The European Commission is actively negotiating with EU member states regarding further deadlines for border closure in the context of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, April 3, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said in an interview with the French radio station Europe 1:
We are currently holding consultations with all member states on how to proceed further after EasterUrsula von der Leyen about closing the external borders of the EU for a period of 30 days.
She noted that “this measure (introduced March 24 ) was very well received by EU countries.”
They understood its necessity – in particular, it aimed at preventing non-EU residents from coming there for treatment, while the medical care system in European countries is already completely overcrowded.Ursula von der Leyen
At the same time, she condemned the closure of internal borders in the EU by a number of countries.
At the very beginning of the crisis, a number of countries tended to worry only about their own problems. Of course, this approach is undesirable. But we have put a lot of effort into achieving a change in this mentality… Let me remind you that at the beginning of the epidemic there were facts of closing borders or export bans. This caused various kinds of violations – in particular, the supply of medical equipment, which is so necessary in the current situation. But we jointly overcame these problems… We have developed cooperation and are currently witnessing many manifestations of solidarity. In particular, it is the transportation of patients to other countries or the provision of medical equipment. We will facilitate joint purchases of such equipment. So the situation is improving, especially in recent weeks – this also applies to vaccines.Ursula von der Leyen
Recall, the European Commission intends to raise 100 billion euros under the guarantees of the EU countries to finance a short-term scheme for protecting jobs as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic.