Marius Lucian Tudor, senior adviser in the European Parliament, said on Monday that the Covid certificate imposed in Romania exceeds the purposes for which its counterpart, the Covid passport, was thought by the European Union as a tool to “facilitate” free movement, not as one fencing, segregation and blackmail for people who choose not to get vaccinated. In fact, Romania is the only European country where the Covid internal certificate does not grant those with a negative Covid test the same privileges as those vaccinated or cured.
“Very important! You should know that at EU level the green certificate has NOT been adopted to condition / limit access to public institutions, malls, restaurants, hotels, etc .. That’s what you all need to know.
It was adopted only to facilitate free movement in the intra-European, cross-border area, including for essential journeys such as the transport of medicines.
Despite good intentions, by using the Green Certificate for the imposition of restrictions, Romania unfortunately commits an offense and infringes Regulation (EU) 2021/953 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2021 on the framework for issuing, verifying and accepting certificates. interoperable vaccination, testing and cure of COVID – 19 (green certificate) to facilitate free movement during the pandemic.
Yes, there is a need for general responsibility for improving the situation and overcoming the crisis, but not by imposing illegal restrictions that divide citizens into categories, which create hatred and contempt among citizens, not through discrimination.
Yes, we could have avoided the loss of human lives, so many today, if we had purchased free tests for citizens and treatment through the almost 200 million euros in the Emergency Support Instrument. Otherwise, we would have detected the positive people in time, we would have isolated them for their own good and ours, we would have given them inexpensive treatment, we would have reduced the risk of infection and we would have saved many lives. Unfortunately we missed this opportunity, but another one is coming and we have to be prepared.
Scientific evidence shows that a vaccinated person can become infected and transmit the virus. I congratulate those who have chosen to get vaccinated, their choice. Equally respectful is the choice of those who have chosen not to get vaccinated. But I think we all need to be tested regularly, vaccinated and unvaccinated, on state money, because thank God, we would have and still have to buy free tests if politicians get rid of anger and install a functioning government that demands, through the Ministry of Health, European money for free tests and bring treatment to the country. And there is a list of 83 tests accredited by the European Committee for Health Security, which citizens can use with confidence even under the attention of a family doctor.
I am convinced that Romania could and can do more and better for its citizens and for public health, if it chooses the right path.
For example, you leave in the mall a vaccine that has a green certificate, but which you do not test and which would be positive. As a result, you put at risk of infection several hundred other people in the mall, even if they are vaccinated. The solution must also include TESTING, not just vaccination, because there are still millions of Romanians who cannot or do not want to be vaccinated. What do we do with them? Don’t we take care of them? Thus, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are quickly tested antigen at the entrance to the mall and receive a negative result can enter. On the other hand, we can help those who test positive in time, and we limit the spread of the virus and the number of those who can develop severe forms of the disease.
Below are the articles of the EU regulation, which support what I am telling you and which should be taken into account by each Member State. No one has told you yet. I do not know why? Maybe because information is knowledge and knowledge helps you to react concretely and vehemently. I make them known to you, because this enmity and division of the population is not normal, when there are other solutions. Be healthy, good and responsible!
1. Every citizen of the Union shall have the fundamental right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, subject to the limitations and conditions laid down in the Treaties and in the provisions adopted for their application.
(8) Many Member States have launched or intend to launch initiatives to issue vaccination certificates against COVID-19. However, for such vaccination certificates to be used effectively in a cross-border context when Union citizens exercise their right to free movement, they must be fully interoperable, compatible, safe and verifiable. A common approach by Member States on the content, format, principles, technical standards and security level of such vaccination certificates is needed.
12) In order to facilitate the exercise of the right of free movement and residence within the territory of the Member States, a common framework should be established for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interoperable COVID-19 vaccination, testing and cure certificates (EU digital certificate on COVID).
(14) This Regulation seeks to facilitate the application of the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination as regards restrictions on free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic, while pursuing a high level of protection of public health. It should not be understood as facilitating or encouraging the adoption of restrictions on free movement or restrictions on other fundamental rights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, given their negative effects on citizens and economic activities in the Union ( …) At the same time, the EU digital certificate framework for COVID is intended to ensure that interoperable certificates are also available for travelers who have an essential function or an essential need to travel.
(36) It is necessary to prevent direct or indirect discrimination against persons who are not vaccinated, for example on medical grounds or because they are not part of the target group for which the vaccine against COVID-19 is currently administered or authorized, such as be children, or because they have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated or have chosen not to be vaccinated. Therefore, the possession of a vaccination certificate or the possession of a vaccination certificate indicating a vaccine against COVID-19 should not be a precondition for the exercise of the right of free movement or use of cross-border passenger transport services, such as airlines, trains, coaches, ferries or any other means of transport. In addition, this Regulation may not be construed as establishing a right or an obligation to be vaccinated.
62) This Regulation respects the fundamental rights and observes the principles recognized in particular by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (hereinafter “the Charter”), including the right to respect for private and family life, the right to the protection of personal data, the right to equality the rule of law and non-discrimination, freedom of movement and the right to an effective remedy. Member States shall comply with the provisions of the Charter when implementing this Regulation, “Marius Tudor wrote on Facebook.
We must not forget the text of the law issued by the European Parliament and the European Council, the provisions of which prohibit black and white discrimination against persons who are not vaccinated or do not hold a “green pass” document (Covid passport). Regulation 2021/953 of 14 June 2021 on vaccination campaigns provides in Article 20:
“The issue of certificates under this Regulation should not lead to discrimination on the basis of holding a certain category of certificates.”
Article 60 of the same regulation states:
“This Regulation respects the fundamental rights and observes the principles recognized in particular by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (hereinafter” the Charter “), including the right to respect for private and family life, the right to the protection of personal data, the right to equality law and non-discrimination, freedom of movement and the right to an effective remedy. Member States shall comply with the Charter when implementing this Regulation. “