Following highly contentious talks between the 27 members of the European Union, the Commission hailed on May 20 a provisional political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the regulation of an ‘EU Digital COVID Certificate’, which will, according to those involved in the talks, be key to restoring easy and safe travel across the bloc.

The exact details as to which of the most controversial parts of the agreement have been kept or dropped from the final text remain unknown, but an announcement that a finalized draft had been agreed upon by the members of the EU left Brussels and the rest of the European institutions in a demonstratively self-congratulatory mood after having spent the last several months being widely, and justifiably, criticized for the bungling of the vaccination rollout; an example of sheer incompetence that has left most of the EU’s members far behind other countries in the race to vaccinate the majority of their populations.

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