During two virtual meetings held at Germany’s initiative, European Foreign Ministers agreed on a phased and coordinated approach towards a safe holiday under responsible conditions, provided the rate of infection permits it.
Foreign Minister Maas recently reaffirmed in the German Bundestag that the EU will not permit any undermining of the rule of law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Germany intends to launch a new peer review mechanism during its Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Germany, Portugal and Slovenia will assume the Trio Presidency of the EU Council in July. Today (5 May), Foreign Minister Maas discussed the joint fight against COVID-19 with his Portuguese counterpart Augusto Santos Silva.
In Germany, there are now grounds for cautious hope that the curve is gradually flattening – in global terms, however, we are only at the beginning of the pandemic.
At the virtual first official visit by Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzáles Laya, Heiko Maas and his counterpart agreed that the coronavirus crisis required a joint response from the EU in a spirit of solidarity.