On 17 March 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen along with European Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Didier Reynders and European Commissioner for Internal Market, Mr. Thierry Breton, presented their proposal regarding the new “Green” Digital Certificate, as previously proposed by the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis. European countries are extremely upset if this Certificate will be launched before the start of the summer season, even if it has been described as a non-discriminative paper. It is a temporary measure and will be suspended right after World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the international public health emergency caused by COVID-19.
All European Citizens will be able to get this certificate for free and will be valid in all EU Member States. The Certificate will be issued in both Print and digital format with a QR code that contains essential information, as well as a digital seal to make sure the certificate is authentic. It will be launched in national and English language as well. The Digital Green Certificate contains a QR code with a digital signature to protect it against falsification. Member States will be supported for technical implementation of certificates.
Vaccination will not be compulsory for travelling in EU. Digital Green Certificate will be a digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19 recently.
Every EU citizen or third-country national who is legally staying or residing in the EU, when holding a Digital Green Certificate, should be exempted from free movement restrictions in the same way as citizens from the visited Member State. If a Member State is willing to have holders of a Digital Green Certificate quarantined or tested (PCR Test), it must notify the Commission and all other Member States and justify this proposal.
The Digital Green Certificate will be valid in all EU Member States and open for Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway as well as Switzerland. The certificate should be issued to EU citizens and their family members, regardless of their nationality. It should also be issued to non-EU nationals who reside in the EU and to visitors who have the right to travel to other Member States.
Regarding Personal data of European Citizens, this certificate will only include a limited set of necessary information for verification purposes. All data related to health conditions will remain with the Member State that issues the Digital Green Certificate.
Digital Green Certificate Presentation: