EU RESPONSES TO CORONAVIRUS

HEALTH

  • VSCouncil Decision (EU) 2022/451 of 3 March 2022 authorizing the opening of negotiations on behalf of the European Union for an international agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, as well as additional amendments to the international health regulations (2005)
  • ECDC – Guidance for the prevention and control of COVID-19 in temporary reception centers in the context of the large number of people fleeing Ukraine
  • ECDC – COVID-19 Testing, Vaccination, and Implementation of Recommended Protective Measures for Reception Centers for Displaced Persons from Ukraine
  • EU Digital COVID certificate: EU launches new revocation feature – Midday Express

STATE AID

  • VSCommission approves Latvian support scheme for arts, entertainment and leisure businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.101995) – Midday Express

COMPETETION

  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10456 – Sky / Viacomcbs / JV)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10614 – PAI Partners / Uvesco)
  • NOTon opposition to a notified concentration (Case M.10153 – Orange / Telekom Romania Communications)
  • VSCommission Clears Altadia Acquisition by Carlyle (M.10603) – Midday Express
  • VSCommission clears acquisition of MCJ by Mitsui and Max Mara Group (M.10639) – Midday Express
  • VSCommission clears acquisition of Kaefer by Altor Fund Manager, SMS and Kaefer Holding (M.10597) – Midday Express
  • VScompetition: statement by the REC authorities on the application of competition law in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
  • ggermany – Bundeskartellamt: Perception chips and software in driver assistance systems: Qualcomm may take over Arriver business from Veoneer

STATE AID

  • VSCommission approves Austrian €2 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility program to support the deployment of broadband networks (SA.63172) – IP/22/1922
  • VSThe Commission approves a €120 million Spanish program under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to support sustainable rail freight transport (SA.100486) – IP/22/1921

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aprogram for: ad hoc meeting of the group on trade and customs on the response to the crisis of 24 March 2022
  • Aagenda for: 23rd meeting of the Group of Customs Experts, Customs Status and Transit section of 01 April 2022
  • Draft – Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (No. 9403; No. 7616; No. 3926)
  • Draft – Explanatory Notes to the Combined Nomenclature of the European Union (CN subheadings “8701 91 10 to 8701 95 90 other, of motive power”)
  • OA – Items proposed for consideration at the next meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body on March 28, 2022
  • OTO – United States – Anti-dumping and countervailing duties on ripe olives from Spain – Communication from the EU and the United States regarding Article 21.3(c) of the DSU

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Aagenda for: 22nd meeting of the group of experts on electronic commerce of February 26, 2022
  • VSCommissioner Gabriel participates in a high-level event on civic engagement in EU research and innovation missions – Midday Express
  • BFactoriesEurope Newsletter N°2022-09

ENERGY

  • Rrequest for a preliminary ruling from the Consiglio di Stato (Italy) of 3 January 2022 – Green Network SpA Vs. SF, YB, Autorità di Regolazione per Energia Reti e Ambiente (ARERA) (Case C-5/22)
  • gGermany says it has reached a long-term gas supply deal with Qatar – Berlin and other EU countries are looking for alternative suppliers to Russia and ways to protect consumers from rising prices – FinancialTimes

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Resource nexus and the European Green Deal – See the EEA briefing

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • PProposal for a Council Decision concerning the conclusion of amendments to the International Sugar Agreement, 1992
  • EU reviews sustainable food plans as war in Ukraine disrupts imports

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

  • Rrequest for a preliminary ruling from the Hanseatisches Oberlandesgericht Hamburg (Germany) of 23 December 2021 – Syngenta Agro GmbH Vs. Agro Trade Handelsgesellschaft mbH (Case C-830/21)
    Subject: Article 1 of Regulation (EU) No 547/2011; parallel import of a plant protection product; packaging
  • VSCommission Regulation (EU) …/… of XXX on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs and repealing Regulation (EC) No 282/2008
  • Aagenda for: Expert Group on the European Food Security Crisis Preparedness and Response Mechanism of 23 March 2022
  • SCHEER – Minutes of the working group meeting on titanium dioxide in toys of March 8, 2022
  • SCCS – Request for scientific advice on “Hydroxyapatite (nano)” (CAS/EC No.: 1306-06-5/215-145-7)
  • SCCS – Request for scientific advice on the hair dye ‘Sodium bromothymol blue (C186)’
  • SCCS – Final Opinion on Kojic Acid

DIGITAL & INFORMATION SOCIETY

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • Rrequest for a preliminary ruling from the Kammergericht (Germany) of 21 December 2021 – Deutsche Wohnen SE Vs. Staatsanwaltschaft Berlin (Case C-807/21)
    Subject: Article 83, paragraphs 4 to 6, of the GDPR; functional concept of enterprise and principle of economic entity; Articles 101 and 102 TFEU; administrative fine
  • Aagenda for: March 23, 2022 Data Protection Working Group

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE

  • Dminutes of the Council of the EU (Justice and Home Affairs) of 3 and 4 March 2022
  • DCouncil conclusions – Preventing and combating violence against women: targeting psychological violence and coercive control

FUTURE OF EUROPE

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • VSCommission Decision (EU) 2022/453 of 15 March 2022 amending the Annex to the Monetary Agreement between the European Union and the Vatican City State
  • JEurozone labor market recovery through the lens of the ECB’s consumer expectations survey – ECB Economic Bulletin No 2, 2022
  • EEconomic adjustment in the euro area and the United States during the COVID-19 crisis – Discussion Paper 160

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • Aagenda of the Foreign Affairs Council and Foreign Affairs Council (Defence) of 21 March 2022
    BOsnia and Herzegovina: Council extends sanctions regime until 31 March 2024

RUSSIAN-UKRAINE WAR

  • youUkraine: Commission launches special appeal to help Member States hosting refugees from Ukraine and gradually reduce their dependence on fossil fuels from Russia – IP/22/1867
  • youkraine: Spokesperson’s statement on abductions of Ukrainian officials and citizens by Russian occupation troops