Week 29 of 2021 has seem some noteworthy policy developments for cucumber time. Firstly, the EU has published its second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law, which points at certain elements of concern across member states. The Commission has also overhauled rules countering the financing of terrorism.
Furthermore, the Commission has proposed its mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar, kick-started alliances for semiconductors and industrial cloud technologies, and helped channel humanitarian support to migrants in Lithuania. In state aid, the Commission has widened the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation.
The EU has launched a WTO dispute against Russian state-owned enterprises, mobilised help to Sardinia over forest fires, donated more than 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to poorer countries, and the Council has agreed on its negotiating position to revamp the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.