More communities move to request the covid passport despite the judicial ‘no’ in the Basque Country


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The ‘mess’ with the covid passport does not stop. The decision contrary to its application by the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country reopens the debate on the confrontations between administrations and the judiciary in full rebound in incidence and infections.

In the last hours, Navarra and La Rioja have joined the autonomies that have already formally requested it, with Aragon in a 10-day legal ‘limbo’ that has been given by its court to study whether or not this certificate is constitutional.

The measure is already operational in three territories, the Balearic Islands, Galicia and Catalonia, in which it defines access to services such as nightlife or, only in the Galician case, to hospitals as visitors. However, there are many who insist on its necessary application.

Last week, Andalusia, Castilla y León and Aragón went directly to Health to request the management of the ministry in the national implementation of this passport. The different regional executives asked Carolina Darias for “sensitivity”, “leadership” and to end the “inequity” between territories.

At the moment, this application throughout the State is not going forward; Health insists that each community has an “open path” to request it in their area, as Darias herself stated, a message shared by the Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez.

What happened in the Basque Country (and Aragon)

The Basque Superior of Justice alleges that fundamental rights such as equality and privacy have been affected, as well as those of assembly, freedom of movement when dealing with public establishments and even those of freedom of expression and artistic creation, when speaking of karaokes.

“As commendable as this may be, the end does not justify the means when living in a state of law,” remarks the judicial text.

In the case of the Aragonese court, its decision is less forceful and gives Javier Lambán’s Executive and the Prosecutor’s Office 10 days to present allegations regarding the possible unconstitutionality of the petition.

More requests

Among the last to take the step is Navarra, the community with the highest incidence in Spain, above 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It will launch its formal proposal to the Superior Court this Wednesday, as the Riojan government will do, although there is still no defined date, which will first consult its judicial body if it is possible to demand it.

The Valencian Community joined the regions that support the use of the covid passport and announced that “in the next few days” the regulations will be established that will regulate the need to display it to prove vaccination and be able to access certain spaces.

The Circle of Healing, for its part, has asked the central government to implement, with joint criteria for the communities, the covid certificate due to the increase in incidence and due to the proximity of Christmas dates.

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