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By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The executive of the European Union recommended this Monday that foreign citizens fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those who come from countries with a good epidemiological situation can enter the bloc without additional restrictions. The 27-nation bloc currently allows citizens of seven countries to come on vacation or for other non-essential reasons, and the European Commission’s proposal would expand that list. “The (European) Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all people who come from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also for all people who have received the last recommended dose of an authorized vaccine for the EU, “the executive arm said in a statement. “This could be extended to vaccines that have completed the WHO emergency use listing process. In addition, the Commission proposes to increase … the threshold related to the number of new COVID-19 cases used to determine a list of countries from which everyone travels should be allowed, “he also said, adding that it should lead to the expansion of the list. To limit the risk of importing new variants of the coronavirus, the Commission also offered a new “emergency break” that would allow rapid travel restrictions to be introduced for countries where the health situation is drastically deteriorating. EU member states are due to start discussing the proposal on Tuesday. Your agreement is necessary to put it into practice.

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