Austria not reopening border with Italy (4)

Data do not allow it, not decision against Rome

(ANSA) - Bolzano, June 3 - Austria will not reopen, for the moment, its border with Italy, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said Wednesday.
    "We are opening towards seven neighbouring countries and there will be no more controls, like before the coronavirus emergency," he said.
    "But the data do not permit it with Italy, however we intend to do so as soon as possible.
    "It is not a decision against Italy".
    Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said "individualism breaches the EU spirit and hurt Europe and the single market", adding that he would phone Schallenberg later in the day. Di Maio said he was confident there would be a positive outcome for Italy.
    A European Commission spokesman recalled "the very important principle of non-discrimination based on nationality, ensuring that regions with a similar epidemiological situation receive the same treatment." Germany, meanwhile, decided to lift an alert on travel to other European countries from June 15.


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