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EU chief uses Digital Covid Certificate on tour of capitals

Brussels, Jun 16 (EFE).- The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen used her digital Covid-19 certificate on her trip to Lisbon and Madrid on Wednesday, where she will launch a historic coronavirus recovery fund.

The EU last year agreed on a 800-billion-euro ($970 billion) recovery package to stimulate the bloc’s economies, hard hit by the pandemic.

“I am planning now to start my tour through 27 Member States for the NextGenerationEU, our Recovery and Resilience Plan, and I am very curious to test and to see how this Certificate will work,” von der Leyen said.

 The Covid certificate enters into force on July 1 but a member state can sign up early voluntarily in 15 countries, including Belgium.

The document is a digital proof of whether a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, holds a negative test or has recovered from the disease.

Von der Leyen is set to activate the Next Generation EU fund aiming to help countries overcome the effects of the pandemic in Portugal first, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, before she travels to Spain.

She will head to Greece and Denmark on Thursday and Luxembourg the next day.

The European Commission is expected to start distributing the financial aid to the member states in August.

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