European Commission President von der Leyen was subjected to hours of “torture” by many members of the People’s Party in the European Parliament on the 2nd due to persistent problems in promoting coronavirus vaccination.
According to several European media reports, the problems of parliamentarians mainly focus on two aspects.
First, why is the progress of EU vaccination so slow? The other is why the European Commission suddenly slapped its head and decided to use a clause in the “Brexit” agreement signed between the EU and the United Kingdom to restore border inspection between the Republic of Ireland and the British Northern Ireland, so as to restrict the export of vaccines from the EU to the United Kingdom.
Before meeting with von der Leyen on the same day, a European parliamentarian from the Netherlands told the media that von der Leyen had made many major mistakes on vaccines, one of which was the decision to resume border inspections on the island of Ireland.
As of the evening of the 2nd local time, the European Union has not made public the response of von der Leyen’s response to the doubts of European parliamentarians.
However, von der Leyen recently said in a recent interview with many European media that she regretted the launch of the relevant provisions of the EU-UK “Brexit” agreement “temporaryly”.
She At the same time, the European Commission quickly corrected the mistake. Von der Leyen also said that it is inevitable that decisions in emergency situations will be unconsidered.
Recently, in the face of a serious shortage of vaccines, the European Commission once decided to activate the 16th clause of the “Brexit” agreement signed between the European Union and the United Kingdom, which is known as the “stuck neck clause”, to restrict the export of vaccines from the European Union to the United Kingdom.
However, the resumption of border inspection on the island of Ireland is a very sensitive issue, and the decision immediately met with strong opposition within the United Kingdom and the European Union, including Ireland.
Although the European Commission immediately withdrew the decision, the agency under von der Leyen was criticized by many parties, and the British government pointed out that the EU undermined the trust between the two sides.