Declaração da presidente von der Leyen na conferência de imprensa depois da reunião de ontem (16.Mar) do G7 :
First of all, the fact that we will have to take measures to limit and to slow down the spread of the virus. This is important so that our healthcare system is able to deal with the amount of patients that are severely ill and therefore, it is of utmost importance to take all these measures Member States are taking right now to slow down social contacts, to slow down public life and therefore, to slow down the spread of the virus.
On the other hand, this raises a lot of questions on how to maintain the rapid flow of goods and how to keep our economy agile and vital. In this context, we informed today our G7 partners that we propose to introduce a temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the European Union. Why that? Because we think that non-essential travel should be reduced right now, too, in order not to spread the virus further, be it within the European Union or by leaving the European Union, but also to avoid non-essential travel to not have more potential strain on our healthcare system.
Of course, there will be exemptions, for example for EU citizens coming back home, for healthcare workers, like doctors and nurses, but also scientists working on the solution of this health crisis we do see, and for people commuting on borders, who are working on both sides of the border, for example – there will be exemptions.
It is a restriction that should be in place for an initial period of 30 days and we have been talking about that with the G7 partners.
Esta restrição temporária de voos para a União Europeia será discutida hoje na reunião por videoconferência do Conselho Europeu.