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European Parliament votes to introduce ‘EU Covid-19 certificate’ for traveling EU citizens

The European Parliament has approved its priorities for introducing Covid-19 passports for the EU, also known as Digital Green Certificates.

The idea of the system is to allow anyone who is fully vaccinated, or who has a negative Covid-19 test, or who has recovered from Covid-19, to travel freely within the EU with a digital certificate.

The result of the vote, cast yesterday and announced this morning, was 540 votes in favour, 119 against and 31 abstentions.

As part of the vote, the European Parliament aims as part of its priorities to scrap the name ‘Digital Green Certificates’, and instead call them the ‘EU Covid-19 certificate’.

MEPs also agreed that the system should be in place for no longer than 12 months.

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