Free movement is one of the pillars on which the concept of Europe is based. The outbreak of the pandemic, due to the circulation of Covid in the last year, has prevented or severely restricted the possibility of moving between countries for safety reasons related to public health.
For this reason, the European Commission proposes to create a Digital Green Certificate. The Digital Green Certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or, recovered from COVID-19. In addition, it will contain a QR code that will guarantee its authenticity and validity.
Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová said: “The Digital Green Certificate offers an EU-wide solution to ensure that EU citizens benefit from a harmonized digital tool to support free movement in the EU. This is a good message in support of recovery. Our key objectives are to offer an easy-to-use, non-discriminatory and secure tool that fully respects data protection.”
Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: “With the Digital Green Certificate, we are taking a European approach to ensure EU citizens and their family members can travel safely and with minimum restrictions this summer. The Digital Green Certificate will not be a pre-condition to free movement and it will not discriminate in any way.”
To learn more about the key elements of the Green Digital Certificate you can read here