New Conservative Party concerned that Latvia may become last EU country to introduce digital green certificate

  • 2021-04-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Latvia could be the last European Union country to introduce the digital green certificate, as the New Conservative Party's board member Krisjanis Feldmans told LETA.

Feldmans reminded that the European Commission on March 17 proposed to create a digital green certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the Covid-19 pandemic. The certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, received a negative test result or recovered from Covid-19.

"We have learned that, unfortunately, Latvia will be late," said Feldmans. "Latvia has informed the Commission that it is planning to launch its system only at the end of August," he said.

According to the Commission's data, France is planning to introduce the new system first, followed by Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia and Croatia. According to Latvia's report to the Commission, Latvia will be the last country to do so.

This is alarming, as it is important that Latvia does not lag behind other countries when it comes to international travel, said Feldmans.

The New Conservative Party is calling in Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) and the State Chancellery to explain the difference in Latvia's plans and how Latvia is planning to introduce the digital green certificate.