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Coronavirus passes proposed by European Union to travel freely by summer

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Coronavirus passes proposed by European Union to allow its 450 million residents to travel freely across the bloc by summer

The European Commission foresees the creation of certificates aimed at facilitating travel between the 27 EU member nations. The plan is set to be discussed during a summit of EU leaders next week.

The topic of vaccine certificates has been under discussion for weeks in the EU, where it proved to be divisive. The travel industry and southern European countries with tourism-dependent economies like Greece and Spain have pushed for the quick introduction of a program that would help eliminate quarantines and testing requirements for tourists.

But several other EU members, including France, argued that it would be premature and discriminatory to introduce such passes since a large majority of EU citizens haven’t had access to vaccines so far.

To secure the participation of all member countries, the commission proposed delivering free “Digital Green Certificates” to EU residents who can prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but also to those who have tested negative for the virus or can prove they recovered from it.

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