Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Ireland’s Government Urged to Adopt “EU COVID-19 Certificates” in Time for Summer

The Irish Government has been encouraged to adopt the EU plans for the “EU COVID-19 Certificate” so the travel and tourism industry can take advantage of international visitors this summer, following the country’s agreement to be part of the pilot test.

A member of the parliament, Maria Walsh, urged the Government to make sure that the work that is needed on the national level in order to implement the certificates takes place as soon as possible so the certificates can be used by early summer.

In addition, the former Fine Gael minister Senator Regina Doherty insisted that “Ireland must be ready to implement the EU’s ‘Covid-19 certificate’ for cross-border travel within the EU, so as not to be left behind the rest of Europe as safe international travel reopens in coming months.”

She stressed that the Departments of Health, Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Transport must provide assurance that they will be ready to implement the digital and paper systems immediately after they are developed and launched by the EU, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Furthermore, the Trinity College biochemist Luke O’Neill said that the planned launch of the EU certificate, which will allow international travel for people who are already immune or free from the COVID-19, is a reasonable measure to restore tourism safely.

O’Neill said that the improvement of the virus situation in the country should allow the reopening of outdoor dining and believes that the launch of the certificates could bring an end to the mandatory hotel quarantine for the holders of the certificate.

However, the Ministers have suggested that Ireland may not sign up to the system right away and may wait until the end of the year to begin acknowledging the certificates.

The European Parliament has endorsed proposals to introduce a new “EU COVID-19 Certificate” to allow travel across the bloc for those who have been vaccinated against the virus, the ones who test negative as well as those who have recovered from the Coronavirus.

In the voting process, 540 Members of the Parliament supported the proposal, 199 were against it, and 31 abstained.

Moreover, the parliament wants to dismiss the proposal of the Commission regarding the name of the “Digital Green Certificate” in order to avoid it from being seen as a precondition of free movement. They also claimed that the so-called ‘certificate’ should be free of charge.

Once the countries agree on the implementation scheme, the regulations responsible for establishing the certificate will be legally bound to each EU country. Thus, as proposed, every Government will have six weeks to implement it after it becomes officially functional.



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