The European Commission has extended the Corona certificate for another year, so that it remains valid until June 30, 2023, and the community body appeals that the virus “continues to spread in Europe, and at the present time, it is not possible to determine the impact of a possible increase in infections in the second half of 2022 or the emergence of New variables,”.
The expansion of the regulation “would ensure that travelers can continue to use their digital certificate when they travel through the European Union, in the event that members maintain public health measures.”
The European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, stressed that the Corona certificate “facilitated freedom of movement and safe travel in times of great uncertainty”, and said that “our citizens have made it their own and made their lives easier. This important temporary tool has been the key to dealing with risks And supporting the public health measures in place to protect citizens during the outbreak of the epidemic.
The Commission is asking the European Parliament to ensure that the extension is adopted before 30 June 2022, the deadline for the current regulation on the EU’s digital corona certificate.
By 31 March 2022 at the latest, the Commission will also publish another report on the Regulation on the EU Corona Digital Certificate, in accordance with the provisions of the said Regulation.
The first report was published on October 18, 2021, and as indicated in the first report, the committee today presents a proposal before the second report to ensure that the necessary legislative action can be completed before the expiration date of the current regulation.
The European Commission stated that, in addition to extending the regulation on digital corona certification until June 2023, “small amendments” were also proposed, among which the inclusion of “high-quality laboratory antigen tests” among the tests for which the certificate could be issued.
In addition, it calls for ensuring that vaccination certificates contain the “correct total number of doses given in any State”, not just in the country issuing the certificate, with the aim of responding to concerns raised by citizens about certificates indicating an incorrect number of vaccines. Doses when they receive doses of vaccines in different member states.