EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

COMPETITION

  • P.rior notification of a concentration (Case M.10665 – Waverly / TPG / Asia Healthcare Holdings)
  • P.rior notification of a concentration (Case M.10632 – Waterland / Duvenbeck)
  • INithdrawal of notification of a concentration (Case M.10319 – Greiner / Recticel)
  • C.ommission clears the acquisition of joint control of HyCC by Nobian and Norgh (M.10625) – Midday Express
  • G.reece – Competition Commission carried out unannounced inspections following recent press reports on the participation of certain supply in a public tender for the medical products
  • P.ortugal – “Competition Lessons on Leniency and Whistleblowing”, Speech by Maria João Melícias
  • ATK – CMA: Action needed on “dysfunctional“Children’s social care market

STATE AID

  • J.udgment of the Court of 10 March 2022 in Joined cases C-167/19 P, C-171/19 P, Commission Vs. Freistaat Bayern, Commission Vs. Interessengemeinschaft privater Milchverarbeiter Bayerns and Others
    Re: Appeal – State aid – Aid to the German dairy sector – Financing of milk quality tests – Article 108 (2) TFEU – Decision to initiate the formal investigation procedure – Regulation (EC) No 659/1999 – Article 6 (1) – Obligation on the European Commission to summarise in that decision the relevant matters of fact and law – Scope – Rights of interested parties to be associated with the administrative procedure – Breach of an essential procedural requirement – Consequences for the legality of the final decision
  • ABOUTpinion by Advocate General of 10 March 2022 in Case C-705/20, Fossil (Gibraltar) Limited Vs. Commissioner of Income Tax
    Re: Request for a preliminary ruling – State aid – State aid in the form of non-taxation of passive interest and royalty income – Decision (EU) 2019/700 – National provision which was not the subject of the Commission’s State aid investigation – Circumvention of the Commission’s decision on State aid – Whether set-off of foreign taxes to avoid double taxation constitutes prohibited aid
  • C.ommission opens in-depth investigation into Greek support measures in favor of postal operator Hellenic Post (ELTA) (SA.57538) – IP / 22/1662
  • E.FTA Surveillance Authority – State aid – Decision to raise no objections
  • ANDnswer given by Ms Vestager to a MEP written question – State aid in the service voucher sector

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • ANDgenda for: 24th meeting Prohibitions & Restrictions Expert Group of 03/15/2022
  • C.ommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/402 of 9 March 2022 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain aluminum foil originating in the People’s Republic of China following an expiry review pursuant to Article 11 (2) of Regulation (EU) 2016 / 1036 of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • C.ommission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/403 of 3 March 2022 concerning exemptions from the extended anti-dumping duty on certain bicycle parts originating in the People’s Republic of China pursuant to Commission Regulation (EC) No 88/97
  • C.ommission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/407 of 9 March 2022 terminating the partial interim review of the countervailing measures applicable to imports of certain rainbow trout originating in the Republic of Turkey

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • C.ommission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/404 of 3 March 2022 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/919 as regards harmonized standards for steering gear – cable over pulley systems
  • C.ommission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/405 of 3 March 2022 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1956 as regards harmonized standards for cover plates and cover tapes, luminaires, electrical accessories, powertrack systems, circuit breakers, electrical equipment for measurement, control , and laboratory use, and resistance welding equipment
  • C.ommission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/406 of 3 March 2022 amending Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1202 as regards harmonized standards for automatic nozzles for use on fuel dispensers, metering pumps, dispensers and remote pumping units, safe breaks for use on metering pumps and dispensers, shear valves and swivels for use on metering pumps and dispensers, that are used in petrol filling stations

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • Judgment of the Court of 10 March 2022 in Case C-183/21, Maxxus Group GmbH & Co KG Vs. Globus Holding GmbH & Co. KG
    Re: Preliminary reference – Approximation of laws – Trade marks – Directive (EU) 2015/2436 – Article 19 – Genuine use of a trade mark – Burden of proof – Application for revocation on grounds of non-use – National procedural rule requiring the applicant to carry out a market search concerning the use of the trade mark

