Lhe European Parliament on Thursday approved the 12-month extension of the legal framework for the European digital covid certificate. This should avoid travel restrictions if the virus begins to spread again.
The corona certificate was introduced at the beginning of last summer to facilitate travel within the European Union. The certificate proves that the holder has been tested or vaccinated, or has developed natural resistance to the virus after infection.
The current framework expires on June 30. Although Member States currently no longer require a certificate for incoming travellers, it is recognized that the pandemic may not be over. Indeed, the number of infections is on the rise again.
In order to prevent a new epidemic of a variant in autumn or winter from triggering new travel restrictions within the European Union, it has been decided to extend its scope by one year, until the end June 2023. This extension had already been agreed with the Member States.
However, MEPs are calling for the certificate to be removed more quickly. At their request, the Commission will assess the impact of the certificate on freedom of movement and fundamental rights by the end of the year. The Commission could then propose to abolish the system if the health situation allows it.