As is the case in many other European countries, COVID-19 cases have been declining in Lithuania. The government issued national certificates for people who are either fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID-19 or have a negative test.
In Romania, just as in many other European countries, the decreasing number of coronavirus infections and hospitalisations led to the easing of COVID-19 related measures in late Spring, June 2021.
As previously reported on the Monitor, Hungary broke with the centralised vaccine procurement system of the European Union by approving and purchasing Russian and Chinese vaccines that have not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
As in many other European countries, COVID-19 related measures started to ease in Poland. There are, however, still several restrictions in place.
After months of COVID-19-related restrictions, measures started to ease in Greece in May 2021. At the beginning of May, restaurants, coffee shops and bars were allowed to reopen. On 15th May 2021, Greece reopened for tourism.
As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, on 22nd October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Tribunal ruled that abortion due to foetal abnormality is unconstitutional.
On 11th and 25th October 2020, Lithuania held parliamentary elections that ultimately led to the creation of a new conservative government.
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Hungary in early September 2020.
In late September 2020, after a 16-month deadlock, seven political parties agreed to form a coalition federal government that replaced the caretaker administration.