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Covid-19 and Europe - Europe attempts to coordinate actions along borders

September 2020

Covid-19 and Europe  - Europe attempts to coordinate actions along borders

The diplomatic contact group of the EU Council, COREPER II, met in early September to discuss better coordination between Member States regarding internal borders, with "particular attention given to border regions".

In this context, Germany has put forward a plan consisting of two lines of action: the first aims to step up contacts between cross-border territories and countries in order to avoid uncoordinated closures of borders; the second aims to harmonise procedures and criteria1.

Germany, with the support of France2 , is proposing a uniformisation of zones in order to establish a common epidemiological map. This would make it possible to increase the capacity for "joint analysis" and "joint declaration" for affected zones. The document also proposes standardising communication at the European level on movement restrictions which are decided at local or national level, enabling greater coordination between Member States3. These negotiations are expected to last a few more weeks4.

More info: 

Press release
Proposal for a Council recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restriction of free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 04 September 2020

Sources:
1 https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/858270/article/2020-08-31/coronavirus-l-allemagne-souhaite-harmoniser-les-restrictions-dans-l-union
2 https://www.leparisien.fr/politique/covid-19-une-initiative-franco-allemande-pour-harmoniser-les-regles-de-deplacement-en-europe-30-08-2020-8375541.php ; https://twitter.com/CBeaune/status/1300363932981485568
3 https://www.challenges.fr/monde/europe/coronavirus-l-allemagne-souhaite-harmoniser-les-restrictions-dans-l-ue_725132
4
https://www.lecho.be/economie-politique/europe/general/les-vingt-sept-d-accord-pour-coordonner-les-restrictions-anti-covid/10248973.html

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