At the same time, the joint development of vaccine passports should continue, says the President of the European Council.
The EU continues to make it a priority to step up its vaccination campaign against the coronavirus, in order to speed up the authorization process for vaccines and their production and delivery.
– emphasized Charles Michel, President of the European Council, in a letter sent on Tuesday to the leaders of the EU Member States preparing for the video conference, according to MTI.
Michel emphasized in a letter of invitation to the two – day informal – and virtual – summit beginning on Thursday that the emergence of new virus variants and restrictions to curb the epidemic and strike the right balance between the smooth flow of goods and services in the single market remain a challenge. According to him, solutions need to be found to ensure that vaccine manufacturers can increase their capacity, meet their commitments on vaccine quantities and production deadlines, and that vaccine deliveries are predictable. According to Charles Michel, restrictive measures on non-essential travel may still be needed to curb the epidemic. However, ensuring the continuity of goods and services in the single market remains essential.
He stated the need to continue the joint development of vaccination certificates and called for solidarity with low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX program, which was set up to provide them with a vaccine against the coronavirus. According to him, the leaders of the EU member states will focus on the issues of European security and defense policy on the second day of the meeting, Friday. With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, they will exchange views on EU-military alliance cooperation and discuss how to improve capabilities to respond to security challenges and threats. They will also review work to increase the Union’s resilience to cyber-attacks and hybrid threats, he said. According to Michel, member state leaders will also discuss the union’s relations with the southern neighborhood. In December, the European Council adopted conclusions on this partnership, emphasizing that a democratic, more stable, greener and more prosperous southern neighborhood is a strategic priority for the EU, the Hungarian state news agency reports.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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