition of biometric data
  • EDPB - Launch of coordinated enforcement on use of cloud by public sector
  • EDPS - Preliminary Remarks on Modern Spyware
  • EDPS - Opinion 11/2021 on the Proposal for a Directive on consumer credits
  • EDPS - Opinion on the Proposal for a Council Directive laying down rules to prevent the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes and amending Directive 2011/16/EU

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Communication from the Commission - Updating of data used to calculate lump sum and penalty payments to be proposed by the Commission to the Court of Justice of the European Union in infringement proceedings

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Public Consultation: Package travel – review of EU rules - Proposal for a directive - Consultation period: 15 February 2022 - 10 May 2022

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • ECB - European System of Central Banks renews Statements of Commitment to FX Global Code
  • Next Generation EU: A euro area perspective - ECB Economic Bulletin - Issue 1/2022
  • Natural gas dependence and risks to activity in the euro area - ECB Economic Bulletin - Issue 1/2022
  • Making sense of consumer inflation expectations: the role of uncertainty - ECB Working Paper Series - No.2642
  • How sectoral technical progress and factor substitution shaped Japan’s structural transformation? - ECB Working Paper Series - No.2641
  • MEPs commemorate 20 years of euro bank notes and coins

BREXIT

  • Time for Fresh Thinking on Northern Ireland and Brexit - See ECIPE Policy Briefs

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Read-out of the call between President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida
  • Vision quest: How Europe should safeguard its security - See ECFR Paper
  • EU seeks to mend ties with African Union countries Premium content - Differences persist on migration, vaccines and patent waivers - Financial Times