BRUSSELS, Dec. 6 () –
The European Commission has clarified this Monday that it is not working on any proposal aimed at coordinating measures for a mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus in the European Union because it is a matter of the exclusive prerogative of the member states, days after the head of the Community Executive, Ursula von der Leyen, asked to open the debate to Twenty-seven.
“From an institutional point of view, this issue is something that is clearly within the competence of the member states. For this reason we are not going to come up with any kind of proposal in this regard,” concluded Von der Leyen’s spokesman, Eric Mamer, at a press conference in Brussels.
The president of the Commission, a doctor by training, expressed her “personal opinion” when advocating to open the debate in the European Union on the advisability or not of a compulsory vaccination, aware that health issues are the exclusive competence of the partner countries , has explained its spokesman.
The health ministers of the European Union will meet this Tuesday in Brussels to continue analyzing, among other issues, the management of the pandemic and vaccination campaigns, although the debate on mandatory vaccination already promoted by some countries is not on the agenda. formal meeting.
When asked last Wednesday, Von der Leyen told the press that she had “no recommendation of any kind” to make to national governments but added that in her opinion it was “understandable and appropriate” to reflect on how to improve vaccination rates. and even “potentially thinking” of mandatory vaccination.
“It is necessary to discuss it and have a common approach,” reasoned then the head of the Community Executive, recalling that a third of the European population, that is, 150 million EU citizens, is still unvaccinated and that a large majority of they “could” be immunized.