The European Commission finalizes a passport to be able to travel



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The proposal to create the certificate that would facilitate mobility within the EU could see the light of March 17, although several countries have already shown their reluctance.


Covid passport.  Image obtained from a video of ETB.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced this Monday that his team finalized a legislative proposal to create a digital certificate that “facilitates movements within the EU and abroad” of those travelers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, but also those who have antibodies or prove a negative result in a test before traveling.

In this way, the chief executive cedes to countries that, like Greece and Spain, demanded a kind of “passport” for the immunized travelers in order to reactivate tourism after the third wave of the pandemic, despite the fact that on Thursday after a summit with EU leaders it warned that Brussels would work in the next three months on a certificate only for medical use because there was no sufficient consensus among the Twenty-seven to discuss what uses it could be given further.

The head of the Community Executive has advanced her plans to present this initiative during a closed meeting with German deputies from her party and later confirmed it through Twitter, when the news had already reached the press.

In his message on the networks, Von der Leyen has pointed out that the proposal will be presented this month and “will respect data protection, security and privacy”, although he has avoided giving more details about the schedule or the content of the proposal.

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Its vice president responsible for Health and Safety, Margaritis Schinas, has specified that the initiative will be launched on March 17, with time for the EU Heads of State and Government to examine it at their summit on March 25 and 26.

The certificate, which German politics has dubbed “Digital Green Pass”, it will include medical data to indicate if the patient has been vaccinated or the results of tests to prove their status if they have not been able to be vaccinated yet, for example a negative PCR or a test that proves that they have antibodies.

The description of the certificate as a “pass” to cross borders, however, has already awakened the reservations of countries such as Belgium, whose Foreign Minister, Sophie Wilmès, has called it “confusing” that Brussels has wanted to link vaccination with freedom of movement, when it is neither mandatory nor has its application been generalized at the moment.

In a similar line it would be situated Luxembourg, who has already said that he would reject a passport that “gives more rights to a vaccinated person”, even more without being clear if the vaccine prevents transmission, and given that it is not available to all Europeans.

Spain, which along with other countries with a strong tourism industry have called for measures to reactivate travel whenever possible, has considered “good news” that Von der Leyen prepares a regulation in this direction, according to the Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, on Twitter. .


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