EU leaders welcomed the introduction of an EU-wide COVID pass that allows visitors to travel during the summer months. Member states have also pledged to donate at least 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries by 2021.
EU leaders focused on the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic and pressure on climate change on Tuesday, the second day of a special session of the Council of Europe.
Earlier Minsk forced a Ryan Air passenger plane to land to capture an active journalist on board.
How did leaders react to the coronavirus crisis?
While developments related to Belarus were particularly pronounced during the leaders’ talks the next day, one of the main topics formally planned for the debate was the EU’s response to COVID-19.
Among the leaders agreed to donate at least 100 million COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries before the end of the year
This. At the same time, the supply of vaccines is increasing throughout the European Union.
They also called for “greater efforts to ensure fair global access to the COVID-19 vaccine” and reiterated their support
The UN-backed COVAX program aims to promote access to COVID-19 vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
Leaders also welcomed the introduction of the COVID-19 Digital Pass, which they want to launch on July 1. A digital COVID certificate will be issued to EU citizens and residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recovered from the disease.
“If we continue like this, we are confident that we can reopen our society safely,” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.
The EU hopes to advance this tourism step in the EU.
What is the decision on climate change?
Leaders also discussed the EU’s efforts to tackle climate change.
The EU aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2030.
The leaders of the 27 countries issued a statement after the summit urging the European Commission to publish new guidelines to meet the EU’s binding targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The committee is expected to publish its policy recommendations in July. The measures will include tougher carbon dioxide rules for cars, more ambitious renewable energy targets, polluting fuel taxes and EU carbon market reforms, including plans to introduce emissions deals for road transport and heating construction.