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EU Digital COVID certificate

Evenemangsdatum: 21/04/2021

EU Digital COVID certificate

The EU Digital COVID Certificate should facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection. In practice, these will be three distinct certificates. A common EU framework will allow member states to issue certificates that will then be accepted in other EU countries. The EU Digital Covid Certificate regulation should be in place for 12 months. The certificate will not be a precondition to exercise the right to free movement and will not be considered a travel document. To make “affordable and accessible testing” more widely available, the European Commission committed to mobilise “at least €100 million” under the Emergency Support Instrument for the purchase of tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection for the purpose of issuing EU Digital Covid test certificates. Member states should not impose additional travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as quarantine, self-isolation or testing, “unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health”. Member states must accept vaccination certificates issued in other member states for persons inoculated with a vaccine authorised for use in the EU by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (currently Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen). It will be up to the member states to decide whether they also accept vaccination certificates that have been authorised by other Member States following national authorisation procedures or for vaccines listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for emergency use. The text was approved at the June I plenary session. The Regulation is expected to apply from 1 July 2021

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Signature by David SASSOLI, President of the European Parliament, Ursula von der LEYEN, President of the European Commission and Antonio COSTA, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU

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During the plenary session (7-10 June 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs discuss to give their final approval to the EU Digital COVID Certificate, to facilitate intra-EU travel during the pandemic and contribute to the economic recovery.

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Members of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) meet in the European Parliament in Brussels to vote on the EU Digital COVID certificate.

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European Parliament, Council and Commission negotiators try to conclude a deal aimed at establishing, on time for the summer tourist season, an EU certificate attesting that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has a negative test result or recovered from the sickness.

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During the plenary session (26-29 April 2021), MEPsdiscuss and vote on the Commission’s proposal for a Digital Green Certificate, after which they can swiftly start negotiations with member states

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