EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSES

HEALTH

  • Council Recommendation on a common framework for the use and validation of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results in the EU  

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.60376) - IP/21/152
  • Commission approves modification of Portuguese scheme and new measure to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.61048 and SA.61209) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves prolongation of Danish scheme to compensate damages caused by cancellation of public events due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.61056) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves prolongation of Danish scheme to compensate companies for damages still suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (SA.61044) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Commission welcomes agreement on additional financial support for the most deprived under REACT-EU - IP/21/150
  • Corona crisis: ensuring aid and protection for those in need - see the EP Statement & the EP Legislative resolution  

COMPETITION

  • Judgment of the Court of 21 January 2021 in Case C‑308/19, Consiliul Concurenţei Vs. Whiteland Import Export SRL
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Competition - Penalties imposed by the national competition authority - Limitation period - Actions interrupting the limitation period - National legislation precluding, after the initiation of an investigation, the possibility that subsequent action for the purpose of proceedings or investigation may interrupt the new limitation period - Principle that national law must be interpreted in conformity with EU law - Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 - Article 25(3) - Scope - Article 4(3) TEU - Article 101 TFEU - Principle of effectiveness
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10073 - Vitol/Drax Generation) 
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10100 - Stirling Square Capital Partners/TA Associates/NBS Group)  
  • Commission publishes responses to call for contributions on how competition policy can support the Green Deal ‎  
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Unequal, discriminatory treatment of TAP in respect of other airlines (II)  
  • UK - Liberty Global-Telefónica in-depth UK probe will focus on ‘vertical’ harms, CMA says - See the Issues Statement
  • UK - CMA terminates first extension of Phase 1 review of Bellis Acquisition Company / Asda Group merger  

STATE AID

  • Opinion of Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella of 21 January 2021 in
    - Case C-50/19 P,, Sigma Alimentos Exterior, SL Vs.. European Commission
    - Joined Case CC-51/19 P & C-64/19 P, World Duty Free Group, SA, già Autogrill España, SA Vs. European Commission (C‑51/19 P) and Regno di Spagna Vs. World Duty Free Group, SA, già Autogrill España, SA, Commissione europea (C‑64/19 P)
    - Case C-52/19 P, Banco Santander, SA Vs. European Commission
    - Case C-54/19 P, Axa Mediterranean Holding, SA Vs. European Commission
    - Case C-55/19 P, Prosegur Compañía de Seguridad, SA Vs. European Commission
    Re: Appeal - Corporate tax provisions allowing companies with tax domicile in Spain to amortize goodwill resulting from acquisitions of shareholdings in companies with tax domicile abroad - Concept of State aid - Selectivity"
  • Commission approves €325 million public support to provide schools in Italy with very high internet speeds (SA.57497) - IP/21/186
  • State aid - Decision to raise no objections

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of 27 January 2021 
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 21 & 22 January 2021
    - Working Document: 3rd ETQG meeting Round 2021-07 - suspensions
    - Working Document: 3rd ETQG meeting Round 2021-07 - quotas
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and to the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 654/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the exercise of the Union's rights for the application and enforcement of international trade rules - Outcome of the European Parliament's first reading (Brussels, 18 to 21 January 2021)  
  • Answer given by the Council to a MEP written question - New head of the World Trade Organization
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - CETA and control of imports of Canadian beef
  • EFTA Secretary-General addresses the future of EFTA-Korea Trade relations

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) & (Better Regulation) of 25 January 2021
  • Eresolution of 20 January 2021 on strengthening the single market: the future of free movement of services

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Financial market regulation - Consultation - EU recognition of US Prudential Regulators’ rules on OTC derivatives - Implementing decision - Feedback period: 20 January 2021 - 17 February 2021
  • Financial market regulation - Consultation - EU recognition of Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, Canada, Brazil's rules on OTC derivatives - Implementing decision - Feedback period 20 January 2021 - 17 February 2021
  • ESMA updates Guidelines on written agreements between CCP college members

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 21 January 2021 in Case C‑501/19, UCMR – ADA Asociaţia pentru Drepturi de Autor a Compozitorilor Vs. Asociatia culturala „Suflet de Român
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 2(1)(c), Article 24(1) and Article 25(a) - Taxable transactions - Remuneration for communication to the public of musical works - Article 28 - Organisation for collective management of copyright - Collection of such remuneration from the end user in his name and on behalf of copyright owners
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 21 January 2021 in Case C‑844/19, CS, Finanzamt Graz-Stadt Interveners: Finanzamt Judenburg Liezen, technoRent International GmbH
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 183 - Refund of excess VAT - Payment of interest in the case of a subsequent increase of excess VAT or a subsequent reduction of tax liability - No national implementing measures - Direct effect of a directive - Application by analogy of a non-relevant directive - Refund Directive (Directive 2008/9/EC) - Article 27 - Interpretation of national law in conformity with EU law)

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Public health: the Commission launches a consultation on the EU legislation on blood, tissues and cells (Feedback period: 21 January 2021 - 15 April 2021) - Midday Express
  • EMA has published an overview of its key recommendations of 2020 regarding the authorisation and safety monitoring of "veterinary medicines" and for "human use"

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET

  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector (Digital Markets Act) – Regulatory Scrutiny Board Opinion 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • Union submission to the International Maritime Organization's 8th session of the SubCommittee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue on a Two Way Communication service for Cospas-Sarsat distress beacons using the SAR/Galileo Return Link Service  
  • EP Resolution of 20 January 2021 on the revision of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) guidelines
  • Zero-emission trucks: 100-fold increase needed in EU fleet, new data shows - See ACEA Statement

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Report & Working Document - On the joint evaluation of the Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use and transfer of passenger name records to the United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Report & Working Document - On the joint review of the implementation of the Agreement between the European Union and Australia on the processing and transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data by air carriers to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
  • Financial Penalties - Service of decisions - Information provided by Member States 
  • Guidelines for military and non-military use of Artificial Intelligence – (see the EP Resolution)

BREXIT

  • UK - Parliament must continue to scrutinise UK-EU relationship, says final committee report

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Joint Statement by Executive VP Frans Timmermans and HR/VP Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement  
  • Georgia: HR/VP Josep Borrell met with President Salome Zourabichvili
  • Norway: HR/VP Josep Borrell speaks to Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide
  • Human rights and COVID-19: MEPs denounce measures taken by authoritarian regimes - see the EP Resolution 
  • Foreign and security policy: MEPs call for unity and strategic autonomy (see the Annual Report 2019 & Annual Report 2020
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Erdogan’s attack on the European Union