EU to Open External Borders for Third Country Nationals No Earlier than on July 1
Most EU states consider it necessary to extend the ban on entry into the EU from third countries for two weeks until the end of June. This was stated by European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson following a video conference of Heads of Ministries of Internal Affairs of the EU countries.
“After listening to today’s discussion, I personally believe that we will return to the full functioning of the Schengen area and freedom of movement of citizens no later than the end of June,” Johansson said. She reiterated the position that external borders would be opened only after the abolition of all restrictions on the internal borders of the EU.
As is known, because of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 disease, the European Commission recommends that the ban on entry into the EU by third-country nationals be valid until June 15. Exceptions are made only for the so-called « necessary » trips, for example, seasonal workers.
« Almost all EU member states today spoke in favor of a short extension of this period. This means that control at internal borders will be abolished by the end of June. I think we should consider the gradual lifting of restrictions on travel to the EU in early July, » the European Commissioner said. Answering a question from a DW correspondent, she specified that they plan to extend this ban on entry into the EU for two weeks.
According to Johansson, next week the European Commission will present recommendations to the Schengen states regarding the opening of the external borders of the EU. “When discussing options for removing restrictions on external borders, we made it clear that we should avoid a situation where these measures lead to the resumption of control at the EU’s internal borders,” said State Secretary of the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs, who is currently chairing the EU Council.