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EU: European Commission releases proposals for COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate

The European Commission released, on 17 March 2021, its proposals for a regulation on a framework for Digital Green Certificates to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the Commission highlighted that the Digital Green Certificate will be proof that an individual has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19 and will include a QR code to ensure security and authenticity of the certificate. Furthermore, the Commission stated that it intends to build a gateway to ensure all certificates can be verified across the EU and will support Member States with the technical implementation of certificates.

In addition, the Commission outlined that the Digital Green Certificates will only include essential information, such as an individual's name, date of birth, date of issuance, relevant information about vaccine/test/recovery, and a unique identifier of the certificate.

The Commission noted that the proposal needs to be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in order to be ready before the summer.

You can read the press release here, the proposals here and here, and the Commission's Q&A on Digital Green Certificates here.