EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19 - IP/21/143 & Communication, see Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and by VP Margaritis Schinas
  • EU health preparedness: Recommendations for a common EU approach regarding isolation for COVID-19 patients and quarantine for contacts and travellers  
  • MEPs expressed broad support for the common EU approach to fighting the pandemic and called for complete transparency regarding contracts and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines
  • EMA - Global regulators highlight key role of healthcare professionals in fostering confidence in COVID-19 vaccines

STATE AID

  • Commission launches public consultation on availability of private short-term export-credit insurance capacity for exports in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak - From 20.01.2021 to 25.01.2021 - see the Commission Statement
  • Commission approves €79 million Bulgarian scheme to support micro, small, and medium enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60454) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €5 million Latvian scheme to support organisers of cultural events affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.60528) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €3.4 million Danish scheme to support TV producers affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60074) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €156 million Lithuanian tax deferral scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60632) - Midday Express
  • European airports urge EU to loosen state aid rules - Plea comes as industry cuts its forecast for passenger numbers amid Covid crisis - Financial Times

ECONOMY

INSTITUTIONS

  • The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) published updated guidance for parties appearing before both the ECJ and the General Court to reflect changes to their working arrangements in light of COVID-19

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 20 January 2021 in Case C-301/19 P, European Commission, Vs. Printeos SA
    Re: Appeal - Competition - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices - Decision finding an infringement of Article 101 TFEU - Fines - Annulment - Repayment of the principal amount of the fine - Article 266 TFEU - Interest on arrears - Distinction between interest on arrears and compensatory interest - Calculation of interest - Second sentence of Article 90(4) (a) of delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10030 - Ube Industries/Mitsubishi Materials Corporation/JV)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10021 - Netcompany/Copenhagen Airports/Smarter Airports JV)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10096 - Invitalia/ArcelorMittal/AM InvestCo)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10024 - Blackstone/Winoa)
  • Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for “geo-blocking” practices (AT.40413; 40414; 40420; 40422; 40424) - IP/21/170
  • Commission clears joint venture by Mitsui and Veolia (M.10037) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears the acquisition of Hexion's Phenolic Speciality Resins business by Black Diamond and Investindustrial (M.10028) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of Flender by Carlyle (M.10066) - Midday Express
  • Commission clears acquisition of E2E by Pizarreño and Maderas Arauco (M.10034) - Midday Express
  • Denmark - Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court: Deutz and Diesel Motor Nordic infringed competition legislation by preventing the supply of spare parts for the IC3-trains
  • France - Green light to the takeover of ready-to-wear brand JOTT by L Catterton Europe (BA&SH) company
  • Germany - List List of Notified Merger Projects
  • Italy - AGCM - Penalty to ENI, ENEL and SEN for a total of 12.5 million euros
  • Romania - A total of 31 companies in Romania have been fined almost 130 million lei (around $32 million) for engaging in concerted practices during public tenders organized on the timber market by the Competition Council 
  • Romania - The Competition Council assesses the transaction through which Innova/6 SCA SICAV – RAIF is going to take PayPoint Services SRL over and Payzone SA, indirectly
  • UK - The CMA has published new research on algorithms, showing how they can reduce competition in digital markets and harm consumers if they are misused

TRADE & CUSTOMS

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Summary of European Commission Decisions on authorisations for the placing on the market for the use and/or for use of substances listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH (Pitch, coal tar, high temp. - EC No 266-028-2; CAS No 65996-93-2)
  • Investment Plan for Europe backs additional lending for businesses in Austria and Germany - IP/21/154
  • Minutes: Meeting of the Company Law Expert Group (CLEG) - Transposition workshop on Directive (EU) 2019/2121 (Mobility Directive) of 23 November 2020
  • The European Commission appoints two new Directors (Mr Jan Panek and Mr Alexander Gemberg-Wiesike) and a Principal Adviser (Ms Géraldine Dufort) - Midday Express
  • Investment Plan for Europe: €12 million for Danish software company - IP/21/166

