EU Presidency: Political agreement reached on covid certificate to 'save' summer

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament reached a political agreement this Thursday on the health certificate to facilitate free movement in the EU in the context of the pandemic of the covid-19, in time to ‘save’ the summer season.

The provisional interinstitutional agreement on the implementation of a “EU covid-19 digital certificate” was reached in the late afternoon, in Brussels, in the fourth round of the trilogue – the name given to meetings that bring together representatives of the three EU institutions involved in legislative processes – and must now be ‘confirmed’ by the 27 Member States, the Commission and the Assembly as a whole, European sources have indicated to Lusa.

This Thursday’s negotiating round was the final attempt at an interinstitutional understanding, just a few days from an extraordinary European Council (24 and 25 May), which has among the main issues on the agenda the implementation of the certificate – which, according to today ‘closed’ commitment, will be called “EU Covid-19 Digital Certificate” – in time for the lifting of travel restrictions for the summer tourist season.

This ‘free pass’ – which proves the vaccination, testing or recovery of covid-19 – is considered a fundamental element to help Europe’s economic recovery in the context of the pandemic crisis, namely so that “Tourism could be a source of revival of the economy this summer”, as the Prime Minister and President-in-Office of the EU Council, António Costa, recently pointed out.


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