The certificate was approved within 62 days and has been issued by 13 member states. In the middle of the week, Portugal and Belgium should also initiate the procedure.
The President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen paid tribute to the heads of the European Union (EU) presidency, the European Parliament (EP) and the community executive agency on Monday. They have successfully approved the covid-19 number certificate. Record 62 days.
“We can be very proud, and I congratulate everyone who made this possible, especially those in charge of the presidency [portuguesa da UE], The extraordinary work of the European Parliament and the European Commission, managed to reach an agreement on the committee’s proposal in just two months and 62 days. This is an absolute record time,” Von der Lein said at the official signing ceremony of the regulation. Create a certificate.
“On this day 36 years ago, the Schengen Agreement was signed after the five member states decided to open their borders. For many citizens, this was the beginning of Europe’s greatest achievement: the possibility of free travel within our alliance.” , He emphasized.
The President of the EU Executive Committee stated that the EU’s covid-19 digital certificate “is a symbol of open and digital Europe” and will “make it easy to travel within the EU and allow citizens to restore the freedom they value very much”.
So far, 13 member states have started to issue certificates. It is expected that by the middle of this week, as Portugal and Belgium begin to issue the document, they will be transferred to 15 countries where you can already travel with the document.
European Parliament President David Sassoli emphasized that the document “will allow all citizens to return to normal life without discrimination.”
Prime Minister Antonio Costa attended the ceremony for Portugal to assume the presidency of the European Council. He believed that the EU’s covid-19 certificate created “opportunities for free and safe travel”, but warned of some “safety rules.”
The problem lies in the covid-19 digital certificate, SARS-CoV-2 virus (negative) test, vaccination or restoration certificate, which will take effect in the EU in time during the summer.
In mid-May, the negotiators of Portugal and the European Parliament, the presidency of the European Council, reached a political agreement on the certificate proposed by the European Commission in March last year. The Congress approved the compromise text and the legal framework, paving the way for the document’s entry into force on July 1st. Road, valid for 12 months.
This “transit pass” aims to promote free movement within the European Union. It should be free of charge. It works similarly to a travel boarding pass. It uses a digital and/or paper format with a QR code and can be used electronically. Easily read the device and provide it for free, in the national language and English of the citizen.
As part of the implementation of this European certificate, it is expected that when more than half of Europeans have received the first dose of the vaccine against covid-19, member states will not impose restrictions again unless epidemiological conditions justify this. However, it is always up to governments to decide whether travelers holding the certificate must undergo quarantine, further testing (for example, in addition to entry testing) or other requirements.
At the same time, member states must develop technical infrastructure and ensure the interoperability of certificate recognition systems.
A government source told Lusa on Sunday that in Portugal, the shared service of the Ministry of Health will begin issuing the first covid-19 digital certificate to its citizens in the middle of this week.