EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Proposal for an EU mental health strategy in view of the COVID 19 pandemic
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The Commission’s position on an investigation in China (part II)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The COVID-19 vaccination and immunity passports in the EU   
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Intensive farming of fur animals - a vector for COVID-19  
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Uniform rules for safe travel in the EU 
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - COVID-19 vaccines  

STATE AID

  • Commission approves €150 million Portuguese scheme to support companies in Azores region affected by coronavirus outbreak (SA.62090) - Midday Express
  • Commission approves €50 million Hungarian ‘umbrella' scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak (SA.62363) - Midday Express

ECONOMY

  • Tech7 call on G7 governments to work towards four objectives to improve economic recovery and resilience in the post-pandemic era – See DigitalEurope Paper

MOBILITY

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • 9th Euronest Assembly: new perspectives for a post COVID-19 Eastern Partnership - see the EP Statement

COMPETITION

  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10185 - Pierer Industrie/Palfinger/FSS/Jetfly)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10220 - TPG Capital/AT&T/AT&T US Video Business)
  • Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.10213 - Ravago/Indukern)
  • Initiation of proceedings (Case M.9938 - Kingspan Group/Trimo)
  • Cyprus - Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition by Digital Turbine, Inc. of the share capital of AdColony Holding AS, via Digital Turbine Media, Inc.
  • France - Cinema: the Autorité issues an opinion on a consultation project for distributors on a film release schedule when cinemas reopen
  • Romania - The Competition Council approved the transaction by which Barentz International B.V. intends to take over NOACK & CO GmbH.
  • Sweden - The merger of Altia and Arcus is cleared after commitments
  • UK - CMA provisionally confirms competition concerns in FNZ / GBST merger following reconsideration

STATE AID

  • Authorisation for State aid pursuant to Articles 107 and 108 of the TFEU - Cases where the Commission raises no objections
  • Commission authorises €120 million French aid scheme to support news media (SA.59065) - Midday Express

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 in Case C-62/20, Vogel Import Export NV Vs. Belgische Staat
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 - Customs union - Common Customs Tariff - Tariff classification - Combined Nomenclature - Tariff headings - Headings 4407 and 4409 - Planed wooden boards the four corners of which have been slightly rounded over the entire length of the board
  • Agenda 218th Meeting of the Tariff and Statistical Nomenclature Section of the Customs Code Committee (Combined Nomenclature Sector) of 28 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Economic Tariff Questions Group of 20-21 May 2021
  • Agenda for: 9th meeting of the Customs 2020 Project Group on the import of cultural goods on 12 May 2021
  • Agenda for: EP INTA Committee meeting of 25 May 2021
  • The EP Foreign Affairs and Trade committees voted in favour of the agreement that sets the rules of the future relationship between the EU and the UK
  • EU-India: boosting cooperation from trade to climate - See the EP Statement
  • WTO - Committee on Anti-Dumping Practices - Semi-annual report under article 16.4 of the Agreement - 1 July-31 December 2020 - European Union
  • Mixed’ feelings about the EU–Mercosur deal: How to leverage it for sustainable development - See EPC Commentary
  • Is the European Union’s investment agreement with China underrated? - See Bruegel Position Paper 

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Opinion of the Advocate General campos Sanchez-Bordona of 15 April 2021 in Case C-927/19, UAB Klaipėdos regiono atliekų tvarkymo centras interveners: UAB Ecoservice Klaipėda, UAB Klaipėdos autobusų parkas, UAB Parsekas, UAB Klaipėdos transportas
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Public procurement - Directive 2014/24/EU - Articles 21, 50 and 55 - Confidentiality - Competence of the contracting authority - Directive (EU) 2016/943 - Applicability - Directive 89/665/EEC - Articles 1 and 2 - Effects of the application for review of the declaration of confidentiality - Statement of reasons - Independent application for review to the contracting authority - Judicial review - Scope of the court’s powers
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Industry) of 19 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Commodities of 19 April 2021
  • Minutes of the Company Law expert group - sustainable corporate governance of 16 December 2020
  • EU Cohesion policy: support measures for recovery and green and digital transition approved for Bulgaria, Finland, France and Lithuania - Midday Express
  • Commissioners Schmit and Breton host Pact for Skills roundtable with industry and other stakeholders' representatives from the retail ecosystem  - Midday Express
  • The European chemical industry wants to boost the bioeconomy to support the green transition – See Cefic Position Paper

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Supervisory convergence and the single rulebook: Commission hosts online event on European financial supervision - Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 in Case C-935/19, Grupa Warzywna Sp. z o.o. Vs. Dyrektor Izby Administracji Skarbowej we Wrocławiu
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 273 - Overvaluation, in the tax return, of the amount of the VAT refund - Error of assessment by the taxable person as to the taxable nature of the transaction - Correction of the tax return following an audit - Penalty of an amount equal to 20% of the amount of the overvaluation of the amount of the VAT refund - Principle of proportionality
  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 Case C-868/19, M-GmbH Vs. Finanzamt für Körperschaften
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 9 - Taxable persons - Article 11 - Power of Member States to regard as a single taxable person persons who are legally independent but closely linked to each other financially, National rules excluding from the possibility of being a member of a VAT grouping partnerships whose members, in addition to the head body, are not solely persons financially integrated into the head body's business - Legal certainty - Measures to prevent tax evasion and avoidance - Proportionality - VAT neutrality
  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 in Case C-593/19, SK Telecom Co. Ltd. Vs. Finanzamt Graz-Stadt
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Determination of the place of supply of telecommunications services - Roaming of third-country nationals on mobile communications networks within the EU - Point (b) of the first paragraph of Article 59a - Option for Member States to transfer the place of supply of telecommunications services to their territory
  • The US proposals on digital services taxes and minimum tax rates: How the EU should respond - See CER Policy Paper

