The plenary session of the European Parliament has given the go-ahead for the introduction of the digital EU Covid certificate, which will allow European tourists to move around the common area without restrictions from July 1st by using this document to prove that they have been vaccinated, the Have survived coronavirus or tested negative in a diagnostic test in the hours prior to travel.
It is a free certificate issued in digital or physical form and with the information at least in the language of the issuing country and in English, which harmonizes the systems of each Member State and provides basic information on the medical situation of its country in relation to the holder the coronavirus, but avoids the exchange of protected data and guarantees the accuracy of the information collected.
In addition, the EU institutions have made it clear in the negotiation process that the certificate is in no way to be understood as a kind of passport or travel document, as it does not interfere with freedom of movement, which helps all Europeans or does not have the new European document.
The launch across the European Union is announced for July 1st, although there are already around a dozen countries that are handing out European certificates to their vaccinated citizens, and Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders urged the rest on Tuesday to start distributing “now” start “to avoid a” big bang “in July when there is excessive demand or last minute technical problems.
The 27 have promised not to impose “additional restrictions” on travelers holding this certificate, which means they will be relieved of the obligation to adhere to quarantines or re-test upon arrival at the destination of the trip.
However, national governments have reserved the right to use an “emergency brake” to reintroduce restrictions in an emergency, for example if the person is traveling from an area with a very high incidence or if new ones are discovered.
In this case, the Member State that decides to reintroduce measures must inform its partners in an appropriate and limited manner in accordance with the scientific criteria and epidemiological data of the European Center for Disease Prevention (ECDC) and after prior notification to the European Commission partners of the EU and the citizens.
The European Parliament, which approved this instrument by a large majority of 546 votes in favor, 93 against and 51 abstentions, tried unsuccessfully during negotiations with the Member States to offer the diagnostic tests associated with the certificate free of charge in order to discriminate between Avoid citizens who are vaccinated for free and have to pay a PCR to travel.
Finally, countries need to make the tests “affordable” and easy to obtain, and the European Commission needs to mobilize € 100 million from the Urgent Assistance Instrument so that Member States can buy tests and thus reduce their costs.
EU countries will be required to accept vaccination certificates issued in other Member States for vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), but they are free to accept vaccines issued for vaccines that have been issued under national procedures or The World Health Organization (WHO) list for use in emergencies.
Following approval in the plenary session of the European Parliament, which met in Strasbourg (France) for the first time since the pandemic was declared in Europe, the certificate must be formally approved by the Council this week, with the aim of its completion next Monday is signed.