Today, the Presidents of the three EU institutions, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission attended the official signing ceremony for the Regulation on the EU Digital Covid Certificate, marking the end of the legislative process.
The EU Certificate will again enable citizens to enjoy this most tangible and cherished of EU rights –the right to free movement.António Costa, Portugal’s Prime Minister
1. Working together to approve the Regulation
On this occasion Presidents David Sassoli and Ursula von der Leyen and Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa said: “The EU Digital Covid Certificate is a symbol of what Europe stands for. Of a Europe that does not falter when put to the test. A Europe that unites and grows when faced with challenges. Our Union showed again that we work best when we work together. The EU Digital Covid Certificate Regulation was agreed between our institutions in the record time of 62 days. While we worked through the legislative process, we also built the technical backbone of the system, the EU gateway, which is live since 1 June. We can be proud of this great achievement. The Europe that we all know and that we all want back is a Europe without barriers. The EU Certificate will again enable citizens to enjoy this most tangible and cherished of EU rights –the right to free movement. Signed into law today, it will enable us to travel more safely this summer. Today we reaffirm together that an open Europe prevails.”
With the success of our 🇪🇺 vaccination campaign and this new EU certificate, we can all look forward to the summer.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) June 14, 2021
To travelling safely.
And we are bringing back the spirit of an open Europe.
Our Union is delivering.
2. The EU Digital Covid Certificate
The aim of the EU Digital Covid Certificate is to facilitate safe and free movement inside the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. All Europeans have the right to free movement, also without the certificate, but the certificate will facilitate travel, exempting holders from restrictions like quarantine.
The EU Digital Covid Certificate will be accessible for everyone and it will:
- cover Covid-19 vaccination, test and recovery
- be free of charge and available in allEU languages
- be available in a digital and paper-based format
- be secure and include a digitally signed QR code.
Member States shall refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital Covid Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health. In addition, the Commission committed to mobilising €100 million under the Emergency Support Instrument to support Member States in providing affordable tests.The Regulation will apply for 12 months as of 1 July 2021.
The EU COVID-19 Digital Certificate, signed today and that will enter into force on July 1st, is a big step towards a safe recovery.— António Costa (@antoniocostapm) June 14, 2021
To recover our freedom of movement and to boost economic recovery. #EU2021PT pic.twitter.com/innxeFL5vS