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Emmanuel Macron wants to control or close the Schengen borders with certain areas

During a telephone interview with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Head of State proposed to further control the borders to and from Schengen, or even to prohibit access for certain countries at risk .

Emmanuel Macron proposed to the European Union to examine the implementation in the coming days of reinforced border control measures around the Schengen area, or even of closure for risk areas, said the French presidency, Friday March 13, in the context of the coronavirus epidemic.

During a telephone interview with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Head of State proposed to further control the borders to and from Schengen, or even to prohibit access for certain countries at risk , very infected or about to be infected, said the presidency.

Emmanuel Macron wants “avoid uncoordinated measures”, like those of countries that have decided to close or control their borders with several European countries, in violation of European rules, said the Elysee.

Several European countries have, in recent days, taken restrictive measures vis-à-vis travelers from European countries, such as Slovakia and the Czech Republic, which have announced the almost total closure of their borders to foreigners, Austria and Hungary, which restricted entries to Italy, or Slovenia, which introduced border health controls.

Ursula von der Leyen on Friday warned of border closings decided by some EU countries and advocated health control measures “at the external borders [from the EU] or interior “.

EU recommendations on the matter are to be presented to the 27 interior ministers who met in Brussels on Friday.

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