"Shielded by vaccination and armed with the spear of the national recovery plan, Greece welcomes the summer," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday in an interview published in the Peloponnisos newspaper, The Peloponnisos newspaper organised a three-day development conference with the region of Western Greece. Making special reference to the European digital COVID-19 certificate, the prime minister noted that "Greece is one of the first six countries to have launched the process of issuing the certificate, which allows the restart of tourism and our economy." Mitsotakis pointed out that "just as Greece took the lead in the defence against the pandemic, so it aspires to return to the path of development." The prime minister also focused on the next day and the preparations that have been made. "All this time, we have been dealing with the health crisis and at the same time we have been methodically preparing the country for the next day: promoting institutional reforms that support entrepreneurship, strengthening the labour market," he said. "Providing new financial tools to stimulate the market. But also paving the way for large investments, which will bring new jobs," Mitsotakis added. Meanwhile, the prime minister stressed the important role of municipalities and local administration in this effort. "Walking into the third decade of the 21st century, Greece has every reason to be optimistic," Mitsotakis underlined and explained that Greece has both the experience and the power to achieve its goals. According to Greece’s Digital Governance Minister Georgios Georgantas, more than 81,200 digital covid certificates have so far been issued in the country. “It has been a great success,” he told Antenna TV. The EU Digital Covid Certificate went live in seven EU member states – Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland – on Tuesday. Greek citizens can obtain the certificate online at eudcc.gov.gr, using their Taxisnet or Social Security Registry (AMKA) number, under three conditions: they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative, or if they had been recently diagnosed with the disease and recovered. READ MORE: One in five adults in Greece fully vaccinated.