EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60117) – IP/21/151

COMPETITION

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competition of 20 January 2021
  • Draft Council Conclusions on Special Report No 24/2020 from the European Court of Auditors entitled: "The Commission’s EU merger control and antitrust proceedings: a need to scale up market oversight" 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10038 - Allied Universal Topco/G4S)  
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.9974 - Groupe Crédit Agricole/Groupe Generali/Europ Assistance France/Viavita) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10086 - Cerberus Group/Dorel Industries)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10145 - American Industrial Partners/Personal Care Business of Domtar)  
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10095 - Crédit Agricole Italia/Credito Valtellinese)
  • Article 22 reference decisions in Knauf/ Armstrong merger published - Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain and the UK
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Fulfilment of the requirements governing the Telefónica/E-Plus merger
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - Safeguarding competition in mobile communications cooperations - Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone want to close "gray areas" together -  
  • Italy - AGCM imposed a fine of over 10 million euros on the CTS Eventim-TicketOne group for abuse of dominant position 
  • UK - CMA announces that Tronox Holdings / TiZir Titanium and Iron merger has been abandoned after proposed undertakings in lieu rejected 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: 103rd Customs Code Committee - General legislation of 3 February 2021
  • Agenda of the meeting of the CETA Committee on Trade and Goods of 21 January 2021
  • Joint Minutes, EU-South Korea FTA Working Group on Government Procurement, 17 December 2020
  • Joint Minutes: EU report of the 7th meeting of the EU-Korea working group on trade remedy cooperation
  • Comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) - Regulatory cooperation forum: stakeholders debrief meeting - 10 February 2021
  • Stakeholder meeting on the establishment of a Multilateral Investment Court - 01 February 2021
  • WTO panel issues report regarding Pakistan duties on BOPP film from the UAE

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for the REACH Committee meeting of 4 February 2021 
  • Candidate List updated with two chemicals that are toxic for reproduction - ECHA/NR/21/05
  • Answer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question - The environmental credentials of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles

TAXATION

ENERGY

  • Speech by President von der Leyen to the "Hydrogen Council"
  • Answer given by Ms Simson to a MEP written question - Liquefied natural gas contracts in the US -
  • Latest EEA study finds multiple benefits of switch to renewable electricity – See EEA Briefing
  • Cross-border transmission capacity calculation - Analysis of the key parameters

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (Biosafety) of 26 January 2021
  • Working Documents: 6th Meeting of the ABS Consultation Forum of 14 January 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Sinkevicius to a MEP written question - Ending waste exports to third countries
  • Answer given by Mr Timmermans to a MEP written question - Hierarchy of EU climate policy objectives

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • SCCS - Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Octocrylene - deadline: 15 March 2021
  • SCCS - Request for a scientific Opinion on Prostaglandins analogues used in cosmetic products
  • EFSA - Safety of oil from Schizochytrium limacinum (strain FCC-3204) for use in food supplements as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283
  • EFSA - Safety of oil from Schizochytrium limacinum (strain FCC-3204) for use in infant and follow-on formula as a novel food pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/2283  
  • EFSA - Reasoned opinion on the toxicological properties and MRLs for propoxur  
  • EFSA - Scientific Opinion on the assessment of the control measures of the category A diseases of Animal Health Law: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza 
  • ECDC - Influenza virus characterisation, December 2020  
  • Supporting musculoskeletal health in the workplace — find out all you need to know – See OSHA Briefing 

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Draft - Commission Implementing Decision on the harmonised use of radio spectrum in the 5945-6425 MHz frequency band for the implementation of wireless access systems including radio local area networks (WAS/RLANs) - See the Annex

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • EDPB adopts Guidelines on examples regarding data breach notification  
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre and the Network of National Coordination Centres - Letter Chair ITRE Committee 
  • ENISA - New report by the EU Agency for Cybersecurity helps healthcare organisations securely adopt cloud services and prepare for cybersecurity challenges 
  • Spain - The AEPD publishes guidance on treatment audit requirements that include Artificial Intelligence 
  • GDPR fines jump as EU regulators raise pressure on business - Data protection penalties climbed 40% in the past year, according to research - Financial Times

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • 2nd public workshop impact assessment for the revision of the Intelligent Transport Systems Directive - 03 March 2021

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • UK and EU27 citizens in the UK to remain part of EP Communication programmes
  • Financial services have been badly let down by Brexit - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS