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Dimitry Kochenov, Jacquelyn Veraldi: The Commission Against the Internal Market and European Union Citizens’ Rights: Trying To Shoot Down Sputnik With the “Digital Green Certificate”?

The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) proposed by the European Commission has the “potential to facilitate greater free movement restrictions for a large number of EU citizens,” Dimitry Kochenov, lead researcher of our Rule of Law Workgroup, and his co-author Jacquelyn Veraldi write in their article in European Journal of Risk Regulation, published online by Cambridge University Press.

“Under the proposal as amended by the European Parliament, any destination Member State that accepts proof of vaccination “in order to waive restrictions to free movement” must apply the same waiver to any DGC-holder that has received an EMA-approved vaccine and has the option of doing so for vaccines added to the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use Listing; however, such equal treatment is not available for DGC-holders who have received non-EMA/WHO vaccines,” such as Sputnik V, the authors argue.

“While this measure was alleged to be taken on grounds of public health, a convincing public health case has not been put forward. Instead, the DGC proposal as it stands disregards the promise of the internal market and sets the stage for its fragmentation through geopolitics and bilateralism,” they conclude.

Read the full article here.

Cover photo: European Union 2021 - Source: EP / Alain Rolland
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