The European Commission wants an unambiguous colour system on the map of the EU that allows citizens and companies to see at a glance what the epidemiological situation is like.
Now each country divides areas into colour codes on its own, which is confusing, according to Commission chairman Ursula von der Leyen.
She also wants the same rules everywhere for travellers returning from a red zone.
“Free travel is one of the most tangible benefits of the European Union,” said the German in Brussels on Friday. “Because of the corona pandemic, many governments have imposed travel restrictions in recent months.
It is indeed essential to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But we need more clarity and predictability.”
The commission proposes that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issue an up-to-date map showing areas in green, orange and red every week, based on data from national authorities.
She also recommends that European governments use corona tests to make it easier for people to travel. She made it clear that “no resident of the EU should be denied entry to another EU country.”