Brussels urges governments to start issuing the Covid certificate to avoid a “big bang” in July

The Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders this Tuesday called on the countries of the European Union, which are ready on a technical level, to issue “now” the EU Digital Covid Certificate, which was created to allow tourism in the Community area from July 1st To reactivate, you avoid a “big bang” from this point on, for fear that demand or technical problems at the last minute could bring the system to collapse.

“It is important to start issuing certificates now. The more problems are now solved and the more certificates are awarded, the easier the process will be in the summer. If not, we will face a ‘Big Bang’ on July 1st, which we cannot afford, “warned Reynders in the plenary session of the European Parliament at the end of a debate on the adoption of the new standard.

The Commissioner recalled that the aim of this new system was to lift restrictions on the free movement of Europeans within the borderless Schengen area, while also paying tribute to the fact that almost all the countries in the bloc are already issuing some kind of document to citizens who have been vaccinated or overcome the disease.

Brussels urges governments to start issuing the Covid certificate to avoid a “big bang” in July
Brussels urges governments to start issuing the Covid certificate to avoid a “big bang” in July

The European Commission has been carrying out technical tests with the Member States since May, and there are already at least seven who have started the introduction of the European Certificate in their territory, which the authorities can do at the same time on July 1st in the EU due to national prerogatives Force.

For this reason, Reynders has encouraged countries that are ready to rely on national legislation to start distributing the European document to citizens who request it and meet the requirements.

The EU Digital European Certificate can be issued in digital or physical form, it must contain the information at least in the language of the issuing country and in English and is free for all Europeans.

This will indicate whether the holder is fully or partially vaccinated, whether they have antibodies after overcoming the disease or a recent negative test.

For their part, Member States undertake to exempt these travelers from quarantine or a test at their destination, but reserve the right to apply an “emergency brake” to take additional measures if they see a serious threat in the fight against the pandemic.

In his first post, Reynders wanted to highlight how the community executive and member states work “day and night” to ensure that the European certificate becomes a reality and that it is implemented “as smoothly” as possible.

With this in mind, on June 1st the Commission activated the security “gateway” which will contain the necessary public codes so that the authorities can verify the authenticity of the certificates presented by citizens on their travels, and there are already some countries with whom we are regularly connected to test the system.

In addition, according to Reynders, “so far more than a million citizens” have received a European certificate, “and many will follow in the coming weeks and months”.

Brussels is also in contact with third countries such as the USA or the UK to assess the interoperability of their respective certification systems with European standards, for example with regard to data protection, although there are currently no concluded agreements.

The EU is also trying to make the EU Covid certificate an “open and safe international standard”, said the Commissioner.

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