The President of the Republic welcomes the approval of the circulation of digital certificates for European citizens who have been vaccinated against covid-19, recovered from infection, or tested.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza, today welcomed the European Parliament’s “green light” for the adoption of the covid-19 digital certificate, but believes that it is now necessary to ensure its application in many countries.
When a reporter in Funchal asked whether the digital certification for the circulation of European citizens who had been vaccinated against covid-19, recovered from infection or tested, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa replied: “This This is good news. The European Parliament has given birth to light green.”
“The work we need to do now is to let as many countries as possible apply it. If there are a lot of Europeans from many countries moving, it is worth it. Therefore, the more countries that join and apply, from July 1st Better,” he added.
The head of state argued that “the law may be good or not, the important thing is to apply”.
The European Parliament on Tuesday approved the adoption of the covid-19 digital certificate, which will allow EU citizens who have been vaccinated, recovered from the new coronavirus infection, or tested negative, to travel within the EU without restrictions starting July 1.
Due to the remote counting of votes, the results of the voting held in Strasbourg on Tuesday were only announced this morning. The measure was passed with 546 votes in favour, 93 votes against and 51 abstentions.
In mid-May, the European Council President Portugal and the negotiators of the European Parliament reached a political agreement on the certificate presented by the European Commission in March last year.
Designed to promote the restoration of free movement within the EU and support the tourism industry, this “free pass”, which should be free of charge, will be similar to a travel boarding pass, in digital and paper formats, and its code is read through electronic devices to citizens of the country Language and English reading.
On Tuesday, the European Commission urged EU member states to begin issuing certificates that certify vaccination, rehabilitation and testing for covid-19, with the aim of avoiding “major obstacles” when digital documents are officially launched at the community level.