In the wake of this, France announced that, from Sunday, it will impose on travelers from other European countries to present a negative test for Covid-19 (BCR) that will be performed 72 hours before entering its territory. It is a condition that will apply to everyone, except for “essential travel”, meaning border workers and road transport in particular will be excluded from this measure.
The leaders of the 27 member states of the European Union launched, Thursday evening, a video summit dedicated to coordinating the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic amid facing the threat of mutated versions of the virus, in which the participants discussed limiting cross-border movements, speeding up vaccination campaigns and developing a unified certificate to prove receipt of the vaccine.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen rang the alarm during the summit, about the “extremely dangerous health situation” caused by Covid-19 in all of Europe.
She said that “unnecessary travel” should not be encouraged between the countries of the European Union, stressing at the same time the need to “continue the work of the single market,” that is, to continue to allow the smooth movement of essential workers and goods across the borders of the countries of the Union.
Von der Leyen added, “We are increasingly concerned about the different mutated versions” of the Coronavirus, proposing a new, more accurate definition of risk areas from a health point of view, with a new category being placed in “dark red” in the countries of the Union, and thus travelers may be required from those areas Filed under “Dark Red” is subject to a pre-departure test and self-quarantine upon arrival.
As for non-EU countries, von der Leyen said, “We will propose additional security measures for essential travel to Europe, for example by requesting a test before departure.”
The issue of border control remains a national jurisdiction for each country, but the Europeans are trying to coordinate in order to preserve the work of the internal market, the transportation of goods and the daily movement of workers across borders. They want to avoid the chaos that followed the uncoordinated closure of their countries’ borders when the epidemic spread last spring.
For his part, European Council President Charles Michel assured that “all possible means” will be studied to ensure the rapid supply of vaccines, at a time when delaying the delivery of Pfizer / IONTEC vaccines prompted several countries to delay the vaccination schedules that they had set.
“Unified vaccination certificate”
The European Agency for Disease Control and Prevention, which revealed, on Thursday, its assessment of the risks associated with mutated versions of the virus, urged state authorities to “prepare for a rapid intensification of response measures in the coming weeks.”
Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Crewe proposes a temporary ban on “non-essential travel”, fearing that the number of injuries will rise as the winter break approaches in February.
In turn, Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie Wilms announced to Agence France-Presse that although the border restrictions remain a national jurisdiction, “a common European approach would represent an additional asset.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for coordination between countries in order to avoid closing borders, a measure that should be taken as a “last resort”. She explained, “If a country with a rate of spread (the virus) twice as high as in Germany opens stores completely while we keep them closed, then we will have a problem.
Meanwhile, Greece is calling for a “unified” certificate of vaccination among the European Union countries, a proposal supported by the Commission. European.