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Europe Coronavirus: EU tries to keep goods flowing

Europe’s Schengen area is the largest border-free zone in the world, but efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus have caused serious disruption. 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced so-called “green lane” measures to make sure goods keep flowing throughout the whole of the single market.

“The measures introduced to slow down the spread of virus have also slowed down and sometimes paralysed transport,” she said in a video posted on Twitter. 

“The priority is now to ensure that the main axes of our traffic in the EU are unblocked.”

he commission president announced a four-point plan. Border crossings should take no more than 15 minutes, green lanes are open to all forms of goods, member states should relax regulations on drivers, and there should be less paperwork for transport workers. 

“The fight against the virus will take a long time,” she said. “The strength and the means to win that fight will come from our great single market.”Article share tools

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