Friday, January 8, 2021

Germany purchases additional vaccines, contrary to legally binding arrangements in the EU

 Last week, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasized that the legally binding arrangements do not allow for "parallel negotiations, parallel contracts", and that contracts with EU companies are negotiated on behalf of 27 member states.

This week the EC spokesman, Eric Mamer, repeatedly avoided answering the directly asked question of whether and what legal consequences will be for Germany for ignoring EU arrangements for the purchase of vaccines. - "We will definitely not discuss any legal steps. (...) What matters is that we have a framework that will ensure a sufficient amount of vaccine for the member states" - he replied - "I have nothing to add."

It is hard not to see that the European Commission does not treat Germany in this matter as it would treat other countries.