Germany and 16 other EU countries passed a test for the EU’s new coronavirus passport. Portugal, Malta, Poland, Ireland, Romania and Latvia will follow in the coming days, says the European Commission.
The ICT system that allows EU countries to exchange information on the so-called EU Digital COVID certificate should already work in the first week of June, say EU officials. By the end of June, all member states may have joined. “Everything is on track, it is going well.”
The EU legislation on which the certificate is based will enter into force on 1 July. Countries could already start issuing certificates in the form of a QR code in paper or digital form. But that can only be done with our own legislation.
“All member states must get ready in June”, says responsible European Commissioner Didier Reynders. “So that they are immediately on tour.” The European Commission provides technical and financial assistance.