Igor KOZLOV, “the FACTS”
Monday, June 29, it became known that the EU does not intend yet to abolish restrictions on entry to the EU and the Schengen zone imposed in March because of the pandemic, COVID-19 for citizens of other States. The foreign Ministers of the EU countries a few days were hot debates on this issue. A decision was expected that the 24 June, 27 June.
As already reported “FACTS”, has compiled a list of 20 countries whose citizens can obtain an entry permit in the EU and the Schengen area for recreation and tourism since July 1. In this group were included, and Ukraine.
But then the foreign Ministers cut the list to six countries. It was the only Balkan States that are not members of the EU. But this debate is not over. And so on June 29 the German news Agency dpa, citing European diplomats, reported that the list was expanded again, but this time to 14 countries. It included Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, Montenegro, South Korea and Japan.
But this is not a final decision. The Ministers now present this list for approval to the governments of their countries. Only then will it be officially published.
As you can see, Ukraine does not enter it. The reason is that our country does not yet meet the criteria, which were approved in Brussels.
Crucial of them is the increase of infections with the new coronavirus during the previous two weeks. The figure should not exceed 16 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants of the country. This tendency of development of the situation in this period compared to the previous 14 days must be “stable or declining”.
There is a second criterion. It is not consistent, for example, China. There are still restrictions on the entry of the countries of the European Union. Beijing must undo them if they want the citizens of China were again able to visit the EU and Schengen area.
USA was not included in the list for both criteria. Over the past two weeks in the country were recorded from 60 to 120 new cases of infection with coronavirus in 100 thousand inhabitants. In addition, on June 27 , Secretary of state Mike Pompeo made it clear that the United States does not intend to open its borders to Europeans.
Earlier, the “FACTS” reported that the number of cases of the novel coronavirus in the world has exceeded 10 million. At the moment it is 10 million 331 thousand. The US retains first place — 2 million 653 thousand infected. That’s more than all European countries combined, including Russia — 2 million 425 thousand infected.