Belgium in Brief: Belgium Has Some Explaining To Do
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
The country of Belgium is facing the political equivalent of being called to the principal’s office, albeit for something that nobody told it not to do.
After it decided to close borders to non-essential travel – a push beyond the current recommendations at an EU level – European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders wants Belgium to explain what it was thinking.
The Belgian government has prohibited, from 27 January to 1 March, recreational or tourist travel to and from Belgium, to prevent a potential resurgence of the epidemic.
“There is a freedom of the Member States to go further or less far, but it is important to have very strong coordination. This decision must therefore be explained and justified. Concerning its legality, in the end, the control is done by the judicial authorities,” Reynders added.
Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has already announced his intentions last Thursday, and faced no opposition from heads of state or government, with some even expressing support for the measure.
So, what do you think? Did Belgium go too far? Should Europe follow? Let @johnstonjules know on Twitter.
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