China News Service, June 6 (Xinhua) According to the European Union quoted the European Union News Agency, on June 4, local time, Italian Prime Minister Conte and Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez respectively represented the two governments and jointly sent a letter to the European Commission Chairman Von Delaine to urge the EU The committee coordinated the EU member states, the Schengen area and the relevant countries of the European Economic Area to unify and open borders and promote the restart of the European tourism market.
Data map: On June 1, the Italian capital Rome, the Colosseum reopened. For epidemic prevention, visitors are required to wear masks, measure body temperature and disinfect their hands when entering the venue.
According to reports, the tourism industry occupies a large proportion of the gross national product (GDP) of Italy and Spain. Whether the tourism industry can achieve rapid recovery is crucial to the future economic development of the two countries. Italy has reopened the border to the EU member states, the Schengen area and the European Economic Area on June 3, and Spain expects to reopen the border to the end of June.
In a letter, Conte and Sanchez stated the controllability of the future epidemic, as well as the many problems and difficulties faced by unilateral consultations to restore the EU’s internal borders, and urged the European Commission to coordinate member states to lift border control measures and restore personnel as soon as possible And the free circulation of materials.
According to the report, the heads of government of the two countries believe that on the issue of EU border restoration, any discrimination should be avoided and the member states should separate from each other. The transparency of the epidemic situation of the member states and the unity of action within the EU should be strengthened to promote European internal solidarity and Cohesion.
Data Map: On May 25th local time, people play and relax on the reopened beaches of Gran Canaria, Spain. The picture shows people playing net football on the beach.
On June 5, local time, European Civil Affairs Commissioner Zhu Yifa said in a video conference of European Ministers of the Interior that the EU will resume the opening of the internal borders of the Schengen area by the end of June; from July 1, it will gradually open borders to countries outside the EU .
According to the latest EU requirements, the EU's internal borders should be gradually opened in June according to the specific conditions of the member states, and all border restrictions within the EU should be lifted by the end of June. Starting from July 1, the EU’s external tourism restrictions will be gradually lifted.
Zhu Yifa said that in the video conference of European Ministers of Internal Affairs, the member states have reached consensus on the issue of reopening the border, and under the unified coordination of the EU, they will gradually realize the freedom of personnel in the Schengen area and the European Economic Area according to the mutually agreed timetable Circulation and border opening.
Zhu Yifa emphasized that the EU welcomes the rapid elimination of internal border restrictions by member states. At present, the new crown epidemic situation in the EU area is rapidly improving and is constantly developing in a good direction. She called on all member states to abide by the principles of non-discrimination and reciprocity when opening borders, and should not restrict entry and exit of passengers based on nationality and tourist residence.
On the 5th local time, the Swiss government announced that starting June 15, Switzerland will reopen the border to all countries in the Schengen area, as well as the United Kingdom and the European Economic Area Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
It is reported that the Swiss authorities previously announced that they will open their borders to Germany, Austria and France from June 15. According to the EU’s border resumption schedule and EU recommendations, the Swiss authorities finally chose to open the border to all EU countries at once. (Boyuan)