Polish, German FMs discuss opening of EU internal borders

Czaputowicz voiced Poland's support for the solution proposed by the EC, but said that the key criterion in decisions on relaxing border checks was the current epidemic situation. Valdemar Doveiko/PAP

The gradual opening of the EU's internal borders dominated Wednesday's videoconference between Polish and German foreign ministers Jacek Czaputowicz and Heiko Maas, the Polish Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry wrote that the talks were a follow-up to last week's announcement by the EC about the gradual lifting of border checks and the resumption of free movement within the EU.

Czaputowicz voiced Poland's support for the solution proposed by the EC, but said that the key criterion in decisions on relaxing border checks was the current epidemic situation.

Czaputowicz also outlined Poland's decisions in this respect, especially recent changes in border passage and quarantine regulations.

Also attending the videoconference were the foreign ministers of countries neighbouring Germany, the ministry wrote.

Poland introduced checks on its borders with other EU countries on March 15 in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. Border controls have currently been extended until June 12.