Welcome to the Brussels Edition, Bloomberg’s daily briefing on what matters most in the heart of the European Union.
EU government envoys in Brussels will today seek agreement on common thresholds for imposing bloc-wide travel rules (such as requiring quarantine or negative Covid-test results for visitors). Diplomats are optimistic that a deal is within reach, which could offer some relief to the continent’s battered airlines and travelers confused by the patchwork of country-by-country measures. One problem is that such a deal would be non-binding, and no-one can guarantee that some of the usual suspects won’t keep doing their own thing. An even bigger problem for airlines is that the epidemiological map of Europe shows no country as a whole and only a handful of individual regions are below the threshold that would trigger restrictions, according to rules set in the proposal under discussion (which we had here). So don’t start