The European Commission made it clear this Monday that it is not working on a proposal to coordinate measures for compulsory vaccination against the coronavirus in the European Union, as this is the exclusive competence of the member states, days after the head of the municipal council, Ursula von der Leyen, asked to open the debate on 27.
“From an institutional point of view, this issue is clearly the responsibility of the Member States. For this reason we will not make any suggestions in this regard, ”concluded Von der Leyen spokesman Eric. Mamer, at a press conference in Brussels.
The President of the Commission, a trained doctor, expressed her “personal opinion” in favor of opening the debate in the European Union on whether or not vaccination should be compulsory, knowing that health issues are the exclusive competence of the partner countries explained his spokesman.
The health ministers of the European Union will meet in Brussels this Tuesday to further analyze, among other things, the management of the pandemic and vaccination campaigns, although the debate on mandatory vaccination, which some countries have already supported, is not on the agenda.
When asked last Wednesday, Von der Leyen told the press that she had “no recommendation” to make to national governments, but added that she thought it was “understandable and appropriate” to think about ways to improve vaccination rates. possibly think of compulsory vaccination.
“It is necessary to discuss this and to pursue a common approach,” said the chairman of the community executive at the time, recalling that a third of the European population, d “could” be vaccinated.