Germany has come under pressure from the European Commission (EC), which in an official letter asks for an explanation regarding the entry ban for people coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Austrian state of Tyrol. The DPA news agency said on Tuesday.
In a letter sent Monday to German Ambassador to the EU Michael Clauss, the Commission warned that the measures taken by Germany were “disproportionate and unjustified”.
“We believe that the goal that Germany rightly pursues – the protection of public health during a pandemic – could also be achieved through less restrictive measures,” the EU executive said.
Germany has ten days to reply to Brussels. The DPA pointed out that this dispute could theoretically lead to legal proceedings by the European Commission against Germany.
Similar letters – referring to the disproportionate nature of the measures taken at national borders – were also sent by the Commission to Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Sweden.
At the request of the EC, the matter was included in the debate of the Ministers for European Affairs, who are discussing by video conference on Tuesday in the format of the EU General Affairs Council.
In its guidelines for Member States, the Commission did not recommend closing borders and emphasized the importance of maintaining the free movement of people and goods – and Member States also agreed in early February that border restrictions must not jeopardize international traffic.
Since 14 February, the German government has included the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Tyrol in the list of countries with dangerous coronavirus mutations, which in practice means a ban on the entry of most people from these countries and regions into Germany. An exception is made for truck drivers, who must, however, prove themselves with a negative test for COVID-19. The measures of the German side led to chaos on roads in the border area, especially on Czech highways.
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