EU RESPONSES TO CORONAVIRUS

HEALTH

TRANSPORT

  • Rall: extension of the temporary measures concerning the collection of royalties – COVID-19

ECONOMY

  • REACT-EU: 285 million euros to support employment, skills and social inclusion in France, Germany and Romania – Midday Express
  • NOTextGenerationEU funding operations off to a good start according to new report – Midday Express

COMPETETION

  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10617 – EDF / SojitzCorporation / Nebras Power / Kyuden International Corporation / JV)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10212 – ANDEL / Energi Danmark)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10605 – Macquarie Real Estate / CPG VanOostrom Beheer / EDGE)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10404 – Phoenix / McKesson)
  • VSCommission clears acquisition of joint control of Pharmalot by Ace and Mosadex (M.10567) – Midday Express
  • Aanswer given by EVP Vestager to a written question from an MEP – Groupe Prince et droit de la concurrence
  • Belgium – The French Competition Authority clears the acquisition of exclusive control of the Llorens group by the Emil Frey Belgium group
  • VSroatia – Price agreements and price increases agreed by business associations are prohibited by competition law
  • VSyprus – Concentration notification regarding the acquisition of the share capital of Chartboost Inc. by Zynga Inc.
  • VSyprus – Concentration notification regarding the acquisition of the share capital of Bountiful Company by Nestlé SA
  • FFrance – The Autorité authorizes the takeover of 15 organic stores of the Salej group by Naturalia, a subsidiary of the Casino group
  • FFrance – Air transport of pets to Polynesia: the Competition Authority sanctions a company for abuse of a dominant position
  • gGermany – 2021 Bundeskartellamt report on market power in the power generation sector
  • greece – The Hellenic Competition Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the pasta sector
  • greece – Authorization of the proposed acquisition of exclusive control by DELTA SA Industrial and Commercial Food Company Sole Proprietors SA over Daniel S. Gatenio & Son SA Import and Export Company, food and beverages
  • IIreland – CCPC Consultations on Policies and Guidelines for the Exercise of New Competition Law Powers Open February 14
  • Italia – More than 10 million euros in fines in total for an anti-competitive cartel in water meter companies
  • Poland – Obstruction of a search – the president of the UOKiK initiated proceedings for the imposition of a sanction
  • Portugal – The AdC issued a decision of non-opposition to the merger 1/2022 – Grupo MásMóvil / Cabonitel
  • Romania – The Competition Council imposes fines (about 71 million euros) on 5 pharmaceutical companies supplying immunoglobulin and other drugs
  • Romania – The Competition Council is evaluating the transaction by which Autonom Services SA plans to take over Premium Leasing SRL, which is part of the Țiriac group.
  • Romania – Road upgrade and repair works package division increases competition
  • SLovak Republic – PMÚ SR has approved the merger of CPI Property GROUP public limited company and Immofinanz AG
  • SSlovak Republic – PMÚ SR approved merger of ESCO Slovensko, as and Elimer, as

STATE AID

  • VSnotice of omission on current state aid recovery interest rates and reference/discount rates applicable from 1 March 2022

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aagenda for: Trade Policy Committee (Services and Investment) of February 23, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Trade Policy Committee of February 22, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Customs Union Working Group of 22 February 2022
  • RReport from the Commission on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission under Regulation (EU) 2017/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 May 2017 laying down due diligence obligations in relation to supply chain for EU importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their minerals and gold from conflict or high risk areas
  • VSCommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/191 of 16 February 2022 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain iron or steel fasteners originating in the People’s Republic of China
  • EX-post evaluation of the implementation of Part IV of the Association Agreement (“trade pillar”) between the EU and its Member States and Central America (Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) – see the presentation of the draft interim report
  • JThe European Union and Africa – Trading Partners – see factsheet
  • AAnswer given by HR/VP Borrell to a written question from the MEP – EU support for Turkmenistan’s application for membership of the World Trade Organization

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • VSCommission Recommendation (EU) 2022/210 of 8 February 2022 on a common EU toolkit to address semiconductor shortages and an EU mechanism to monitor the semiconductor ecosystem
  • EEuropean Parliament resolution of 17 February 2022 on the removal of non-tariff and non-tax barriers in the single market
  • JThe Impact of Influencers on Advertising and Consumer Protection in the Single Market – Study for the EP IMCO Committee

