Belgian FM warns against COVID-passport for travel

According to Wilmès, the idea of “a standardised European system that allows each individual to collect information about their vaccination and tests on a single digital document (certificate)” is a good one. [EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET]

There should be “no question of linking vaccination to freedom of movement in Europe” as the European COVID-19 digital vaccination passport aims for, Belgium’s foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès warned on Monday.

According to Wilmès, the idea of “a standardised European system that allows each individual to collect information about their vaccination and tests on a single digital document (certificate)” is a good one.

However, a pass would go beyond “the purpose of a certificate” as the latter indicates whether you have been vaccinated or tested negative or not, while a pass could imply a restriction on travel.

“For Belgium, there is no question of linking vaccination to freedom of movement in Europe,” she said.

“Respect for the principle of non-discrimination is all the more fundamental because vaccination is not compulsory and there is not yet universal access to the vaccine,” Wilmes added.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) had raised similar doubts last week on the sidelines of an EU summit meeting and warned there could be the danger of potential discrimination.

(Alexandra Brzozowski, EURACTIV.com)

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