Central Europe set to excel in approving coronavirus immunity certificates, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó mentionned after meeting his Austrian, Czech, Slovak and Slovenian counterparts in Bratislava on Thursday.
The meeting was part of a series of consultations by the C5 group, set up by five countries last year to address challenges related to the pandemic. The Bratislava talks focused on ways to ease restrictions, in particular lifting travel barriers.
Governments should now prioritize protecting the life and health of their citizens and helping life return to normal as quickly as possible, Szijjártó said, adding that the only way to achieve both goals simultaneously was vaccination.
Since Hungary has never viewed vaccination as a geopolitical issue, it has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe, with more than half of the adult population vaccinated today, he said. he declares.
Since related European regulations have yet to be published, individual countries could restore free movement through mutual recognition of certificates of immunity, Szijjártó said, proposing that the countries of Central Europe enter into a regional agreement.
“I see no reason to block the trips of the vaccinated,” he said, adding that giving them the green light would in no way thwart the anti-epidemic efforts of the countries concerned.
Hungary has such agreements with seven countries and hopes to announce more in the near future, he said.
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“The time has come to conclude bilateral and regional agreements,” he said, adding that such agreements would not be contrary to European regulations.
“There can be no European regulation that stipulates who the member state should allow entry into its territory and who should refuse,” Szijjártó said.
In response to a question, Szijjártó said that relations between Hungary and Slovakia were “better than ever”. “Of course there are still issues to be resolved, but that’s what it is about politics,” he said.
Featured photo via Péter Szijjártó’s Facebook page