EU: Vaccination certificates from Kosovo are not accepted for technical reasons 

EU: Vaccination certificates from Kosovo are not accepted for technical

Vaccination certificates from Kosovo are still not recognized by the European Union due to non-compliance with technical requirements.

This is what the sources from the European Union told Radio Free Europe.

These sources say that preparations are ongoing and that when the conditions are met, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina can be included in this system.

Two days ago, Montenegro joined the system, as Albania, Northern Macedonia and Serbia had done before.

The inclusion of third countries in the list of the EU Digital Vaccination Certificate enables vaccination certificates issued in those countries to be automatically recognized in the countries of the European Union as well.

This means that in every institution, local or country in the EU, EA codes can be read from them as well as all similar certificates issued by the authorities of the member countries.

The non-inclusion of Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina in this system is already creating practical obstacles for those traveling to European Union countries.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, the EU has demonstrated its commitment to treating the Western Balkans region as a privileged partner, including them in EU mechanisms and instruments in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Christian Wigand. European Commission Spokesperson for Legal Affairs.

This European Commission spokesman underlined that EU experts have had review meetings with all partners from the region and the process is ongoing.

He said the EU hoped that "more partners from the region would soon join this EU system".

On December 16, Radio Free Europe reported that Kosovo citizens, from January next year, may not be allowed to travel to European Union countries, as the bloc does not yet recognize the coronavirus vaccination certificates issued in Kosovo. .

The Ministry of Health of Kosovo had said that the problem with the certificates is of a technical nature.

"We are at the stage when the QR code should be made readable offline [without being connected to the Internet]. It is currently only readable online. The issue has to do with the technical aspect ", says for Radio Free Europe Dafina Gexha, Deputy Minister of Health.

The so-called QR code, when scanned, provides information on the type of vaccine received, the number of doses and the place of vaccination.

Recall that the EU, from January 10, aims to ban all those who are not vaccinated with the third dose of vaccine. Currently, a negative coronavirus PCR test is enough to enter one of the block sites.

The final decision on foreign travel is expected to be made by the EU at the end of December.

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