EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • Commission authorises €8.4 billion French wage subsidy scheme to support SMEs particularly affected by the pandemic (SA.62999) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €130 million Greek scheme to support micro and small enterprises in the context of the coronavirus outbreak (SA.63212) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €20 million Greek scheme to support newspapers, magazines, regional media service providers and radio stations in the context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.63896) - Midday Express

COMPETITION

  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.10188 - Illumina/GRAIL)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10354 - Macquarie/Beauparc Utilities)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10274 - EDFR/Lumani/GLD)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10344 - Accenture/Umlaut)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10205 - Orange/CDC/EDF/OC)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10260 - Lactalis/Leerdammer)
  • Commission clears acquisition of joint control of Digital Aftermarket by Caisse des dépôts et consignations and Bain Capital (M.10331) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of sole control of bpost bank by BNPPF (M.10286) - Midday Express
  • France - Opening of a public consultation as part of a merger in the temperature-controlled goods transport sector
  • Slovak Republic - SC SR upheld the decision of the Council of AMO SR in connection with the decision of AMO SR in the matter of abuse of dominant position by the company Slovak Telekom, a. s.
  • UK - The CMA has referred the anticipated acquisition of the passive infrastructure assets of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries in the UK by Cellnex UK Limited for an in-depth investigation.

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €30.5 billion French scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources (SA.50272) - IP/21/3922
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid to maritime transport – extending the scope of tonnage tax exemption
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Approval of planned aid measures for the rail freight sector

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Draft Report by MEP Iuliu Winkler on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council implementing the Kimberley Process certification scheme for the international trade in rough diamonds (recast)
  • Examples of flexibilities identified by the European Commission in an effort to ensure the full implementation of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Draft - Commission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX amending Regulation (EC) No 1126/2008 adopting certain international accounting standards in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1606/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards International Financial Reporting Standard 17

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - EU-OACPS partnership agreement on taxation
  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Tax avoidance by large concerns in the European Union - the example of the digital giant Amazon 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Fisheries: The EU and Cook Islands agree to continue their sustainable fisheries partnership  - Midday Express

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Joint meeting EU Directors for Pharmaceutical Policy & Pharmaceutical Committee (8 and 9 July 2021)
  • Commission publishes its progress report on the European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of a flavonoid‐rich dried extract of Citrus × aurantium L. fruit (bitter orange extract) for use in all animal species (FEFANA asbl)
  • EFSA - Modification of the existing maximum residue levels for benzovindiflupyr in leeks and spring onions/green onions/Welsh onions
  • EFSA - Safety and efficacy of a feed additive consisting of Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (formerly Lactobacillus plantarum) IMI 507027 for all animal species (ALL‐TECHNOLOGY (IRELAND) LIMITED [Alltech Ireland])

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Cybersecurity: All EU Member States commit to build a quantum communication infrastructure - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Challenges of ChinaNet for the internet and the European Union’s response to ChinaNet
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - Cybersecurity vulnerabilities in SMS 

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Euro area economic and financial developments by institutional sector: first quarter of 2021 

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Myanmar/ Burma
  • Declaration by the HR on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol
  • Varosha: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union
  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - Accession of the Western Balkans to the European Union
  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - On arms exports and military training from Spain to Saudi Arabia
  • Answer given by HR/VP to a MEP written question - The political situation in Zimbabwe and the expulsion of democratically elected parliamentarians of the MDC-Alliance