The European Commission is stepping up the pressure on the Belgian authorities to end the ban on non-essential travel currently in force until after the Easter holidays.
On Twitter, European Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said that in a conversation with Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden, he insisted that Belgium must respect the principle of free movement of persons in the EU.
"The Commission expects an end date for the ban on non-essential travel, and other less restrictive measures, such as testing and quarantines," he said. Belgium was criticised for its travel ban several times by the Commission, which said in early March that it was "surprised" by the government's decision to extend the ban again, despite several requests not to.
Ik had een gesprek met de minister van @ibzbe @AnneliesVI: ?? moet het beginsel van vrij verkeer binnen de Unie eerbiedigen. De Commissie verwacht: -een einddatum voor het verbod op niet-essentiële reizen en -andere minder beperkende maatregelen (testen en quarantaines) pic.twitter.com/k3CToc7wXj— Didier Reynders (@dreynders) March 19, 2021
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