Public consultation: extension of EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation

The European Commission has decided to propose a revision of the European Digital Certificate Regulation and to extend the use the EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC) until June 30, 2023.

A citizen consultation has been launched on the official EU website and is expected to last until April 8, 2022. Thereafter, the proposal will be examined by the co-legislators, i.e. the European Parliament and Council with a view to adoption in the following weeks, via a “fast-track” procedure.

To participate in the public consultation, please go to the official website here.

You will need to create your account and provide your contribution. It is important that your contribution remains personal so that the Commission takes into account your point of view.

For the EU regulation proposal, please see here

While the European Commission states that the EU Digital COVID Certificate helps people travel freely within the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic, Members of the European Parliament have tabled a motion for resolution to call on the Commission and the Council to revoke the EUDCC everywhere in the EU. Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Ireland are set to end their COVID-19 restrictions; Spain is now treating COVID-19 as an endemic rather than a pandemic.

The MEPs believe that the current epidemiological situation in the Member States requires a different approach. They consider the EUDCC an excessive control mechanism that violates human rights and civil liberties and is not an effective means of containing the spread of COVID-19, as vaccinated people may still transmit the virus.

For the Motion for Resolution, please see here.