EU🤡@COVID19Up: Acting on a proposal of the European Commission, the European Parliament on Thursday (June 23) voted to renew the EU Digital COVID Certificate for another year. It had been scheduled to expire on June 30.
The EU has opted to extend the COVID certificate despite the overwhelmingly negative results of a public consultation on the subject that was launched by the European Commission under the heading of “Have Your Say” and that was open to the public from February 3 to April 8. The consultation elicited over 385,000 responses—almost all of which appear to be opposed to renewal.
In a letter to the European Ombudsman, French member of the parliament Virginie Joron writes:
“I read hundreds of responses at random with my team. I did not find any in favor of extending the QR code [i.e. the digital certificate]. Based on this large survey, it seems obvious that virtually all the responses were negative.”