EU plans June 2021 introduction of Digital Green Certificate amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

EU plans June 2021 introduction of Digital Green Certificate amid coronavirus (COVID-19)

The European Parliament (EP) has announced that MEPs have decided to accelerate the approval of the Digital Green Certificate, which would help guarantee free movement across the EU and support the recovery of the travel and tourism sectors. The vote, which saw 468 MEPs vote in favour, 203 against and 16 abstain, took place on 25 March 2021. As a result, Plenary will adopt its mandate for negotiations with the Council during the next plenary session, between 26 and 29 April 2021, and the outcome of the negotiations will have to be endorsed by both the EP and Council.

At the same time, MEPs warned that all efforts to recover ‘would be void unless Europeans are vaccinated more quickly’ and expressed concern over possible discrimination those who have not been vaccinated could face. Additionally, some MEPs also expressed concern about the effect of the EU’s mismanagement of vaccine contracts and slow distribution on the EU’s credibility. Some MEPs also warned against a vaccine export ban, as this would negatively impact poorer countries who have not yet received a dose.

Sources:

• Parliament fast-tracks procedure to adopt Digital Green Certificate by June

• Digital Green Certificate is the right move but speeding up vaccination is key

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