“We need to put in place the EU COVID-19 Certificate to re-establish people’s confidence in Schengen while we continue to fight against the pandemic,” Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, said.
The @Europarl_EN adopting its position on a Digital Green Certificate is a key step towards free and safe travel this summer.
“Member states must coordinate their response in a safe manner and ensure the free movement of citizens within the EU. Member states should not introduce further restrictions once the certificate is in force,” he added.
This means member states can no longer impose additional travel restrictions, such as quarantines, self-isolation, or further testing upon arrivals on holders of the certificate.
MEPs stressed that in order to avoid discrimination against those not vaccinated and for economic reasons, EU countries should “ensure universal, accessible, timely and free of charge testing.”
The certificate should work alongside any initiative for safe travel set up by the member states, which should also respect the same common legal framework.
MEPs also agreed that the document, which may be in digital or paper format, should be in place for 12 months and not longer.
According to the Parliament’s position, member states must accept vaccination certificates issued in other member states for persons inoculated with a vaccine authorised for use in the EU by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (currently Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen).