According to Czech Television, technical testing of the digital green certificates will start in two weeks, making the Czech Republic among the first group of countries where the certificates will be tested during May.
The Certificate will allow movement between Member States to occur in a safe way, thus limiting the risk of spreading the virus within EC territory. This certificate will not discriminate against individuals who have not yet been vaccinated.
In fact, the Certificate will not be used as a precondition for travel but will allow movement to take place more easily, avoiding possible restrictions imposed by individual states, such as quarantine or testing for COVID-19.
EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders confirmed that certificates should be available to European citizens by the end of June. “We launch a discussion with lawmakers to reach an agreement at the beginning of June. At that time, we should already have the technical solution,” Reynders told Czech TV in an interview.
The European Parliament approved its negotiation position on the proposal for Digital green certificates on Thursday.
Certificates can be granted to people who are fully vaccinated, have recovered from the disease or present a negative COVID-19 test.
According to EU lawmakers, member states should “ensure universal, accessible, timely and free of charge testing”.
However, the Czech position seems to be in contrast with that of EU lawmakers.
According to documents seen by Hospodářské noviny, the Czech government does not want to provide its citizens with free testing nor free COVID-19 certificates.
The health ministry has confirmed that insurance companies are currently not paying for tests made for travelling reasons.
The health ministry recorded 1,171 and 504 new COVID-19 infections, respectively, on Saturday and Sunday, down from 1,306 and 825 on the previous weekend. Sunday’s daily tally was the lowest since Sept. 6 as infections slow.
The official death toll has risen to 29,365, increasing by 49 on the weekend, which also includes revisions to previous days, according to ministry data. Daily deaths have also fallen from peaks of over 200 in March.