Covid Digital Certificate "Coming" - "White Smoke" in EU Negotiation
The "golden section" has been found between the European Parliament and the EU Council on the European Digital Covid Certificate and is expected to take effect on 20 June.
Today, the fourth round of negotiations between the European Parliament and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU on the certificate has ended with an agreement, the details of which are to be announced.
The Regulation for the certificate should to be approved by the Member States and be voted on Plenary Session of the European Parliament between 7 and 10 June following a vote in the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties.
The aim of the EU is to make certification a key step towards free and safe travel in the Union in the summer.
The European Parliament had approved the its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate reaffirming the right to free movement in the EU despite the pandemic.
MEPs had agreed that the rules for the new "EU Certificate of Disease Covid-19"Instead of a" Digital Green Certificate "according to the Commission proposal, should be valid for a maximum of 12 months.
The document, which will be available in digital or printed form, will certify that a person either has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, or has received negative diagnosis after conducting a test, either has recovered from the disease.
However, these certificates will not be used as travel documents, nor will they be a condition for exercising the right of free movement, MEPs have emphasized.