The Secretary of State for European Affairs explained, to members of the parliamentary committee on the conclusions of the European Council, the recommendation adopted by the leaders of 27 establishing criteria for possible restrictions on movement within the European area.
Ana Paula Zacarias, stated that in the second phase of the pandemic it makes no sense and there is no point in closing borders in the European Union again. Contudo, said that coordination and cooperation should be.
Ana Paula Zacarias also recalled that the European Summit of 15 e 16 de Outubro, a Council recommendation was issued to the Member States establishing criteria to take into account whenever there is this possibility of imposing restrictions on freedom of movement.
Although this is a recommendation, so it is not mandatory, the Secretary of State for European Affairs pointed out that, has a much greater political weight in terms of the existing coordination.
The criteria defined by the recommendation are the cumulative rate of notifications that occurred in the 14 dias, ou seja, the number of new cases identified by each 100.000 last inhabitants 14 dias, the positivity rate of screening tests, ou seja, the percentage of positive screening tests out of all tests performed in the last week, and the screening rate, ou seja, the number of tests performed by 100 thousand inhabitants in the last week.
Nesse sentido, Ana Paula Zacarias said that these will be the criteria used to define the famous red zones, green and yellow, and also measures that are considered to be restrictions on free movement, as well as high-risk areas that have to comply with a quarantine period.
The official stressed that, under these circumstances, there is no point in closing borders, not worth it, what we have is to work together to improve the situation.