Theoharis sends letter to Commissioner Breton in view of EU meeting

Tourism Μinister Haris Theoharis has sent a letter to European Commissioner Thierry Breton in view of the informal meeting of European Union tourism ministers on on Monday , in which he stresses the importance of the meeting. The letter focuses on the short-term measures that need to be taken and will relate to the coming tourist season, as well as the medium and long-term measures for the reconstruction of the tourism industry in a new, more sustainable and oriented direction based on the development perspective.

Theoharis said that clear rules regarding travelers and businesses need to be established in order to restore security and the possibility of planning. At the same time, he proposed the establishment of a Tourism Competitiveness Council aiming at the further promotion of tourism issues.

In relation to the achievement of medium-term and long-term goals, he noted the need to create an effective mechanism for monitoring development, but also the formulation of a European tourism strategy that will have a 10-year horizon. “The preservation of skills, the achievement of a digital and green transition, but also the preparation of a comprehensive plan for tourism, with the participation of experts, are moves of the utmost importance,” according to Theoharis.

The Minister of Tourism also stressed the need for even more immediate moves in order to reach a consensus and proposed the immediate creation of the necessary operational framework in relation to specific issues.

In particular, Theoharis raised the following issues in his letter to European Commissioner Thierry Breton:

· Vaccination Certificate.

· Control protocols through “rapid tests” and ensuring availability.

· Resolve technical issues related to the PLF (Passenger Locator Form) and creating a common European form (EU PLF).

· Establishing clear common travel rules both between EU countries and with third countries.

· Creation of free zones of movement between specific countries or regions depending on their epidemiological situation, but also the course of vaccinations.

· Hygiene Protocols

· Temporary State Aid Framework