Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Estonia are already moving unilaterally in this direction, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, described such a certificate as necessary, but without, as she pointed out, being necessary. ” there should be new rules ”, a line on which the strongest partners, France and Germany, are located.
One of the first supporters of the “certificate”, the Greek prime minister, not only raised the issue last month at the EU summit, but also reached an agreement with Israel for the reception of vaccinated citizens in Greece.
In this case, Kyriakos Mitsotakis has acted unilaterally, which he does not usually do (and rightly so) in European decisions on major issues, but for Greece the issue of tourism is burning and needs to be prepared in advance.
A second year with empty or almost empty beaches will be disastrous for tourism and the Greek economy in general. The “vaccination certificate”, if adopted, will not save, at least in the first phase, Greek tourism, but will give it a breath of fresh air.
Israel, the only record-breaking country
Vaccination around the world is advancing slowly, only Israel is light-years away after having already vaccinated most of its population, and therefore its citizens can travel without the need to be quarantined and without risk. to contract and transmit the virus.
According to available data, 700,000 Israelis, or 10% of the country’s population, visited Greece every year in the pre-Covid period, so the Greek prime minister tried to open this tourist reservoir.
With or without a certificate, Europeans and Americans will be slow to come to Greece if there is no return to normal worldwide.
Tourists from the Balkan countries and those from Central Europe, that is to say a few million, will be the first to come, especially by road, to the Greek coasts, once the situation normalizes somewhat.
Greek authorities must plan ahead for the reception of these tourists, both in tourist resorts and especially at the border. The indescribable chaos of last year at the border crossing points of Promachonas, Kakavia, Evzoni, Nymfaia must not be repeated.
Translation: Carolina Ciulu / cciulu / rlambru
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