EU CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

HEALTH

  • ANDnswer given by Mr Reynders to a MEP written question – Compulsory vaccination – does the Austrian Federal Government’s QR vaccination passport infringe the right to freedom of movement and residence?

DIGITAL

  • E.U Digital COVID Certificate – Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament
    – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2021/953 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic
    – Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) 2021/954 on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test and recovery certificates (EU Digital COVID Certificate) with regard to third-country nationals legally staying or residing in the territories of Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic

COMPETITION

  • ANDppeal brought on 2 December 2021 by Altice Group Lux Sàrl, formerly New Altice Europe BV, in liquidation against the judgment of the General Court of 22 September 2021 in Case T-425/18, Altice Europe Vs. Commission (Case C-746/21 P)
    Re: Annulment of Articles 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Commission Decision C (2018) 2418 final of 24 April 2018 imposing a fine for putting into effect a concentration in breach of Article 4 (1) and Article 7 (1) of Council Regulation ( EC) No. 139/2004 – (Case M.7993-Altice / PT Portugal, Article 14 (2) procedure)
  • Non-opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10566 – P66 / H2 EE / JV)
  • C.ommission clears the acquisition of Emerge by EDFI ad Masdar (M.10600) – Midday Express
  • C.ommission clears acquisition of Bakeries Continental by Biscuits International (M.10543) – Midday Express
  • C.ommission clears acquisition of Healthcare ActivoYield Socimi, Healthcare Activos Investment and Sequêncialternativa by Mubadala Investment, Nationale-Nederlanden and Healthcare Activos Management (M.10606) – Midday Express
  • C.yprus – The Commission for the Protection of Competition imposed an administrative fine on OSEHK, SEE, SEHK, SEMEEK and ACEEME for infringements of section 3 (1) (b) of the Protection of Competition Laws and of the corresponding article 101 (1) ( b) of the TFEU – 03/09/2022
  • G.reece – Hellenic Competition Commission carries out unannounced inspections
  • S.pain – The CNMC fines three steel companies 24 million euros for two very serious infringements in the scrap purchase market in Spain

STATE AID

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Tallinna Halduskohus (Estonia) of 5 January 2022 – Est Wind Power OÜ Vs. AS Elering (Case C-11/22)
    Re: State Aid; ‘Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • ANDgenda for: EP INTA Committee of 21 & 22 March 2022
  • E.xport of COVID-19 vaccines from the EU – Last update 11 March 2022
  • E.U takes action on dumped imports of aluminum household foil from China
  • S.tudy presented by LSE during the CSD on the 15-point action plan on TSD
  • ANDnti-coercion instrument in the EU Trade defense toolbox – Hearings by the EP INTA Committee of 14 March 2022
  • Draft – Commission Implementing Regulation (EU)… / … of XXX amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/761 as regards the volume of the tariff rate quota for high-quality beef from Paraguay
  • ANDnnex to the Proposal for a Council Decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the General Council of the WTO as regards the adoption of a decision on the review of the Understanding on Tariff Rate Quota Administration Provisions of Agricultural Products – Adoption & Statement by the Commission
  • INTO – Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures – Notification – European Union:
    – Feed additives: expressed mandarin essential oil
    – Feed additives: petitgrain bigarade essential oil
    – Feed additives: tincture derived from Artemisia vulgaris L. (mugwort tincture)

INTERNAL MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • ANDction brought on 18 January 2022 – Polynt Vs. ECHA (Case T-29/22)
    Re: annulment of the Decision of the ECHA Board of Appeal of 9 November 2021in case A-009-2020, 1,3-dioxo-2-benzofuran-5-carboxylic acid
  • REACH – List of Amendments to Annex XVII – Restrictions updated as of 11 March 2022
  • E.CHA – Highlights from March BPC meeting – 14 March 2022
  • Draft – Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) / … supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1009 of the European Parliament and of the Council by laying down criteria on agronomic efficiency and safety for the use of by-products in EU fertilizing products
  • BNL BNP Paribas and the EIB Group: € 470 million credit line to support businesses – IP / 22/1750
  • New Transitions Performance Index 2021: EU shows strong performance in its transition towards sustainability – Midday Express

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

  • 42nd session of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) (Geneva, 28 February – 4 March 2022) – Final EU / Member States statements

