The government on Thursday decided to set up a task force for the technical solution of cross-border digital green certificates which should facilitate the safe free movement of people within the EU during the pandemic.
The European Commission in mid-March proposed introducing a digital green certificate - or the so-called COVID-19 passports - as proof that its holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has tested negative for the coronavirus or has recovered from the disease.
Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac said at Thursday's cabinet meeting that she hoped "EU-wide regulations will be adopted as soon as possible so that we have clearly defined criteria among all member states."
The certificate will contain a QR code to guarantee its security and credibility and it will be available free of charge in digital or paper form. It will contain the basic information: name and surname, date of birth, date of issue, date of vaccination, number of doses received, type of test, date and time of testing, test location and test result, and for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 it will contain the date of the positive test result, name of the party who issued the certificate, date of issue and validity.
EU countries will be responsible for deciding which of the public-health restrictions for passengers can be revoked, and those rules will have to be applied equally to holders of digital green certificates. The EC will establish a gateway to make sure all certificates can be checked across the EU and for technical support for member-states.
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