Köstinger is planning a summit of the EU tourism countries

Tourism Minister Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP) is trying to find a common line for the EU holiday countries on the “Green Pass”, which should enable freedom of travel in summer. At a summit with twelve other countries, including Germany and the Mediterranean countries, a “common approach” should be discussed, Köstinger told the APA. She also wants to meet the Vice President of the EU Commission, Margaritis Schinas, in Brussels on Monday.

The minister stressed that the “Green Pass” will bring back freedom of travel and normalcy in everyday life. “It is important that the tourism countries pull together here to ensure rapid implementation.” For the Austrian tourism and leisure season, the certificate is namely “the ‘game changer’ for a safe summer season”, announced Köstinger that it will be implemented quickly in Austria.

Specifically, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Bulgaria, Malta, Cyprus, Slovakia and Denmark are to take part in the meeting organized by Köstinger. The exchange on the “Green Pass” should also be intensified with all of Austria’s immediate neighbors. In addition, contact had been made with the Portuguese EU Presidency.

The EU Commission wants the ID card to be ready for use by June 1st. It is supposed to certify that a person has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, tested negative or recovered from Covid 19 disease. Austria wants to present its own Green Passport as early as April, which will certify tests.

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