Czechia to test COVID-19 certificates in next two weeks

According to Czech Television, technical testing of the digital green certificates will start in two weeks, making Czechia among the first group of countries where the certificates will be tested during May. EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders confirmed that certificates…

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Highlights – Improving air passenger rights during the COVID-19 crisis: hearing – Committee on Petitions – Committee on Transport and Tourism

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