The European Parliament has approved the introduction of EU digital certificates, proving that a person has been vaccinated, has a new negative test result or has been infected with covid-19, which will facilitate travel within the EU.
At the plenary meeting in Strasbourg on Tuesday night, members of the European Parliament approved with 546 votes in favor, 93 votes against and 51 abstentions against EU citizens and non-EU citizens with 553 votes in favor, 91 against and 46 abstentions. The digital green certificate will be introduced from July 1st. national. It’s the European Parliament on Wednesday.
The initiative was put forward by the European Commission on March 17, after which an emergency procedure for the introduction of certificates was initiated.
The initiative aims to establish unified European cross-border movement rules before the summer tourist season, and promote travel and trigger economic recovery by eliminating doubts caused by quarantine, testing and other measures in different countries.
Applying for a digital green certificate valid for 12 months will “prove” three things. The person has recovered from the crown, has been vaccinated, or has had a negative test in the past 72 hours.
It will not be a prerequisite for free movement, nor will it be considered a travel document.
It will be issued free of charge by national authorities, provided in digital and paper form, and will contain a QR code.
100 million euros were also provided for the purchase of tests to make the tests affordable for citizens.
The European Parliament Rapporteur and Spanish European Parliament Member Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D), who introduced the Digital Green Certificate Initiative, opened a debate in the plenary session and pointed out that the initiative is one of the fastest initiatives adopted by the Parliament.
“With it, the European Commission wants to solve one of the most serious problems caused by the pandemic, namely the suspension of Schengen and restrictions on freedom of movement,” Aguilar said.
If some states decide to impose additional restrictions, Aguilar emphasized that “they must explain this to citizens 48 hours in advance and 24 hours before these measures take effect.”
Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, stated that “digital green certificates are the result of the three institutions’ joint commitment to achieve concrete results for EU citizens”.
In his speech, Reynders talked about two very important principles related to digital green certificates.
“First, if these restrictions are not necessary, member states will not be able to impose additional travel restrictions on anyone holding a digital green certificate. Second, if such additional restrictions are implemented under special circumstances, member states will have to notify the committee And the European Commission. Make it public in advance,” Redes concluded.
Reynders finally emphasized the importance of data protection and concluded that “with its decentralized and offline digital verification system, it will strive to ensure very high data protection.”