|Author (Corporate)||Council of the European Union|
|Series Title||Official Journal of the European Union|
|Series Details||L 18, Pages 110-123|
|Content Type||News, Policy-making|
Recommendation (EU) 2022/107 - adopted by the Council of the European Union on 25 January 2022 - concerning a coordinated approach to facilitate safe free movement during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and aimed at replacing Recommendation (EU) 2020/1475. This is a text with EEA relevance.
Recommendation (EU) 2002/1475 was adopted in October 2020 to seek increased coordination among the Member States of the European Union when it came to restricting free movement in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The common approach relied on three key elements:
The Recommendation was later updated by Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/119 in February 2021 and by Council Recommendation (EU) 2021/961 in June 2021, just as Regulation (EU) 2021/953 establishing the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework was formally adopted.
The European Commission tabled on 25 November 2021 an update to the existing Recommendation. The proposal introduced a more person-based approach to travel measures and a standard acceptance period for vaccination certificates of 9 months since the primary vaccination series. This period takes into account guidance from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and provides for an additional period of 3 months to ensure that national vaccination campaigns can adjust and citizens can have access to boosters. The proposal also included updates to the EU traffic light map, as well as a simplified emergency brake procedure.
Following a number of internal exchanges, an amended version of the proposed Recommendation was adopted by the Council of the European Union on 25 January 2022. The adopted text was published in the Official Journal on 27 January 2022.
|Subject Categories||Health, Justice and Home Affairs|
|Subject Tags||Border Control | Management, EU Four Freedoms, Public Health|
|Keywords||COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Free Movement of People
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|