the new Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation to facilitate safe free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic

25 Nov: Questions & Answers on the new Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation to facilitate safe free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic

(Source: European Commission)

1. Why was this proposal adopted?

Since June 2021, vaccine uptake has increased significantly and the rollout of the EU Digital COVID Certificate has progressed at a rapid pace, with more than 650 million certificates having been issued. As a result, the EU Digital COVID Certificate is a widely available and reliably accepted tool to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost all Member States also use the EU Digital COVID Certificate for domestic purposes.

At the same time, the epidemiological situation within the EU, characterised by a high and increasing overall case notification rate, remains …