Author: Yves Lacroix

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EU Commission tightens vaccine export rules

Stricter rules are going to apply to European vaccine exports. The European Commission, yesterday, added the principles of reciprocity and proportionality to the transparency and authorisation mechanism (a mechanism that allows Member States to stop vaccine exports under certain conditions). The two new principles allow countries to look at how much the destination country is exporting itself and if the conditions in that country are better or worse than the EU’s.

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The return to borderless travel? The EU’s digital Green certificate

The European Commission proposed its long-awaited Digital Green Certificate last week. The certificate, which is welcomed by countries that wish to open up their tourist sector this month but despised by anti-vax tweeters that think it’s the EU’s newest strategy to keep everyone prisoner, is meant to facilitate free movement again. This comes after a period of rather restricted movement, with more and more Member States recently stopping travellers at the border.

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EP Declares the EU an LGBTIQ Freedom zone

The European Parliament voted yesterday to declare the whole European Union an LGBTIQ Freedom zone. The resolution, on which 492 MEPs voted in favour, 141 voted against and 46 abstained, comes as a response to the declaration of LGBTIQ-free zones in over a hundred Polish regions, counties and municipalities and is intended to put political pressure on states with illiberal tendencies.

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Battle of the budget

The European Parliament and the Council have come to a provisional agreement on the conditionality of the distribution of funds based on the state of rule of law in Member States. Now if this sentence didn’t make any sense to you at all, that’s understandable. I threw some Brussels Bubble vocabulary in for you. But don’t be alarmed. I’m going to explain it as best I can…