European Union calls for coordination to reopen borders within Europe

Published by Manon C. · Published on 14 May 2020 at 12h25 · Updated on 14 May 2020 at 16h09
To make sure containment exit runs smoothly, the European Union calls for coordination to reopen borders within Europe.

As European countries are slowly exiting containment, but borders remain closed or controlled, it is time to think about safe summer vacations.

Europe is having a hard time waiting to live again. The tourism sector, representing 10% of the European Union’s GDP, is dying because of the health crisis, confinement measures and the ban of travelling. Hotels, lacking tourists, are requesting borders to reopen.

Like France, authorizing trips abroad for pressing family or business reasons, some European countries are making the border lockdown softer: citizens from the Baltic States (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) will soon be allowed to travel within these three countries, while Switzerland, Slovenia, Portugal and Hungary are also starting to authorize trips between borders for business and family  matters.

Yet, the European Commission has recommended the twenty-seven countries of the Union to keep their borders outside the European Union closed until June 15th, what France is doing.

To make sure containment exit goes on smoothly, the European Union proposes a three-step scheme: first gradually lifting controls between neighboring countries; then, partial lift of controls within the Schengen area; and return to normal.

Of course, health safety measures will be kept all along those three steps in public transportation and touristic sites, and the European Commission reminds that in case the epidemic starts again, things could move back.


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