March 17, 2021 – 13:55
The European Commission on Wednesday proposed the issuance of a “green passport for COVID-19”, which aims to facilitate the movement of people within the European Union, in the time of the pandemic.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said during the presentation of this proposal that the aim is to enable the free movement of people as soon as possible and this is possible in the long run only through comprehensive vaccination.
The European Commission has clarified that these passports will have three elements, which should be enough to enable the movement of people.
The first element contains the certificate for vaccination against COVID-19, the second, the certificate for a negative test for this virus and the third, the certificate that the person has been cured of COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.
All these passports must also include data on the date of vaccination or testing, the name of the institution that performed the test or vaccination, the name of the vaccine and the certification period.
At the moment, according to the explanations of the European Commission, passports must be issued in all EU countries and accepted in all other EU countries as well as Schengen countries, which are not members of the European Union.
The European Commission has underlined that foreign nationals residing in the EU have the same opportunities and rights to obtain passports.
As for passports issued by other non-EU countries, they will be reviewed by the Commission later on the basis of the standards applied by those countries.
At the moment, vaccination passports that will be valid throughout the EU, which certify that the person has been vaccinated with one of the vaccines, which have been approved for use in the EU market.
However, member states can decide for themselves whether to accept vaccination with other vaccines.
This issue has been raised as a problem because some EU countries have started to vaccinate their citizens with vaccines from Russia and China, which have not yet been approved by the EU authorities.