The European Union reached an agreement this Thursday to create a European certificate that will allow travel starting this summer for Europeans who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, have antibodies or have negative PCR after the European Parliament gave in on the 27th and forego the tips he asked for the tests.
“White smoke: We have an agreement on the proposal for a European digital Covid certificate”, Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders announced after several hours of negotiations with the European Parliament and the 27 on social networks.
The document, which will be multilingual and will be issued in both digital and physical support, will eventually be referred to as the “EU Covid Digital Certificate” and will be valid throughout the EU from July 1st. This is evident from sources, the Europa Press. European were notified.
The agreement reached between the negotiators of the Council and the European Parliament, which has yet to be confirmed by the 27th and plenary sessions of the EP, also provides that the restrictions on travelers holding this certificate will be “proportionate” and depend on what has been set up by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
It appears from the text that national governments must refrain from imposing additional measures on travelers with this certificate, e.g. B. compliance with quarantines on arrival at the destination or the implementation of a second PCR, although no binding guideline is specified, as these are national competencies.
Finally, the European Parliament has not achieved the goal that all PCRs associated with the certificate are free, but it is envisaged that additional funds can be made available to pay for them and that these tests must be “affordable” for Europeans .
An agreement was already in place between the institutions to provide around 100 million euros of the emergency instrument to support the federal states in purchasing PCR tests and antigens. However, the agreement takes into account that more resources may be allocated later.