COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines on border measures

Today in a video message, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said:

“The European Union and other parts of the world are confronted with a public health crisis due to the spread of the coronavirus. Our healthcare system is under pressure. Therefore, Member States have taken strong measures to slow down the spread of the virus. But these measures are effective only when they are coordinated.

This is why we present today guidelines on border measures. We have two work strands:

We need to protect people from the spread of the virus, and at the same time, we have to make sure that we maintain the flow of goods. We therefore propose so-called green lanes, fast lanes, to give priority to transport of goods, like medical goods, perishable goods, notably food and emergency services.

But we need to do more to reduce the huge pressure on our healthcare system. The less travel, the more we can contain the virus.

As I have just informed our G7 partners, I propose to the heads of state and government to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. The restriction should be in place for an initial period of 30 days, which can be prolonged as necessary.”

Source: European Commission Representation in Cyprus