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Parliamentary questions
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7 April 2021
E-001868/2021
Question for written answer  E-001868/2021
to the Council
Rule 138
Mikuláš Peksa (Verts/ALE), Markéta Gregorová (Verts/ALE)
 Subject: Mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results in the EU and its neighbouring countries

On 20 January 2021, the Council adopted a recommendation on a common framework for the use and validation of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results in the EU(1).

The text includes welcome recommendations, such as the mutual recognition of the results of RT-PCR tests carried out by certified national health bodies and a common set of data to be included on test result certificates. However, third countries in the EU’s neighbourhood, members of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) and those with association agreements (AAs), are only mentioned in passing in these recommendations. Including the EU’s closest neighbours in the mutual recognition of tests could help revive the European economy, especially its tourism sector.

1. Is it possible to invite countries neighbouring the EU which have AAs with the EU or are a part of the DCTFA, such as Ukraine, to participate in the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results as detailed in the above-mentioned Council recommendation?

2. What requirements do these countries have to fulfil to be included in such an agreement with the EU?

(1)https://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-5451-2021-INIT/en/pdf
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