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Parliamentary questions
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17 April 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Coordination of the mutual recognition of COVID-19 tests

The Slovak Republic does not recognise tests for COVID‑19 that citizens underwent in other Member States shortly before they returned to Slovakia. Despite the fact that they have confirmation of a negative test result, these people are placed in compulsory quarantine in state-designated facilities for the period required for a test to be carried out, which in some cases can be up to 14 days.

Other Member States, such as neighbouring Austria, take into account tests carried out in other Member States, and confirmation of a negative test result is required in order to enter the country.

In the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services, the Commission states that Member States should coordinate to carry out health screening on one side of the border only to avoid overlaps and waiting times. In the joint European Roadmap towards lifting COVID-19 containment measures, the Commission calls yet again for joint coordination.

Given the current divergent approaches among the Member States, does the Commission plan to engage in coordinating testing in the EU?

Is the conduct of Slovakia, i.e. the fact that it does not recognize SARS-CoV-2 tests carried out in other Member States, in compliance with the Commission’s Guidelines?

How does the Commission plan to ensure the implementation and monitoring of its Guidelines?

Original language of question: SK
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