European Union countries support "rapid implementation" of health certificate to reopen borders

The leaders of the 27 countries of the European Union (EU) They supported on Tuesday the rapid implementation of a health certificate that allows the reopening of borders, and began a discussion on the action plan against climate change.

On Monday night, European leaders agreed to close the bloc’s airspace to Belarusian aircraft, in response to the forced diversion of an airliner to arrest an opposition journalist on board.

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Pressured by the need to reactivate economies with the proximity of the European tourist season, the countries of the bloc also praised the elaboration of the “European COVID digital certificate“And asked for his”rapid implementation”, According to the conclusions disclosed when the day was averaged.

During the past week, the EU states and the European Parliament reached an agreement on central aspects of this certificate, which would allow the gradual recomposition of mobility on the continent.

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The European Council welcomes the agreement reached”, The countries pointed out in a segment of the conclusions.

As a next step, to facilitate freedom of movement in the EU, the Council calls for the review (…) by mid-June, of the recommendations on travel within the European Union”Adds that part of the statement.

The idea is that the certificate shows that a person has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, has passed a recent test or is already immune from having contracted the disease.

The countries of the European Union have also agreed to allow entry to the block to travelers from third countries who have received the necessary doses of vaccines against the coronavirus approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

A health worker vaccinates a man against the coronavirus during a mass vaccination campaign for people over 60 years old at the WiZink Center – Palacio de Deportes arena in Madrid (Spain), on April 9, 2021. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP) . (JAVIER SORIANO /)

Reactivate the economy

The health certificate is particularly important to reactivate our economy, with the free movement of workers but also tourists during the summerCroatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said Tuesday.

Despite the agreement on the Certificate, several countries insist on reserving the right to determine the imposition of quarantines, for example, in the face of the appearance of variants of the coronavirus.

According to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, around 170 million people in the EU will be vaccinated as of May 30. The Commission aims to immunize 70% of adults by the end of July.

Now, European leaders started the discussion on the future climate action plan that the European Commission must propose in mid-July, with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality on the continent by 2050.

EU countries agreed in December to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990, but without addressing ways to do so.

The conclusions of the meeting should remain “concise and general”Said a European diplomat, due to the lack of impact studies that are still being carried out.

However, said the source, the debate will serve to better understand the position of each delegation in relation to the emission sharing system between countries in the reduction efforts.

The debate focuses in particular on the criteria for this distribution.

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