Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his satisfaction that his proposal for a common certificate of Covid-19 vaccination was accepted by European leaders, in statements following the conclusion of an EU summit on Tuesday.
He also expressed the hope the certificate is implemented under common rules for all EU countries the soonest possible.
Mitsotakis also expressed satisfaction with the rate of vaccinations in Greece, and said the option of vaccinating children (aged 12 or more) will be reviewed as soon as the European Medicines Agency approves them. This would "provide a new dynamic for vaccinations," he added.
He also noted that the European Commission has contracted for supplemental doses of vaccines in 2022 and 2023, as a third dose might be necessary 9-12 months after the first shot.
The European Union has "committed to donate as Europe over 100 million vaccines in third countries by the end of the year, and play a major role in the global effort to fight the pandemic, the Greek premier said.
Commenting on the Ryanair flight that was diverted to Belarus, he said the EU moved en bloc and fast in its decisions at the European Council and said Greece "played a key role in making the initial draft of conclusions tougher." The regime of Belarus "got the message that Europe can move fast if it wants to," he added, and said the EU will continue to monitor the situation.
Asked if a visit by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to Greece had been set for the end of May, along with a visit to the PM in his home at Chania on Crete, Mitsotakis said "we don't have an official confirmation," and said he would like to meet with him, just as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received FM Nikos Dendias when he visited Ankara recently.
The premier said he would be on Crete on May 29 for the memorial service for his father and for an event related to the Northern Axial Road of Crete.