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EU Parliament agrees to extend COVID-Certificate (EUDCC) for one year

The European Parliament has given the green light to EU Member States to keep the EU Digital COVID-Certificate in place until next year, June 2023.

In a press release issued on Thursday, May 5, the EU Parliament announced that the Plenary has supported the proposal to keep the framework running for EU citizens with 432 votes in favor. The scheme was supposed to expire at the end of June 2022.

EP Press Release

To ensure that EU citizens can benefit from their right to free movement regardless of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EP plenary has endorsed the Civil Liberties Committee’s decision to open negotiations with the member states to prolong the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) scheme -set to expire on 30 June- for another 12 months. The plenary voted to approve negotiations on the extension with 432 votes in favour, 130 against, and 23 abstaining (EU citizens) and 441 votes in favour, 132 against, and 20 abstaining (third-country nationals).

Along with extending the validity of the EUDCC scheme until 30 June 2023, the changes also enable member states to grant test certificates based on new types of antigen assay tests.

Review after six months

MEPs amended the proposals to stress that member states should avoid additional restrictions to the fredom of movement for EUDCC holders, unless absolutely necessary. If restrictions are needed, they should be limited and proportionate, based on the latest scientific advice from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EU Health Security Committee.

They also ask the Commission to assess if the EUDCC scheme is necessary and proportionate six months after its extension. MEPs want to keep period in which the Regulation applies as short as possible and repeal it as soon as the epidemiological situation allows.

Next steps

Negotiations with the Council to agree on the extension can begin immediately, so that the rules are in place before the current scheme expires on 30 June.

Background

The creation of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) was adopted in June 2021 to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic, for a limited period of 12 months.

source: European Parliament

Note that Greece has suspended the display of Covid-Certificate on domestic and international flights before arrival in the country since May 1, 2022.

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One comment

  1. 432 votes for this. Absolutely insane that this is allowed to continue. EU has no hope. Zero. Enjoy the new variant around September