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    • EU nears agreement to reopen borders

      EU nears agreement to reopen borders

      European Union countries are close to reaching an agreement on the reopening of the bloc's external borders, stipulating a set of criteria that would continue to ban most travellers from the United States and Brazil beyond the end of this month, EU diplomats told dpa.

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    • No more AirBnB rentals in Amsterdam's old centre

      No more AirBnB rentals in Amsterdam's old centre

      Amsterdam announced on Thursday that it would ban vacation rentals including those on the home-sharing site Airbnb in three areas that make up the central old town from 1 July. In the other neighbourhoods of the Dutch capital, vacation rentals will be allowed only with a special permit, and only for up to 30 days a year, to groups of no more than four people, Reuters adds.

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    • Germany finally bans single-use plastic products

      Germany finally bans single-use plastic products

      The German government finally agreed to ban sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, cutlery, plates, stirring sticks, balloon holders and food containers from July 2021, news wires reported. The move brings the country in line with an EU directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste.

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    • EU countries may bar US travellers

      EU countries may bar US travellers

      Eager to revive their economies and re-open borders, European countries are prepared to bar Americans from entering because the US has failed to control the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported from Brussels on Tuesday, citing draft lists of acceptable travellers. The US, which has the most coronavirus cases in the world and is experiencing a surge in new infections, would be in the same category as other Covid-19 hot spots such as Brazil and Russia, according to the Times.

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    • Romania bans gender studies

      Romania bans gender studies

      Romanian academics and students expressed outrage on Wednesday over MPs' support for a ban on the teaching of gender studies in schools and universities, following a similar move in neighbouring Hungary, news wires reported. "We are astounded that an academic theory could be banned by the law,” read a statement from the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania's second largest.

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    • EU aviation safety list updated

      EU aviation safety list updated

      The Commission updated on Tuesday the EU Air Safety List, which compiles the airlines that are subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards, the EU press service reported. The list is aimed at ensuring the highest level of air safety for all passengers travelling in the EU.

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    • Citizens of 13 Schengen countries banned from entering Bulgaria

      Citizens of 13 Schengen countries banned from entering Bulgaria

      Minister of Health Kiril Ananiev issued late on Tuesday an order temporarily banning citizens of 13 Schengen area countries from entering Bulgaria. The ban applies for individuals from Italy, Spain, France, the UK and Northern Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg and concerns all border checkpoints for air, sea, railway and road transport. It also applies to individuals originally from third countries.

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    • European Union seals borders to foreigners

      European Union seals borders to foreigners

      The EU endorsed the strictest travel ban in its history as during video conference on Tuesday evening leaders agreed to suspended all travel into the passport-free Schengen zone by non-EU nationals for at least 30 days. The measure is an attempt to inpopse uniformity across the Union after some Member States, including Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland, unilaterally began imposing border checks.

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