EU Presidents sign coronavirus (COVID-19) certification Regulation

EU Presidents sign coronavirus (COVID-19) certification Regulation

The Presidents of the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission have attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate. The Regulation will apply for 12 months as from 1 July 2021. The EU Digital COVID Certificate aims to facilitate safe and free movement inside the EU during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Member States have committed to refraining from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.

For further information on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, see the European Commission’s Q&A.

At the signing ceremony, Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen and Prime Minister António Costa stated that the EU Digital COVID Certificate is ‘a symbol of what Europe stands for. Of a Europe that does not falter when put to the test. A Europe that unites and grows when faced with challenges.‘

Their statement continued:

‘We can be proud of this great achievement. The Europe that we all know and that we all want back is a Europe without barriers. The EU Certificate will again enable citizens to enjoy this most tangible and cherished of EU rights – the right to free movement.’

Source: EU clears way for the EU Digital COVID Certificate

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