PM Mitsotakis urges adoption of an EU vaccine certificate, at online summit

PM Mitsotakis urges adoption of an EU vaccine certificate, at online summit

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reiterated his proposal for a Europe-wide certificate of vaccination, on the opening day of an EU leaders summit that focused on coronavirus collaboration and developments.

According to government sources, Mitsotakis said that the sooner the EU makes a decision on such a document, the better, otherwise the private sector and the giants of technology in particular will assume such an initiative themselves. He also supported restrictions on the inclusion of private citizen data on such a certificate.

Further explaining, the Greek premier said such a document would not carry the weight of a health passport; on the contrary, it would "open a high-speed lane for movement, without the restrictions of diagnostic tests and obligatory self-isolation." Facilitating movement does not relate to countries with a high number of tourists only, it also relates to air transport and the hospitality sector, he said.

Mitsotakis supported collaboration and unity in the EU's strategy on vaccinations, also urging that pharmaceutical companies be admonished to honor their obligations on vaccine production and delivery.

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