The EU has set a deadline for opening external borders for third-country citizens

The Interior Ministers of the EU member states spoke in favor of extending the restrictions on entry to the EU for two weeks. The European Commission will adopt recommendations on the opening of external borders.

Most EU States consider it necessary to extend the ban on entry to the EU from third countries for two weeks, until the end of June. This was stated by the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs and Ylva Johansson following a video conference of the interior Ministers of the EU countries, Free News reports on Friday, June 5.

“After listening to today’s discussion, I 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 confirmed the position that the external borders would be opened only after the lifting of all restrictions on the internal borders of the EU.

Borders are closed until June 15

As you know, due to the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus, the European Commission’s recommendation is to maintain the ban on third-country citizens entering the EU until June 15. Exceptions are made only for so-called “necessary” trips, such as seasonal workers.

“Almost all EU member States today have expressed their support for a short extension of this period. This means that the end of June will cancel control at the internal borders. I think we should consider gradually removing restrictions on travel to the EU in early July,” the European Commissioner said. Answering a question, she clarified that they plan to extend this ban on entering the EU for two weeks.

According to Johansson, next week, the European Commission will present recommendations to the States of the Schengen area regarding the opening of the external borders of the EU. “When discussing options for lifting restrictions on external borders, we made it clear that we should avoid a situation where these measures will lead to the resumption of control at the internal borders of the EU,” said Teresia Gras, state Secretary of the Croatian interior Ministry, which currently holds the presidency of the EU Council.