The European Union considers three possible variants of the terms of opening the borders – September, the end of the year and 2021, as Ukrinform reported citing Executive Director of Frontex Fabrice Leggeri.
“We have three scenarios. According to the first one, the EU and Frontex will be able to return to the normal security of the borders in September. According to the second, we will be able to do it only at the end of this year. According to the least optimistic scenario, during 2021, we will be forced to deal with the consequences of the pandemic and particular restrictions for travels,” he noted.
At the same time, Frontex intends to extend the communication network with the third countries. Particularly, the agency will send the communication officer to Ukraine within the fulfillment of the regional mandate toward the countries of the Eastern Partnership.
On June 30, the Council of the European Union agreed upon and published a list of 14 non-EU countries that would be allowed to cross the EU border from 1 July. Ukraine was not included in the list.
On July 1, the Council of the European Union approved the decision, which allows the countries-members to open the border for particular categories of the Ukrainians and citizens of other third countries.