EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • Further crucial step for the Digital Green Certificate: Member States agree on technical specifications - IP/21/1883
  • Forecasting COVID-19 cases and deaths in Europe - new hub will support European pandemic planning - ECDC Statement
  • Interim guidance on the benefits of full vaccination against COVID-19 for transmission and implications for non-pharmaceutical interventions - ECDC Statement & Report
  • Answer given by Ms Kyriakides to a MEP written question - The EU’s vaccine purchasing programme 

TRANSPORT

  • Answer given by Mr Valean to a MEP written question - Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing measures for a sustainable rail market in view of the COVID-19 pandemic 

COMPETITION

  • Commission clears creation of a joint venture by Aurubis and TSR (M.10157) - Midday Express
  • Answer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question - Restriction of access to Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store 
  • Germany - Choosing the right petrol station at the right time saves a lot of money - Bundeskartellamt publishes annual report of the Market Transparency Unit for Fuels
  • Spain - In-depth analysis of the acquisition of Funeraria Juanals by the Altima Group
  • Spain - Start of disciplinary proceedings against Audax Renovables S.A. for alleged practices prohibited by the Antitrust Law

STATE AID

  • EFTA Surveillance Authority - State aid – Decision to raise no objections – OJ C 141 p.3; 5; 6 & 7
  • European Commission - State aid – Decision to raise no objections – OJ C 141 p.8; 9; 10 & 11

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Judgment of the Court of 22 April 2021 in Case C‑572/18 P, thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel GmbH, thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel Ugo, Vs. European Commission,
    Re: Appeal - Customs union - Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 - Article 211(6) - Authorisation for inward processing of certain grain-oriented electrical steel products - Risk of adverse effect on the essential interests of EU producers - Examination of the economic conditions - Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447 - Article 259 - European Commission’s conclusion on the economic conditions - Article 263 TFEU - Act not open to challenge
  • Judgment of the Court of 22 April 2021 in Case C‑75/20, ‘Lifosa’ UAB Vs. Muitinės departamentas prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos, third parties: Kauno teritorinė muitinė, ‘Transchema’ UAB
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Customs union - Community Customs Code - Regulation (EEC) No 2913/92 - Article 29(1) - Article 32(1)(e)(i) - Union Customs Code - Regulation (EU) No 952/2013 - Article 70(1) - Article 71(1)(e)(i) - Determination of the customs value - Transaction value - Adjustment - Price including delivery at the border
  • Revised Agenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Deputy Members) of 23 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Customs Cooperation Working Party (CCWP) of 27 April 2021
  • Agenda for: Classification of products in the HS/CN nomenclatures - Food chapters of 26 May 2021
  • Agenda for: Working Party on Trade Questions of 27 April 2021
  • Minutes of theProject Group on the Proof of Union Status system of 09 February 2021
  • Report of the 3rd meeting of the CETA Committee on Wines and Spirits on 5-6 October 2020
  • List of the bilateral investment agreements referred to in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EU) No 1219/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing transitional arrangements for bilateral investment agreements between Member States and third countries
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/651 of 19 April 2021 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the Argentine Republic pursuant to Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff-rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
  • Council Decision (EU) 2021/650 of 19 April 2021 on the signing, on behalf of the Union, of the Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Union and the United States of America pursuant to Article XXVIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994 relating to the modification of concessions on all the tariff rate quotas included in the EU Schedule CLXXV as a consequence of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union
  • WTO - Summary of statement of Ambassador Santiago Wills of Colombia, Negotiating Group on Rules chair, at meeting on fisheries subsidies
  • WTO - Negotiating Group on Rules - fisheries subsidies: Informal open-ended meeting at heads of delegation level
  • WTO - Ministerial meeting eyed for July as fisheries subsidies negotiations enter final phase
  • WTO - Members note sharp downturn in LDCs’ trade, discuss role of trade in eradicating poverty

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Agenda for: Working Party on Financial Services - Insurance of 23 April 2021 
  • Commission delegated Regulation (EU) …/... supplementing Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to regulatory technical standards determining the content of the contractual terms on recognition of resolution stay powers
  • Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities – IP/21/1804Remarks by Commissioner McGuinness & EVP Dombrovskis
    - QaA/21/1805: Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act and Amendments to Delegated Acts on fiduciary duties, investment and insurance advice
    - QaA/21/1806: Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive proposal
  • Brussels effect’ risks faltering over EU green finance rules - Europe’s green taxonomy under political and scientific fire as US weighs alternatives - Financial Times

