COVID-19: Overview over national transport measures and EU guidelines
The situation regarding COVID-19 is constantly evolving in all countries of RFC Amber. The European Commission provides on its website an overview over transport measures concerning COVID-19 country by country and has issued Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services.
The overview over national transport measures is provided on https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en and lists measures taken by all EU Member States and for all transport modes, including rail. Each country section also contains links to additional information provided by the national governments.
The Commission has also issued "Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services", available under https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-we-do/policies/european-agenda-migration/20200316_covid-19-guidelines-for-border-management.pdf. These guidelines also concern rail freight. They have been endorsed by Heads of State and Governments.
Yesterday, on 23 March 2020, the Commission has further issued new practical advice on how to implement the Guidelines for border management. The Communication is available under https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_510.
In spite of the challenges stemming from COVID-19 rail freight proves for the time being to be the transport mode maintaining international traffic relatively smoothly, demonstrating a high level of resilience even under the current adverse conditions and making an important contribution to the functioning of the EU Internal Market. RFC Amber has at this stage capacity to handle additional volumes of traffic, if needed, for example in case of difficulties in international road transport.