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Portugal against ″ general quarantines ″ admits negotiations within the EU

Portugal follows the position of the European Commission “that quarantines of a general nature should not be adopted unilaterally”, imposing on travelers 14 days of withdrawal even if they do not show any covid-19 symptoms. One of the countries that currently has this measure in place is Spain.

DN questioned the Ministry of Internal Administration about whether bilateral negotiations are being developed with other countries to exempt Portuguese citizens from the quarantine obligation, as other European capitals have already admitted to doing. A question that the ministry led by Eduardo Cabrita leaves unanswered, but admitting negotiations within the framework of the European Union with the same purpose.

“Portugal does not comment on the sovereign decisions of other Member States to combat the pandemic and to which Portuguese citizens who cross their respective borders are subject”, begins by mentioning the ministry, but adding that the country “supports the European Commission’s position that general quarantines should not be adopted unilaterally” – that is, applied to all people arriving in a territory, even if they do not have any symptoms of covid-19.

The MAI points out the recommendations presented last week by the European Commission, aiming at the “gradual restoration of free movement” in the European space and which presuppose the “carrying out negotiations in which Portugal participates with the other member states”.

The objective set by the European Commission is to gradually lift restrictions on movement within the European space, as uniformly as possible, at least among countries that present a similar epidemiological situation. The aim is, to a large extent, the return of some tourist activity, a sector that assumes enormous importance in the GDP of some countries, including Portugal.

But this is a competence of member states where the European Commission makes no more than recommendations.

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