German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Saturday slammed EU officials for rejecting his government’s plans for a while restore again control on its borders with Austria and the Czech Republic.
“We are fighting a virus that mutates on the border with the Czech Republic and Austria,” Seehofer was told Germany’s BILD tabloid. “The EU Commission must support us and not put spokes on our wheels with cheap advice.”
Earlier this week, the German government designated the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol region as so-called “mutation areas,” due to the high number of coronavirus cases caused by a variant of the virus.
According to reports on BILD and GlassThe European Commission called for Germany’s new rules to make exceptions for commuters, among others.
At a daily press conference on Friday, a spokesman for the Commission said the German government had not yet informed about planned border controls, which are expected to take effect Sunday.
“We urge Germany to implement these measures fully in line with the recommendations of the Council,” a Commission spokesman said Friday, adding that the Commission expects EU countries to follow a previously agreed general approach to travel restrictions and to avoid border closings and travel bans. that enveloped.
Seehofer also criticized European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides for their handling of vaccine launches across the continent. “That’s enough,” Seehofer the word. “The commission has made quite a few mistakes when it comes to ordering vaccines in the last few months.”
Starting on Sunday, German authorities will carry out random checks at the border and travelers from certain areas in Austria and the Czech Republic who cannot show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test may be refused, ARD reported.
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