Report says EU member states reach preliminary consensus on opening external borders

According to several media 27 quoted EU sources as saying that in view of Europe and some countries the new crown outbreak improved, EU member states have reached a preliminary consensus that more than 10 extraterritorial countries will open their external borders, the United States is not among them. The EU plans to open its external borders to extraterritorial countries such as Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia and Montenegro from July 1, according to media reports such as Reuters, the Financial Times, the Washington Post and others.

At present, the EU side has not officially announced the relevant news, this preliminary consensus still needs to be approved by eu member states.

Report says EU member states reach preliminary consensus on opening external borders

According to reports, the EU chose to open borders, mainly based on its assessment of the situation of epidemic prevention and control in the countries concerned. The Absence of the United States on the list reflects the EU’s negative judgment of the U.S. outbreak. The Washington Post reported that the decision “confirms the (EU) view that the United States has failed in its response to the new crown outbreak”.

On March 16th the European Commission proposed entry restrictions for an initial period of 30 days to curb the spread of the epidemic. On March 17th the EU and its member states held a video summit to approve the proposal, and the restrictions have been in place ever since. Entry restrictions cover 26 EU member states, with the exception of Ireland, as well as Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. Recently, the outbreak in Europe has improved, and the gradual lifting of immigration restrictions has been put on the agenda.