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27.04.2020 – European Parliament - Briefing - The impact of coronavirus on Schengen borders

The rapid and global spread of coronavirus following the outbreak in Wuhan (China) in December 2019 has pushed countries and regions around the world to reinforce border controls and impose limitations to internal movements. As of March 2020, the coronavirus outbreak has pushed many Member States to reintroduce border controls at the internal borders on grounds of an immediate threat to public policy.

The European Parliament has constantly defended the Schengen Area and condemned the unjustified reintroduction of internal borders. On 16 March, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, the Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE), called for a coordinated approach and urged Member States to take measures that fully respect the Schengen rules and the principles of proportionality, solidarity among Member States, and non-discrimination.

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