The @EU_Commission has concerns regarding the mandatory hotel quarantine in #Ireland for travelers from 5 EU Member States. Today we sent a letter to Irish authorities asking for clarifications. The objective pursued by Ireland could be achieved by less restrictive measures. pic.twitter.com/wcRQVP2Xh4
— Christian Wigand (@ChristianWigand) April 16, 2021
“The commission has concerns regarding this measure in relation to the general principles of EU law, in particular proportionality and non-discrimination.
“We have been in contact with the Irish authorities during the past days on this matter. Today the commission sent a letter to the Irish authorities asking for clarifications on this matter and on the criteria used to determine the designated [EU] countries.
“The commission believes that the objective pursued by Ireland, which is the protection of public health during the pandemic, could be achieved by less restrictive measures.”
“We invite the Irish authorities to align more closely their measures taken with the provisions of the council recommendation member states agreed in October and updated earlier this year.”
Christian Wigand, EU Commission Spokesperson for Rule of Law, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Employment and Social Affairs.
The commission has given Ireland ten days to respond.
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— Órla O'Donnell (@Orlaodo) April 16, 2021