Keen to ease travel among EU countries, Greece has proposed the introduction of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, it emerged on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has sent a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to that effect, according to the news website Politico.
“It is urgent to adopt a common understanding on how a vaccination certificate should be structured so as to be accepted in all member-states,” said Mitsotakis, who hopes to bring up the issue at an EU summit on January 21.
He added that while such a process “may sound simple… the lengthy experience we have had on developing a common PLF (Passenger Locator Form) has shown us that there is an urgent need for a high-level EU-wide mobilization to move things forward.”
“Ensuring the quickest possible re-establishment of freedom of movement… is, of necessity, a fundamental priority for us all,” Mitsotakis said.
He stressed that Greece is “not going to make vaccination compulsory or a prerequisite for travel”; however, he stated that “persons who have been vaccinated should be free to travel.”
A certificate, he also said, would further “provide a positive incentive for ensuring that citizens are encouraged to undergo vaccination.”
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