EU COVID-19 RESPONSE 

STATE AID

  • Commission approves amendment to Polish scheme, including €695,000 budget increase, to support tour operators affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.101979) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €91 million Romanian scheme to support bovine, pigs and poultry producers in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102487) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €45 million Belgian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102417) - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10565 - Volkswagen N / Trinity / Europcar)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10684 - Swiss Life / Vauban / Wascosa)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10688 - Axa / Atalante)
  • Commission clears acquisition of Telia Towers Sweden by Telia Company and Brookfield (M.10666) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Jorf Fertilizer Company by OCP and Koch Industries (M.10689) - Midday Express
  • Belgium - Notification CONC-CC-22/0012: Alexandrite Monnet Belgian BidCo SA / Befimmo SA
  • Estonia - Competition Authority's assessment of Elektrilevi OÜ's independence and equal treatment activities
  • France - Green light to the acquisition of Bimédia by DL Software, which controls Devlyx
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Projects

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 634th meeting of the Export Credit Group of 4 May 2022
  • New trade defence tool to protect EU firms from distortive foreign subsidies - See the EP Statement
  • CCIA welcomes EU Parliament vote on Foreign Subsidies tool, urges action to avoid excessive burden on businesses
  • Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the EPA Committee established under the stepping stone Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana, of the one part, and the European Union and its Member States, of the other part, regarding the adoption of the Rules of Procedure for Dispute Settlement
  • Proposal for a Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2021/2278 suspending the Common Customs Tariff duties referred to in Article 56(2), point (c), of Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 on certain agricultural and industrial products

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/676 of 3 December 2021 supplementing Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards specifying the conditions in accordance with which consolidation is to be carried out in the cases referred to in Article 18(3) to (6) and Article 18(8) of that Regulation
  • Agenda for: 22nd Commission Expert Group on Banking, Payments, and Insurance of 05 May 2022
  • DG FISMA - Consolidated list of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions
  • Answer given by Mc Guinness to a MEP written question - Planned regulation of cryptocurrencies, in particular a ban on bitcoin
  • Answer given by Mc Guinness to a MEP written question - Major shortcomings and weaknesses in the implementation in Greece of directives on the prevention of money laundering 
  • EIOPA consults on Institutions for occupational retirement provision reporting rules

TAXATION

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Agenda for: EP EMPL Committee of 28 April 2022

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 25.4.2022 amending Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the definition of and requirements for ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin
  • Agenda for: Commission Expert Group on "Crops Market Observatory" of 03 May 2022
  • Answer given by Mr Wojciechowski to a MEP written question - Food campaign
  • New NGO report: CAP national strategic plans will not deliver on EU Green Deal - See EEB Statement

ENERGY

  • Anniversary of the Chornobyl accident: Joint statement by the HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson
  • Commissioner Simson in the United States to strengthen clean energy cooperation (offshorewind) - Midday Express
  • Green 10 letter to the European Commission calling for the RePowerEU plan to support a phaseout of fossil fuels and nuclear energy

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: 8th Meeting of the “Multi-Stakeholder Platform on Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests, including the EUTR/FLEGT” of 16 March 2022

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of agar for pets and non‐food‐producing animals (Hispanagar)
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of the feed additive consisting of ammonium chloride (Ammonium Chloride AF) for all ruminants, dogs and cats for the renewal of its authorisation (BASF SE)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Emsa - April 2022 - COVID-19 Impact on Shipping Report - 1st quarter 2022
  • Public charging won’t be a block on higher EU electric car targets - See T&E Study
  • Transition of the mobility ecosystem: auto sector action plan - See Acea Statement

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • The obligation, on online content-sharing service providers, to review, prior to its dissemination to the public, the content that users wish to upload to their platforms, is accompanied by the necessary safeguards to ensure that that obligation is compatible with freedom of expression and information (See CPR Nº 65/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-401/19 Poland Vs. Parliament and Council) 

AREA OF FREDDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Where there is a serious threat to its public policy or internal security, a Member State may reintroduce border control at its borders with other Member States, but without exceeding a maximum total duration of six months (See CPR Nº 64/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Joined Cases C-368/20, C-369/20 Landespolizeidirektion Steiermark , Bezirkshauptmannschaft Leibnitz (Durée maximale du contrôle aux frontières intérieures)

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Speech by Fabio Panetta: For a few cryptos more: the Wild West of crypto finance
  • The role of speculation during the recent increase in EU emissions allowance prices - ECB Economic Bulletin Issue 3, 2022
  • The low productivity of European firms: how can policies enhance the allocation of resources? - see Bruegel Working Paper - Issue 06/2022

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: EP AFET Committee of 02 & 05 May 2022
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Raisina Dialogue
  • President von der Leyen in India: Advancing a Strategic Partnership - IP/22/2648
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - European Peace Facility operations
  • Commission's event “Clusters meet Baltic Sea Regions” to support businesses in the current geopolitical situation - Midday Express

EU RESPONSES TO RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in response to the recognition of the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and the ordering of Russian armed forces into those areas
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine
  • ICC participates in joint investigation team supported by Eurojust on alleged core international crimes in Ukraine
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - Training and support for Ukraine’s armed forces to counter cyberattacks
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell i Fontelles to a MEP written question - The EU’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • Answer given by HR/VP Borrell i Fontelles to a MEP written question - Plan to protect Russian citizens fleeing Putin’s regime
  • FAQs on customs related matters concerning sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
  • FAQs on deposits acceptance concerning sanctions following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine
  • War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation - See the EP Statement
  • EU weighs cap on price paid for Russian oil as way to hit Kremlin revenues - Financial Times