EU ministers reached an agreement on Tuesday on rules to allow free movement in the EU during the pandemic, namely the removal, in principle, of additional restrictions for holders of the Covid digital certificate. Member States also agree to align with a single period of validity for Covid certificates issued for the primary vaccination cycle – 9 months.
“Today, January 25, EU ministers reached an agreement on updating rules to facilitate free movement in the EU safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement follows a proposal from the Commission on 25 November 2021.
Major updates to the recommendation include:
- removing, in principle, additional restrictions for holders of the EU digital certificate on COVID;
- align the period of validity to the delegated act, ie 270 days for the primary vaccination cycle.
Any measure restricting free movement must be non-discriminatory and proportionate. Member States should not, in principle, refuse to allow people traveling from other Member States to enter their territory, “said a statement from the European Commission.
Welcoming the adoption of the proposal by the Council, the Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, and the Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said:
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have presented solutions to protect and facilitate safe free movement in the context of the necessary sanitary measures during the pandemic. Close coordination at EU level has been essential, not only for the functioning of the single market, but also to provide clarity and security for people traveling across the EU.
In order for European citizens to be able to travel safely, it is essential to provide them with clarity and predictability, through the EU’s digital certificate on COVID, a well-established tool that has successfully achieved its goal.
The more than 1.2 billion certificates issued are proof of the success of this instrument, which has been implemented throughout the EU and worldwide. This is a true European success story, replicated worldwide.
Today, Member States reconfirmed that holding a valid EU digital COVID certificate should, in principle, be sufficient to be able to travel during a pandemic. The agreement reached therefore places the EU digital certificate on COVID at the heart of our coordinated approach.
It is important that Member States comply with this agreement and implement the agreed rules without delay. Each Member State decides according to the situation it faces. The Omicron variant has so far spread across Europe and it is time to consider whether the additional travel measures introduced by a number of Member States in recent weeks can be eliminated, making it difficult and reducing the predictability of travel across the EU.
We now call on all Member States to swiftly implement common rules to ensure coordination and clarity for European citizens and travelers. “
The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, declared for Digi24 that the booster dose of the vaccine should be made within 9 months from the initial scheme, for the certificate to be valid at EU level, but that Romania has not taken such a decision. internally.
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Editor: Alexandru Costea