EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • EMA starts rolling review of sotrovimab (VIR-7831) for COVID-19 - Midday Express
  • Health Union: High-level event on the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic - Draft Agenda
  • Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on the "EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics"
  • Data collection on COVID-19 outbreaks in closed settings with a completed vaccination programme: long-term care facilities - See Ecdc Technical report
  • Considerations on the use of rapid antigen detection (including self-) tests for SARS-CoV-2 in occupational settings - See Ecdc Technical report
  • Overview of the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination strategies and vaccine deployment plans in the EU/EEA - See Ecdc Technical report
  • Stop the spread! Could diagnostic antigen tests help control COVID-19 transmission in workplaces? see Ecdc Statement and Report

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €3.6 million Slovenian scheme to support pig breeders affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62686) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €13 million Latvian scheme to support pig farmers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62631) - Midday Express 

MOBILITY

  • Travel restrictions: Council adds Israel to the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift restrictions on non-essential travel
  • ‘Reducing the mobility of SARS-CoV-2 variants to safeguard containment’, see Bruegel Working Paper 07/2021

ECONOMY

  • Making Egypt’s Post-COVID Growth Path More Sustainable - see Economic Brief 066|

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears acquisition of Ivanti by Charlesbank, together with Clearlake and TA Associates (M.10233) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears creation of joint venture WELL by CSS, Visana, Zur Rose and medi24 (M.10197) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Infinigate by Bridgepoint (M.10237) - Midday Express

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • State aid - Italy - State aid SA.39639 (2021/C ex 2021/NN)) - Alleged State aid measures in favour of consortium Cineca - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • State aid - Germany - State aid SA.53625 (2020/N) - Lignite phase-out - Invitation to submit comments pursuant to Article 108(2) of the TFEU
  • Answer given by EVP Vestager to a MEP written question - Self-employed tourist guides and tour guides excluded from entitlement to state aid notified to the Commission in Poland

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 10 May 2021
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN codes: 6306 90 004421 99 10 & 3926 90 97)  
  • WTO - Statement of Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on USTR Tai’s statement on the TRIPS waiver
  • WTO - Trade and public health, fish subsidies and LDC concerns in General Council spotlight

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY‎

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness & Growth (Industry) of 10 May 2021
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision of XXX partially granting an authorisation under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council for a use of bis(2-methoxyethyl)ether (diglyme) (Acton Technologies Limited)
  • Report & Working Document on the review clauses in Directives 2013/34/EU, 2014/95/EU, and 2013/50/EU

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services - Insurance of 11 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Financial Services Committee of 19 May 2021
  • Report from the Commission under Article 85(2) of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories, as amended by Regulation (EU) No 834/2019, assessing whether viable technical solutions have been developed for the transfer by pension scheme arrangements of cash and non-cash collateral as variation margins and the need for any measures to facilitate those viable technical solutions
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards specifying
    - the conditions to ensure that the methodology for determining a benchmark complies with the quality requirements
    - the characteristics of the systems and controls for the identification and reporting of any conduct that may involve manipulation or attempted manipulation of a benchmark
    - the requirements to ensure that an administrator’s governance arrangements are sufficiently robust
    - the criteria for the competent authorities’ compliance assessment regarding the mandatory administration of a critical benchmark
    - the criteria under which competent authorities may require changes to the compliance statement of non-significant benchmarks
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... extending the transitional period referred to in Article 89(1), first subparagraph, of Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2402 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards on the cooperation, exchange of information and notification obligations between competent authorities and ESMA, the EBA and EIOPA - See the Annex
  • Disclosure reporting: Commission launches call for public feedback on the environmental performance information that financial and non-financial undertakings should disclose - see the QaA & Draft Text - Midday Express 

TAXATION

  • Minutes of the WPIV on a future proposal to amend the Directive on ACDT of 24 March 2021 

ENERGY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 10 May 2021
  • CO2 emissions from energy use clearly decreased in the EU in 2020
  • Speech by Commissioner Simson at the EPICO conference "Making a leap forward: Mainstreaming Energy and Climate Innovation“
  • What a difference a year makes - impact of COVID-19 pandemic on EU energy supply in 2020
  • Commissioner Simson welcomes UN report on methane emissions - See the Report

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement
  • COP26 President welcomes Denmark’s leading role in the fight against climate change
  • Invitation - Climate Dialogues webinar - Industry cooperation: Being stronger together - See BusinessEurope Statement

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: EU4H Steering Group of 20 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed
    - Section: "Phytopharmaceuticals - Legislation" of 19-20 May 2021
    - Section: "GM food and feed and environmental risk" of 17 May 2021
  • International regulators and WHO call for wider public access to clinical data - see EMA Statement
  • Consumer protection: European consumer network recovers over €4 million for consumers during the pandemic
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the production and marketing of plant reproductive material of organic heterogeneous material of particular genera or species - See the Annex

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a Single Market for Digital Services (Digital Services Act) and amending Directive 2000/31/EC - Draft progress report
  • How the Digital Markets Act can tame big tech - See CER Opinion

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

TRANSPORT

  • Minutes of the Road Transport Committee of 15 April 2021
  • Draft - Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) …/... of XXX amending Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/799

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Transparency register: Council adopts new rules making registration of interest representatives mandatory
  • Europol - EMPACT 2018-2021 - Implementation monitoring – Factsheets of results 2020
  • Speech by Vice-President Jourová at Riga "StratCom Dialogue 2021"

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Country-Specific Recommendations for 2019 and 2020 - A tabular comparison and an overview of implementation - Study for EP ECON Committee
  • ECB updates treatment of leverage ratio in the Eurosystem monetary policy counterparty framework - see the Guidelines
  • Globalisation and the efficiency-equity trade-off - ECB Working Paper Series No.2546
  • Market failures in market-based finance - ECB Working Paper Series No.2545
  • ECB - Euro area bank interest rate statistics: March 2021
  • ECB - Monthly Bulletin Issue - 3/20021 & Statistical Annex

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Council of the European Union (General Affairs) of 11 May 2021
  • Decisions adopted by the Commission by Written procedure of 07 May 2021
  • Grußbotschaft von Präsidentin von der Leyen für das Europatagsfest des Landes Steiermark
  • Balkan youth speaks up about digital issues: Lessons for the Conference on the Future of Europe - see EPC Paper

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Outcome of Proceedings - Application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia
  • Agenda for: Council of the European Union (Foreign Affairs) of 10 May 2021 (List of A Items)
  • Main Results of the 3791st Council meeting - Foreign Affairs (Defence issues) of 6 May 2021
  • The Council adopted a Council implementing decision implementing decision 2013/255/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against Syria, including an amendment to the statement of reasons related to one of the listed persons (See Regulation (EU) 2021/743 & Decision (CFSP) 2021/751 - See the Notice)
  • PESCO: Canada, Norway and the United States will be invited to participate in the project Military Mobility (See Council Decision (CFSP) on Canada (2021/748), Kingdom of Norway (2021/749), United States of America (2021/750))
  • President von der Leyen participates in 30-strong EU-India leaders' meeting - See Background brief