"The curtailment of our freedom and prosperity during this dreadful pandemic has been historically unprecedented and painful. COVID has brought grief and isolation and has impacted not just our health, but our livelihoods, our prospects, and our societal norms," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in an interview with Euractiv entitled "To get Europe moving again we must act now on vaccination certificates."
"It was a necessary and conscious sacrifice to save as many lives as possible. Now that the end may just about be in sight, with the gradual rolling out of mass vaccination across all EU countries, we must not take that sacrifice for granted," he said and added:
"We owe it to our citizens to pull every available lever and utilise every tool in our political and governmental arsenal so that we have everything in place to expedite a return to normal life within 2021. We cannot afford to jeopardize jobs or lose one more year attempting to kick-start our economies. We cannot allow bureaucracy and talk to mean delay and drift when we can take action. One of the biggest levers we can pull on is linking vaccine certification with an uninhibited – by current existing restrictions – movement of travel. And we can do so at a European Union level."
"Through the EU wide introduction of an agreed and standardised digital vaccine certificate template we can quickly open up again, reviving tourism and recreation, and allowing our citizens to move freely and without restrictions from country to country. I will be advocating for such an arrangement at this week’s European Council meeting," Mitsotakis said in the interview with Euractiv.