Estonia proposes harmonising EU crisis measures

Coronavirus testing starts at Tallinn Airport.
Coronavirus testing starts at Tallinn Airport. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

Estonia made a proposal at the Council of the European Union to harmonise crisis measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) said Estonia supports an agreed framework for an early warning system for restrictive measures, common criteria and a chance to replace border closures and lockdowns with more flexible measures, with the combination of restrictions and voluntary testing allowing people to move, work and provide services.

"We must make every effort to avoid a complete closure of borders and use other, commonly agreed measures where possible to contain the spread of the disease," Reinsalu said.

Estonia's proposal includes an early warning system for upcoming restrictions, and a measure for voluntary testing, which would allow people to return to work more quickly.

"While the infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is growing everywhere, we must discuss within the European Union how to factor in the rate of testing – the testing capabilities of member states vary," Reinsalu said.

"The most important thing is to agree on coordination between member states when carrying out tests and providing information about new adopted measures."


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