TAXATION

  • Judgment of the Court of 22 April 2021 in Case C‑703/19, J.K. Vs. Dyrektor Izby Administracji Skarbowej w Katowicach, intervening party: Rzecznik Małych i Średnich Przedsiębiorców
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling - Taxation - Common system of VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 98(2) - Option for Member States to apply one or two reduced VAT rates to certain supplies of goods and services - Classification of a commercial activity as ‘provision of services’ - Annex III, point 12a – Implementing regulation (EU) No 282/2011 - Article 6 - Concept of ‘restaurant and catering services’ - Meals ready for immediate consumption on the vendor’s premises or in a catering area - Meals ready for immediate consumption to be taken away
  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of 22 April 2021 in Case C‑80/20, Wilo Salmson France SASVs. Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Bucureşti, Agenţia Naţională de Administrare Fiscală - Direcţia Generală Regională a Finanţelor Publice Bucureşti - Administraţia Fiscală pentru Contribuabili Nerezidenţi
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Tax legislation - VAT - Directive 2006/112/EC - Article 167 and Article 178(a)- Origin of right of deduction - Time of origin of right of deduction - Possession of an invoice as a substantive requirement - Differentiation from the formal requirements for the right of deduction - Refund Directive (Directive 2008/9/EC) - Article 14(1)(a) and Article 15 - Enforceability of an uncontested refusal decision - Legal consequences of cancellation (annulment) and reissuing of invoices
  • Agenda for: 9th meeting of the Expert group on the implementation of the legislative package to transmit and exchange payment data in order to combat VAT fraud of 19 & 20 May 2021
  • Dublin aims to defend low tax rate as US pushes for reform - Irish finance minister says Biden’s proposals would cut country’s corporate tax take by 20 per cent – Financial Times 

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes of the Expert Group on Organic Production of 26 March 2021
  • Draft - Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) …/... of 21.4.2021 amending Regulation (EU) 2019/787 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards labelling provisions for blends

ENERGY

  • Commissioner Simson participating in 3 transatlantic events on clean energy
  • Covenant of Mayors looking to raise ambition across Europe -

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Agenda for: Working Party on International Environment Issues
    - Desertification of 28 April 2021 
    - Biodiversity of 27 April 2021 
  • Earth Day: New JRC report shows the shrinking amount of primary forests in Europe and calls for their mapping and strict protection
  • European State of the Climate report: alarming trends on temperature increase - Midday Express
  • Bosch blasts EU over electric car ‘fixation’ - Europe’s largest auto parts supplier says bloc is overlooking other low-emission transport technologies - Financial Times

HEALTH, FOOD PRODUCT & SAFETY

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Speech by Executive Vice-President Vestager at the press conference on fostering a European approach to Artificial Intelligence 

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • Opinion of Advocate General Kokott of  22 April 2021 in Case C‑109/20, Republic of Poland Vs. PL Holdings Sàrl
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling - Investment Treaty of 1987 between Poland, Luxembourg and Belgium - Provision enabling an investor from one contracting party to bring proceedings before an arbitration tribunal in the event of a dispute with the other contracting party - Inapplicability of that arbitration clause - Arbitration agreement - Entering of an appearance without raising an objection - Applicability - Compatibility with Articles 267 and 344 TFEU - Autonomy of EU law
  • Public access to Council documents: 2020 report 
  • Inter-institutional Agreement between the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission on a mandatory transparency register
  • Agenda for: Law Enforcement Working Party of 26 April 2021
  • Updated Questionnaire and Compilation on the Requirements for Issuing and Executing Judicial Authorities in EAW Proceedings pursuant to the CJEU’s Case-Law
  • The traumas endured by refugee women and their consequences for integration and participation in the EU host country - Study – EP Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
  • EU Court of Justice: two judges and two advocates-general appointed

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes the first official submission of a recovery and resilience plan by Portugal – IP/21/1869 & QaA/21/1870
  • The Euro Area Fiscal Stance - Briefing of the EP ECON Committee

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • Judgment of the Court of 22 April 2021 in Case C‑46/19 P, Council of the European Union, supported by: French Republic, Kingdom of the Netherlands interveners in the appeal, Vs. Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), European Commission, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Re: Appeal - CFSP - Combating terrorism - Restrictive measures taken against certain persons and entities - Freezing of funds - Common Position 2001/931/CFSP - Article 1(3), (4) and (6) - Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 - Article 2(3) - Retention of an organisation on the list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts - Conditions - Decision by a competent authority - Ongoing risk of involvement in terrorist activities - Factual basis of the decisions to freeze funds - Decision to review the national decision on which the initial inclusion was based - Obligation to state reasons
  • Russia: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union in solidarity with the Czech Republic over criminal activities on its territory
  • EU allocates over €43 million in humanitarian aid to South Sudan - IP/21/1847
  • EU and India plan global infrastructure deal - Move seen as response to China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative – Financial Times