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Coordinating the Green Digital Pass at EU level and in France: lessons for the concept of civic duty in Europe

Europe (Central and Eastern)
Green Politics
Europeanisation through Law
EU7
Nathalie Brack
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Jonathan Zeitlin
University of Amsterdam

Thursday 15:00 - 16:30 (16/03/2023)


Abstract

Speaker: Sarah Wolff One of the best practices of ‘coordinative Europeanization’ has been the adoption of the regulation on digital green passes on 17 March 2021. The Regulation managed to combine EU institutions objectives to re-instate freedom of movement, while protecting against discrimination, but also gave a lot of room for maneuver to EU member states to have more restrictive implementation while coordinating Member states’ actions. What is interesting in this initiative is that instead of the uncoordinated reintroduction of national borders in the early days of the pandemic (Wolff, Ripoll-Servent and Piquet,2020), the EU instead managed to move with the case of the digital green pass to a ‘more coordinated EU-wide approach to free movement’ (Goldner Lang, 2021). Through a case study of France, this paper aims at understanding how the EU managed to achieve such a level of coordination across EU member states. Drawing from a process-tracing methodology, analysis of EU institutions and French government documents, as well as interviews with EU officials, notably at the ECDCC and at the French Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and the Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, this paper explains how coordinative Europeanization has taken place around the provision of ‘green digital passes’ through the case study of France. Ultimately, beyond tracing how coordination was made possible, the paper reflects upon normative implications of this unprecedented development at EU level for the emergence of a new coordinated EU digital citizenship regime and the concept of civic duty at EU level.