The European Commission will offer member states this Wednesday a set of "criteria" to ask them to coordinate the release of the containment measures that they imposed to stop the coronavirus, with the aim of preventing the lack of coordination between neighboring countries from leading to an upturn in the pandemic, precisely when countries such as Austria or Denmark resume the progressive return to normality.
Brussels will avoid giving deadlines or accurate calendars to return to normal, but will ask the capitals that the exit be "gradual" and based on clear "epidemiological criteria" that show that the spread of Covid-19 has fallen significantly over a period of time, according to the draft proposal to which Europa Press has had access.
The document also warns that before leaving the confinement, the Member States must be sure that their respective health systems will have the necessary capacity to absorb the foreseeable increase in cases when restrictive measures begin to relax.
The Brussels recommendations will also advocate a phased, multi-phased exit so that authorities can react if contagions soar again and start on a "local" scale and expand geographically later.
The Community Executive will adopt its "roadmap for the exit of the pandemic" throughout the morning of this Wednesday, so it could still undergo modifications, and then the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will present the details at a press conference, accompanied by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel.
Von der Leyen already tried last week to present this initiative but his proposal was held back by the discomfort of several capitals, including Madrid and Rome, which saw the announcement precipitate and feared that it would send the wrong message to the doorstep of the Week holidays Holy, when in these countries a severe confinement was still imposed.
Von der Leyen spokesman Eric Mamer this week avoided commenting on the delay but insisted that Brussels is aware that it is "the prerogative" of European governments. decide "when they want to take restrictive measures and when they want to get out of them. "For this reason, added the spokesperson, the Commission's objective is that when the restrictions begin to be lifted it is done" in an effective way "and taking into account the situation in other countries of the world. EU, "especially in neighboring countries".
In fact, the document consulted by Europa Press points out that member states must "notify" both the von der Leyen Executive and the rest of the partners in the EU of their relaxation measures before putting them into practice, and "take into account their opinions ".
The pandemic in Europe has already left nearly 120,000 dead and more than 800,000 infected, according to the latest data provided by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). All member states have imposed restrictive measures with different rates and severity, and half of them have decreed a State of Emergency and closed their internal borders.
For this reason, the Commission now believes it is necessary to coordinate exit plans to avoid that the lack of understanding lead to "negative side effects" and warns that "scientific criteria must be given priority and put public health at the center", even if the decisions have an inevitable impact on the economic and social plane.
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