World Corona virus: What the EU exit strategy looks like....

Corona virus: What the EU exit strategy looks like. Also Jens Spahn for easing – politics abroad

The European Union apparently already has precise plans for how Europe should return to normal in the Corona crisis.

As the WORLD reports, the EU Commission under Ursula von der Leyen (61, CDU) proposes a gradual phase out of the emergency measures against the corona pandemic with long intervals.

This is what the EU plan looks like

Local easing: The EU states should first lift the existing freedom-restricting measures at local level and then gradually expand the opening, according to the unpublished “exit strategy”, from which the newspaper quotes. According to this plan, the restrictions could be quickly reintroduced locally if necessary.

Gradual loosening: The individual measures should be phased out so that there is sufficient time between the individual steps. As a benchmark, the authors state a month between the individual loosenings.

Protect older people for longer: In principle, the measures should be less broad and therefore more focused than before. Accordingly, the “most vulnerable groups, for example the older ones” must be protected for longer.

School classes should be downsized

No large groups of people yet: Even groups of people should only be allowed again gradually. In stores, the number of simultaneously admitted customers should initially be limited. In schools, children should be able to keep a sufficient distance from one another and classes should be reduced.

Bars, restaurants and cultural institutions such as cinemas should only gradually reopen. “The lifting of bans on mass gatherings such as festivals must take place at a later date,” it says.

EU-wide agreement: The Brussels authority is demanding above all a coordinated approach by the member states. “The timing and specific modalities for an exit strategy may differ between Member States, but it is imperative that there is a common approach and framework.”

Important jobs first: “Not the entire population should go back to work at the same time,” write the experts from the EU Commission. Instead, it should be prioritized according to how economically important the respective activities are and how suitable they are for work from home.

The commissioners were originally supposed to approve the plan on Wednesday. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (61) then wanted to present him to the public. However, at the urging of some member countries, it should only be presented after Easter. The national governments had asked the EU Commission to develop a roadmap for easing measures in Europe.

Ursula von der Leyen from Germany receives support for a common way out of the corona restrictions.

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD) also hopes that the federal states will act in a unified manner to relax the restrictions imposed by the Corona crisis. “I do not want to guess, but at least it cannot be our goal,” said Weil in the ZDF “Morgenmagazin” when asked whether different solutions – for example for school openings – were conceivable.

The SPD politician said that there are very different situations in the individual federal states – for example in terms of the number of infections. Nevertheless, it would be very helpful if the countries “took the same step in the same direction, so that there was no confusion”.


Spahn is also looking at easing for Germany

In view of the first successes in curbing the corona virus in Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn considers cautious steps out of the state-ordered standstill after the Easter holidays.

If the development of the infection numbers continues, “we will be able to talk to the Prime Minister about a gradual return to normality after the Easter holidays,” the CDU politician told the “Handelsblatt”.

In a free constitutional state, far-reaching restrictions on fundamental rights could only work as long as they were understood and accepted. Therefore, it is not only important to justify the action well, but also to show a perspective.

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