European Commission: Requests extension of travel restrictions to EU until 15 May


Eleven cruise ships carrying a total of 8,000 passengers will arrive at an EU port in the coming days.

The Commission calls on the Schengen Member States  , as well as the Schengen States concerned, to extend the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May . According to the experience of Member States and other countries exposed to the pandemic, more than 30 days are required for effective measures to be taken to combat the spread of the virus.At the same time, the EU said 11 cruise ships carrying a total of 8,000 passengers would arrive at an EU port in the coming days.

At the same time, the Commission called for better coordination between countries when creating digital monitoring tools to combat the pandemic. Her recommendations come for smartphone tracking applications. “People need to know what’s going on. There must be voluntary and informed decisions that want to enter these systems, “said Vĕra Jourová.

As time goes on, European leaders are beginning to plan for more relaxed national restrictions and hope that their plans will be smoother than their implementation. Italy is taking the lead, reconsidering an approach that envisions a full return to normal life that takes months. A draft EU statement, however, says any easing of the restriction will cause new cases.

As European finance ministers prepare a new Eurogroup  teleconference at 6pm Greek time, the economy is heading for a serious recession. France’s economy shrank more than in World War II in the first quarter and is expected to shrink by 6% this year. In Germany, car sales fell by almost 40% in March compared to the previous year, with top research firms predicting that the second quarter would fall by almost 10%. The picture is not much better across Europe’s borders.


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