The European Union’s top diplomat in Washington said the United States should safely ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europeans, calling it a mistake to prevent European business executives from overseeing their US investments. As the COVID pandemic recedes dramatically in the West, Europe is opening its doors to Americans – but the reverse is not holding true, with the United States not budging on restrictions imposed 15 months ago.
Stavros Lambrinidis told a virtual trade event on Wednesday (23 June) that Brussels was working day and night to resolve the issue and he was hopeful an agreement could be reached “very soon.”
He said the EU had allowed Americans who were working in Europe and had a valid work visa to enter the EU so that trade and investment could continue, but stricter restrictions were in place for European citizens.
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