Friday, February 26, 2021

EU Commission calls for an explanation of German entry rules


Czech Republic and Slovakia overrated

In the four-page letter, the EU Commission now lists in detail which measures it considers to be inappropriate. The authority first emphasizes that according to the EU health authority ECDC, only a few cases of the British virus variant have been discovered in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In several other EU countries, the value is higher. Therefore, further information is requested on what basis the Czech Republic and Slovakia were declared virus variant areas.

The EU Commission is also dissatisfied with the exceptions that apply to the entry ban. There is no exception for families living across borders. In addition, it seems that members of the EU parliament or members of the government are not allowed to cross Germany to take part in EU meetings.

Too strict rules for truck drivers

The EU Commission also considers the requirements for truck drivers to be questionable. They would also have to present a corona test that is no more than 48 hours old if they only crossed the variant areas. The recommendations of the EU states, on the other hand, stipulate that transport workers generally do not have to take a test – and if they do, it should be a quick test. If this leads to disabilities at the borders, this rule should be lifted. It is suggested that Germany and the neighboring countries build sufficient test infrastructure to quickly test the transport workers.

The EU Commission sees further inconsistencies in the German rules: For example, the 48-hour rule makes it possible to be tested in Poland, Italy or Slovenia, then to cross a virus variant area and then to enter Germany. In addition, the positive rate among transport workers is very low. In addition, the authority is calling on Germany to accept corona tests in Czech and Slovak – and not just in German, English, French and Italian.

In principle, the EU Commission makes it clear that restrictions on freedom of movement for reasons of public health could be justified. However, such measures must be non-discriminatory and proportionate. We invite Germany to coordinate more closely with the recommendations of the EU states – especially with regard to exceptions for transport workers and cross-border commuters.



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