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Foreign ministers’ video conference on borders

20.05.2020

At the invitation of Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the chief of Polish diplomacy Jacek Czaputowicz took part in a video conference on the process of opening borders and lifting barriers to the free movement of persons within the EU after the Covid-19 epidemic.

2020.05.20 Warszawa . Minister Jacek Czaputowicz . Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sek . Wideokonferencja Niemcy .
Fot. Tymon Markowski / MSZ

The starting point for the ministers’ discussion was the Communication that the European Commission issued last week “On a phased and coordinated approach for restoring freedom of movement and lifting internal border controls.”

Minister Jacek Czaputowicz informed his interlocutors that Poland supports the approach proposed by the European Commission, which envisages a gradual lifting of internal border controls based on objective criteria. However, the assessment of the current epidemiological situation remains crucial. Minister Czaputowicz stressed that Poland’s activities will be fully adapted to the epidemiological situation and in accordance with the recommendations of the Minister of Health.

The head of Polish diplomacy also outlined recent changes in Polish regulations regarding border crossing and quarantine. These include quarantine exemptions for another set of professional groups, e.g. workers in the medical and social care sector in border regions, and enable transit through Poland for EU and EEA citizens.

The video conference brought together foreign ministers of Germany’s neighbouring countries.

 

MFA Press Office

Photo Tymon Markowski / MFA