Baltic states consult each other on border re-opening rules

The prime ministers of the three Baltic states had an online meeting April 22 in which they discussed the coordination of their border opening procedures when it becomes possible. 

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš agreed during the video conference with his Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts Jüri Ratas and Saulius Skvernelis that the Baltic States will form a joint working group aimed at coordinating the easing of restrictions at borders.

The three leaders also talked about plans for the exit from the health crisis and considered the coordination of their actions.

"At the level of both the Baltic states and the European Union, it is important to co-operate and exit the Covid-19 crisis in a coordinated manner, gradually removing restrictions and agreeing on co-operation to benefit the economy," said Kariņš.

“Our situation today is better than a few weeks ago. The reduction in the number of infected persons and the stabilised number of in-hospital patients gives hope that we will soon be able to start thinking about easing of certain restrictions,” said Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas.

“When easing the restrictions, it is certainly very important to exchange information with neighbours on both the epidemiological situation and antiviral measures. We must jointly find the right moment when we can start to reduce the restrictions of movement mutually at borders,“ said Ratas.

"The Baltic Ministers of Foreign Affairs have been tasked with coordinating joint actions on the opening of borders, partial resumption of movement, intensification of trade and other measures, involving Ministers of Health and other responsible institutions in this process," said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

The Latvian Prime Minister will also meet with his Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts in videoconference mode next week to discuss co-operation in the implementation of regional infrastructure and energy projects.



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