The European Commission this Wednesday requested that the certification that countries like Spain and Greece want to facilitate tourist travel next summer benefit both those who have been vaccinated and those who have antibodies or a recent negative test. At the same time, it has warned that it should not be understood as a passport guaranteeing freedom of movement, but rather to exempt those who have it from sanitary measures such as quarantine.
The idea of the Community Executive is that the certificate is issued free of charge, contains a QR code with basic medical information of the patient about his situation with regard to the coronavirus and that it can be presented to the authorities in physical or digital form. It therefore urges the Member States to speed up the technical work required for their use.
Brussels stresses that it should not be seen as a title that automatically opens borders to its holder as it would discriminate against Europeans who could not or do not want to be vaccinated, but it trusts that it will be able to do so this summer reactivate the Tourism without increasing the risk of the virus spreading.
For this reason, the proposal defended by Ursula von der Leyen’s executive leaves it up to each member state to decide which health restrictions it would like to relax or withdraw for travelers with this “green digital certificate”, for example in order to exempt them from quarantines at their destination or the Requirement to present a recent negative test when traveling.
However, the community services point out that if you grant these benefits to certificate holders in your country, you must recognize them for residents of other Member States, just as you must apply the same benefits to those who have been vaccinated and who have recently had such benefits passed. the disease or prove they are not infected with a test.
To avoid discrimination, Brussels wants the country relaxing sanitary measures such as requiring quarantine or a negative test for vaccinated travelers to offer the same exemptions to those who prove they have antibodies or present a negative infection test.
It also calls on the Member States to maintain the restrictions on travelers with and without a certificate and to inform both the Commission and the other partners of their decision and explain why they do not exclude those who have this certificate from quarantine or test document .
“The digital green certificate will not be a requirement for free movement and will in no way be discriminatory,” said Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders, emphasizing that the community executive has listened to the reservations of countries like France and Belgium that have warned them do not accept a “Covid Pass” and concentrate its proposal on a document containing useful medical information.
In addition, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourova, has stated that she is working with international partners to try to “converge” the new European certificate with other international practices.
If the certificate comes into force, which has yet to be negotiated with the Council and the European Parliament, the Commission will also request that it be a “temporary” measure that will be suspended if the World Health Organization declares the end of the international health emergency.