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Gov’t against Italy Proposal for Joint Border Reopening in EU

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.05.28.

Asked about the Italian foreign minister’s proposal for EU countries to reopen their internal borders on June 15, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said all governments were responsible for their own citizens.

Hungary is now reopening its borders with countries that have similar infection rates, Gergely Gulyás told an online press conference. Italy is not one of those countries, he said, adding that the time was not right to lift travel restrictions to that country.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday called for a joint relaunch of European tourism in mid-June. “Let’s work together so that on June 15 Europe can start anew. June 15, is a day for tourism, a little bit like European D-Day,” Di Maio said.

Concerning the 750 billion euro recovery package announced by the European Commission on Wednesday, Gulyás said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was scheduled to hold a number of talks on the matter on Thursday and would comment on the package in his Friday radio interview.

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The EU borrowing as a single entity is a new phase of the bloc’s integration agenda, Gulyás said, adding that the EU should think hard and consider the potential consequences of such a move before deciding whether this was a direction it wanted to go in.

Featured photo by Gergely Botár/kormany.hu