Czech Republic, Slovakia and Tyrol: EU Commission sets deadline – Germany has to explain entry rules


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EU Commission sets deadline – Germany has to explain entry rules

Tighten or loosen? This is what it currently looks like in Europe

While stricter corona measures apply again in France and Poland due to increasing numbers of infections, Italy is promising easing. But the British government goes one step further and predicts a normal life again soon.

Federal Interior Minister Seehofer has recently reacted indignantly to criticism from Brussels. In view of the German entry restrictions for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Tyrol, the EU Commission does not give up.  The  sound becomes sharper.

DGermany is coming under increasing pressure because of the tightened entry rules for the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Tyrol. According to a letter of complaint from the EU Commission to the German EU ambassador Michael Clauss in Brussels, several requirements are disproportionate or unfounded.

“We believe that Germany’s comprehensible goal – the protection of public health in a pandemic – could be achieved through less restrictive measures.” © The  paper from Monday is available to the German Press Agency.

© The  EU Commission now expects a response within ten working days. In theory, it could initiate legal proceedings against Germany, but this is unlikely due to the ongoing pandemic. Similar letters were sent to Belgium, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, with whose border measures the EU Commission also does not agree. At the urging of the EU Commission, the European Ministers of the EU states are discussing the procedure at internal borders this Tuesday.

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© The  Czech Republic, Slovakia and Tyrol have been considered areas with particularly dangerous virus mutations in Germany since February 14. With a few exceptions, entry is therefore prohibited. From the point of view of Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the border controls initially scheduled for ten days should be extended. © The  CSU politician recently brusquely rejected the EU Commission’s criticism of the German measures. © The  basis of the concerns from Brussels is that the EU states agreed on common recommendations for traveling within the EU a few weeks ago. © The se are based on a map of Europe, on which regions are marked in color using common criteria.

In the four-page letter, the EU Commission now lists in detail which measures it considers to be inappropriate. © The  authority first emphasized 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. © The refore, further information is requested on what basis the Czech Republic and Slovakia were declared virus variant areas.

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© The  EU Commission is also dissatisfied with the exceptions that apply to the entry ban. © The re 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.

© The  EU Commission also considers the requirements for truck drivers to be questionable. © The y would also have to submit a 48-hour-old corona test, if they had only crossed the variant areas. © The  recommendations of the EU states, however, provide 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.

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A police officer checks compliance with the exit restrictions and stops a vehicle in Svornosti Street.  +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

© 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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