So far, seven member states have decided to join the portal and start issuing the first EU certificates.
The European Commission said on Tuesday that the European Union’s joint certification control system for coronavirus vaccination had been launched, and the portal that forms the technical basis for the system was operational in seven countries one month before the July 1 deadline. The European Commission has proposed the introduction of the European Union’s Coronavir Card to create conditions for safe travel between member states. The regulations ensuring that the portal that enables card verification will be operational will be implemented from July 1st. Any Member State that has conducted technical tests and is ready to issue and verify certifications can start using the system on a voluntary basis now.
So far, seven member states of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland have decided to join the portal and start issuing the first EU certificates.
The card will be free, with a high degree of protection for personal data, and will be available in digital form or on paper. The certificate will provide evidence that the holder has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, tested negative, or recovered from the disease. The portal service allows you to check the security features in QR codes for all of your IDs. However, the personal data contained in the cards cannot be stored by the country of destination during the flight, and a central database is not created at the EU level. A common set of EU rules will allow a card issued in one member state of another EU country to be accepted. According to an agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Council negotiators on May 20, member states must accept certificates of vaccination with a vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), currently Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen. Each Member State may decide to accept a certificate of vaccination with a vaccine that has been authorized by another Member State in its own procedure or on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of vaccines authorized for emergency use. One such vaccine is the Chinese Sinopharma vaccine. Member states should not impose additional travel restrictions, such as mandatory home quarantine or testing, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This can only happen if the measure is proportional to the emerging or potential public health risk. The decision must be based on current scientific findings, including epidemiological data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and must inform other Member States and the European Commission at least 48 hours before restrictive measures are applied. The EU Coronavir Card Regulation will be valid for 12 months. Possession of the card will not be a condition for exercising the right to freedom of movement, and the card cannot be considered a travel document. Regulations on the use of cards will become effective on July 1, but will require formal approval by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. According to a government announcement, the Croatian newspaper Gutarní Leste reported that
Croatian citizens can apply for the EU digital Covid Card from Tuesday.
“In addition to providing freedom of movement for its holders within the European Union as well as valid travel documents, the certificate will be used for other purposes, in line with decisions to be taken by the National Crisis Team for the foreseeable future,” the Cabinet said. He said. Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said at a press conference on Tuesday:
Croatia took part in the initial EU certification exam, so the digital certification system will be operational from June.
However, since many EU countries have not yet started this process, Zagreb will continue to accept security certificates with which they have bilateral agreements on the basis of reciprocity. The head of the ministry added that 15,000 ID cards had already been issued on Tuesday, and those who had just received one vaccine could apply for it. Croatia has so far agreed with the Czech Republic and Austria that, on the basis of reciprocity, it is possible to enter each other’s countries without restrictions with a single vaccination if 22 days have passed since the first dose was taken.