The European Commission has presented a proposal Recommendation on a coordinated approach to restrictions on free movement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the proposal identifies four main areas where close cooperation between Member States is needed:
- common criteria and thresholds Member States to introduce travel restrictions
- mapping common criteria agreed color code
- a common framework for measures applicable to travelers from high-risk areas
- Clear and timely informing the public about all restrictions
Member States should provide data on new cases to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control on a weekly basis and should also provide regional level to ensure that the measures can be targeted only to areas for which it is absolutely necessary.
The same proposal is supported by the Croatian Tourism Association, which sent a letter to the Government calling on Croatia to strongly support the adoption of the Recommendations as soon as possible with proposals for changes to common criteria and joint measures accepted by the Government.
For joint travel to or from higher risk areas, the HUT suggested that Member States be primarily advised to apply a targeted regional approach in identifying higher risk areas, rather than applying common measures to the entire territory of the Member States.
- Citizens and businesses need predictability. Member States must do everything possible to minimize the impact of travel restrictions on social and economic circumstances. This means clear and agreed criteria and clear, complete and timely information to the public. That is why the Croatian Tourism Association advocates a coordinated and regional approach to restricting free movement from the moment of opening the EU's internal borders, and we are convinced that earlier adoption of such an approach would create a precondition for achieving much better results in the off-season this year., said Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT.
HUT also suggested to the Government that all member states first clearly define regions or areas in their territory and be mandatory submit data on a daily basis in these areas to the ECDC, as well as to local and national authorities, the media and the general public. The common criterion should be monitored and published by the ECDC primarily at the regional level, and not at Member State level, and ECDC should publish a map of regions marked in different colors, not a map of countries in different colors.
According to the analysis of the key criterion (number of newly infected per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days) by regions or counties, it is clear that there are significant differences in the epidemiological situation in different parts of Croatia in the past period which also show that Adriatic) did not need to be limited, they conclude from HUT.
Recall, HUT is July 24, 2020. launched the Corona Region Tracker website with the aim of timely and accurate informing the public about the number of COVID-19 cases in Croatian regions.
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A broad group of stakeholders and corona-crisis-affected parties, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than 5000 companies and millions of workers in sectors ranging from aviation and travel agencies to hotels, restaurants and camps and their supply chains, sent a letter Ursuli von der Leyen, the presidents of the European Commission in which they ask that solving this issue become a priority.
Tourism in Europe generates 10 percent of economic production and employs 12 percent of the workforce, emphasize the European travel and tourism industry, and warn that ignoring key current challenges calls into question the recovery of economies.
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