Corona initiative in the EU has good chances: Corona vaccination passport becomes passport – politics abroad

Good chances for a surprising EU initiative from Greece!

On Tuesday, BILD exclusively showed the letter to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (62), in which the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (52, “Nea Dimokratia”, Conservative) suggested new tourism rules: Key phrase: “People who are vaccinated should be able to travel freely. This will also be a positive incentive to ensure that citizens are encouraged to get vaccinated, as this is the only way to ensure a return to normal. “

In plain language: A new corona vaccination certificate, for which Greece immediately sent a first draft to Brussels, could become an “entry ticket” to Europe’s borders. And with a view to transport, gastronomy, events for the “normal life ID”.

Weber: “See ethical problems, but …”

On Wednesday, the initiative received top-class support: Manfred Weber (CSU / EPP), head of the Christian Democrats group in the European Parliament, supported the idea that the 27 EU heads of state and government will be discussing on January 21 at a virtual corona special summit want.

Manfred Weber on BILD: We support the proposal of the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for an EU-wide recognized vaccination certificate that enables free travel in the Schengen area. “

The European politician said: “We see ethical problems at the beginning, as certain groups will only have access to the vaccine later. But we are currently necessarily severely restricting the fundamental rights of citizens. This then has to be re-weighed as soon as a person protects himself and, in some respects, others from infection. And the alternative is for each country to draw up its own rules, a fragmentation that nobody wants. “

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EPP group leader Manfred Weber (48, CSU)Photo: dpa

Vaccine for younger people only after the holidays?

The initiative is highly controversial. On the one hand, because it is not yet clear whether the vaccination protection also protects others from infection. On the other hand, because the vaccine is scarce in the EU, so that the younger generation will probably only have a chance of vaccination in the second half of the year. The German summer vacation season starts at the end of June.

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Goal: return to “economic and social normality”

Greece is accelerating: “The next two months will be crucial to ensure mass vaccination of EU citizens and at the same time reduce the infection rate and thus lay the foundation for a return to a certain degree of economic and social normalcy in 2021 create, ”writes Mitsotakis. What his country wants is obvious: After the moderate travel season 2020, attract more foreign tourists to the country – but less Corona.

Mitsotakis emphasizes: Vaccinations should remain voluntary and not be a prerequisite for travel. But: Private tour operators should see it differently. The Australian airline Qantas, which announced in November a vaccination as a requirement for passengers, was ahead. The Qantas intercontinental flights will start again on July 1st.

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Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (left) at the EU summit discussion with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez and Chancellor Angela MerkelPhoto: dpa

Merkel’s position is still unclear

The question of how Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) positions herself is now exciting: A vaccination certificate, such as the one the British receive with the vaccination, was highly controversial in Germany at the end of the year. The ethics council, to whose vote the federal government feels bound, is divided. Twelve experts voted for proof of immunity, twelve against.

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