Europe Daily News, February 16, 2022 | Insights and Events

EU RESPONSES TO CORONAVIRUS

HEALTH

STATE AID

  • VSCommission approves €120m Dutch program to support businesses in organizing events affected by the coronavirus pandemic (SA.100781) – Midday Express

TO TRAVEL

  • EEuropean digital COVID certificate: Commission adopts equivalence decision for Benin (Decision (EU) 2022/206) and Jordan (Decision (EU) 2022/207) – Midday Express
  • Hhow to regain consumer confidence in the tourism industry in the post-pandemic era – new BEUC position

ECONOMY

  • VSwarning: do not cross! Capital buffers and lending in times of Covid-19 – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2644
  • HHousehold spending and fiscal support during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from a new consumer survey – ECB Working Paper Series – No.2643

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • SA small group of foreign ministers met to coordinate an enhanced response to COVID-19 – IP/22/1061

COMPETETION

  • Aagenda for: Competition Task Force of February 21, 2022
  • Ssummary of the Commission Decision of 10 September 2021 establishing the specific measures to remedy the anti-competitive effects of the infringement identified in the Commission Decision of 5 March 2008 concerning the granting or maintenance in force by the Hellenic Republic of rights in favor of Public Power Corporation SA for the extraction of lignite (Infringement Procedure No. 2003/4428) (Case AT.38700 – Greek lignite and electricity markets)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10607 – Lone Star / SPX Flow)
  • Pprior notification of a concentration (Case M.10568 – IIF International Holding / G+E Getec Holding)
  • VSBoard clears acquisition of joint control of Sigma by PBBE and Oxford Properties (M.10604) – Midday Express

STATE AID

  • ESA approves Iceland’s regional aid map for 2022-2027

TRADE & CUSTOMS

  • Aagenda for: meeting of the dual-use group commission of February 23, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Ad hoc Group on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (MACF) of February 21, 2022
  • OTO – Chair of fisheries subsidies negotiations reports on consultations with members

DOMESTIC MARKET & INDUSTRY

  • Aagenda of the 94th meeting of the ‘Technical Committee – Motor Vehicles’ (CTMV) of March 3, 2022
  • VSCommission unveils important actions to contribute to European defence, boost innovation and address strategic dependencies – IP/22/924
    – Communication – Commission’s contribution to European defense within the framework of the strategic compass
    – Communication – Roadmap on critical technologies for security and defense
    – QaA & FactSheet on strategic compass
  • SPace: EU launches satellite connectivity system and steps up action on space traffic management for a more digital and resilient Europe – IP/22/921, see Communication and Proposal for a Regulation
    – QaA & FactSheet on space traffic management
    – QaA & FactSheet on secure connectivity
  • Space and defense press conference by commissioner Breton
  • Prepair of the Competitiveness Council (Internal Market, Industry, Research & Space) of February 24, 2022
    – Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market – Orientation debate
    – Foreign Subsidies Regulation: Cross-Sectoral Perspectives – See Common Position
    – Statement by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise on INTA’s draft report on the proposal for a regulation on foreign subsidies

FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • ESMA proposes reforms to improve resilience of money market funds

TAXATION

  • EEuropean Parliament resolution of 15 February 2022 on the impact of national tax reforms on the EU economy

AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES

  • Minutes du: Group of experts for the sustainability and quality of agriculture and rural development of February 10, 2022
  • Aagenda for: Meeting of the Committee for the Common Organization of Agricultural Markets – Field Crops of February 24, 2022
  • RRegulation on the making available on the EU market and the export of products linked to deforestation and forest degradation – Orientation debate

EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL POLICY

  • Aagenda for: Meeting of the CEG Platform on Disability of February 18, 2022
  • DCouncil conclusions on the 2022 Annual Growth Survey and the Joint Employment Report
  • VSCommissioner Schmit at an informal meeting of employment and social policy ministers – Midday Express
  • E€3.7m job search aid for 297 laid-off Airbus workers in France – see EP statement
  • SSocial partners have a key role to play in adapting labor markets to the dual digital and green transition – see BusinessEurope statement

ENERGY

  • REDII Committee on Sustainability of Biofuels, Bioliquids and Biofuels
    – Agenda of the 5th meeting of February 17, 2022
    – Minutes of the 4th meeting of February 03, 2022
  • Boost offshore renewable energy sources to meet climate targets – see EP statement

ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Mminutes of the ad hoc meeting of the mission committee on the mission of adaptation to climate change, including societal transformation of September 27, 2021
  • Pproposal for a Council decision on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union at the second segment of the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury with regard to the adoption of a decision establishing thresholds for mercury wastes, in accordance with Article 11(2) of that Convention
  • VSomission Delegated Regulation (EU) /… amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labeling and packaging substances and mixtures

HEALTH, FOOD AND PRODUCT SAFETY

  • EThe WMA has published an overview of its main recommendations for 2021 concerning the authorization and safety control of veterinary medicinal products
  • EMA has published an overview of its main recommendations in 2021 regarding the authorization and safety control of medicines for human use

DATA PRIVACY AND CYBERSECURITY

  • FFormal observations of the European Data Protection Supervisor on the proposal for a Council Directive aimed at ensuring an overall minimum level of taxation for multinational groups in the Union

AREA OF FREEDOM, SECURITY AND JUSTICE

  • Hhonoring brave journalism: Applications for the 30th Lorenzo Natali Media Prize are open – IP/22/994 & Rules
  • MMeasures to protect the EU budget: the Court of Justice, sitting in plenary session, rejects the actions brought by Hungary and Poland against the conditionality mechanism which makes the receipt of funding from the EU budget subject to respect by Member States for the principles of the rule of law (See CPR Nº 28/2022 – Judgments of the Court of Justice in cases C-156/21, Hungary v Parliament and Council, C-157/21, Poland against Parliament and Council) – See EP statement
  • SStatement by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, on the judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Communities concerning the general regulation on cross-compliance
  • MEPs call for ban on ‘golden passports’ and EU rules for ‘golden visas’

ECB, EURO & ECONOMY

  • OOwner-occupied housing and the measure of inflation – ECB Economic Bulletin Issue 1, 2022
  • HHousing costs: perceptions from surveys and signals from price statistics – ECB Economic Bulletin Issue 1, 2022

FUTURE OF EUROPE

FOREIGN RELATIONS

  • Aagenda for: 23rd meeting of the NDICI-Global Europe Committee of February 16, 2022
  • Mminutes of the 22nd meeting of the NDICI committee of January 27, 2022
  • Hhumanitarian aid: EU allocates €18 million to Algeria, Egypt and Libya – IP/22/1040
  • Raccount of the call between President Ursula von der Leyen and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida
  • Sspeech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament plenary on EU-Russia relations, European security and the Russian military threat against Ukraine

6th EU-AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT

  • EU-Africa relations: speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP plenary
  • Jjoint article by Macky Sall, President of Senegal and President of the African Union, and Charles Michel, President of the European Council
  • SStatement by President von der Leyen at the launch event “Vaccine Equity for Africa”, co-organized by BioNTech SE and the kENUP Foundation
  • AHead of EU-AU summit, African medicines regulators get over €100m boost from Team Europe and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – IP/22/993

Mary I. Bruner