“IATA urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative by the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to agree on a common European digital covid-19 vaccination certificate, which would allow vaccinees to travel freely across Europe without the test to covid-19”, reads in a statement released by the association representing around 290 airlines.
In an open letter to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also addressed to the main policy makers of the European Union (EU), IATA's Director-General and Executive President, Alexandre de Juniac, called on EU Member States to coordinate a measure that would allow Europe “economic and social benefits” by restoring freedom of movement, “starting with vaccinated people”. IATA understands that the Greek initiative must be “urgently” adopted by the European Commission and by all Member States. “Vaccination is essential to reopen borders safely and stimulate economic recovery”, defended Alexandre de Juniac, adding that “a mutually recognised pan-European vaccination certificate would be an important step in giving governments the confidence to open their doors safely. borders and, for passengers, the confidence to fly without the quarantine barrier ”.