The source called the timing of the adoption of the recommendation for opening EU borders
The EU Council has launched a written procedure to approve the recommendations regarding the opening of the external borders of the European Union, its completion is expected by midday on 30 June, told RIA Novosti source in the EU.
We are talking about recommendations regarding gradual removal of restrictions on travel to the EU for residents of third countries, said the Agency interlocutor.
Earlier in June, the European Commission proposed to EU member States to gradually open the external border for residents of third countries from 1 July. She, in particular, suggested to agree on a common list of third States, in which restrictions on entry into the Union can be withdrawn from this date. EK, among other things, recommended to open external border of the EU for residents of third States that open their borders to the EU. The EC proposed to include in this list the countries of the Western Balkans.
As reported by AFP, the proposed list of countries from which it will be possible to visit Europe in July and which is approved by EU member States include Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
"Today was launched written procedure. The deadline for answers (EU countries - ed.) - noon tomorrow," - said the source.
Written procedure is one of the consistent solutions of the EU countries at the level of the Union. In this case, the recommendation would be adopted if it was supported by a qualified majority of member States. "You can never be sure (in the final decision) until the procedure (agreement) is not completed, it is necessary to have this final confirmation in writing," said the source.
However, in any case, here we are talking about the recommendation - "it is a legal tool, but it does not have legally binding force" for the States of the Union, said the Agency interlocutor.
In mid-March, the Schengen countries agreed on a ban on "unnecessary travel" of third country nationals in the EU, as well as limited movement within the European space on the backdrop of the spread of the novel coronavirus. From June 15 European countries have removed most restrictions on movement within the EU.
Decisions on the borders of the EU member States make on their own at the national level, however, the European Commission recommended a coordinated approach to this issue in the context of pandemic COVID-19.
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