Europe Daily News, 01 April 2022 | Insights and Events

EU RESPONSE TO COVID-19

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • VSCommission approves Greek economic support scheme in the context of the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102304) – Midday Express
  • VSCommission approves €2 million Estonian program to support cultural events and concert organizers affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.102162) – Midday Express

COMPETETION

  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10613 – Porsche Austria / Wolfgang Denzel Auto / Saubermacher Dienstleistung / JV)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10644 – Towerbrook Capital Partners / New Mountain Capital / Cloudmed Solutions / R1 RCM)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10689 – OCP Group / Koch Industries / JORF Fertilizer Company)
  • Pprior notification of a merger (Case M.10218 – Gauselmann/GreentubeJV)
  • Belgium – The French Competition Authority confirms an inspection in the beef sector
  • VSyprus – Notification of a concentration regarding the acquisition of Alchemer LLC by KKR & Co. Inc via Alpha Buyer LLC
  • FFrance – The European Commission requests the French Competition Authority to examine the effects in France of the takeover of McKesson Europe by the Phoenix group
  • greece – Memorandum of Understanding with the Competition Council of the Kingdom of Morocco (“Competition Council of the Kingdom of Morocco”)
  • HHungary – The GVH imposed fines for participating in a public procurement cartel
  • Poland – Bid-rigging – two decisions of the President of UOKiK, imposing sanctions totaling almost PLN 330,000
  • Romania – The Competition Council has cleared the transaction whereby Eco Euro Doors SRL is by Roca Investments SA, via Doorsrock4 SRL.
  • youK – CMA – Investigation into a capacity sharing agreement between P&O Ferries and DFDS
  • youK – CMA – Resilience and competition policy: working paper on the economy

STATE AID

  • AAuthorization of State aid under Articles 107 and 108 TFEU – Cases where the Commission raises no objection

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aagenda of the working group on the customs union of 06 April 2022
  • Aagenda for: Trade Policy Committee (services and investment) of April 06, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Customs Program 2027 – Update and enrichment of the ECICS of May 03, 2022
  • Aagenda of: 14th meeting of the Customs Project Group on the Digitization of Cultural Goods of May 04, 2022
  • AAgenda for: Customs Program – CLEN Polymer and Chapter 39 Products CLEN Proficiency Test Participants Discussion Meeting May 10, 2022
  • OPin by MEP Gilles Lebreton on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market
  • Mmaking available on the Union market as well as for export from the Union of certain commodities and products related to deforestation and forest degradation and repealing Regulation (EU) No 995/2010
    – Draft opinion by MEP Karin Karlsbro Amendments 393 – 396
    – Draft opinion by MEP Anna Cavazzini
    – Draft report by MEP Christophe Hansen
  • VSCommission Implementing Regulation (EU)/… concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN: 2309 90 31 & 2309 90 51)
  • Ex ex post evaluation of the implementation of the trade agreement between the EU and its Member States and Colombia, Peru and Ecuador – Final report: executive summary
  • EX-post evaluation of the impact of the trade chapters of the Euro-Mediterranean Association Agreements with six partners – Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia: final report
  • EU breaks down barriers to ceramic tile exports
  • gAn SP+ follow-up mission visited Uzbekistan
  • OA – Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body on 08 April 2022
  • OTO – General Council approves final decision on Bali TRQ underfill mechanism
  • OTO – New Stats Dashboard provides graphical presentation of trade and pricing data
  • youK proposes that anti-dumping measures on cold-rolled flat steel from China and Russia be maintained
  • youK – Guidance – The UK Trade Remedies Investigation Process

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Mminutes of the ad hoc meeting of the Management Board of the European Innovation Council of 27 January 2022
  • Ssummary of decisions of the European Commission concerning marketing authorizations for the use and/or for the use of the substances listed in Annex XIV of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the REACH regulation – 4- Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated (4-NPnEO)
  • VSCommission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/518 of 13 January 2022 amending Delegated Regulation (EU) 2018/985 as regards its transitional provisions for certain agricultural and forestry vehicles equipped with engines with a power greater than or equal to 56 kW and less than 130 kW to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis
  • VSCommission strengthens market surveillance: opening of new laboratories to test motor vehicle emissions – IP/22/2111 & FactSheet

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • Aagenda for: Commission Expert Group on Banking, Payments and Insurance 05 April 2022
  • VSrypto assets: new rules to stop illicit flows in the EU
  • EBA’s risk scorecard indicates limited direct impact on EU banks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but also highlights clear medium-term risks
  • EOn April 8, 2022, SMA publishes the list of instruments (ISIN) which will supplement the results of the annual transparency calculations for equities and equity-like instruments
  • ESMA sees improved EMIR and SFTR data quality following coordinated actions

TAXATION

  • DDraft report by MEP Aurore Lalucq – Guaranteeing an overall minimum level of taxation for multinational groups in the Union – Amendments 49 to 263

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • PProposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on European Union geographical indications for wines, spirits and agricultural products, and on quality schemes for agricultural products, amending Regulations (EU) No 1308/ 2013, (EU) 2017/1001 and (EU) 2019/787 and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1151/2012 – See annexes I, II and III

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Aagenda for: International Environment Group (Chemicals/Synergies) of April 07, 2022
  • Aagenda for: 18th Meeting of the Nature Guidelines Sub-Expert Group 05-06 April 2022
  • Aagenda for: Meeting on the implementation of the guidelines on ambient air quality of April 05, 2022
  • Dminutes of the Council of the European Union (Environment) of 17 March 2022
  • VSCommission Regulation (EU) 2022/520 of 31 March 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 1418/2007 concerning the export for the purpose of recovery of certain waste listed in Annex III or III A of Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council to certain countries to which the OECD decision on the control of transboundary movements of waste does not apply
  • VSCommission allocates over €1 billion to innovative EU climate transition projects – IP/22/2163
  • VSCommissioner Ferreira in Poland to focus on Cohesion Policy support for refugees and negotiations for new investment programs – Midday Express
  • Vhe majority of Europe’s urban population remains exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution – see EEA briefing

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

TRANSPORT & MOBILITY

  • PProposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down, for certain road vehicles circulating within the Union, the maximum authorized dimensions in national and international traffic and the maximum authorized weights in international traffic (codification) – Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee Comité

DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • Ssummary of the opinion of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proposal for a regulation on the transparency and targeting of political advertising
  • Spanish SA fines Vodafone España, for loss of privacy related to duplicate mobile phone SIM card and lack of accountability
  • Spanish SA fines Telefónica Móviles España, for loss of privacy related to duplicate mobile phone SIM card
  • Spanish SA fines Xfera Móviles, for loss of privacy related to the duplicate SIM card of a mobile phone

FUTURE OF EUROPE

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • ggeneral questions regarding the sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine – 31 March 2022
  • FFAQ on issues related to Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts regarding sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine – March 30, 2022
  • FQA on Article 5b of Council Regulation (EU) No 833-2014 on the acceptance of deposits adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine – 31 March 2022
  • FQA on trade financing and financial assistance regarding the sanctions adopted following Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and Belarus’ involvement in it – March 31, 2022
  • VSCommittee adopts proposal for conversion of hryvnia banknotes by people fleeing Ukraine – Midday Express
  • youkraine: facilitating and accelerating the use of cohesion funds by member states to meet the immediate needs of refugees – Midday Express
  • EU/US: Joint press release by the EEAS and the US State Department on the first high-level dialogue on Russia
  • Aadvice to sponsors on managing the impact of the war in Ukraine on clinical trials – see EMA statement