On March 23, the European Commission presented guidelines for border management to ensure a continuous flow of goods throughout the EU through green corridors.
Member States were asked to immediately designate all relevant internal border crossing points within the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) as border crossing points for “green corridors” to ensure uninterrupted operation of supply chains.
Shortening the waiting time at the borders – this is to take place, among others by taking the following actions:
· Procedures at border crossing points for green corridors should be reduced and simplified to the minimum necessary. Checks and screening should be carried out without drivers having to leave the vehicle, and drivers should only be subject to the minimum checks;
· Drivers of freight vehicles should not be asked to produce any document other than a passport / ID card and driving license and, if necessary, a certificate from the employer. Electronic submission / display of documents should be allowed;
· Member States are urged to temporarily suspend all driving bans present on their territory, such as weekend or night driving bans and sectored bans;
· Member States are encouraged to set up secure transport corridors to allow private drivers and their passengers, such as health and transport professionals, as well as EU citizens returning home, regardless of their nationality, to take direct priority in every necessary direction within the TEN networks -T. At the same time, they must strictly adhere to the rules regarding staying on the designated route and taking the necessary minimum rest breaks;
· Sufficient to certify that the worker is involved in international transport activities should be the presentation of an internationally recognized qualification certificate; in the absence of such certificates (not all international drivers have them), a certificate signed by the employer should be sufficient.
· These principles should also apply to third-country nationals if they are necessary to ensure the free movement of goods within and within the EU.