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The EU Declared That They Discuss The Possibility Of Opening The External Borders Almost Every Week

The EU Declared That They Discuss The Possibility Of Opening The External Borders Almost Every Week

EU member States discuss every week the opening of the external borders of the community, which were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a senior EU representative announced to reporters in Brussels on Tuesday on the eve of the online EU-Western Balkans summit on May 6.

"I can't say when the decision will be made to open the borders, but this issue is discussing almost every week," he said.

According to him, the dilemma of borders is becoming more urgent due to the approaching summer vacation season. "This is a very big topic that is discussed by the member States and is within their competence. It becomes a problem as we approach the summer vacation season. But at the moment, health concerns are dominating," he added.

The heads of state and government of the European Union on March 17 approved the closure of the external borders of the community for 30 days to combat the spread of a new coronavirus. Later, a month later, the European Commission recommended that EU countries extend this measure until May 15. Trips that are not urgent are prohibited. Thus, an exception is made for diplomats, medical workers, researchers involved in projects to combat coronavirus, transport personnel, EU citizens and residents returning home, as well as their family members.

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