Varhelyi and Borrell in Tirana; Rama: Not to “Golden Passports”, but to fiscal amnesty

15:35 16/03/2023 After the strong opposition encountered in Brussels by the Albanian government’s initiative for “Golden Passports”, Prime Minister Rama, alongside the high representative of the EC, Josef Borreli and the Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, guarantees that it will not advance. Borrell: We had the opportunity to welcome Rama’s statement that the golden passport … Read more

EU against “golden passports”

21:43 24/12/2022 Hohmann: SPAK to effectively deal with high-level corruption The EU requested through Ambassador Hohmann that the fight against corruption continue with the punishment by SPAK of high officials. “Ending impunity is a message I hear all too often at meetings and exchanges across the country, including from young professionals and entrepreneurs. From the … Read more

“Golden passports”, EU ambassador: Citizenship schemes have risks

11:58 13/10/2022 The two drafts of the government, the one for granting Albanian citizenship to foreign investors and the fiscal amnesty, are still in the consultation phase and require international attention. In this regard, the ambassador of the European Union delegation in Tirana, Christiane Hohmann, says that the scheme of granting citizenship, which until recently … Read more

Vaccine passports will be a short-term ‘bridge to freedom’ before full herd immunity by this autumn

Revealed: Vaccine passports will be a short-term ‘bridge to freedom’ before full herd immunity by this autumn (as 63% of voters back their use) Ministers planning to use vaccine passports as a short-term ‘bridge to freedom’ The passports will allow the return of mass public gatherings in the summer ‘Covid status certificates’ will not likely … Read more

Capacity crowds at Euro 2020, Wimbledon, Premier League and EFL matches ‘will need’ Covid passports

The country’s major sporting bodies have written a joint letter to Boris Johnson and other party leaders collectively backing the idea of Covid passports to enable full stadiums at events this summer.   The FA, Scottish football, Premier League, EFL, Wimbledon, Lawn Tennis Association England and Wales Cricket Board and Silverstone have made clear that the … Read more

Ministers could include ‘sunset clause’ in vaccine passports law

Ministers could include ‘sunset clauses’ in domestic vaccine passports law to reassure Tory rebels the checks will be ‘explicitly temporary’ amid growing backlash Ministers said to be considering including ‘sunset clause’ in vaccine passport law Move designed to reassure Tory rebels domestic checks would be temporary  Comes amid rising backlash at plans over privacy and … Read more

Jab passports warning over mothers-to-be

Jab passports warning over mothers-to-be: Pregnant women will face frequent Covid testing if Boris Johnson presses ahead with ‘appalling’ plan for vaccine passports, former Tory minister says The Prime Minister is facing a growing revolt over vaccine passport proposals  ‘Pregnant women will have to spend their lives in test centres,’  Tory MP said   Mothers-to-be are … Read more

Laurence Fox vows to BAN Covid passports in the capital as he launches London mayoral manifesto 

Laurence Fox vows to BAN Covid passports in the capital and promises ‘no-mask mandate’ – including for children in schools – as he launches London mayoral manifesto Outspoken actor unveiled his policies in front of a ‘Free London’ bus in city today He said he wanted to ‘stop the child abuse’ and remove face masks … Read more

SNP could save PM from Tory revolt over domestic vaccine passports

The SNP could save Boris Johnson from a growing Tory revolt over domestic vaccine passports as Labour hardened its opposition to the documents.  Some 40 Tory MPs have made clear they are against domestic ‘Covid Status Certification’, warning that introducing the checks in everyday life would create a ‘two tier’ nation.  Labour is also increasingly … Read more

Labour MP Margaret Hodge slams ‘fearmongering’ trolls comparing vaccine passports to Holocaust 

Jewish Labour MP Margaret Hodge slams ‘fearmongering’ trolls who sent her ‘disgusting’ emails comparing vaccine passports to the Holocaust Dame Margaret Hodge spoke out against trolls sending her ‘disgusting’ emails  The emails drew similarities between vaccine passports and the Holocaust MP accused trolls of ‘fearmongering’ and important to have ‘grown-up’ debate  By Bhvishya Patel For … Read more