Extensions of anti-Covid-19 measures conveniently postponed after the second round of legislative elections? This is what the content of a message relayed on social networks suggests. “Before voting, be aware that: on June 22, three days after the second round, the government presents “a new Covid bill”, we read in this message. On June 23, the European Parliament votes to extend the European health pass for one year. While it was scheduled for June 7. »
If this message sometimes circulates without mentioning the source, it seems to have been published for the first time on June 10 by Florian Philippot, the president of the Patriots who was then a candidate for the legislative elections in Moselle.
In a video published the same day and shared more than 15,000 times since, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, president of Debout la France and candidate for his re-election in Essonne, also pointed the finger at the government’s project, denouncing a “new text of sanitary tyranny [qui] will be examined by the Council of Ministers from June 22, three days after the second round.
Olivia Grégoire, the government spokesperson, has announced a new bill relating to the management of the Covid-19 epidemic. This will be presented to the Council of Ministers on June 22, before a first reading in the Senate announced in the week of July 11. Olivia Grégoire made this announcement on June 8, four days before the first round of the legislative elections, during a press briefing relayed on social networks and on the government website. Various media relayed the information the same day.
What will this text contain? This is not intended to “extend all the existing crisis devices”, such as the “vaccination pass” or “the state of emergency”, launched the spokesperson. Does this mean that these will have caused them to disappear or to be the subject of another bill? The government has not yet made this clarification.
With this text presented to the Council of Ministers on June 22, the government wants “to be able to intervene if necessary, with the implementation of braking measures if the situation […] was brought to evaluate, to see to degenerate post July 31 ”.
A European extension requested for several months
What about the extension of the digital Covid certificate, does not Florian Philippot also speak? This certificate is an attestation recognized in the 27 EU Member States. It certifies that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, or that they have tested negative or have recovered from Covid-19. The purpose of this certificate, explains the European Commission, is to facilitate travel in Europe, by establishing a single document recognized by the Member States.
The European Parliament must vote on June 22 and 23 on the extension of this certificate. However, this renewal has been known for several months: on February 3, the European Commission announced that it was proposing to extend this system for one year. As the mechanism was to expire on June 30 of this year, this amounted to proposing its extension until June 30, 2023. The Commission motivated this request by noting that the “COVID-19 virus remains widespread in Europe” and that ” it is impossible, at this stage, to determine the impact of a possible increase in infections in the second half of 2022 or the appearance of new variants”.
The extension proposal then went through various stages, culminating in an agreement on Monday evening, June 13, between negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council, who represent the governments of the member states. The two teams have agreed to extend the Covid certificate for one year. “With this extension, the wishes of the EU want to guarantee the freedom of movement of EU citizens in the event of the appearance of a new worrying variant”, writes the press service of the European Parliament.
In this agreement, the deputies also provided that the device will have to be evaluated at the end of the year in order to check whether it “is still necessary”. “The device should then be repealed as soon as the epidemiological situation allows it”, further notes the press service.
The text must then be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. For the Parliament, the vote must take place during the session of June 22 and 23. What about the date of June 7 which had been advanced by Florian Philippot? Although there was indeed a session of the European Parliament which was to take place that day, the text was not on the agenda there, as no agreement had been reached between the negotiators of the Parliament and the Council in that time, recalls a representative of Parliament in 20 minutes.