Green pass and travel, EU countries: coordinated rules

Sources: among the topics discussed in Brussels, the third dose of the anti Covid vaccine, vaccination for children and the expiry date of the Green Passes

Restrictive measures on travel are among the issues addressed so far by the EU Council. EU sources report this, explaining that the discussion of the EU heads of state and government meeting in Brussels focuses, among other things, “on the validity of Covid certificates and on the importance of coordinated and consistent approaches when adopting national measures” . The discussion is not focused on the measures taken by individual countries, such as Italy, Ireland, Greece or Portugal, but “on coordination in general at the international level and in the EU. It ranges from the third dose” of the anti-Covid vaccine , “to vaccination for children”, up to the “expiration date” of the Green Pass.

The EU is seriously “behind” on the creation of a common policy in the field of “human health”, because “many countries want to go it alone”. It should be remembered that in 2001 the Union overcame the bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or ‘mad cow’ crisis, thanks to a common “animal health” policy which is now a “reference point” for the whole world. And, if it is true that travel measures should be “coordinated” at EU level, it is also true that Europe often fails to address the urgent questions posed by Sars-CoV-2 and its variants with the necessary “promptness” , underlines the president of the European Parliament at a press conference in Brussels David Sassoli.

“We are very pleased to have launched the Green Pass with a record procedure – says Sassoli – and we are convinced that the actions” against the spread of Sars-CoV-2, such as travel measures, “should be coordinated. But everything this – he underlines – is part of a Europe that postpones problems, which is unable to promptly address the issues that Covid submits to us. We had said at the beginning of the pandemic that we could not get out of this crisis without a European policy of human health “.

“This is very late – he adds – because many countries want to do it alone: ​​we have a patchy Europe, which reacts with different measures. This is also part of the efficiency of the EU that we need. emerged from the mad cow crisis with a European policy on animal health, which today is a reference point for Europe and for the world. Can we go out without a common human health policy after Covid? “, he concludes.