EU gateway for COVID certificate verification is up and running

Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland are already using it

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From Tuesday, the EU gateway, the technical backbone of the system at EU level, which allows to verify COVID certificates in a secure way across Europe, is up and running. Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland are already connected to the gateway and started issuing first EU certificates.

The other EU countries decided to launch the EU Digital COVID Certificate only when all functions are deployed nationwide. Under the regulation, the certificate will be applied from 1 July for all EU27.

The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling from summer. It will be free of charge, secure and accessible to all and available in digital format or on paper, it will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or recovered from an infection.

Set up in only two months, the EU gateway provides for the verification of the security features contained in the QR codes of all certificates. This will allow citizens and authorities to be sure that the certificates are authentic.

The Commission specified that during this process, no personal data is exchanged or retained. In May, already 22 countries have already tested the gateway successfully.

Saying that go-live of the gateway is an important step which will allow Member States to start issuing EU Digital COVID Certificates, EU Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton specified that seven Member States is a good start.

He said he encourages others to follow as soon as possible as this timely preparation will allow the full system to be up and running by 1 July “and the EU will be on time to open up again this summer”.

According to Didier Reynders, EU Commissioner for Justice, the EU Digital COVID Certificate provides European citizens with a common tool to allow them to move freely and safely again.

 

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