The EU will open the external borders from 1 July

The European Commission will publish its proposals this week for a “gradual and partial” lifting of travel restrictions at the EU’s external borders from 1 July.

The European Union will propose a “gradual and partial” reopening of its external borders from 1your July, Vice President Josep Borrell announced Wednesday, July 10.

It would be a matter of lifting the restrictions with some third countries by taking into account “a certain number of principles and criteria” and by relying on a “common strategy” between Member States, he explained.

The ban on non-essential travel to the EU, currently valid until 15 June, was introduced on 17 March in a coordinated manner between the Member States and the European Commission to combat the spread of the new pandemic for coronavirus At the end of last week they agreed 27 the interior ministers to coordinate this gradual reopening for travelers from countries outside the Schengen area and the EU.

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The European Managing Director can only issue an opinion, with the final decision up to each Member State. Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said last week that not all countries agreed on the criteria to be met. with regard to a reopening.

Greece, for example, whose economy largely depends on tourism, has already announced that it will open its sky from June 15 to a list of countries including non-EU / Schengen countries, such as Australia, China or South Korea.

Germany, for its part, decided on Wednesday to extend its warnings on trips outside the European Union to August 31, which is nevertheless difficult by the virtual paralysis of the world air fleet. “These warnings for travelers will continue to apply to all countries except the EU Member States, Schengen Associated States and the United Kingdom, until August 31 included,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.

Berlin justified its position by declaring that it did not want to “risk the Germans staying stranded around the world again this summer or vacationers reintroducing the virus in Germany”.

Regarding the internal borders of the Union, “several Member States are in the process of abolishing checks”, Josep Borrell noted, adding that the Commission “considers that these procedures must be completed in June”.

With AFP