The European Commission has proposed the creation of a new digital certificate that allows free movement between member countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This passport will make it possible to prove if a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has passed the disease and has recovered, or if a PCR has been carried out with a negative result.
This digital certificate will be accessible to all EU citizens, as it will be completely free, and the EU is committed to helping Member States in the technical realization of them. In addition, the passport will be available in paper or digital format, including a QR code that will guarantee the security and authenticity of the certificate.
For his part, the Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, stated that: Through the green digital certificate we adopt a European approach so that EU citizens and their families can travel safely and with the minimum of restrictions this summer. The green digital certificate will not be a prerequisite to exercise the right to free movement and will not discriminate in any way. A common EU approach will not only help us to gradually restore free movement within the EU and avoid fragmentation, it is also an opportunity to influence global rules and set an example based on our European values, such as data protection< /em>s”.
The certificate proposed by the European Commission is mainly based on three fundamental pillars:
Certificates accessible to all EU citizens.
No discrimination between vaccinated and non-vaccinated citizens.
Only essential citizen information will appear, protecting their personal data.
However, in order to reach the goal of having it ready by this summer, rapid adoption by the European Parliament and the European Council respectively is necessary. For more detailed information, you can consult the “Re-Open EU” platform.