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • P.ersons deprived of their rights of usufruct over agricultural land in Hungary in breach of EU law must be able to claim the reinstatement of those rights in the land register or compensation (See CPR Nº 44/2022 – Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C -177/20, ˮGrossmaniaˮ)
  • ANDnswer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question – Taxonomy – delegated act
  • ANDnswer given by Ms McGuinness to a MEP written question – Green bonds

TAXATION

  • ANDnswer given by Mr Gentiloni to a MEP written question – Addressing tax competition by neighboring States

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • ANDgenda for: Expert Group on the implementation of the CAP strategic plans regulation of 15 March 2022
  • ANDgenda for: Expert Group for Agricultural Markets, in particular concerning aspects falling under the single CMO Regulation
    – subgroup Arable crops and Olive oil of 14 March 2022
    – subgroup Animal Products of 17 March 2022
  • J.oint Declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group and Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia on the contribution of their CAP strategic plans to a fairer and greener European agriculture – Information from the Hungarian delegation, on behalf of the Bulgarian, Croatian, Hungarian , Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Slovenian delegations

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • E.U job-search aid worth € 2.8m for 450 dismissed car industry workers in Spain – See the EP Statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • ABOUTpinion of Advocate General Manuel Campos Sànchez-Bordona of 10 March 2022 in Case C-614/20, Lux Express Estonia Vs. Majandus – I Kommunikatsiooniministeerium
    Re: Reference for a preliminary ruling – Public passenger transport services by rail and by road – Regulation (EC) No 1370/2007 – General rule imposing an obligation to carry certain categories of persons free of charge – Articles 2 (e) and 3 (2) – Public service obligation – Right to compensation – Article 4 (1) (b) (i) – Right of a Member State to exclude compensation – Article 3 (3) – Scope – Exclusion

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • ANDgenda for: Working Party on
  • M.ember States united in supporting Ukraine and strengthening the EU’s Telecommunications and cybersecurity resilience
  • ANDnswer given by Mr Breton to a MEP written question – Fostering the deployment of smart grids

DATA PRIVACY & CYBERSECURITY

  • F.acial recognition: Italian SA fines Clearview AI EUR 20 million

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY & JUSTICE

  • C.ommission Statement: European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism
  • M.EPs demand a ban on ‘golden passports‘and specific rules for’ golden visas’
  • Rhives of Law conditionality: Commission must immediately initiate proceedings

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • F.uture of Europe: second set of citizens’ ideas at Conference Plenary – IP / 22/1641

BREXIT

  • E.U-UK relations: the Council adopts its mandate on the proposals aiming to ensure continued supply of medicines

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • C.ommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/401 of 8 March 2022 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 1210/2003 concerning certain specific restrictions on economic and financial relations with Iraq
  • ANDpplication of Georgia for membership of the European Union – Transmission to Member States’ Parliaments
  • ATkrainian foreign minister (Dmytro Kuleba): the EU must grant us membership now – Financial Times

RUSSIA / UKRAINE WAR

  • Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine: EU agrees new sectoral measures targeting Belarus and Russia
    – See Regulation (EU) 2022/394 & Decision (CFSP) 2022/395
    – See Regulation (EU) 2022/398 & Decision (CFSP) 2022/399
  • E.U imposes restrictive measures on 160 individuals as a consequence of Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine – see also IP / 22/1649
    – See Regulation (EU) 2022/396, Decision (CFSP) 2022/397 and the Notice
  • ATkraine: Commission proposes further Frontex support for migration management in Moldova – Midday Express
  • E.U must prepare better to fight off foreign interference and disinformation – see the EP Resolution
  • ATkraine: MEPs calls for stronger measures and solidarity
  • T.he OECD Council has decided to immediately suspend the participation of Russia and Belarus in OECD bodies

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