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Croatia to set up working group on “green certificates”

The Croatian government will set up a working group with the aim of developing a technical solution for cross-border interactive green digital certificates in Croatia.

“Vaccination of employees in the tourism sector begins with the third phase of vaccination. I believe that this will be done very soon, “said Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac, adding that based on the data obtained so far in the proposed surveys, the number of employees who would enter the priority vaccination in the sector tourism is about 68,000, according to reports from HRTurizam.

“Given the nature of the work and the considerable number of contacts of tourism staff, it is necessary to vaccinate before the start of the season,” Brnjac said.

At the 52nd session of the Government on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior (MIA) proposed a Decision to establish a working group to develop a technical solution for cross-border green interactive digital certificates.

“We will soon start creating a digital system of vaccination, testing and recovery certificates to enable the citizens of the Republic of Croatia and the EU to cross-border and move safely and epidemiologically safely and stay in our country,” Davor said. Božinović, Minister of Interior.

Namely, the European Commission is coordinating a joint European response to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. Following the progression of the epidemiological situation and health and medical measures, it is necessary to develop other effective measures to combat COVID-19 and to allow free movement in EU member states and third countries, or to have digital certificates of green, ‘kovide passports’ are established.

Therefore, they have recognized the need to ensure freedom of cross-border movement through the establishment of a system for the issuance, verification and acceptance of vaccination, testing and recovery certificates to facilitate free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic (digital green certificate), which would be interoperable between EU Member States and third countries.

To this end, on 17 March 2021, the European Commission presented a Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on a framework for the issuance, verification and acceptance of interactive vaccination, testing and recovery certificates to facilitate free movement during the COVID pandemic. 19 (digital green certificate).

Croatia has expressed readiness to establish a national system of green digital certificates and their cross-border interoperability through the EU accession plan that the European Commission plans to establish in April, May and June 2021, according to the Interior Ministry.

To create a technical solution and to develop a national system of green digital certificates, the Ministry of Interior has the task of concluding a contract with AKD doo (Agency for production, service and trade of commercial activity), after AKD was established for perform the tasks of creating personal identity cards, passports, visas, driver’s licenses and other solutions in the field of identity and security.

The decision instructs the Ministry of Health to provide the Working Group referred to in this Decision with all necessary professional support, in particular in fulfilling the following tasks: representing Croatia in the operational working groups of the European Commission eHealth Network, which coordinates the implementation of the pilot project of technical solution for green digital certificates; ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, availability and non-denial of machine-readable data for vaccinated, tested and sick persons automatically and in real time, accessible from data sources owned by the Ministry of Health, which will be the basis for the issuance of -bound green interactive digital certificates.

It is recalled that, according to the new and expanded criteria for the entry of tourists in Croatia, tourists who have been vaccinated, contracted COVID-19, or may present a negative PCR test or antigen from the EU test list, are allowed to enter Croatia. .

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