The European Union try to put order for prevent chaos take over the intra-community travel. With the number of contagions of covid-19 rebounding at top speed across the continent, the permanent ambassadors of the Twenty seven (Coreper) have closed this Friday a political agreement to establish a color code with which to identify the risk level of a region or a Member State and avoid, as in the past, that unilateral decisions jeopardize the free movement of people and intra-community travel.
“It is a great step forward. Coordination against covid-19 in the EU is key to the safety of our citizens and the protection of Schengen and the single market,” he stressed Michael Roth, responsible for European affairs of the German Government. Roth has highlighted “the broad support & rdquor; achieved by the compromise proposal of the German EU presidency that aims to ensure transparency and predictability in travel during the pandemic based on the use of common criteria using common criteria (cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days,% of positive tests and% of tests per 100,000 inhabitants).
The recommendation, which has yet to be formally approved at the European Affairs Council next Tuesday, includes a series of criteria and thresholds to classify the zones into green, orange, red or gray depending on the epidemiological situation. Green areas will be those with less than 25 accumulated cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days and a percentage of positive tests lower than 4%. Orange areas will be those with less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a positive rate of 4% or more or between 25 and 150 cases but a positive test rate of less than 4%.
Those with more than 50 infections per 100,000 and 4% or more of positives in test PCR or more than 150 cases per 100,000. The gray areas, meanwhile, will be those that do not have enough data to determine the number of cases or the test rate is less than 300 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The aim of the recommendation is for Member States to submit the information weekly to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention who will be in charge of compiling it and publishing the risk maps. Taking into account the current situation, very few regions of the EU – some in eastern Germany, the Baltic countries, Bulgaria, Greece and one in Italy – would be considered green areas. The idea is that all member states allow entry without any restrictions of travelers although the application of the recommendation will not be mandatory.