After the agreement a few weeks ago, the European Commission presented on 17 March its proposal to create a vaccine certificate, the "Digital Green Certificate", to facilitate safe movement within the EU during Covid-19 pandemic. It will not only prove the vaccine but also provide details (in the absence of vaccination) of a negative Covid test (including rapid tests) or the presence of healing antibodies.
The security and authenticity of the certificate will be guaranteed by a Qr Code that can be used to verify the presence of data on databases. The Commission will set up a desk to ensure that all certificates can be verified throughout the EU and will support Member States in the technical implementation of the certificates.
“With the green certificate, the aim is to restore traffic in a safe, responsible and trustworthy way,” said the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen during the press conference.
"This is an EU-wide approach for the issuance, verification and acceptance of certificates to facilitate free movement within the EU, based on strict respect for non-discrimination and the fundamental rights of EU citizens," the Commission explains. "A technical framework will be defined at EU level, to be put in place by mid-June, to ensure security, interoperability and full respect for the protection of personal data. It will also allow the possibility to extend the possibility to compatible certificates issued in third countries," they add from Brussels.