The European Parliament has approved the “European Covid-19 Certificate” to facilitate the proposal to travel to Europe, a project that the southern country hopes to preserve its summer tourist season, but it may be compromised by differences in screening and vaccination. To another country.
Now, the future of the plan depends on the upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the European Council, which bring together the leaders of the member states and the leaders of the European Commission.
The Ministry of Environmental Protection voted extensively on the document (called the “Digital Green Certificate” by the committee) in a vote held on Wednesday, and the results of the vote were made public on April 29 (Thursday).
Pass to prove that the vaccine has been passed
They believe that holders of such certificates should not be subject to quarantine or testing, and emphasized that EU countries must ensure rapid and free testing to avoid “any discrimination against people who have not been vaccinated or for economic reasons.”
This standard certificate proves that its carriers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recently tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, aiming to promote freedom of movement within the EU during the health crisis. But European diplomats believe that it may be difficult to reach a consensus.
In addition to different testing methods (antigen test or nasopharyngeal swab PCR testing for the presence of viruses or serological testing through antibody testing) from one country to another, the choice of digital media may also result in a single European risk. Technical difficulties.
Lowest common denominator
Not to mention the issues related to the protection of personal data and the fear of discrimination against people who have not been vaccinated, which will complicate the equation even more.
According to these European officials, the most likely result of the proposal is to introduce the Covid-19 certificate as the lowest common denominator, and then allow each country to freely designate the rights of the document holder.
Unlike parliaments, the committee proposes that countries can maintain other requirements, as many member states also hope.
EU Executive Spokesperson Eric Mamer said on Thursday that the difference in perception between the European Parliament’s spokesperson and the European Commission is “unrelated” to the approval or prohibition of travel.
“This is an information system about your COVID health status (…). Health and safety measures (required to enter a country) are the prerogatives of member states, and this responsibility will not change with the digital green certificate.”
Similar systems have been established in multiple countries/regions
Many countries have begun to build their own systems without waiting for the results of the long European decision-making process, which increases the possibility that different rules from one country to another will hinder the freedom of decision-making. European Union.
In France, the TousAntiCovid app can now import test results via QR codes and should soon include vaccination certificates.
Other countries including Germany, Spain, Estonia, Greece and Lithuania have adopted similar methods, but even if a European tool is available, member states will be able to maintain their support.
On the 27th, it will be required to recognize vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency, but each country will be able to decide how to deal with tourists who have received Russian or Chinese vaccines.