The European Commission will present this Monday the strategy that should neutralize the risk of a new chaotic lock on intra-European borders. The proposal comes in the context of a “high / very high” alert level of community contagion due to the greater transmissibility of virus mutations, of which the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warned last Thursday ). And it should serve to coordinate that already unavoidable non-essential travel ban in the EU.
The details advanced by the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, revolve around a new visual marker (a more intense red than the one that defines high-risk areas today). It would identify the regions where the spread of the coronavirus is rampant, even with percentages of expansion of the new variants.
A new shade for the current coded map, with colors ranging from green for low risk to orange (medium) and red. The “redefinition” of the areas of epidemiological risk would keep the “coordinated” guideline that managed to avoid the closure of borders in the second wave. ‘Borders must remain open to ensure the functioning of the single market, in particular the circulation of essential goods and services. However, it may be necessary to adopt measures that restrict non-essential travel to contain the spread of the virus, “said the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Mandatory tests and quarantines
So the option of that ‘intense red’ would allow to raise the ‘surgical bias’ to internal displacements that, if they were “strictly discouraged”, would be expressly prohibited. Countries such as Belgium have already come forward this Friday by proposing the veto of non-essential travel (tourist and for unjustified reasons) outside the country throughout the month of February. Non-compliance would carry penalties.
The package of recommendations of the European Commission will also make mandatory tests at origin and quarantines at destination. Something that in practice many Member States have been imposing for months. And that of course will be unavoidable in the case of authorized trips with third countries.