EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Reasons for the pandemic and where responsibilities lie
  • Answer given by Vice-President Šuica to a MEP written question - Grave impact of COVID-19 on the birth rate in Europe: we must act now
  • Answer given by Mr Várhelyi to a MEP written question - Helping Eastern Partnership countries as part of COVID-19 vaccination policy 
  • EMA starts review of VIR-7831 for treating patients with COVID-19 

STATE AID

  • COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses

COMPETITION

  • Action brought on 29 January 2021 - enercity Vs. Commission (Case T-65/21)
    Re: Annulment of the defendant’s decision of 17 September 2019 (Case M.8870)
  • Action brought on 29 January 2021 - Mainova Vs. Commission (Case T-64/21)
  • Action brought on 29 January 2021 - GWS Stadtwerke Hameln Vs. Commission (Case T-58/21)
  • Action brought on 29 January 2021 - eins energie in sachsen Vs. Commission (Case T-59/21)
  • Action brought on 25 February 2021 - Suez Vs. Commission (Case T-121/21)
    Re: annulment of the contested Commission Decision C(2020) 8969 final of 17 December 2020, Article 7(2) of the EC Merger Regulation, Article 296 TFEU 
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10199 - Goldman Sachs/Advania)
  • Competition: EU and China will discuss competition policy priorities in the digital sector during the 21st Competition Week - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - Dissemination of fake news and anti-competitive behaviour in advertisement management 

STATE AID

  • Action brought on 19 February 2021 - Ryanair Vs. Commission (Case T-111/21)
    Re: annulment of the defendant’s decision of 30 November 2020 on State aid SA.55373 (2020/N) - Croatia - COVID-19: Damage compensation to Croatia Airlines
  • Commission adopts revised Regional Aid Guidelines - IP/21/1825
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Vestager to a MEP written question - State aid for regional airports 

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 20 April 2020
  • Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 20 April 2021
  • Notice to economic operators – New round of requests for the suspension of the autonomous Common Customs Tariff duties on certain industrial and agricultural products
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/633 of 14 April 2021 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of monosodium glutamate originating in the People’s Republic of China and in Indonesia following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/635 of 16 April 2021 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain welded pipes and tubes of iron or non-alloyed steel originating in Belarus, the People’s Republic of China and Russia following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11(2) of Regulation (EU) 2016/1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Trade policy, agricultural products and the Green Deal
  • Answer given by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis to a MEP written question - Investigation launched by Ukraine into increasing imports of milk into the country
  • WTO - Committee on Market Access - Questions from the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, the UAE, the State of Kuwait, Oman and Qatar on the selective tax on certain imported products
  • Australia targets vaccine nationalism and carbon tariffs on European tour - Dan Tehan warns ‘world will go backwards’ if governments fail to rein in jab protectionism – Financial Times

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Agenda for: Agenda for: Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth
    - Tourism of 23 April 2020
    - Internal Market of 20 April 2020
  • Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC) No 715/2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information - Guidance for further work
  • EU Cohesion policy: measures to support employment and the green and digital transitions approved for Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands Midday Express

TAXATION

  • Overview of the preferential tax regimes and other measures examined by the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) under EU listing criteria 2.1 and 2.2
  • Green taxation: Join tomorrow's online event with Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Gentiloni  Midday Express

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE 

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues (UNECE Aarhus) of 23 April 2021

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/634 of 15 April 2021 amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/404 as regards transitional arrangements, the entries of the United Kingdom and the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey and the list of third countries authorised for the entry into the Union of dairy products required to undergo a specific risk-mitigating treatment against foot and mouth disease
  • Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/632 of 13 April 2021 laying down rules for the application of Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the lists of animals, products of animal origin, germinal products, animal by-products and derived products, composite products, and hay and straw subject to official controls at border control posts, and repealing Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2007 and Commission Decision 2007/275/EC
  • Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/630 of 16 February 2021 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards certain categories of goods exempted from official controls at border control posts and amending Commission Decision 2007/275/EC
  • Global Health Summit: launch of a consultation for stronger health preparedness and response worldwide Midday Express
  • Guidance on standardisation for medical devices
  • Summary of 2020 activities - Rapid Alert system for human Tissues and Cells (RATC) and for human Blood and Blood Components (RAB)
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Subject: Expediting and improving the processing of data related to the report on the sustainable use of pesticides
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Availability of CAR-T cell therapy in the European Union
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - Carcinogenic ethylene oxide in food products 

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • Draft - Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA, as regards its alignment with EU rules on the protection of personal data - Text as agreed at Working Party level
  • Draft - Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/41/EU, as regards its alignment with EU rules on the protection of personal data - Text as agreed at Working Party level
  • EDPB published 2 opinions on the European Commission draft Implementing Decisions on the adequate protection of personal data in the United Kingdom - see Opinion 14/2021 & Opinion 15/2021 
  AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE
  • Position (EU) No 7/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Union Anti-Fraud Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 250/2014Adopted by the Council on 16 March 2021
  • Statement of the Council’s reasons: Position (EU) No 7/2021 of the Council at first reading with a view to the adoption of a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Union Anti-Fraud Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 250/2014
  • Fight against organised crime: Commission launches public consultation on new EU police cooperation code Midday Express
  • Electoral rights: Commission launches public consultation on electoral rights of mobile EU citizens Midday Express
  • Rise in production of synthetic drugs poses legal challenges for prosecutors - See Eurojust Statement

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

BREXIT

  • Brussels Brexit chief optimistic on UK talks over N. Ireland - Financial Times

FUTURE OF EUROPE

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Agenda for: Foreign Relations Counsellors of 19 April 2021
  • Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/628 of 16 April 2021 implementing Article 17(3) of Regulation (EU) No 224/2014 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in the Central African Republic
  • Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/636 of 16 April 2021 implementing Decision 2013/798/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Central African Republic
  • EUMC agreement document on the EU Military Training Discipline Leader for the discipline Military Support to SSR and DDR
  • A new agenda for the Mediterranean: the Council approves conclusions on a renewed partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood
  • Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the deteriorating health of Alexei Navalny
  • Arms Trade Treaty: EU steps up support in fight against illicit arms trade
  • Sahel: Council approves conclusions on the EU's integrated strategy in the region
  • Indo-Pacific: Council adopts conclusions on EU strategy for cooperation
  • Over €53 million in humanitarian aid to Ethiopia - IP/21/1817
  • Brussels’ cheese diplomacy grates with northern Cyprus - Financial Times