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EC presents guidelines to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 24, 2020
The Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.
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To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, without delay, all the relevant internal border-crossing points on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) as ‘green lane' border crossings.

Topics: Goods

The green lane border crossings should be open to all freight vehicles, whatever goods they are carrying.

Crossing the border, including any checks and health screening, should not take more than 15 minutes.

Procedures at green lane border crossings should be minimised and streamlined to what is strictly necessary.

Checks and screening should be carried out without drivers having to leave their vehicles, and drivers themselves should undergo only minimal checks.

Drivers of freight vehicles should not be asked to produce any document other than their identification and driving license and if necessary a letter from the employer.

The electronic submission/display of documents should be accepted.

No freight vehicle or driver should face discrimination, irrespective of origin and destination, the driver's nationality or the vehicle's country of registration.

In light of the current situation, Member States are also urged to temporarily suspend all road access restrictions currently in place in their territory, such as weekend, night and sectoral bans.

The Commission encourages Member States to set up safe passage transit corridors to allow private drivers and their passengers, such as health and transport workers, as well as EU citizens being repatriated, regardless of their nationality, to directly pass with priority through the country in each necessary direction along the TEN-T Network.

This should be done while staying strictly on the designated route and to take the necessary minimum rest breaks.

Member States should ensure that they have at least one airport functional for repatriation and international relief flights.