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MEPs voted for the extension of the European vaccine pass until June 2023, failing which the device would expire at the end of June. At this stage, the obligation to present a pass should be left to the discretion of the States.

Ten days after a provisional agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to extend the European vaccination pass by one year (introduced in the summer of 2021 under the name “EU digital covid certificate”), the MEPs were asked to vote on the issue on June 23.

On this occasion, European legislators overwhelmingly approved the extension until June 30, 2023 of the system, failing which it would expire at the end of June, specifies AFP. As reported by the Belgian daily The evening, all citizens of member countries will therefore be able to continue to prove their health status within the EU as well as in 40 other countries, “without having to obtain ‘national’ documents”.

On social networks, the ecologist MEP Michèle Rivasi shared a photo showing the result of the vote, according to which 453 parliamentarians approved this extension while 119 opposed it.

“The votes are carried out at a very steady pace which can sometimes cause errors”, defends Manon Aubry

If the question of the establishment of a vaccine passport on a European scale has proved to be explosive in the face of the various protest movements observed on this subject, the recent vote on its extension apparently took place in haste, as in witness the comments of rebellious MEPs Manon Aubry and Leïla Chaibi.

“Far from having proven its effectiveness, I vote of course against this device in coherence with my previous votes (I made a technical error at the time of the vote, corrected then)”, testified the first on Twitter.

“Following an error during a vote today in Parliament, I immediately corrected my vote to affirm my opposition to the extension of the European covid pass […]. In the European Parliament, votes take place at a very fast pace which can sometimes lead to errors. Hence the technical possibility of then being able to correct one’s vote. This voting error did not prejudice the result of the ballot”, explained the second.

As a reminder, the EU digital covid certificate is issued to people who can attest to a complete vaccination schedule, a recent negative test (PCR valid for 72 hours, 24 hours for antigens) or a cure (for less six months).

“This does not mean that the pass will be requested again on July 1, 2022. It will be left to the discretion of the States […]. The certificates must contain the number of doses administered to the holder in any Member State [et] may also be issued to people undergoing clinical trials of vaccines against covid”, recently underlined about this vote the bank of the territories, a direction of the Caisse des dépôts et consignations created in 2018.

On June 14, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, welcomed the provisional agreement reached between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, assuring that the digital Covid certificate had been “an essential instrument to help [les Européens] to cope with the evolution of the situation”, although, as the bank of the territories had then underlined, no impact study on this subject has been carried out, as provided for in the initial regulations.


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