Closure of borders between EU member states an unpleasant consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak - Terauda

  • 2020-03-17
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - The closure of the European Union's (EU) internal borders between several member states, which also hinders the return of Latvian nationals, is an unexpected and unpleasant consequence of the spread of Covid-19, the chairwoman of the Saeima's European Affairs Committee Vita Anda Terauda (For Development) told LETA.

Asked about the situation at the German-Polish border, where Latvian nationals are not being permitted to cross the border with private vehicles, Terauda said the Foreign Ministry is working to find a solution, including finding ways to return those who have made it only halfway to Latvia.

The head of the European Affairs Committee noted that mutual solidarity was being expected during the fight against the virus, but this is not the case. It is possible that the EU plan to close the external borders from other countries will allow EU member states to be more willing to allow EU citizens wishing to return to their home country to cross their own borders, she hoped.

The MP refrained from predicting when a solution could be found for the country's nationals who are waiting on the German-Polish border to return to Latvia. The politician noted that both the Foreign Ministry and other institutions are working on practical and diplomatic solutions.