COMPETITION

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Athanasiso Rantos of 2 June 2022 in Case C-470/20, AS Veejaam, OÜ Espo Vs. AS Elering
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Article 108(3) TFEU - Regulation (EU) 2015/1589 - Article 1(c) - Aid granted by Member States - Support for renewable energy - Renewable hydropower production companies which have received renewable energy support for the electricity produced by their hydropower generators - Incentive effect of aid applied for after the start of the project-related work
  • Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Finland (SA.102379) - IP/22/3383
  • Commission approves €10 billion Spanish scheme to support companies in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine (SA.102711) - IP/22/3390
  • Commission approves €20 million Lithuanian scheme to support companies in context of Russia's invasion of Ukraine (SA.102772) - IP/22/3392
  • Commission approves €8 million Slovenian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support rail freight transport (SA.100432) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €4.3 million Romanian scheme to support airport operators in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102939) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €9.5 million Italian scheme to preserve employment levels in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102966) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €45.4 million Croatian scheme to support the civil aviation sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102436) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €223 million Flemish scheme to support companies and public entities in the context of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit (SA.102504) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Compatibility of the advertising costs for Germany’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign with the EU rules on State aid

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Programme - CLEN discussion meeting of the participants in the CLEN Ring Test on Cannabinoids - 6 July 2022
  • Minutes - Meeting of the Member State Expert Group on "responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG)" - 24 March 2022
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/859 of 24 May 2022 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 on the tariff and statistical nomenclature and on the Common Customs Tariff (CN 4421 20 00; ‘8485 80 00; 8485 90 10; 8485 90 90)
  • Council Decision (EU) 2022/863 of 24 May 2022 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the EU-CTC Joint Committee established by the Convention of 20 May 1987 on a common transit procedure as regards amendments to that Convention
  • Answer given by EVP Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Trade negotiations with Thailand
  • WTO - The sixth review of the trade policies and practices of New Zealand takes place on 1 and 3 June 2022.

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Special report No.8/2022 - ERDF support for SME competitiveness – design weaknesses decrease effectiveness of funding
  • European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Good Clothes, Fair Pay' initiative - IP/22/3369
  • Online sale of counterfeit Louboutin high-heel shoes: according to Advocate General Szpunar, the specific features of Amazon’s business practices do not support the finding that a sign has been used within the meaning of EU law (See CPR No 96/2022 - Opinions of the Advocate General in joined cases C-148/21, C-184/21 - Louboutin (Usage d’un signe contrefaisant sur un marché en ligne))

TAXATION

  • Agenda for: 28th Meeting of the Small Sub-Group on "Electronics Form for Direct Taxes" (SSG eFCA) - 16 June 2022

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fisheries management review: less overfishing, but further efforts to protect marine resources needed - IP/22/3303 - see the Communication
  • Answer given to a MEP written question - Negotiations with Norway on fishing rights and relations with Russia

ENERGY

  • Commission Recommendation (EU) 2022/867 of 1 June 2022 on the release of emergency oil stocks by Member States following the invasion of Ukraine
  • Commissioner Simson in Ireland to discuss energy policy with local authorities and stakeholders - Midday Express
  • ACER and CEER launch a public consultation on the Possible Developments of the EU Electricity Forward Market

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Unlawful defeat devices in diesel vehicles: Advocate General Rantos considers that the purchaser of a vehicle equipped with such a device must have a right to compensation against the vehicle manufacturer (See CPR No 95/2022 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-100/21 - Daimler (Responsabilité des constructeurs de véhicules munis de dispositifs d’invalidation))
  • The mere extension of the duration of the operation of waste disposal at a landfill does not constitute a substantial change to the operating permit (See CPR No 94/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-43/21 - FCC Česká republika)
  • Agenda for: 26th Environmental Liability Directive Government Experts Group (ELD GEG) Meeting - 7 June 2022
  • Europe's road transport needs to shift gears towards sustainability - See EEA Statement & Report
  • Continued drop in EU’s greenhouse gas emissions confirms achievement of 2020 target - see EEA Statement & Report

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Effervescent bath bombs: Member States may, under certain conditions, restrict the distribution of cosmetic products which, because they have the appearance of foodstuffs, may be mistaken for foodstuffs and cause health risks (See CPR No 93/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-122/21 - Get Fresh Cosmetics)
  • EU Health Policy Platform - Annual Meeting: EU Health Award Ceremony (4th May 2022)
  • ECDC Report - Early warning, alert and response to acute public health events in refugee-hosting countries

  EU COVID 19 RESPONSES

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Answer given to a MEP written question - Regulating the metaverse
  • BEREC invites stakeholders to its public debriefing on 15 June in Brussels
  • Public consultation on the draft BEREC guidelines on the application of Article 3 of Regulation (EU) 2022/612 of 6 April 2022 on roaming on public communications networks within the Union (Wholesale Roaming Guidelines)

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on ensuring a level playing field for sustainable air transport – ‘ReFuelEU Aviation’ - General approach
  • Aviation safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List - See Regulation (EU) 2022/862

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • An age limit laid down in the statutes of an organisation of workers for eligibility to stand as sector convenor of that organisation falls within the scope of the ‘Anti-Discrimination’ directive (See CPR No 92/2022 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-587/20 - HK Vs. Danmark and HK/Privat - Principles of Community law)
  • The European Public Prosecutor's Office one year on: over 900 investigations and 4,000 crime reports - see Speech by Commissioner Reynders - Midday Express
  • Eurojust casework on corruption: 2016-2021 insights
  • 10 years of the European Citizens' Initiative - Midday Express
  • Schengen Forum: setting the way forward for the Schengen area in 2022-2023 - see the Report Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Convergence Report reviews Member States' preparedness to join the euro area and paves the way for Croatia's euro adoption on 1 January 2022 - IP/22/3312, QaA & Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni 
    - ECB's Convergence Report 2022 
    - European Commission's Convergence Report 2022
    - Proposal for a Council Decision and a Council Regulation  
  • EVP Dombrovskis in Zagreb to discuss the economic outlook and Croatia's readiness to join the euro area - Midday Express
  • EU cohesion policy: Commission adopts €18.4 billion partnership agreement with France for 2021-2027 - IP/22/3368
  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Poland's €35.4 billion recovery and resilience plan - IP/22/3375 & QaA
  • NextGenerationEU: Commission receives €2.6 billion payment request from Romania under the Recovery and Resilience Facility - Midday Express
  • Opinion of the ECB of 25 March 2022 on a proposal for a regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 549/2013 on the European system of national and regional accounts in the European Union
  • ECB - Euro area bank interest rate statistics: April 2022
  • ECB reports on EU countries’ progress towards euro adoption
  • ECB - Euro area insurance corporation statistics: first quarter of 2022
  • ECB - Survey on the Access to Finance of Enterprises: tightening of financing conditions amid increased economic uncertainty

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Jordan: High Representative/Vice-President Borrell chairs the EU-Jordan Association Council, with Commissioner Várhelyi participating - Midday Express
  • Denmark: Statement by the High Representative on the outcome of the referendum on the opt-out in defence matters
  • Joint Press Statement by EU and Central Asia Special Representatives and Special Envoys for Afghanistan

RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE

  • EU Statement on the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine - OSCE Permanent Council No.1376 Vienna, 2 June 2022