EU marks 25th anniversary of open-border Schengen pact with closed frontiers

first_imgAirports in all but five EU states are subject to restrictions on arrivals and flights, the Commission document said, warning about the disruption caused by such measures on the supply of goods, including essential ones such as drugs.”The very life of many of our citizens relies on unhindered movement across borders of workers, essential medical supplies and goods of first necessity,” Jean Asselborn, foreign minister of Luxembourg, where the town of Schengen is located, said on Thursday.He called for the lifting of checks and the reopening of borders as soon as possible.But even the founding members of the Schengen accord have shut their borders, despite experts’ advice that the measure is not effective against the virus.”I had heard in the news that the borders were closed, but I did not expect that there would be such strict controls. There’s nothing we can do about it,” said Dutch commuter Bart Jansen.He was trying to go to work from his home town of Breda in the Netherlands via a shortcut on Belgian territory, but was not allowed to enter Belgium.The two countries were, along with Luxembourg, France and West Germany, the signatories of the original Schengen agreement in 1985, 10 years before its application.  The European Union marked the 25th anniversary of its open-border Schengen agreement on Thursday with all its land borders shut or subject to heavy checks imposed in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.The Schengen agreement, underpinning an increasingly integrated and united Europe, came into force on March 26, 1995.It initially abolished checks at frontiers between France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal. In the following months and years others joined, and today the Schengen zone has 26 members, including non-EU nations Switzerland and Norway. But on its 25th anniversary, the agreement is virtually suspended because of the coronavirus, which has frozen most economic and social activity, disrupted supply chains and turned most Europeans into prisoners in their own homes.”The COVID-19 outbreak is having a major disruptive impact on European cross-border mobility and transport,” an internal document of the European Commission said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus.The document, dated March 25, said all EU member states had introduced border restrictions or closures, with the exception of Ireland, which is not a member of the Schengen area and does not share any land border with EU states following Britain’s exit from the bloc.”There’s nothing we can do “center_img Topics :last_img read more

Large downsizer homes are proving to be a hit with retirees in Logan

first_imgIngenia Lifestyle BethaniaLogan seniors are proving the point with two-bedroom plus study and three-bedroom homes selling at a rapid rate in the Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania development.Offering the land lease model, residents can retain their current eligibility for government rental assistance on the weekly site fees.“Our new three-bedroom home designs are selling quickly with only a final few homes remaining as local downsizers snap up the larger sized designs,” Ms Manson said. Brand new two bedroom, two bathroom plus study homes are available from $329,000. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania is giving seniors more space for their downsizing needs.THE BASICSINGENIA LIFESTYLE BETHANIADeveloper: Ingenia Lifestyle ResortsPrice: From $329,000Location: 41 Radke Road, BethaniaIngenia Lifestyle Bethania offers more room for downsizing retirees, with large internal living spaces and plenty of storage.SENIORS are looking to upsize their downsizer making a noticeable shift towards more spacious retirement homes to match their new, relaxed lifestyle. Ingenia Lifestyle Bethania project sales manager Sharon Manson said buyers were wanting to downsize their large family home without compromising on the space, functionality and design of the home.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Many seniors are seeking out designs that feature larger internal living spaces and extra bedrooms to accommodate guests, grandchildren and additional furniture,” Ms Manson said.“Our range of floorplans means that buyers don’t have to part ways with all of their cherished belongings when downsizing, rather they are able to select a home design that complements their new lifestyle.“We have a number of new homes recently released, providing an opportune time for prospective downsizers to inspect the homes and our community.”last_img read more