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On 13 July 2021, the EU Council of Ministers approved the national recovery and resilience plans (RRPs) of 12 Member States. This means that Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain are now able to tap into the EU recovery and resilience funding. This will allow them to start spending the money on projects and reforms for national economic recovery and resilience, as well as the green transition and digital transformation.

Reasons for a clear and definitive YES to COVID-19 vaccinations

Mandatory vaccination is not to be expected. Nevertheless, employers and employees can greatly benefit from COVID-19 vaccinations. This is true from a health, economic and legal perspective. Companies which recognize these benefits (early on) will have a significant competitive advantage.

Currently, an increasing number of companies is confronted with considerable claims for re-payment of subsidies granted by the LMS for phase I of the Corona short-time work model. The approach of the LMS makes the impression that it intends to take advantage of self-caused legal uncertainties to the clear disadvantage of these companies. Thus, companies should refrain from making premature re-payments. 

This is the fifth in a series of guidance notes on what the ‘Schrems II’ decision means for companies that rely on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, controller-to-processor standard contractual clauses, SCCs for transfers to controllers, derogations/exceptions to transfer restrictions, and binding corporate rules, as well as what ‘Schrems II’ means for Brexit and what companies can expect with the road ahead on these issues.