Opening of Poland's borders with EU countries on 13 June

Opening of Poland's borders with EU countries on 13 June

Poland will reopen its borders with other EU countries on 13 June 2020. This will help to revive the Polish economy, said head of government Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday (10 June 2020) in Lochow, east of Warsaw. International flights should be possible again from 16 June.

Brandenburgs Ministerpräsident Dietmar Woidke (SPD)

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Brandenburgs Ministerpräsident Dietmar Woidke (SPD).

"This is the moment we've all been waiting for. The restrictions associated with the closure of the border were a great inconvenience for many Poles and many sectors of our economy have suffered greatly from them," Morawiecki wrote on Facebook.

Commuters on the German-Polish border were particularly affected

In mid-March, the national conservative government in Warsaw had closed the EU's internal borders to foreigners as a protective measure against further spread of the coronavirus. Exceptions applied to people with permanent residence permits, truck drivers and diplomats. Poles returning from abroad were quarantined for 14 days. The introduction of this regulation had hit commuters at the German-Polish border particularly hard. For them an exemption was only agreed upon later.

Woidke: Important step in the return to European normality

According to information from the State Chancellery in Brandenburg, the restrictions are to be lifted during the night from Friday to Saturday at midnight. The Polish Ministry of the Interior has informed Brandenburg's Prime Minister Dietmar Woidke (SPD) of this, the State Chancellery announced. Woidke said that this was an important step in the return to European normality. The SPD politician is also the government's coordinator for Poland. Thousands of Germans and Poles could now again visit their family members, friends and neighbours via Oder and Neisse, tourism and economy could develop freely again. "In the time of the closed border, we have experienced how important open European borders are and how closely Germany and Poland are connected," said Woidke.

Source: dpa/

| Last edited: Thursday, 11. June 2020 10:06 Uhr

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