EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Remdesivir (COVID-19): investigating conflicts of interest concerning remdesivir in the EMA and in Europe

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €34 million Danish tax deferral scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61943) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €5 million Swedish scheme to support companies active in air ambulance services in context of coronavirus outbreak (SA.61904) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €26 million Greek scheme to support enterprises active in the primary agricultural sector affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62095) - Midday Express

TRANSPORT

  • COVID – 19 outbreak (Regulation (EU) 2021/267 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2021 laying down specific and temporary measures in view of the persistence of the COVID-19 crisis concerning the renewal or extension of certain certificates, licences and authorisations, the postponement of certain periodic checks and periodic training in certain areas of transport legislation and the extension of certain periods referred to in Regulation (EU) 2020/698 )

ECONOMY

  • When and how to unwind COVID-support measures to the banking system? - In-Depth Analysis - EP Econ Committee
  • Recalibrated Monetary Policy Instruments to Address the Economic Fallout from COVID-19 - Study - EP ECON Committee
  • Answer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question - The COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis and the NPL regulatory framework

JUSTICE

  • Answer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question - Lack of a coordinated approach to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Answer given by Ms Johansson to a MEP written question - Several thousand first-time applications for asylum across the EU despite the pandemic

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Australia asks Brussels to review Italian block on vaccine exports - Canberra insists it has ‘more than enough’ jabs but faults Rome for tearing up rule book - Financial Times

COMPETITION

  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.9926 - ADI/Maxim)
  • Commission invites stakeholders to provide comments on the application of EU competition law to collective bargaining agreements for self-employed - IP/21/988
  • Commission published the public version of its decisions in Case:
    - M.9546 Gategroup / LSG European Business
    - M.9827 International Flavors& Fragrances / Nutrition & Biosciences
    - M.9857 Volvo/ Daimler / JV
    - M.10110 IKB / Hypoport / Fundingport
  • Commission clears the acquisition of sole control of Suez RV OSIS by SARP (M.10079) - Midday Express
  • Notification of concentration concerning the acquisition of all assets and rights associated with Ingka Procedure AB's retail equipment business; INGKA Procedure LLC and Ingka Procedure Wholesale (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. by Inter IKEA Holding B.V., through IKEA Components AB Group Companies, IKEA Components s.r.o. and IKEA Components (China) co., Ltd.
  • Notification of a concentration concerning the acquisition of by the share capital of Parklane Hotels Limited by Invel Real Estate Partners Three Ltd, Prodea Real Investment Company SA and Papabull Investments Ltd, via Vibrana Holdings Ltd
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt clears SAP's acquisition of Signavio (date of decision: February 26, 2021 - case report)
  • Germany - Bundeskartellamt - List of Notified Merger Project
  • Greece - Assessment of the effectiveness of ATTICA's commitments
  • Italy - AGCM ends Italgas Reti dominance probe, satisfied with commitments
  • The Netherlands - Further investigation needed into acquisition of three floriculture-product transport companies by Dutch cooperative Royal FloraHolland
  • Portugal - Aida Bidco notifies acquisition of sole control over Advanz Pharma
  • Portugal -The AdC Council adopted a non-opposition decision in the merger transaction 8/2021 - Finançor*Recheio*JMR / FDA*FCC
  • Portugal -The AdC Council adopted a non-opposition decision in the concentration 13/2021 - Alliance Healthcare / Correia da Silva
  • Romania - The Competition Council assesses the transaction by which Trinseo S.A. intends to take over the manufacturing activities of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA) owned by Arkema S.A.
  • Romania - The Competition Council approved the transaction through which Dynamic Selling Group S.A. takes over the commerce fund afferent to PVC Window profiles business line of TeraPlast S.A.
  • Slovak Republic: AMO SR initiated an administrative proceeding for a possible cartel agreement in the public procurement of construction works in energy sector
  • UK - The CMA is investigating the anticipated acquisition by Imprivata, Inc. of Isosec Limited
  • Apple faces EU charges on music streaming - Financial Times

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Costs and contingency reserves for appeals against fines and tax assessments

