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As for McGuinness' awareness of the A16 provision, she gives some details in the Politico.eu article I quoted above:

A Commission spokesperson, however, said that as part of the emergency procedure to adopt the vaccine export regulation, all commissioners and their cabinets received copies of the text so that they could potentially raise objections. (McGuinness did not immediately respond Sunday night to a message seeking to clarify the sequence of events.)

"It is absolutely true to say that the normal and proper scrutiny didn't happen because what was intended to be a very technical regulation to, if you like, to get information transparency on the flows of vaccines, turned out to contain this very, very sensitive clause about Ireland," McGuinness said.

Sounds like the text in question should have come from the level above the commissioners, VDL and her notoriously secretive cabinet (that's just a guess of course). And since the whole thing was rushed, even McGuinness didn't catch it before publication.

by Bernard on Tue Feb 2nd, 2021 at 12:27:44 PM EST
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