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Commission takes further steps to foster the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system - IP/21/108Q&A, FactSheet, see the Communication, Remarks by Commissioner McGuinnessGentiloni and Executive VP Dombrovskis
  • Exemption of certain third country spot foreign exchange benchmarks and the designation of replacements for certain benchmarks in cessation - see the Text as adopted

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 20 January 2021 in Case C-420/19, Maksu- ja Tolliamet Vs. Heavyinstall OÜ
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Directive 2010/24/EU - Article 16 - Recovery of claims relating to taxes, duties and other measures - Mutual assistance - Request for precautionary measures - Judicial decision of the requesting Member State for the purpose of applying precautionary measures - Jurisdiction of the court of the requested Member State to assess and reassess the justification for such measures - Principles of mutual trust and mutual recognition'
  • Judgment of the Court of 20 January 2021 in Case C-288/19, QM against Finanzamt Saarbrücken
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2(1)(c) - Supply of services for consideration - Article 26(1) - Transactions treated as supplies of services for consideration - Article 56(2) - Determination of the place of supply for tax purposes - Hire of means of transport - Provision of cars to employees
  • Judgment of the Court of 20 January 2021 in Case C-655/19, Administraţia Judeţeană a Finanţelor Publice Sibiu, Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Braşov Vs. LN
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2 - Article 9 - Concepts of 'economic activity' and 'taxable person' - Transactions intended to derive permanent revenue from property - Acquisition by a creditor of immovable property seized in the course of enforcement proceedings instituted with a view to the recovery of loans secured by mortgage and sale of that property - Simple exercise of the right of ownership by its holder",
  • Agenda for: 14th Recovery Expert Group (for mutual tax recovery assistance) Meeting of 21 January 2021

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Commission launched public consultation: Agricultural products – revision of EU marketing standards - Feedback period: 19 January 2021 - 16 February 2021
  • European Parliament - Non-objection to a delegated act: date of application of the amendments to certain detailed production rules for organic products - 19 January 2021

ENERGY

  • Opening remarks by Commissioner Simson at IRENA 11th Assembly

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 25,26,28 & 29 January 2021
  • CLRTAP: 58th Session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review (WGSR 58) (Geneva/hybrid, 14-17 December 2020) - Statements by the EU and its Member States
  • CLRTAP: 40th Session of the Executive Body (EB 40) (Geneva/hybrid, 18 December 2020) - Statements by the EU and its Member States

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Commission launched public consultations: Security & border management and new Schengen strategy - Feedback period: 19 January 2021 - 16 March 2021
  • EU immigration: Frontex faces scrutiny over its growing role - The European bloc’s first uniformed armed force faces allegations of helping to send migrants back to countries such as Turkey - Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Joint statement by the European Commission and the European Central Bank on their cooperation on a digital euro
  • Commission adopts Opinion on Lithuania's updated Draft Budgetary Plan

BREXIT

  • European Commission reorganises the ‘Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom' into the ‘Service for the EU-UK Agreements' – IP/21/160
  • EU ‘not punishing’ UK financial services sector, London envoy insists - Bloc’s ambassador says Brussels still waiting for more information before making key regulatory decisions - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EP Plenary on the presentation of the programme of activities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • 9th Revision of the List of meetings taking place between 1 and 31 January 2021
  • The European Commission appoints two new Directors (Mr Jan Panek and Mr Alexander Gemberg-Wiesike) and a Principal Adviser (Ms Géraldine Dufort) - Midday Express

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Advocate General Hogan: a third State may have legal standing in an action for annulment of restrictive measures adopted by the Council against that State (See CPR Nº 6/2021 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the Case C-872/19 P - Venezuela Vs. Council)
  • Speech by President von der Leyen at the EP Plenary on the inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation
  • Speech by President Charles Michel at the EP on the inauguration of the new President of the United States
  • Uganda: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the elections