The head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen admitted that the complete closure of borders between countries in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic has shown its ineffectiveness in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The press conference was held on Twitter by the head of the EC.
“You remember that last spring, when the pandemic just started, there were a lot of border restrictions. Then 17 EU member states introduced restrictive measures at the borders … We then learned the lesson that closed borders did not stop the virus, but seriously disrupted the work of the single market and brought many problems,”she said.
The head of the European Commission recalled that in December only four EU countries introduced restrictive measures at the borders, and currently nine countries of the alliance have made such a decision.
“The virus has taught us that border closures do not stop it, but we see many violations,” said von der Leyen.
She called for a balance to be found between protecting public health and maintaining freedom of movement.
At the end of January, the EU introduced the concept of "dark red zones" of the pandemic in Europe with the highest rate of spread of coronavirus infection. The EU states, whose regions will find themselves in such a zone, should jointly develop epidemiological measures for the entire "dark red" region, without dividing it along borders.
Allergist immunologist Vladimir Bolibok, in an interview with the NSN, suggested that as a measure to combat the coronavirus, not to close the borders, but to change the control system of those entering.