EU closes entrance to Schengen Area; Germany is last to close borders

Source : 112 Ukraine

The restrictions of the visits to the EU will act for 30 days initially but might be extended
17:20, 17 March 2020

Ursula von der Leyen
Open source

The EU will close its external borders for all minor travels within the measures on the fight against the coronavirus epidemic as CNN reported citing European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

“The less travel, the more we can contain the virus,” von der Leyen stated. She expressed the confidence that the European Council will approve the restriction of the entrance to the Schengen Area.

The president of the commission stated that the restrictions of the visits to the EU will act for 30 days initially but might be extended.

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The members of the families of the European citizens and diplomats will be exempted from such bans as well as the transborder, medical workers and carriers conveying goods.

The restrictions should be approved by 26 states, which enter the Schengen Area. The countries, which are not the members of the Schengen Agreements, particularly, the UK, will be invited to join the measures.

According to BBC, Germany became one of the last countries, which closed its border due to the coronavirus epidemic.

“These are the measures not existed in our country but which are necessary,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated.

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The borders of Germany with France, Austria and Switzerland were closed on Monday. The restrictions do not spread on commercial traffic.

Spane will also close its borders later.

French President Emmanuel Macron declared ‘war’ against the virus during the speech on Monday, banning all public events all over the country.

As we reported, the Russian government decided to shut down the border traffic with Belaurs in the view of the spreading Chinese coronavirus.


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