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Customs Union Working Party of 10 March 2021
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 05 March 2021
  • Report from the Commission on negotiations for access of Union undertakings to the markets of third countries in fields covered by Directive 2014/25/EU 
  • EFTA insists on the UPOV clause in negotiating mandates for free trade agreements (FTAs)
  • The WTO General Council, on 4 March 2021, noted the consensus on a slate of names of chairpersons for WTO bodies
  • DDG Wolff: AfCFTA and WTO can help “knit together” Africa in peace and prosperity

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Information Despite the unprecedented constraints linked to the pandemic situation, the Court of Justice of the European Union maintained a high level of activity in 2020 (See CPR Nº 34/2021 - Judicial statistics 2020)
  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/395 of 4 March 2021 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2020/668 as regards harmonised standards on electrostatic properties of protective clothing, protective clothing for firefighters and motorcycle riders, protective clothing for use in snowboarding and worn by operators applying pesticides and for re-entry workers, enhanced visibility equipment for medium risk situations, mountaineering equipment and protective clothing against the thermal hazards of an electric arc
  • Fit for Future platform selects EU initiatives for simplification and modernisation - IP/21/942
  • Single Market: Commission adopts new guidance documents to facilitate the free movement of goods
    - Guidelines for economic operators and market surveillance authorities on the practical implementation of Article 4 of Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 on market surveillance and compliance of products 
    - Guide on Articles 34-36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)
  • Investment Plan for Europe backs €7.5 million investment into Austrian software company - IP/21/1014

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for Working Party on Financial Services (NPLs) of 09 March 2021
  • Advice from the EBA to the Commission on KPIs and methodology for disclosure by credit institutions and investment firms under the NFRD on how and to what extent their activities qualify as environmentally sustainable according to the EU taxonomy regulation
  • EIOPA’s advice on insurance and reinsurance undertakings’ key performance indicators on sustainability for non-financial reporting
  • ESMA - Summary of Conclusions Board of Supervisors - 11 February 2021

TAXATION

  • Answer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question - Carbon border tax – an instrument to protect industrial sectors in EU countries

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the Special Committee on agriculture of 01 March 2021
  • Agenda for Special Committee on agriculture of 08 March 2021
  • Use of biological control agents (macro-organisms) against plant pests - Policy debate

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Midday Express IP/21/812

ENERGY

  • ACER calls for improvements to the European Commission’s current TEN-E Regulation legislative proposals to ensure the best projects for the Green Deal and European consumers
  • ENSREG approves the preliminary report on the Astravets nuclear power plant

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE): Final version as approved at the launch event of 22 February in 2021 in the margins of the first segment of the 5th meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.1)
  • EU Cohesion policy: over €63 million for improved drinking water and wastewater services in Burgas district, east Bulgaria
  • How to keep Europeans healthy and safe in a changing climate? - See EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/686 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/429 of the European Parliament and the Council as regards the traceability, animal health and certification requirements for movements within the Union of germinal products of certain kept terrestrial animals - See the Annex
  • Minutes - 1st Drafting Group on mental health of health workforce and other essential workers (2021) (4 February 2021) 
  • Flash report - Joint Meeting of the Shadow Health Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee and of the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (4 March 2021)
  • Commission Notice - Handling of duplicate marketing authorisation applications of pharmaceutical products under Article 82(1) of Regulation (EC) No 726/2004
  • Updated - 2021 planned meetings of Medical Device Coordination Group (MDCG) and subgroups
  • Rapex - Weekly report Report-2021-9 - 05 March 2021

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

EURO, ECB & ECONOMY

  • Non-performing Loans - New risks and policies? - What factors drive the performance of national asset - Study for EP Econ Committee
  • Economic Dialogue with the other EU Institutions under the European Semester Cycles during the 9th legislative term State of play - March 2021 - Briefing for EP Econ Committee

BREXIT

  • Brussels to launch legal action against UK ‘soon’ over N Ireland - Britain’s unilateral move to extend waivers on trade checks inflames tensions with EU - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on European Free Trade Association (EFTA) of 09 March 2021
  • The Council prolonged the existing asset freezes directed against 8 individuals responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state (See Regulation (EU) 2021/391 & Decision (CFSP) 2021/394)
  • EU adopts €130 million support package for Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon - IP/21/986