The countries of the European Union stood for the extension of the restrictions for entry for the citizens of third countries after June 15 as European Truth reported citing European Commissioner Ylva Johansson.
“Among the ministers, there was strong support of the decision that firstly, it is necessary to restore the functioning of the Schengen Area and then proceed to the opening of the external borders,” she said.
According to Johansson, the European Commission recommended ending the restrictions for the crossing the EU external borders on June 15 when the term of the current ban expires but almost all countries-members supported the short offer to continue the closure of the borders.
“It means that the restrictions at the external borders will remain until the end of June and I believe that we should consider their abolishment at the beginning of July,” she said, adding that it is expected that the ban will be extended for two weeks.
Johansson also noted that the full functioning of the Schengen Area will restore until the end of June.
Starting from June 15, the Foreign Ministry of Germany will lift the restriction for entrance for citizens of 26 EU countries. Besides, the citizens of the UK and countries that enter the Schengen Area but not EU members – Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein will be allowed to enter Germany.