Fast-tracked vaccine passports

The day has come, the European Parliament is looking to implement a “DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE” which will determine if the owner of this certificate is allowed to freely travel, or not.

Many of you have expected this development. What is most worrying about the introduction of this document is the fast-tracked nature of it’s approval, as well as the fact that there is no clear end-clause to it.

You can learn more about the ins and outs in this video by Barrister Tracey O’Mahoney:

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has also sounded the alarm on this matter. You can read their position on their website:
https://www.iccl.ie/news/call-for-government-to-ban-vaccine-passports-within-ireland/

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is Ireland’s oldest independent human rights campaigning organisation. They monitor, educate and campaign to secure human rights for everyone in Ireland.

Take action with us

We urge you to take action with us TODAY. The nature of introduction of this measure determines that it will come into effect immediately. We have no time to waste. If you want to continue to freely move within the world without having to prove either vaccination, PCR tests or Covid-19 recovery this issue affects you. At this point, only mass action will have any chance of success.

Are you joining us?

We are kindly inviting you to urgently send this TODAY to the LIBE committee members – please identify the ones from your country and any other relevant ones – chair, vice-chair etc. (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/libe/home/members), your nationals and any others you find relevant the below email message (you may adjust it).

Please make sure to include the following Irish MEPs in your outreach:

  • barry.andrews@ep.europa.eu
  • billy.kelleher@ep.europa.eu
  • chris.macmanus@ep.europa.eu
  • ciaran.cuffe@ep.europa.eu
  • clare.daly@ep.europa.eu
  • colm.markey@ep.europa.eu
  • deirdre.clune@ep.europa.eu
  • frances.fitzgerald@ep.europa.eu
  • grace.osullivan@ep.europa.eu
  • maria.walsh@ep.europa.eu
  • mick.wallace@ep.europa.eu
  • sean.kelly@ep.europa.eu

Email Template for your convenience

Subject: URGENT CALL TO REJECT THE “FAST-TRACK” PROCEDURE OF THE DRAFT REGULATION CONCERNING THE “DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE”

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

Tomorrow 25 march you will be called to cast a vote to approve the fast track procedure on the two proposals for “digital green certificate”.

We believe that the proposed regulations are clearly challenging the EU Treaties, Better Regulation procedures, and other existent regulations.

1.      The procedural checks and balances have not been respected – there is no impact assessment, no cost-benefit analysis, no Committee of the Regions or Economic and Social Committee consultations (although not compulsory, the two would have been highly recommended on a subject of such impact on the European public), no compulsory public consultation offered to the European public to express views, no public debate, no possibility for the population to react. All these basic safeguards were waived under the presumption of urgency, which itself is not justified, as results from various Recitals of the proposal (e.g., Recital 17) which clearly confirm that there is no scientific evidence at this point to support the idea that a vaccinated person is no longer contagious. Hence, a person carrying such a certificate is no more of a ‘threat‘ to a country’s public health than a non-vaccinated, healthy person. This is sheer discrimination, without any solid scientific justification as to why such unprecedented limitations to our fundamental rights are taking place in the European society. 

2.      The mere concept of a certificate which fulfils the function of a health passport (i.e., containing proof of vaccination, testing or recovery) is contrary to the guaranteed right to free movement within EU. There is no point in talking about a free-border Schengen area where we need to carry with us a certificate to prove that we can cross an internal border or even move within a country. This is the end of Schengen.

3.      The proposed legal act doesn’t provide any clarification on intended use for this certificate, with the exception of free movement. No a priori limitation is provided, which essentially amounts to a carte blanche to any potential usages. Clear examples exist – Israel but also European countries such as Denmark – where public authorities are publicizing materials showing the existing or potential use of these certificates varying from flight companies to school access, access to working place or even access to one’s own domicile. Clear limitations and guarantees must exist in law, ensuring that this certificate cannot be misused in the future to abuse or limit in any way person’s fundamental rights, and introduce discriminatory action by state and non-state actors.

4.      The certificate represents the legitimisation of an non- democratically sanctioned policy of generalised vaccination of the entire European population with a vaccine which is experimental (https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/documents/assessment-report/comirnaty-epar-public-assessment-report_en.pdf,  https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04470427https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04368728), unnecessary (https://www.ratical.org/PandemicParallaxView/C19dataCollection-C+FL-HistPerspec.pdf) and possibly with long term detrimental effect to the health of the population (link to EMA’s tracker on adverse effects: http://www.adrreports.eu/en/search_subst.html, and studies showing the possible long term detrimental effects and deaths of vaccinating the entire population: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4516275/pdf/pbio.1002198.pdfhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03324-6.pdfhttps://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/covid-19-vaccine-researchers-mindful-of-immune-enhancement-67576https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32156-5/fulltexthttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33330870/https://khn.org/morning-breakout/rare-blood-disorder-could-be-linked-to-covid-vaccine/); and because it introduces in a deceptive manner, under the pretence of protection and prevention, a second class citizenship of the Union, the people that will not be able to travel freely, get an employment or be accepted in schools because they are not vaccinated.

5.      There is a concern that this is not a temporary measure – the question is if it is reasonable to spend 49M euro to develop this measure, if the real intention behind is to use it only during a pandemic? Either our governments believe pandemic will chain up in the following years, or the intention is not genuine. When the Commission states that agreements are currently sought with international organisations (e.g., IATA) and other countries in the world to make this internationally recognised and interoperable, this does not seem temporary. 

We are expecting that you will attentively examine the argument and referred studies and act in line with your role as guardians of the pillars of the EU democracy and guaranteed freedoms of the EU citizens and therefore resist to any pressure coming from the European Commission to do otherwise. We are asking you to vote on this Thursday (March 25) against the option of a “fast-track” examination to allow for the thorough assessment of the proposed regulations and elaboration of the amendments that will ensure alignment with the EU values and fundamental rights of the citizens.  

Kind regards, Finally, we expect that you will reject altogether this proposal after the examination as it infringes all the fundamental values the EU was founded upon.

NAME

COUNTRY

Further information

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210323IPR00655/digital-green-certificate-is-the-right-move-but-speeding-up-vaccination-is-key

https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/covid-19-digital-green-certificates_en

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