Croatia successfully tests digital green certificates

The Croatian agency responsible for developing technical solutions for the EU’s green certificates has successfully fulfilled its task three days ahead of the assigned deadline, and has thereby confirmed the readiness of key components, said Božinović. [Shutterstock/rarrarorro]

Croatia is the first EU country to have successfully tested the system for digital green certificates, announced Interior Minister Davor Božinović during a government session on Thursday.

The Croatian agency responsible for developing technical solutions for the EU’s green certificates has successfully fulfilled its task three days ahead of the assigned deadline, and has thereby confirmed the readiness of key components, said Božinović.

The Croatian is thus ready for its official launch currently scheduled for 1 June, the interior minister added.

The system can successfully generate QR codes for all three types of certificates; the one proving vaccination, a negative PCR test, and immunisation, the minister explained. The system is also capable of successfully sharing data with other EU member states, he added.

In the following days, the government’s task force will define rules according to which the certificates will be given to citizens.

Given that Croatia is seeing a significant decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, the country’s COVID-taskforce has been laying down the groundwork for relaxing measures.

According to Božinović, who also chairs the task force, if trial gatherings with fully vaccinated citizens turn out to be successful, measures may be relaxed on 1 June. 

The first trial gathering was held on Thursday, when one of Zagreb’s restaurants welcomed 70 fully vaccinated people who were encouraged to mingle as much as possible. A wedding with 120 people in attendance is scheduled for 15 May. (Tea Trubić Macan | EURACTIV.hr)

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