The COVID certificate will be a signal for travel to the EU, says Germany

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People receive COVID-19 vaccine in the central mosque in the suburb of Ehrenfeld, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Cologne, Germany, May 8, 2021. REUTERS / Thilo Schmuelgen

(Reuters) – Germany is hoping to reach a swift agreement on a COVID-19 certificate that could allow citizens to travel to the European Union more easily as more countries open up ahead of the summer vacation to falling infection rates.

The ministers for European affairs met in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the details of the “green certificate” that the EU intends to introduce in June. However, the talks between the European Commission, EU lawmakers and EU governments have not yet reached an agreement.

Federal European Champion Michael Roth told reporters he hoped for a solution within a few weeks.

“This is not only important for countries that are dependent on tourism, but for all of us: It is … a clear signal for free movement and mobility in the European Union,” said Roth in Brussels.

“We should send a clear message that we are making progress. This is very important with a view to the summer,” he added.

The pass would allow those vaccinated who have recovered from COVID-19 or who have negative test results to move more easily around the 27-nation block where movement restrictions have been a heavy burden on the travel and tourism industries for over a year.

As the EU vaccination campaign accelerates, with 200 million shocks delivered and falling COVID-19 infection rates, Europe begins to reopen cities and beaches, raising hopes for the summer holiday season.

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