The European Union's executive body came up with the decision of issuing certificates that would allow EU residents to travel freely across the 27-nation bloc by the summer after they have been vaccinated, tested negative, or fully recovered from the disease.
With summer coming up and tourism-based countries anxiously waiting for their visitors to return, the European Commission is planning to issue certificates that will allow EU residents to travel between EU member nations. The plan is set to be discussed during a summit of EU leaders next week,
European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova told Czech public radio said, "We all want the tourist season to start. We can’t afford to lose another season. Tourism, and also culture and other sectors that are dependent on tourism, terribly suffer. We’re talking about tens of millions of jobs."
According to the commission, these certificates will be suspended once the World Health Organization declares the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If agreed by the EU leaders, the proposal will need to be approved by EU lawmakers to enter into force.