Margrethe Vestager, the European Union commission deputy

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday pushed to reopen internal borders and restart travel ahead summer season despite the increase in coronavirus infections.

Despite public fears over health and safety, EU’s executive Commission urged a return to “unrestricted free movement”, albeit with safety measures such as face masks on aeroplanes.

“Our thoughts are now turning toward summer and to the places that we love to travel,” said Margrethe Vestager, a Commission deputy.

“That means taking gradual, careful steps to help travel restart in line with what science tells us.”

Tourism industry groups praised the recommendations as a first step to help save their businesses, but the Commission’s proposals are non-binding on the 27 EU members.

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Furthermore, it recommended Europe’s external borders remain closed for most travel at least until mid-June.