The European Parliament approves the introduction of an EU-wide recognized, free certificate proving that the holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has recently been tested negative or has recovered from the disease and has sufficient antibodies.

The proof should make free travel within Europe easier in corona time.

Member States should not require holders of the certificate to be quarantined upon arrival or require a corona test, according to parliament.

With 540 in favor, 119 against and 31 abstentions, Parliament voted in favor of the European Commission's proposal for the introduction of such a digital or paper certificate recognized by all Member States, but it would like a few changes.

For example, the parliament wants the document to be called "EU COVID-19 certificate" instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the daily EU administration.

Also, the certificate should not be considered as a travel document and the system should be dropped after 12 months.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is up to date with the result. "This is an important step towards free and safe travel this summer," she tweeted. Parliament, member states and the commission are now negotiating the details of the 'corona certificate'. According to Von der Leyen, the system should be operational by the end of June.