"We should prefer local responsibility for action in the sense of the subsidiarity principle", said the North Rhine-Westphalian European Minister Stephan Holthoff-Pförtner the "Handelsblatt" (Thursday edition). Nation-state procedures are often far too little differentiated in the event of a possible second wave of the coronavirus.
The CDU politician and confidante of Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) warned that the idea of the internal market should not be destroyed. "Closing borders does not help to fight the pandemic, but creates new obstacles." As in the spring, NRW does not want to close its borders with its western EU neighbors even in the event of a second surge. "Anyone who closes borders for friends in need will ultimately never have to open them again for goods," said Holthoff gatekeeper. "We in North Rhine-Westphalia did not close our borders with the Netherlands or Belgium on any day, thus maintaining supply chains and enabling cross-border commuters to get to work." NRW welcomes the efforts of the EU Commission to prepare for increased case numbers with better data exchange . It was "at least a step forward that the EU Commission is now building a common platform for data exchange with the help of two German companies," said Holthoff-Pförtner. NRW criticizes the fact that the Corona app did not develop jointly across borders at an early stage.
Just a few days ago, the EU executive commissioned the two DAX groups SAP and Deutsche Telekom to build an interface for the cross-border use of Corona apps.