EU approves Romanian Digital Green Certificate

The EU has approved the Digital Green Certificate template sent by the Romanian Special Telecommunication Services (STS), Hungarian news portal Transindex reports, based on a Facebook post issued by the institution.

According to the report, the STS sent the Romanian Digital Green Certificate template for review on May 6, and all member states have checked and approved it.

The Digital Green Certificate will facilitate safe and free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic within the EU. A Digital Green Certificate will be proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, has received a negative test result, or has recovered from COVID-19. It can be used across all EU Member States. The certificate will also show the owner’s name, date of birth, the issuing member state, and a unique identifier for the certificate.

The certificates will be issued in digital format, so they can be shown on a smartphone as well as on paper, depending on the preference of its holder. The certificates will contain an interoperable, machine-readable QR code containing necessary key data and a digital signature. The QR code is used to securely verify the authenticity, integrity, and validity of the certificate.

To improve cross-border acceptance, the information on the certificate should be written in the language(s) of the issuing member state and English. When the certificate is checked, the QR code is scanned, and the signature verified. Each issuing body (e.g., hospital, test center, or health authority) has its own digital signature key. All of these are stored in a secure database in each country.

STS is a Romanian government agency with military status, in charge of secure communications.

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Author: István Fekete