Week 36 of 2021 has brought two state aid rulings on Italy’s illegal aid to Alitalia but legal aid to ITA, not considered to be Alitalia’s economic successor. Eurogroup President has visited Slovenia and Croatia, and the Council has given its go-ahead for funding for accession partners.
Vice President Sefcovic visited Northern Ireland, where he gave a speech on the EU-UK protocol. The EU, one of the world’s largest agri-food players, has strengthened EU export control rules for dual items.
The Commission is preparing to issue €250 billion worth of Next Generation EU bonds, and has also adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report, on climate, digital, rule of law and demographic trends, among others. Finally, the Commission has asked the ECJ to impose financial penalties against Poland for breaching judicial independence.