EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

STATE AID

  • Commission approves further modification of Swedish rent rebate scheme to support sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak, including budget increase (SA.63162) - Midday Express

TRAVEL/MOBILITY

ECONOMY

  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Greece's €30.5 billion recovery and resilience plan - IP/21/3022 & QaA
  • NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses recovery and resilience plans of GreecePortugal for Spain - Midday Express
  • Eurostat released the June edition of the interactive European Statistical Recovery Dashboard

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10154 - BME/Saint-Gobain Distribution the Netherlands)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10281 - Astorg/Cobepa/Corsearch)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Aggreko by I Squared Capital and TDR Capital (M.10256) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of newly-created joint-venture by EQT and Investindustrial (M.10202) - Midday Express
  • Spain - CNMC approves the merger between MásMóvil and Euskaltel

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections – OJ EU p.4,6,7,8 & 9
  • Commission approves €166.7 million Greek public support for construction of LNG terminal in Alexandroupolis (SA.55526) - IP/21/3045
  • Commission clears public support for several ferry services in Italy; finds other measures to Siremar and SNS to be incompatible aid (SA.32014, SA.32015 and SA.32016) - IP/21/3043

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 105th Customs Code Committee - General Legislation with ECCG of 09 July 2021
  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 18 June 2021
  • Minutes of the 12th Project Group UCC DA/IA Data Annexes Revision for Harmonisation of Customs Data Requirements of 15 April 2021
  • Minutes of the 17t h UCC Customs Decisions System Project Group of 27 May 2021
  • Report of the 11th round of negotiations for a trade agreement between the European Union and Australia – (1 to 11 June 2021)
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/970 of 16 June 2021 making imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in the People’s Republic of China subject to registration
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/972 of 14 June 2021 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the General Council of the WTO on the European Union request for an extension of the WTO waiver permitting autonomous trade preferences to the Western Balkans
  • April 2021 - Euro area international trade in goods surplus €10.9 bn - €13.0 bn surplus for EU - Stat 68/2021
  • WTO members urged to hasten towards fisheries subsidies compromise in stocktaking meeting

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth
    - Industry of 21 June 2021 
    - Internal Market of 22 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Technical Harmonisation (Machinery) of 22 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Technical Committee - Motor Vehicles of 01 July 2021
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/973 of 1 June 2021 confirming or amending the provisional calculation of the average specific emissions of CO2 and the specific emissions targets for manufacturers of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles for the calendar year 2019 and, for the passenger car manufacturer Dr Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and the Volkswagen pool, for the calendar years 2014 to 2018 pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2019/631 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Advocate General Bobek: the Services Directive applies to disciplinary proceedings initiated against lawyers, the result of which may affect the ongoing ability of those lawyers to provide legal services (See CPR No 106/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-55/20 - Ministerstwo Sprawiedliwości)
  • The systematic registration of IP addresses of users and the communication of their names and postal addresses to the holder of intellectual property rights or to a third party in order to enable an action for damages to be brought is permissible under certain conditions (See CPR No 105/2021- Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-597/19 - M.I.C.M.)

FINANCIAL SERVICES

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 17 June 2021 in Joined Cases C-58/20 and C-59/20, K (C-58/20), DBKAG (C-59/20) Vs. Finanzamt Österreich
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 135(1) - Exemptions - Management of investment funds - Outsourcing - Services provided by a third party
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/965 of 9 June 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/194 as regards the exchange of records held by taxable persons or their intermediaries and the designation of competent authorities responsible for coordinating administrative enquiries 