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • VSCommission Delegated Regulation (EU) /… supplementing Regulation (EU) No 600/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council by specifying the procedural rules for the exercise of the power to impose fines or periodic penalty payments by the ESMA regarding data reporting service providers
  • VSCommission Delegated Regulation (EU)/… supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council by specifying procedural rules for measures applicable to the supervision by ESMA of certain benchmark administrators
  • VSCommission Delegated Regulation (EU)/… supplementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1011 of the European Parliament and of the Council by specifying the fees applicable to the supervision by ESMA of certain administrators of benchmarks

TAXATION

  • EEuropean Parliament resolution of 16 February 2022 on the implementation of the Sixth VAT Directive: what is the missing part to reduce the EU VAT Gap?

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Ppotential negative effects of the review of product eligibility under the EU promotion policy – Information from the Polish delegation on behalf of the Austrian, Belgian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish
  • VSCritical situation on the pigmeat market – request for exceptional aid from pig producers – Information from the Polish delegation, supported by Hungary and Latvia
  • 16-week period for free-range eggs in relation to the avian flu situation in 2021-2022 – Information from the Dutch delegation, supported by Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, l Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Romania
  • Impacts of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement on fisheries and aquaculture in the EU – Aspects of fishing opportunities – Briefing for EP FISCH Committee

ENERGY

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Aagenda for: Working Group on the International Environment (Climate Change) – WPIEI of February 23, 2022
  • youNEP: Resumed Fifth Meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP (OECRP-5.2) (Nairobi, 16-18 February 2022) – Resumed Fifth Session of the UN Eenvironment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) (Nairobi, 28 February – 2 March 2022) – Special session of the UN Environment Assembly ([email protected]) (Nairobi, 3 and 4 March 2022) = EU+MS coordination meeting in hybrid format
  • green Deal: EU invests over €110 million in LIFE environment and climate projects in 11 EU countries – IP/22/864 & QaA
  • RReport on the harmonization of European environmental law – Study for the LIBE committee of the EP
  • Eroad traffic and home heating missions causing breaches of EU air quality standards across Europe – See EEA briefing

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

  • VSCommissioner Kyriakides in Cyprus to promote European Health Union, EU Vaccine Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy – Midday Express
  • EEuropean Parliament paves the way for stricter toy safety rules – see EP resolution

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • DDirective (EU) 2022/… of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2022 amending Council Framework Decision 2002/465/JHA as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data staff
  • DDirective (EU) 2022/… of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 2022 amending Directive 2014/41/EU, as regards its alignment with Union rules on the protection of personal data
  • ENISA and CERT-EU have published a joint set of cybersecurity best practices for public and private organizations in the EU

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE

  • Rrule of law conditionality: MEPs call on the Commission to act immediately
  • ECourt U ruling paves way for Brussels to act against Hungary and Poland – Financial Times
  • JEU’s new tools to defend the rule of law – Decision allows Brussels to suspend funds for Hungary and Poland – Financial Times

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • VSBoard conclusions on the budgetary guidelines for 2023 – Approval
  • Pparliament approves 1.2 billion euros in loans to Ukraine – see EP resolution
  • Ppresentation by Isabel Schnabel, member of the Executive Board of the ECB, during a meeting organized by the Arbeitsgruppe Finanzen of the SPD-Bundestagsfraktion

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • FThe French presidency informs the committees of the European Parliament of its priorities
  • SStatement by President von der Leyen to Czech Prime Minister Fiala

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • JEU must speak with one voice on foreign policy – see EP statement and resolution
  • AOption of Decision 1/2022 of the EU-Republic of Montenegro Stabilization and Association Council
  • VSCommission Implementing Regulation (EU) /… amending Council Regulation (EC) No 314/2004 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Zimbabwe
  • FFrance calls for an overhaul of the European security order in the face of the Russian threat

6th EU-AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT

  • 6th EU-African Union Summit: European and African leaders lay the foundations for a renewed and deeper partnership (Briefing Note) – Midday Express
  • Africa-europe week: strengthening intercontinental, interpersonal and commercial relations between the two continents – Midday Express
  • Jhe Commission has allocated €294.2 million in humanitarian funds to help vulnerable people in Eastern and Southern Africa in 2022 – IP/22/1107
  • Aagenda of the 7th EU-Africa Business Forum – 2022