Coronavirus: Commission statement on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the EU related to the coronavirus pandemic

Today, the Council has agreed on EU-wide coordination of measures restricting free movement related to the coronavirus pandemic. Following the proposal of the Commission on 4 September, today’s agreement will provide more clarity and predictability for citizens with a common map and colour code based on common criteria. Member States should also provide citizens with clear and timely information about what they must do, and which restrictions are in force. In a statement issued today, the Commission said: “We welcome this agreement to bring more order to a currently confusing situation. The coming together of Member States sends a strong signal to citizens and is a clear example of the EU acting where it absolutely should. We have learned our lessons: we will not surmount the crisis by unilaterally closing borders, but by working together.” The full statement is available here. All the information about travelling in the EU will be available on the ‘Re-open EU‘ platform, where the common map published regularly by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will also be cross-referenced once available. More information is available in the Q&A and factsheet.