Portugal gets mandate to negotiate vaccine passport

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, News · 16-04-2021 01:00:00 · 12 Comments

European Union Member States have agreed a mandate for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council to negotiate with the European Parliament the proposal to implement a digital certificate to facilitate free movement in the context of the pandemic.

The compromise was reached at a meeting of the ambassadors of the 27 in Brussels, just four weeks after the European Commission presented its proposal for the creation of a digital laissez-passer to prove vaccination, testing or recovery of Covid-19, a bilingual document with a QR code.

The common position agreed on 14 April by the EU’s permanent representatives for the forthcoming negotiations with the Parliament introduces some changes to the original proposal, notably the emphasis is given in the Council position to the fact that the digital certificate cannot be a precondition for the exercise of free movement rights, to guarantee the principle of non-discrimination, notably towards non-vaccinated persons.

The text adopted by the Council also introduces a new article on the international dimension of the certificate, strengthens provisions on data protection - a matter of particular importance for the European Parliament, and includes a transition clause to ensure that member states can continue to use the systems they currently have in place for a period of six weeks from the entry into force of the new regulation.

For the legal framework to be in place by the summer, there will need to be a closed agreement on the legislative texts by early May at the latest, so that the necessary technological solutions are in place in all Member States in time for the summer season.

The European Parliament is expected to adopt its negotiating position during its plenary session in Brussels from 26-29 April and inter-institutional negotiations - so-called trilogues, bringing together representatives of the Commission, the Council and the assembly could start immediately.

The proposal for a digital certificate was presented a month ago by the EU executive and aims for a common EU-wide approach to the “issuing, verification and acceptance of certificates to facilitate free movement”, severely disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Functioning similarly to a travel boarding pass, this laissez-passer will be available in digital and/or paper format, will have a QR code to be easily read by electronic devices and will be made available free of charge and in the citizen’s national language and in English, according to the European Commission’s proposal.

Both in the digital version (which can be stored on a mobile device such as a mobile phone) and on paper, there will be the QR code with essential information, as well as a digital seal to guarantee the authenticity of the certificate.

It will be up to the national authorities of the Member States to issue these laissez-passer, with Brussels suggesting that this be done, for example by health entities, hospitals or by laboratories.

The idea of creating this digital certificate to enable the recovery of the travel and tourism sector was first mooted earlier this year on the initiative of the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriákos Mitsotákis, and was later supported by the Portuguese head of government, António Costa.

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As a Swiss citizen i was hoping to buy in Portugal and retire ... i will not being doing this now.

By Dave from Algarve on 30-04-2021 07:56

Oh just stop! All of you drama queens are the ones making this much bigger than it really is. The country is going to enter an economic crisis and creating a “vaccine passport” if completely fine and what all countries need to adopt. Stop being so dramatic and stop the radical language. Love Portugal!!

By Edu from Porto on 24-04-2021 02:02

There is simply no possible application for a certificate, digital record, of this kind that could possibly respect equal rights of those that will not get vaccinated or refuse to be put on a dubious record. It cannot exist. It is wrong for everyone and it is evil that it is even being discussed.

By K. Lehto from Other on 17-04-2021 05:31

On the good side of this is that there has been a change so that the digital certificate "cannot be a precondition for the exercise of free movement rights, to guarantee the principle of non-discrimination, notably towards non-vaccinated persons". Having said that, we keep forgetting that the goal posts gets moved forward all the time. Do you remember that around 14 months or so ago we were told that the lock-downs were necessary to "flatten the curve"? Well, where are we now? What does this proposal really mean? That there will be certificates but there cannot be any discrimination towards the un-vaccinated? So no entity like an airline or event organizer can say no to admit the un-vaccinated? I have no objection to that of course but please tell me, what is the purpose of all this then? It is probably only to get this bill bulldozed through and later they will make changes, like they do when they raise the taxes "temporarily and in the interest of everyone", never to come down again. Modern governments are predatory entities that are parasitic in their behaviour, very far away from exercising the will of the people. They exercise their own will purely to strengthen their powers over the people. We are really there to serve them, not the other way around which sort of is the whole idea with democracy, isn't it? In terms of this "pandemic", there are endless amounts of anomalies that does not make logical sense. Here is a good list with reason to avoid the covid jab:
https://www.deconstructingconventional.com/post/18-reason-i-won-t-be-getting-a-covid-vaccine. And no, this is not a right-wing lunacy conspiracy theory. It is common sense, which has been lost in so many people this past year.

By Richard from Lisbon on 17-04-2021 11:51

I can't see any other means to avoid this, much as I detest the idea.
Like everything else in life the intent is well meant, and probably benign;- but it's HOW it will be enforced and WHO will control it;- probably without oversight.
I think Nicole's comment is particularly accurate and perceptive.
IF the end purpose of these digital controls socially grades and scores people like commodities, then we're at a stark moment of truth. Free Individuals or Serfs held down by an unaccountable digital tyranny ??? ... Cue the "If you've nothing to hide you won't mind these Rules" Brigade/s, with the UK/ USA up the front.
I don't like it ... but can't see any alternatives.

By Two.Sugars.in.my.Tea from Algarve on 17-04-2021 09:39

This will guarantee I will never go to Portugal again. You are signing up for a lifetime of slavery and control.

By Latoysha Adams from USA on 16-04-2021 06:38

Quoted from the above article:

“...introduces some changes to the original proposal, notably the emphasis is given in the Council position to the fact that the digital certificate cannot be a precondition for the exercise of free movement rights, to guarantee the principle of non-discrimination, notably towards non-vaccinated persons.”

In light of the above statement, vaccine passports are needed WHY?

By José from USA on 16-04-2021 04:39

It's one more step into Agenda 2030. We already have the supercomputer in Porto, we have teleworking from home mandated till 2022, we have the start of drone surveillance in one of our national parks, we get a P'guese 'cloud', 5G auction coming. If one really thinks we're heading "back"?! We're clearly heading forward into suppression. These Gene Therapy experiments change your DNA and block your immune system with no way to reverse or repair. Trash your television and start using your mind!

By Ana from Algarve on 16-04-2021 10:39

Crimes against Humanity for those who push the new world order on those that are innocent and just surviving.
You will not win !
Victory to the free people of the world forthcoming.
Mark my word.
Their end is near.

By Alcyone Z. from Other on 16-04-2021 10:13

This is a BAD idea....

By cheryl smallwood from Algarve on 16-04-2021 09:10

NO! NO! NO! An experimental gene therapy of which the long term effects are completely unknown cannot and must not be forced on the population! This is is grossly irresponsible on an unprecedented scale! The medical trials of these jabs will only be completed in 2023! Please do your own research people (use DuckDuckGo NOT Google to search to ensure you get unbiased / uncensored information).

By SS from Algarve on 16-04-2021 08:12

Anyone with a brain should oppose these “passports”. Don’t for a second think that it will end with covid-tracking, this is the start of Chinese style social credit score.

By Nicole from Lisbon on 16-04-2021 08:09
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