The European Commission will propose a digital certificate by the end of the month that will provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 and that could allow Europeans to travel more freely during the summer.
The EU wants to present its plans for a "digital green pass" on March 17 and work with international organizations to ensure that its system works outside the European Union, reports Reuters.
The pass will provide proof that the person has been vaccinated, as well as recovery information for people infected with COVID-19.
"Our goal is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad - for business or tourism. There are still open issues, but at EU level we need to implement them as one market. We as the European Commission offer to coordinate standards, as we have done before with applications for monitoring new patients. We need to create a gateway that interconnects different national solutions to make information compatible over time", Said the President of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen after the meeting on the current situation around Covid19 and the opening to tourism in the summer.
The Commission wants to set up an EU-wide system to prevent the conclusion of separate agreements between EU countries that would fragment its internal market and avoid being subjected to a system set up by a third country or technology giant.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said vaccine deliveries would rise sharply in the coming months. EU leaders agreed last week to work on vaccine certificates, and southern member states, such as Spain and Greece, especially want to open up to tourism as soon as possible this summer.
However, it is not yet clear whether vaccinated people can continue to transmit the virus to others. Some countries, such as France and Belgium, also expressed concern that facilitating travel only for vaccinated people would be unfair, while the Commission said it wanted to avoid any discrimination.
Covid passports or certificates are not and should not be the only condition for travel. It is important to emphasize, as this does not mean that travelers who have not or do not want to be vaccinated cannot travel. They can, but they must have proof of a negative test not older than 48 hours.
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