The European Commission has adopted a report on the EU’s digital COVID certification and its implementation across the EU. The report shows that EU certificates, which have already been issued to more than 591 million, are an essential part of Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The certification covers vaccination, testing and recovery from the COVID-19 coronavirus, facilitates safe travel and plays a key role in supporting the European tourism industry, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. The EU digital COVID certification is successful on a global scale: it sets a global standard and is currently the only system that actually works internationally. Already 43 countries on four continents are connected to the system, and many more countries will join in the coming weeks and months.
As stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Line In the 2021 State of the Union address, the EU’s digital COVID certification shows that “when we work together, we can act quickly”.
The success of the EU digital COVID certification in numbers:
- EU member states have spent more 591 million digital COVID certificates from the EU.
- 43 countries have already joined European Union System: 27 member states of the European Union, 3 countries of the European Economic Area, Switzerland and 12 other countries and regions. In total, they informed the committee 60 third countries interested in participating in the EU system. In addition to the countries already associated with the system, discussions are underway at the technical level with the 28 countries involved.
- The air transport sector has benefited greatly from the EU’s digital COVID certification, which was introduced in time for the busy summer season. ACI Association (ACI Europe) reported that the total number of passengers more than doubled in July 2021 compared to July 2020. ACI Europe attributes this change to the introduction of the EU’s digital COVID certificate along with the relaxation of travel restrictions.
- as Eurobarometer surveysCommissioned by the European Parliament, approx Two thirds of respondents (65%) He agreed with the view that an EU digital COVID certificate is the safest way to travel freely in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 20 member states of the European Union It also uses the EU’s COVID digital certificate for internal purposes, such as accessing major events, restaurants, cinemas and museums, on its own national legal basis.
Comments of the Commissioners:
Didier RendersThe Commissioner of Justice said:- The EU-issued COVID digital certificate has helped mitigate negative economic impacts during the pandemic. It has given travelers a sense of security when moving within the European Union and has contributed to an increase in travel this summer. Europe quickly and successfully created an innovative and privacy-friendly global standard during the crisis, and many countries around the world say they are interested in joining the system.
Commissioner of the internal market Thierry Breton He added:- In record time, the European Union has created a digital, secure and interoperable COVID certificate system. It is a major driver of restoring the tourism ecosystem and many small and family businesses across Europe. In addition, the EU system has been adopted by countries around the world, illustrating how Europe can set global standards through resolute and coordinated actions.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides She confirmed:- The EU COVID Digital Certificate is a symbol of an open and secure Europe. The rapid introduction of the system, not only in the EU but internationally, is an example of EU cooperation and effective action in emergency situations. It is an effective European tool that has allowed us to take steps to reopen our economies and societies and to move freely in a safe and coordinated manner.
The Commissioner led Commission work on the EU’s COVID digital certificate Didier Renders In close cooperation with the Vice Presidents Věrą Gorovy I Margaritisem Shinsim and commissioners Terem peritoneumAnd Stella Kyriakides I wraps johansson.
The committee will continue to closely monitor the validity of vaccination and recovery certificates, as well as the use of antibodies and rapid antigen tests, and will consider potential changes following the new scientific guidelines.
Technical work will continue to improve the functionality of the EU’s digital COVID certification system as part of the E-Health Network. The Commission will:
- Continuing efforts to join other countries in the European Union system,
- Work with Member States at the technical level on the implementation of regulations for the EU’s COVID digital certificate,
- Consult ECDC and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on relevant emerging scientific evidence.
From Mark 31 2022 p. The authority will present the next report on the implementation of this regulation. It may be accompanied by a legislative proposal to extend the period of application of the regulation, taking into account developments in the epidemiological situation. The Committee does not rule out making such a proposal in advance to ensure that the necessary legislative procedures are completed in a timely manner.
On June 14, 2021, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Regulation on the EU’s COVID digital certificate. This regulation requires the Commission to report to the European Parliament and the Council by October 31, 2021.
The Regulation sets out a common framework for the issuance, validation and recognition of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, test result or take-back certificates to facilitate freedom of movement for Union citizens and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. she accompanies him Regulation (EU) 2021/954, which extends the EU’s COVID digital certification framework to third-country nationals who are lawfully resident or resident in a Member State and are entitled to travel to other Member States in accordance with EU law.
On May 31, the commission proposed an update Council Recommendations On the coordination of restrictions on freedom of movement in the European Union introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the improvement in the epidemiological situation and the acceleration of vaccination campaigns across the European Union, the Commission has proposed that member states gradually relax travel restrictions, in particular for holders of an EU COVID digital certificate. On June 14, the Board adopted the updated recommendations.
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