Vaccinations, restrictions on travel between EU countries, virus variants and the pressures on adopting a coordinated approach and the vaccination certificate were among the topics discussed at the European Council teleconference on the action plan of the European Union to deal with the pandemic.

The main message of the European Council is to recommend to European citizens to avoid unnecessary travel.

During the teleconference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sounded the alarm for “very serious health conditions” across Europe. “A strong recommendation must be made to avoid unnecessary travel,” she said. of EU Member States.

European Council President Charles Michel, in a joint press conference with the Commission President, also stressed the EU’s desire to speed up vaccinations.

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis  presented to the other leaders his proposal for the legislation of a European vaccination certificate, clarifying that in the first phase the aim is to reach an agreement on the technical characteristics and the standardization of its form.

Regarding the vaccination certificate, the President of the European Commission considered it medically useful, but questions such as “whether the vaccine inhibits the transmission of the virus” must be answered by those who have been immunized and “how long the vaccine is effective”.