Germany Wants Harmonized COVID-19 Traffic Restrictions Across the EU

The German Presidency of the European Union Council wants the Member States to cooperate on the cross-border travel restrictions, and is working towards this goal, amid increasing levels of the Coronavirus infection across the EU and the world.

The Presidency of the Council is planning to present a proposal on a common approach to the epidemiological data, evaluation and classification of risk areas on the upcoming meeting of the EU Ambassadors on Wednesday.

A coherent response is crucial to avoid a fragmented approach, as we saw earlier in the year, and to preserve the integrity of the Schengen area,” the proposal points out, identifying five different areas where cooperation could be improved between the Member States, in order for the measures taken in these areas to be more effective.

The paper, seen by both the Financial Times and the Belga Press Agency, includes cooperation on quarantine rules, between mapping practices as well as data usage on the number of Coronavirus infections in the EU and further.

It remains the responsibility of each member state to enact the measures it sees fit,” the proposal states, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of cooperation in order to avoid the chaos of March and April to repeat itself.