The European Commission on 11 June recommended that the member States and associate States of the Schengen area to abolish internal border controls from June 15, 2020 and to extend temporary restrictions on nonessential travel to the EU from third countries until 30 June. The European Commission’s decision published on its official website.
“Given that the situation in health care in some third countries remains critical, the EC recommends to lift restrictions on travel at this stage. The restriction may be lifted for countries selected jointly by the member States on the basis of principles and objective criteria, including [epidemic] of the situation and the principle of reciprocity,” the statement says.
The European Commission has also proposed to expand the list of categories of third-country nationals who are allowed to enter the EU, including foreign students.
The EC emphasize that the abolition of restrictions on the external borders of the European Union “should be coordinated and consistent”.
“As travelers entering the EU, can move freely from one country to another, it is essential that member States coordinated their decisions on the abolition of restrictions on travel. Therefore, member States should agree on a common list of countries outside the EU, for which travel restrictions may be lifted on 1 July”, – stated in the message.
In the list of third countries whose citizens are allowed entry into the EU, may be included countries with positive epidemic dynamics, to take effective measures to combat coronavirus (when the country lifted restrictions on entry for EU citizens).
The Commission recommends that you first remove restrictions for citizens of countries in which “the epidemic situation is similar to the average for the EU and which have sufficient potential to combat the virus.” If the state ceases to meet the necessary criteria, it must be deleted from the list, added the EC.
In addition, the Commission recommended that from 1 July to lift restrictions on travel to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Northern Macedonia and Serbia, “considering that their epidemiological situation is similar or better than in the EU.”
Press service of the EC recalls that the restriction on entry into the European Union was introduced on March 16 in connection with the pandemic coronavirus. Subsequently the restriction was extended twice.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As at 11 Jun worldwide had contracted the coronavirus of 7.41 million people, 417 thousand of them died, about 3.5 million recovered.