The first seven countries in Europe have already started implementing the EU Digital Covid Certificate one month ahead of the target deadline.
According to the plan, all EU member states will officially run EU Digital Covid Certificate from July 1.
The European Parliament and Council got an agreement on the Regulation governing the certificate on May 20. By June 1, the technical backbone of the system for the Certification program went live. This EU gateway allows verification of the security features contained in the QR codes of the certificates, helping the citizens and authorities to ensure that the certificate is authentic.
After a successful test of the gateway system in 22 member countries from May 10, all countries in the EU have now passed the technical tests to be ready to issue and validate certificates. First, seven-member countries including Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece and Poland have connected to the gateway and started issuing their first certifications.
The European Commission said more countries will connect to the system in the next few weeks as some countries want to roll out the full feature nationwide before the official launch.
European citizens will receive a certificate of Covid after being vaccinated in an EU country. Those that were vaccinated in a non-EU country can request the certificate from the Member State of their nationality or residence if they can provide reliable proof of vaccination.
Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, said: “The EU Digital Covid Certificate provides European citizens with a common tool to allow them to move freely and safely again. It showcases Europe’s technological leadership in full respect of our values and principles: data protection, inclusiveness, and proportionality. It is important that all Member States use the next weeks to get fully ready, so the system will be fully up and running on 1 July.”