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Brussels, Jan 18- The European Commission (EC) demanded this Monday that the internal borders of the European Union (EU) be kept open, at a time when some countries are again considering the possibility of introducing restrictions and , given the increase in coronavirus cases, asked to “speed up” the vaccination process.
But he called for “coordination” to “ensure that we absolutely respect all our principles and our rights and treaties”, referring to the freedom of free movement recognized in the Schengen area.
“The rate of infection but new variants of the virus puts some Member States under caution,” he said, but called for “keeping the internal borders of the Union open as much as possible.”
“I have continued to call for a coordinated approach in the management of Covid-19, especially in the area of borders. Belgium wants a common decision to be made at the European Council on Thursday,” Belgian Foreign Minister Sophie noted on Twitter. Wilmes, after the meeting of European ministers.
In addition, the temporary closure of borders for terrorism reasons is applied in France (which began to do so after the Paris attacks) and now it is considering reinforcing the borders to avoid displacements in this third wave, as well as in Sweden and Denmark. And Austria and Germany have applied controls since 2016 to respond to migratory flows after the so-called “refugee crisis”.
“Receiving vaccines is not the same as vaccinating,” said the vice president of the EC, “and the initial data suggest significant differences between the Member States regarding the percentage of vaccination.”
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