The European Parliament and the Member States agreed on Monday to extend by one year, until 30 June 2023, the regulation on the EU digital certificate COVID-19 for travel within the Union, even though many Member States have stopped requesting it when entering the territory. their. However, European lawmakers want to ensure that citizens of EU member states can move freely “in the event of a new worrying option,” the European Parliament said in a statement.
The political agreement reached on Monday evening has yet to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the EU Council (representing the Member States), to take effect on 30 June 2022.
The Regulation implementing this Joint Health Certificate – which certifies vaccination against COVID-19, a negative test or an infection in the last six months – entered into force on 1 July 2021 and was due to expire on 30 June 2022. February to be extended by one year.
“The epidemiological situation can change rapidly, and the EU’s COVID-19 digital certificate has been a key tool in helping us to cope with fluctuating situations,” European Commission Commissioner Didier Reynders was quoted as saying by AFP. “We are determined to return to unrestricted free movement and welcome the decision of some Member States to lift all travel restrictions, including the presentation of a COVID-19 certificate,” he said. However, “the agreement reached today (Monday) will continue to help us facilitate free and safe travel if an increase in infections forces Member States to temporarily reintroduce restrictions,” the commissioner said, according to Agerpres.
At the end of 2022, the Commission will have to publish a report on the COVID-19 certificate, which may be accompanied by a proposal to shorten the period of application of the Regulation, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.
Another point agreed on Monday is that vaccination certificates should reflect all doses administered, regardless of the Member State in which the people were vaccinated. The possibility of issuing a certificate attesting to recovery from the disease following an antigen test will also be provided, and the range of authorized antigen tests used to obtain a COVID-19 certificate will be extended. At the same time, the possibility of allowing the issuance of vaccination certificates for people participating in clinical trials will be provided, according to the European Parliament communiqué.
Editor: Luana Pavaluca
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