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Report from the Commission assessing the necessity and proportionality of harmonizing the information included in the real estate registers and assessing the need for the interconnection of those registers
  • DG FISMA – Consolidated list of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions
  • E.BA releases phase 1 of its 3.2 reporting framework and updates on validation rules

TAXATION

  • Draft Council Directive on ensuring a global minimum level of taxation for multinational groups in the Union – Compromise text
  • Draft regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism – Compromise text

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • C.ommission non-paper on measures under consideration to address the market situation and food security considerations in the aftermath of the invasion of Ukraine
  • P.roposed CAP Strategic Plans – Overview of selected issues

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

HEALTH, FOOD & PRODUCT SAFETY

  • E.FSA – Statement complementing the EFSA Scientific Opinion on the assessment of genetically modified oilseed rape MS11 for food and feed uses, import and processing, under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 (application EFSA ‐ GMO ‐ BE ‐ 2016‐138)
  • E.FSA – IMPACT: Standardizing molecular detection methods to IMprove risk assessment capacity for foodborne protozoan PArasites, using Cryptosporidium in ready ‐ to ‐ eat salad as a model
  • E.FSA – Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review and modification of the existing MRLs for deltamethrin in tomatoes and okra / lady’s fingers
  • E.FSA – Outcome of the consultation with Member States, the applicant and EFSA on the pesticide risk assessment for flutianil in light of confirmatory data
  • E.FSA – Training on Environmental Risk Assessment as a component of EFSA’s risk assessments
  • E.FSA – Evaluation of confirmatory data following the Article 12 MRL review for diquat

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • P.roposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Annexes IV and V to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council on persistent organic pollutants – Negotiation mandate with the European Parliament
  • P.roposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on batteries and waste batteries, repealing Directive 2006/66 / EC and amending Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 – General approach
  • E.U Parliament endorses more sustainable batteries: eyes on Council now – see Beuc Statement
  • C.OP15 global biodiversity negotiations: EU leading the ambition for a new deal to protect people and planet – IP / 22/1747

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

  • Request for a preliminary ruling from the Landgericht Saarbrücken (Germany) of 1 December 2021 – GP Vs. juris GmbH (Case C-741/21)
    Re: concept of ‘non-material damage’ in Article 82 (1) of the GDPR, Article 83 of the GDPR, processor or controller within the meaning of Article 29 of the GDPR

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • T.he ECB Survey of Monetary Analysts (SMA), March 2022, Aggregate Results
  • E.CB’s Frank Elderson: Full disclosure: coming to grips with an inconvenient truth
  • P.ost-COVID fiscal rules: a central bank perspective – ECB Working Paper Series – No. 2656
  • ANDdeology and monetary policy: the role of political parties’ stances in the ECB’s parliamentary hearings – ECB Working Paper Series – No. 2655
  • Draft – Proposal for a Council Regulation on the methods and procedure for making available own resources based on the ETS, the CBAM and reallocated profits and on the measures to meet cash requirements

FUTURE OF EUROPE

  • ANDgenda for: Meeting of the Coreper (Part.1) of 16 March 2022

BREXIT

  • P.roposal for a Council Regulation laying down rules for the exercise of the Community’s rights in the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland , of the other part
  • P.roposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down rules for the exercise of the Union’s rights in the implementation and enforcement of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, of the one part, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part
  • T.he fourteenth European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks statory report detailing the progress on the development of common frameworks
  • Brexit Adjustment Reserve: Commission approves € 2 billion of pre-financing for 12 Member States – IP / 22/1669

EXTERNAL RELATIONS

  • C.ommission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/413 of 10 March 2022 amending for the 330th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al- Qaida organizations
  • H.igh Representative / Vice-President Josep Borrell in the Western Balkans – Midday Express
  • C.ommissioner Lenarčič participates in the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development event – Midday Express

RUSSIA – UKRAINE WAR

  • ANDgenda for: Extraordinary meeting of the Coreper (Part 2) of 13 March 2022
  • S.tatement by President von der Leyen on the fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
  • ATkraine: EU’s first medical evacuation operation transfers Ukrainian children from Poland to Italy – Midday Express
  • E.BA calls onfinancial institutions to ensure compliance with sanctions against Russia following the invasion of Ukraine and to facilitate access to basic payment accounts for refugees
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Belarus
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Ukraine

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