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 in Case C-53/20, Hengstenberg GmbH & Co KG v Spreewaldverein eV
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs - Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 - First subparagraph of Article 49(3) and second subparagraph of Article 49(4) - Article 53(2), first subparagraph - Amendment to the specification for a product - Gherkins from the Spruce Forest (Germany) 'Spreewälder Gurken (PGI)' - Amendments which are not minor - Opposition procedure - Statement of opposition to the application for an amendment - Appeal against the decision granting that application - Concept of 'legitimate interest
  • Agenda of the Special Committee on agriculture of 19 April 2021
  • Minutes of the Special Committee on agriculture of 12 April 2021

ENERGY

  • Opinion of the Advocate General Bobek of 15 April 2021 in Case C-683/19, Viesgo Infraestructuras Energéticas, AS Vs. Administración General del Estado, Iberdrola, SA, Naturgy Energy Group, SA, formerly Gas Natural SDG, SA, EDP España, SA, CIDE, Asociación de Distribuidores de Energía Eléctrica, Endesa, SA, Agri-Energía, SA, Navarro Generación, SA
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Common rules for the internal market for electricity - Directive 2009/72/EC - Imposition of public service obligations - Financing of a regulated discount which applies only to certain companies - Requirements of transparency and non-discrimination
  • Revised Agenda for: Working Party on Energy of 20 April 2021
  • ACER consults on reasoned amendments to the Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management Regulation
  • Gas tariffs reports: ACER recommends Lithuania to better justify domestic tariffs and mechanisms to compensate the discount granted to Klaipėda LNG entry

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Judgment of the Court of 15 April 2021 in Case C-470/19, Friends of the Irish Environment Ltd Vs. Commissioner for Environmental Information
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Aarhus Convention - Directive 2003/4/EC - Right of access to environmental information held by public authorities - Article 2, point 2 - Notion of ‘public authority’ - Bodies or institutions when acting in a judicial or legislative capacity - Information in the file of closed court proceedings
  • Agenda for: Working Party on the Environment of 20,21 &22 April 2021
  • Cohesion Policy and Climate Change - Study for the EP Committee on Regional Development - (Summary & Annexes)    
  • EU-Africa Business Forum 2021 on green energy transition: almost 2,000 participants registered - Midday Express
  • Answer given by EVPTimmermans to a MEP written question - Sustainable Finance Taxonomy Delegated Act on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation – risk of sustainable investment distortions in the EU aluminium value chain 
  • European Bioeconomy Alliance: More improvement needed on revised EU taxonomy draft - See ePure Statement
  • Nature-based solutions should play increased role in tackling climate change - See EEA Statement

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 22 and 23 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical devices of 20 April 2021
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Protecting ‘Made in Italy’ products 
  • Draft - Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... amending Delegated Regulation (EU) No 2016/128 as regards the requirements on pesticides in food for special medical purposes developed to satisfy the nutritional requirements of infants and young children - See the Annex

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Sharing regulatory best practices between Europe and Africa: BEREC at the ITU symposium

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • The European Cybersecurity Competence Centre and Network moves forward: future Governing Board meets for the first time - Midday Express
  • The EU Agency for Cybersecurity releases the report on the European Cybersecurity Month campaign of 2020

TRANSPORT

  • Statement of the Wise Person Group on the future of Single European Sky

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Position (EU) No 6/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online Adopted by the Council on 16 March 2021
  • Statement of Council’s reasons: Position (EU) No 6/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online 2021/C 135/02

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • Communication on Council position pursuant to Article 294(6) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union concerning the position of the Council on the adoption of a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an exchange, assistance and training programme for the protection of the euro against counterfeiting for the period 2021-2027 (the “Pericles IV programme”)
  • Single Supervisory Mechanism: Accountability arrangements (9th parliamentary term) - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • Single Resolution Board: Accountability arrangements (9th parliamentary term) - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • EU economic developments and projections - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee
  • The SURE: Implementation - Briefing for the EP ECON Committee 

BREXIT

  • Statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič following his meeting with Lord David Frost

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • EU fight against terrorism: one person added to the ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida list (See Regulation (EU) 2021/612 & Decision (CFSP) 2021/613)
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU expressing solidarity with the United States on the impact of the SolarWinds cyber operation
  • Readout of the telephone conversation between President Charles Michel and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
  • Post-Cotonou negotiations on new EU/Africa-Caribbean-Pacific Partnership Agreement concluded - IP/21/1552QaA21/1553 & Text of the New Agreement
  • Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the attacks against Damasak, Northeast Nigeria - IP/21/1766
  • EU allocates an additional €9 million to support the most vulnerable in Myanmar following the coup d'état - IP/21/1768