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 22 June 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - UNECE and other regional issues of 23 June 2021
    - Desertification of 23 June 2021
    - Biodiversity of 22 June 2021
  • Minutes of the 84th Committee on Nitrates of 15 June 2021
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the Ocean Race Summit Europe
  • New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live - See EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: MDCG - NBO (Notified Bodies Oversight) working group meeting of 18 June 2021
  • Agenda - Meeting of the Subgroup on Cancer of 8 July 2021
  • Minutes of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed
    - Section: "GM food and feed and environmental risk" of 17 May 2021 
    - Section: "Plant Health" of 12-13 April 2021
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of the feed additive consisting of Bacillus velezensis CECT 5940 (Ecobiol®) for turkeys for fattening, turkeys reared for breeding, minor poultry species for fattening and reared for laying and ornamental birds (Evonik Operations GmbH)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of food enzyme trypsin from porcine pancreas
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety assessment of the process Martogg Group, based on EREMA Advanced technology, used to recycle post-consumer PET into food contact materials
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety evaluation of a food enzyme containing trypsin and chymotrypsin from porcine pancreas
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Efficacy of an infant formula manufactured from a specific protein hydrolysate derived from whey protein isolate and concentrate produced by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. in reducing the risk of developing atopic dermatitis
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of titanium dioxide for all animal species (Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association)
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion - Role played by the environment in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) through the food chain
  • A year in review: General Report of Activities 2020 published today – See EMCDDA report 

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Agenda for: 75th meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee of 07 July 2021
  • Minutes of the 3rd meeting - Expert Group on Voice Call Termination Rates in the EU of 17 February 2021
  • Commission makes more spectrum available for better and faster Wi-Fi (6 GHz band) - Midday Express
  • Member States adopt disappointing position on extension of EU roaming rules - See Beuc Statement 

HOME AFFAIRS, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Advocate General Kokott: European arrest warrant for the abduction of the son of a former Slovak President to be issued after revocation of an amnesty (See CPR No 107/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-203/20 - AB and Others)
  • The Court of Justice confirms the dismissal of two actions for annulment brought by Ms Eleanor Sharpston, seeking a finding that the premature end of her mandate as Advocate General by virtue of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was unlawful (See CPR No 104/2021 - Order of the Court of Justice In Cases C-684/20 P, C-685/20 P - Sharpston Vs. Council and Conférence des Représentants des Gouvernements des États membres)
  • EU asylum agency: Council agrees extended mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
  • Position (EU) No 24/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EC) No 767/2008, (EC) No 810/2009, (EU) 2016/399, (EU) 2017/2226, (EU) 2018/1240, (EU) 2018/1860, (EU) 2018/1861, (EU) 2019/817 and (EU) 2019/1896 of the European Parliament and of the Council and repealing Council Decisions 2004/512/EC and 2008/633/JHA, for the purpose of reforming the Visa Information System - Adopted by the Council on 27 May 2021 - Statement of the Council’s reasons
  • Annual Report of the Agency for Fundamental Rights 2021
  • Commissioner Johansson travels to Serbia to discuss migration management and security and launch of Joint Operation by Frontex and Serbian Border Guards - Midday Express

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the General Affairs Council of 22 June 2021
  • Conference on the Future of Europe: European Citizens' Event taking place in Lisbon today, ahead of inaugural Plenary meeting- Midday Express

EXTERNAL RELATIONS, DEVELOPMENT & COOPERATION

  • Agenda for: Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council of 21 June 2021
  • EU boosts access to electricity in the Virunga area in the Democratic Republic of the Congo - IP/21/2992
  • Opinion of Advocate General of Giovanni Pitruzzella of 17 June 2021 Case C-340/20, Bank Sepah Vs. Overseas Financial Limited, Oaktree Finance Limited
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - CFSP - Restrictive measures against Iran - Regulation (EC) No 423/2007 - Freezing of funds of persons, entities or bodies recognised by the Council of the EU as being engaged in nuclear proliferation - Concepts of 'freezing of funds' and 'freezing of economic resources' - Possibility of applying a precautionary measure to frozen funds and economic resources - Claim predating the freezing of funds and unrelated to the Iranian nuclear and ballistic programme
  • Opinion of Advocate General of Giovanni Pitruzzella of 17 June 2021 in Case C‑180/20, European Commission Vs. Council of the European Union
    Re: Action for annulment - Decisions (EU) 2020/245 and 2020/246 - Position to be taken on behalf of the EU within the Partnership Council established by the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement between the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part, as regards the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of the Partnership Council and those of the Partnership Committee, subcommittees and other bodies set up by the Partnership Council, and the establishment of the list of Sub-Committees - Decisions establishing the positions to be adopted on the Union’s behalf in a body set up by an international agreement – Choice of legal basis - Agreement, certain provisions of which may be linked with the CFSP - Adoption of two separate decisions