(14 June 2022) – A provisional political agreement was reached yesterday by the European Parliament and the Council on a one-year extension of the EU’s digital COVID certificate, which was originally due to expire on June 30, 2022.
Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: “We are committed to a return to unrestricted free movement, and we welcome the decision taken by some Member States to lift all travel restrictions, including the presentation of a COVID Certificate. Today’s deal will help us continue to facilitate free and safe travel, should a rise in infections make it necessary for Member States to temporarily reintroduce restrictions.”
The European Parliament and the Council will need to formally adopt yesterday’s political agreement.
By 31 December 2022, the Commission will publish a report on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, which may be accompanied by a proposal to shorten the period of application of the Regulation, taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation.