Croatian MEP Valter Flego calls for free coronavirus testing
April 30, 2021 – Croatian MEP Valter Flego has spoken out in favor of securing free coronavirus tests to better facilitate the next summer tourist season and to avoid discriminating against those who have not yet been vaccinated.
As Novac / Ljubica Vuko writes, Croatian MEP Valter Flego (IDS) spoke at a plenary session in Brussels this week and called for free tests for the coronavirus, which in Croatia currently costs 500 to 750 kuna per PCR test, and about 150 kuna for an antigen. test.
“If we want to travel without restrictions this summer, we will need an EU certificate. So that this confirmation does not lead to inequality and discrimination against unvaccinated citizens – testing for coronaviruses – just like the vaccine against coronavirus – must be free. Otherwise, many families simply won’t be able to afford a vacation this summer. In the current situation, the tests cost up to 600 euros on top of what they paid for a vacation for a family of four, ” said Croatian MEP Valter Flego, adding that “whoever decides to introducing a certificate must ensure that all citizens are also allowed to have a certificate because vaccination against the coronavirus is not compulsory and not everyone has the opportunity to be vaccinated at the same time. “
As reported by the office of Croatian MP Valter Flego, this is exactly what the resolution on the availability and accessibility of coronavirus tests addresses, in which the European Parliament called on the European Commission and national authorities to different EU member states to provide free tests to citizens. and increase their testing capacities, particularly in the main traffic hubs and in tourist destinations.
The resolution calls on EU member states to ensure universal, affordable, rapid and free coronavirus testing to avoid discrimination against those who have not yet been vaccinated and for economic reasons . Otherwise, we are divided into first and second-rate citizens, and that is unacceptable, ” said Croatian MEP Valter Flego.
A statement from his office also said that the European Parliament had reaffirmed its negotiating position on a proposal for European certification for the coronavirus, which would allow EU citizens to move freely within the bloc from June.
MEPs believe that the EU certificate should be valid for one year and that it should not be a prerequisite for travel, but only a relief with which citizens do not have to be quarantined or isolated at home. ‘arrival or return to a country.
The next step is to negotiate between Parliament and Council, in order to reach a final agreement before the start of the tourist season.
Tourism is important, but let’s not forget to talk about all types of travel. People travel for work, for school, to see their families. Now follows a trilogue, and I really hope for a final solution by early June, because whatever comes later means losing part of the tourist season, ” said Croatian MEP Valter Flego, before concluding that “The cost of the tests and plus the detailed presentation of the epidemiological risk of tourist destinations on the ECDC map are two priorities that we must resolve as soon as possible.”
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