European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said additional security measures will be offered for essential travel to Europe, such as a mandatory test before departure.
The very serious health situation
At the end of a videoconference summit of the 27 EU member states, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen estimated this Thursday evening that “all non-essential travel should be strongly discouraged”. This approach is essential “because of the very serious health situation” linked to the pandemic of Covid-19, she underlined on the words relayed by Le Figaro. Several countries have taken the decision to tighten their restrictions in recent days. After Germany on Tuesday, the Netherlands is imposing a curfew from 9 p.m. and Portugal has announced a closure of its schools.
A call to European leaders
Ursula von der Leyen also expressed the concern of European leaders about the various variants, which are more contagious. The European Epidemics Agency (ECDC) has already assessed the health risks associated with the British and South African variants of coronavirus. She appealed to EU leaders on Thursday to remain ready to take action “more stringent” in the next weeks.
Making the single market work
Despite the gravity of the situation, Ursula von der Leyen underlined the great importance of making the single market work. It is about continuing to allow transport “fluid essential workers and goods across borders” of countries withinEuropean Union, noted the President of the European Commission. Regarding the EU’s external borders, additional security measures for essential travel to Europe will be proposed. Travelers will for example be obliged to carry out a test before departure.
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