European Union introduces new digital green certificate to remove obstacles to free movement within the EU.
The digital green certificate will consist of essentially three digital documents, depending on what each European citizen has chosen.
In other words, there will be vaccination certificates, test certificates and certificates for those who have recovered from the virus.
The digital green certificate is therefore intended for every EU citizen who has received the vaccine, has recovered from the coronavirus or has a negative test.
It is also open to family members if they come from third countries, third-country nationals legally residing or residing in the EU and citizens of Iceland, of Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
See what the vaccination certificate will look like (Digital Green Certificate):
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These are the key elements of the regulation proposed by the Commission today:
Accessible and secure certificates for all EU citizens:
The Digital Green Certificate will cover three types of certificates - vaccination certificates, test certificates (NAAT test / RT-PCR or rapid antigen test) and certificates for people who have recovered from COVID-19.
Certificates will be issued in digital form or on paper. Both will have a QR code containing the necessary key information as well as a digital signature to confirm that the certificate is authentic.
The Commission will set up a portal to support Member States in developing software that authorities can use to verify all EU-wide certificate signatures. No personal data of certificate holders is passed through the portal or retained by the Member State of verification.
Certificates will be available free of charge in both the official language or languages of the issuing Member State and in English.
All citizens - vaccinated and unvaccinated - should benefit from a digital green certificate when traveling in the EU. To avoid discrimination against people who have not been vaccinated, The Commission proposes to create more than just an interoperable vaccination certificate, but also COVID-19 test certificates and certificates for people who have recovered from COVID-19.
The same right for travelers with the Digital Green Certificate - where Member States accept proof of vaccination to remove public health cases , such as test or quarantine, should be accepted, under the same conditions, Vaccination certificates issued under the Digital Green Certificate System. This obligation will be limited to vaccines that have been authorized in the EU, but Member States may decide to accept other vaccines.
Notification of other measures - if a Member State still requires digital green certificate holders to be quarantined or tested, must inform the Commission and all other Member States and explain the reasons for these measures.
Only basic information and secure personal data:
Certificates will include a limited set of information such as name, date of birth, date of issue, relevant information about the vaccine / test / recovery and a unique certificate ID. This data can only be verified to confirm and verify the authenticity and validity of the certificates.
The digital green certificate will be valid in all EU Member States and will be open to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Switzerland. The Digital Green Certificate must be issued to EU citizens and their family members, regardless of their nationality. It should also be granted to third-country nationals residing in the EU and to visitors entitled to travel to other Member States.
The Digital Green Certificate system is a temporary measure. It will be suspended when the World Health Organization (WHERE) declare the end of the international health emergency by COVID-19.
To be ready before summer, This proposal must be approved quickly by the European Parliament and the Council.
Alongside, Member States must implement the confidence framework and technical standards, agreed on the eHealth network, to ensure the timely implementation of the digital green certificate, their interoperability and full compliance with the protection of personal data. The goal is to complete the technical work and the proposal in the coming months.