BRUSSELS, 22 Oct – Following the results of the first day of the summit in Brussels, the leaders of the European Union spoke in favor of easing restrictions on movement in the EU imposed in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, and also called for accelerating work on the mutual recognition of COVID certificates with third countries, according to written conclusions following the meeting.
“In light of the evolving epidemiological situation, the Council calls for further coordination to facilitate free movement within the EU and travel to the EU … The Council also calls on the European Commission to intensify work with third countries on the mutual recognition of certificates,” the document says.
Earlier, a representative of the European Commission said that the EU is currently conducting technical consultations with Russia for the mutual recognition of COVID certificates. He confirmed that the Russian side has submitted documentation to the European Union to verify the compatibility of its system for issuing COVID certificates with the EU system.
Currently, 43 countries are already connected to the European electronic COVID certificate system, including 27 EU countries, three states belonging to the European Economic Area and 12 other countries and territories around the world. In addition, technical negotiations are underway with 28 more countries.
The certificate was introduced to the EU in the summer and was intended to facilitate the movement of its residents within the union. It is issued on the basis of one of the types of data: if there is a complete vaccination, a negative test for coronavirus or antibodies to it.
In total, about 600 million certificates have already been issued.