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05-06-2020

Agreement reached on Europe's internal and external borders

2020, June 5


A majority of Schengen countries have reached an agreement this afternoon with regard to the reopening of Europe's internal and external borders as of June 15. "It will therefore once again be possible to go on holiday to many countries this summer", says Minister Pieter De Crem. "This agreement allows us to take another step towards a normalization of our daily lives", according to Minister De Crem.

Very concretely, a majority of Schengen countries have reached an agreement to reopen the borders on June 15. This group of countries includes Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and France. For a number of other countries, the reopening of the borders is scheduled to take place at a later date. One of the countries with a later reopening date is Spain, which has set July 1st as the date to reopen its borders.

With regard to Europe's external borders, the purpose is to come to a common reopening of these borders. The European Commission will draw up a proposal to achieve this. A reopening of Europe's external borders should not be expected before June 15.


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