Source: European Parliament
After some Member States closed their borders in an effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, the President of the Commission, in a speech on 13 March 2020, was highly critical of the closures, preferring a system of checks at the EU’s external borders.
On 17 March, the Council accepted the Commission proposal to close the external borders, a move which, according to the President of the Commission, would replace internal border checks. The same day, the French Prime Minister announced that the Member States had reached a joint position on the closure at the instigation of the French President.
Will the Commission state whether this decision was taken on the proposal of the French President? Did the Commission ask the Member States to stop national border checks after the Council meeting?
Given that a virus does not need a passport but merely requires a host to cross a border, does Ursula von der Leyen not also acknowledge (having admitted to underestimating the health threat) that she should have advocated closing national borders rather than criticising the Member States which had taken the decision to do so as they sought to protect their citizens?