Rutte consulted on Thursday evening via video with his colleagues from 26 other EU countries, President of the European Council Michel and President of the European Commission Von der Leyen about the corona crisis.
Rutte: ‘No closed borders’
There are serious concerns in the Member States about the spread of various (more contagious) variants of corona. There are even calls again to close the borders between member states, as was the case in many parts of Europe in March last year until the summer.
Rutte hopes to prevent this, but non-essential journeys must be made so difficult by imposing all kinds of requirements such as corona tests and mandatory quarantine periods. “It is downright anti-social to travel now,” says Rutte about holiday trips, for example.
Greece, supported by Spain and Portugal, hopes to introduce a European vaccination certificate so that everyone who has been vaccinated can travel. The countries are very dependent on tourism and see a new summer with empty beaches as the ultimate doomsday scenario.
But many countries, including the Netherlands, still have a lot of questions about such a vaccination certificate. For example, it is still unclear to what extent vaccinated people can still spread the virus. There are also ethical questions, in which there is a division between vaccinated and non-vaccinated. Rutte has asked the Health Council for advice. That is expected in February.
A possible date for introduction is not yet provided. According to Rutte, there is still time since the vaccination coverage in all countries is still relatively low.
President of the Council Michel also stated that he was careful about the vaccination certificates. “We understand that it is not realistic to be able to estimate immediately all the consequences of such evidence.”
Commission boss Von der Leyen made a plea to the member states to test more for variants of the corona virus. In her view, this is still happening far too briefly.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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