THE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE: INCERT’S ROLE IN THE PROJECT

IN THE PAST MONTHS, THE MEMBER STATES (MS) OF THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) HAVE JOINED FORCES TO IMPLEMENT A MILESTONE IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. EACH MS WAS BOUND TO DEVELOP A MOBILE APPLICATION, WHICH FACILITATED THE READING OF THE QR CODES CONTAINED IN THE EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE (DCC). INCERT, UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF CTIE, THE ADMINISTRATIVE BODY FOR IT SERVICES IN LUXEMBOURG, CONTRIBUTED WITH ITS EXPERTISE PROFOUNDLY TO THE SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT AND LAUNCH OF THE MOBILE APPLICATION “COVIDCHECK.LU”.

The DCC is being issued by a respective national health entity, to a citizen who either has been vaccinated against COVID-19, is recovered from it, or received negative test result. Under the CTIE’s direction, INCERT was responsible for the creation of the mobile application, creation of the QR codes and overall making the Luxembourgish application feasible to scan and successfully read the DCCs from all other 27 EU MS. What’s even more, the launch of the state application happened two weeks prior to the official start date in the community, that is first of July 2021. The earlier kick off in Luxembourg happened as a way to support local businesses, such as bars and airlines, and facilitation of the public events.

“CovidCheck.lu” was created by INCERT developers, for both, the iOS and Android software. The Luxembourgish application for reading the internal and foreign DCCs is today known as a robust and stable software system. The technical team at INCERT followed successfully the harmonized business rules issued by the European Commission.

In terms of technical implementation, civil society in Luxembourg expressed the need for the upgraded version of the current software – a way for a citizen not to only be able to scan a digital certificate, but also have it digitally stored. The request did not fall on the deaf ears – on 5th of July 2021, Luxembourgish government announced the launch of the mobile application “MyGuichet.lu”, where digital storing and viewing of the Luxembourgish DCCs will be available.

The implementation of the “CovidCheck.lu” is definitely one of the crucial steps towards softening of the current COVID-19 measures, which as such, improve the public life of its citizens. INCERT is tremendously honored to participate in such an important project. And even more so, to participate in the wider development of the digital citizenship. The interest in the matters related to “Digital Identity” are getting more and more attention at INCERT’s activities. More information on this will follow.