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EU agrees on Covid passport

The European Union welcomed an agreement on May 20 to establish a European Covid vaccine pass as from July 1. It will now be be compulsory for travellers within the European Union. 

Published: May 21, 2021, 11:47 am

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    The Digital Green Certificate (DGC) will facilitate “safe free movement inside the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic”. The DGC will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result or recovered from Covid-19.

    MEPs and member states reached an agreement on May 20 on this health pass, which should enter into force on July 1. It will contain a QR code indicating that its holder has been vaccinated, that he has passed a negative test or that he has immunity after being infected with Covid-19.

    Enthusiastic European Commissioner Didier Reynders welcomed the “new instrument in record time to safeguard free movement for all citizens” in a tweet. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed that the certificate would be “a key element on the way to resuming safe and easy travel across the EU”. Satisfied, the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, rejoiced over the “strong signal for tourism and recovery”.

    Representatives of the European Parliament and the 27 reached a compromise at the end of a fourth session of negotiations, conducted at an accelerated pace, under the pressure.

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