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The EU Digital COVID Certificate: First Steps towards a Missing Normality

It is official: the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) has arrived. You can finally know how to plan your trips – at least within the European Union and in the Schengen zone. The EUDCC, hitherto known as the Digital Green Certificate, is meant for all EU citizens who (1) have been vaccinated, (2) have tested negative, and/or (3) recovered from COVID-19. Whether an individual falls within one of the three categories is certified by a digital certificate that is issued by their national authorities.

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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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Enough is enough – EU sues UK for breaching the Brexit agreement

The European Commission announced on Monday that it has sent a letter of formal notice to the government of the UK for the violation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the good faith obligation, which is part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. With this step, the Commission has started the infringement procedure, which might eventually bring the UK before the European Court of Justice – if it does not take the necessary actions to prevent this.

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Mario Draghi blocks a COVID-19 vaccine shipment for Australia

“We need to go faster, much faster” commented Italy’s new Prime Minister Mario Draghi during the last European Council meeting that, among other things, touched upon the European vaccination strategy. Did this hurry lead him to block the 250,000 AstraZeneca’s vaccine shipment to Australia on the 4th of March? Maybe. Will this demonstration of strength change the pace of the EU vaccine rollout? Perhaps. What is sure is that Mr Draghi’s bold action has set a clear sign: the EU is losing its patience.