The German Ambassador Norbert Riedel and the French Ambassador Frédéric Journès in Bern Switzerland, have come forward to urge their three neighbouring countries along with the other Schengen Member States to reopen borders while coordinating with each other.
A letter has been jointly written by them and published on Friday in Le Temps and Tages Anzeiger newspapers. The Ambassadors claim that a coordinated reopening of the borders, especially for the border areas, is essential.
The joint message by the French and German Ambassadors reflect the opinion of the Switzerland Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis expressed earlier.
Stressing a “coordinated reopening of borders”, the view of the Ambassadors is to make coordinated efforts in order to get economic life back on track in the Schengen Area.
This letter comes at a time when the Schengen Member States are discussing the possibility of gradually easing or completely removing COVID-19 special measures introduced at the borders. The discussion for the removal or easing of border restrictions follows a drop in the number of infected people.
Previously, the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the Schengen Member States in Europe unanimously agreed on a coordinated step-by-step lifting of the travel restrictions at the border. Protecting citizens as a priority has been reaffirmed while urging the lifting of the restrictions.
In the course of the meeting, the Ministers exchanged experiences, practices, and opinions in combating COVID-19 along with reflections on the advantages as well as disadvantages of joint efforts being taken by the Member States in the coronavirus situation.
The Ministers have agreed that a gradual opening of the borders can be done, beginning with the border areas that have recorded a reduction in COVID-19 cases.
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