Those Brussels bar terraces better be roomy, the EU vaccine news is a smidgen less gloomy and delivering world peace, all hail Halloumi!
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THE most important news of the week and indeed ALL weeks since last year…
Belgium is to reopen bars and restaurants outside on May 8!
Belgium to reopen bars and restaurants outside on May 8 🍻🎉🤩🐙
— Marine Strauss (@StraussMarine) April 14, 2021
DG Meme got so giddy with the news that they couldn’t work out what day of the week it was and instead went straight for the conspiracy theory that it was part of the shadowy #Plux lobby!
— DG MEME 🇪🇺 (@meme_ec) April 14, 2021
Mona Medan thought it would look a bit like this.
Belgian government: “Terraces for bars and restaurants will reopen on May 8.”
All the Brussels interns who haven’t yet experienced Plux:
— Mona Medan (@mona_antonia) April 14, 2021
Whereas MEP Assistant focussed on the aftermath!
Brussels, 9th of May 2021. pic.twitter.com/eGeCyZ7IqD
— mepassistant (@mepassistants) April 14, 2021
A Europe Day to remember, said Lisa Laumen
A Europe Day to remember
— Lisa Laumen (@lisalaumen) April 14, 2021
But Elodie Lamer reminded all the expats aiming to hit the terraces, that there’s a Summit on 8 May 8.
A tous les expats ravis de la réouverture des terrasses, je rappelle que le 8 mai on a sommet :p pic.twitter.com/XsCv47IsSZ
— Elodie Lamer (@ElodieLamer) April 14, 2021
All the more reason to drink, some would say!
On Wednesday the EU reached 100 million vaccinations. A milestone to be proud of tweeted Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Today we have reached 100 million vaccinations in the EU. A milestone we can be proud of!
We are also accelerating the delivery of vaccines.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) April 14, 2021
She also announced a new deal with Pfizer/BioNTech to deliver 50million additional doses in the second quarter, which were initially set to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year
— SilviaAmaro (@Silvia_Amaro) April 14, 2021
Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas and Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, were among those who stood up to thank her.
— Boyko Borissov (@BoykoBorissov) April 14, 2021
50 million additional doses for the EU = a significant amount of lives saved, added Kallas.
Very good news about speedier delivery of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccines in the 2nd quarter. 50 million additional doses for the EU = a significant amount of lives saved. Thank you @vonderleyen! #covid19 #vaccines #StrongerTogether
— Kaja Kallas (@kajakallas) April 14, 2021
Marco Bresolin said this third contract means the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will become THE EU vaccine.
Con questo contratto, il terzo con la casa farmaceutica, l'UE avrà ordinato in totale 2,4 miliardi di dosi del vaccino Pfizer/BioNTech.
Praticamente potrà essere usato per vaccinare quasi tre volte l'intera popolazione UE
Di fatto, diventerà IL VACCINO dell'UE pic.twitter.com/qF08z0S7Rm
— Marco Bresolin (@marcobreso) April 14, 2021
Elsewhere, Denmark is to permanently end use of AstraZeneca’s Covid jabs.
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) April 14, 2021
Anyway Martini Seltzermayr could resist this: Something something, Johnson & Johnson something clots something send tweet
Something something Johnson & Johnson something clots something send tweet pic.twitter.com/PQrR22br9f
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) April 13, 2021
Insert your own joke here.
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Finally this week, even bigger than the bar news it’s the cheesetastic news that Halloumi is now registered as a Protected Designation of Origin.
Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/Hellim is now registered as a Protected Designation of Origin.
This protects the product's name against imitation and misuse across the EU, bringing economic benefits to the entire island of Cyprus.
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) April 12, 2021
Historic. Necessary. Huge. Long live Halloumi! Tweeted the Greek Analyst.
Historic. Necessary. Huge. Long live Halloumi! https://t.co/0abZ1zRgkG
— The Greek Analyst (@GreekAnalyst) April 13, 2021
Up there with the moon landing, added Greek Bluenose.
Up there with the moon landing. https://t.co/ybMqQE8k4n
— Nικος Ξυδιας (@Greekbluenose) April 12, 2021
Even EU High Representative Josep Borrell said it was an important achievement for all Cypriots and for the EU and a strong signal for #Cyprus to resume settlement talks as soon as possible.
Registration of Χαλλούμι/Halloumi/#Hellim as Protected Designation of Origin is important achievement for all Cypriots and for EU.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) April 12, 2021
Oliver Grimm struggled to wrap his mind around the fact that slapping a consumer label on squeaky Cypriot cheese is, apparently, considered a major geopolitical achievement.
A day later, I am still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that slapping a consumer label on squeaky Cypriot cheese is, apparently, nowadays considered a major geopolitical achievement by the EU. #Weltpolitikfähigkeit https://t.co/XpdKm59cC0
— Oliver Grimm (@grimmse) April 13, 2021
Do not underestimate the power of cheese diplomacy, said Clémence Robin.
— Clémence Robin (@Clemencerobin) April 12, 2021
Karl Sharro was more concerned that Reuters described it as “rubbery.” Truly Journalism is dead.
Couldn't have found a more appetising description than rubbery? Journalism is dead https://t.co/0CF6AwkYeK
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) April 10, 2021
Others went straight for the pun:
Just halloumi to explain, said Chris Horseman.
The latest source of tension in the post-Brexit Northern Ireland saga is – a type of Cypriot cheese which is now a listed EU #geographicalindications. If you’ll just halloumi to explain….. (sorry….) https://t.co/9qCpNoUt1k
— Chris Horseman (@ChrisHorseman2) April 8, 2021
What did the Cypriot cheese say when it saw itself in the Geographical Indications register? Asked Ian McCafferty, Halloumi.
What did the Cypriot cheese say when it saw itself in the Geographical Indications register? 📋🔍
Halloumi 👋🧀 https://t.co/LXafzwNJeD
— Ian McCafferty (@iamianami) April 12, 2021
And Halloumi Wins Nobel Cheese Prize, reported Le Chou.
You’re all sacked!
That’s it this week, join us again next Friday to shoot the breeze and talk about cheese on #EUTweets of the Week.