German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was due to hold a video conference with several of his counterparts across the EU on Monday to discuss efforts to reopen borders and restart the tourism economy. Travel and tourism account for a major part of GDP in member states like Italy, Croatia, Spain, and Greece. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias was particularly confident in his country’s ability to provide a safe summer vacation spot in comments to German news outlet Redaktions Netzwerk Deutschland, and was keen to urge German tourists not to cancel their plans. “The aim is to reestablish free and safe travel within the EU,” he said. Greece has emerged as one of EU member states least affected by the coronavirus pandemic, partly due to an extremely strict and very early lockdown. In a country of 10.5 million people, there have only been 2,834 recorded cases of COVID-19 and 163 deaths. The country has already begun to reopen its institutions and economy, including its world-famous beaches. Read more: Which European Union countries are open for summer tourism? Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Quarantine restrictions for entry into Germany to be relaxed Since Friday (May 15), people entering North Rhine-Westphalia from other EU… Read full this story
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