19:42 / 17.03.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

European Commission proposes digital certificates to boost travel

(Photo: Eloisa Lopez/REUTERS)

(Photo: Eloisa Lopez/REUTERS)

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The European Commission has proposed issuing certificates that would allow EU citizens to travel freely across the bloc, provided they have been vaccinated, have a negative PCR test or have recovered from Covid-19.

Countries that are heavily reliant on tourism, Croatia included, have been pushing for a way to simplify travel ahead of the summer tourism season. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday that the "Digital Green Certificate" would be valid in all EU countries and would help reinstate free movement in a safe and responsible way.

Croatia's Foreign and EU Affairs Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said Croatia was sure to benefit from the introduction of the digital certificates.

"This will certainly simplify travel and ensure safety. Because Croatia is country that relies on tourism, this would simplify regulations for the tourism season and we would definitely benefit from it,” Grlić Radman said on Wednesday.

EU leaders are set to discuss the plan at a summit next week.

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