The French Parliament Speaker and his German counterpart called on Tuesday for the borders between European countries to be opened "as quickly as possible", after weeks of purposeful closure to curb the outbreak of the new Corona virus.
"France and Germany should work in favor of an immediate restoration of freedom of movement within the Schengen space when the conditions are appropriate," said Frenchman Richard Ferrand and German Wolfgang Schaeuble in a joint declaration obtained by "France Press".
And Veran is a member of the centrist party, Emmanuel Macron, the centrist "Republic Forward", while Schaeuble is one of the influential figures in the conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, the Christian Democratic Union.
They emphasized in the document: "The closure of the Franco-German border has already had strong results, going beyond the border region and weighing heavily on the perception of the Franco-German relationship," calling for "rapid action."
The text was released two days after a meeting of the Franco-German Parliamentary Committee, a new platform that brings together parliamentarians set up to enhance relations between the two countries, and is devoted to studying the repercussions of the "Covid 19" epidemic in Europe.
It is assumed, as scheduled so far, that the European internal borders will be opened as of mid-June, but so far European countries have taken separate decisions in this regard, despite calls by the European Commission for more dialogue.
In the same context, German news agency said that Berlin wants to end the travel warning for tourist trips to 31 European countries as of June 15th, if the status of the Corona virus allows it.
She said that a document on European tourism may be approved by the Council of Ministers, on Wednesday, that the government wants to allow travel to 26 other countries in the European Union and Britain, as well as the four countries that are not members of the Union but belong to the Schengen area open borders, which are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
On May 18, Foreign Minister Haikou Maas said Germany hoped to ease the travel warning for all overseas trips, which runs through June 15.
By ... Nadeemy Haded