The European Commission has begun issuing proposals for a digital green certificate (also known as vaccine passports) designed to promote safe free movement inside the European Union during the ongoing pandemic.
These digital certificates/vaccine passports will be issued free of charge
This certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from the virus, or received a negative test result. The issued certificate will be available free of charge in digital or paper format. It also includes a QR code that will ensure the security and authenticity of the certificate. The commission will also build a gateway to ensure that all certificates can be verified across the EU. Individual states will be responsible for deciding which public health restrictions can be waived for travellers but will have to apply such waivers in the same way to travellers holding a certificate.
European Commission 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 harmonised 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.And we continue working towards international convergence with other partners.”