The event will be chaired by King Felipe VI and the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Pedro Sánchez will also be present. Spain and
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The event will be chaired by King Felipe VI and the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and Pedro Sánchez will also be present.
Spain and Portugal will reopen their borders this Wednesday, July 1, with the presence of their heads of state and presidents of government, after being closed for three and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was on March 17 when the border between the two countries was closed due to the evolution of infections and it will now open, ten days after the rest of those that remained closed within the Schengen area.
The two countries wanted to give special importance to this return to cross-border normality and, therefore, the event will be chaired by King Felipe VI and the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and will be attended by the head of the Spanish Government. , Pedro Sánchez, and the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa.
The chosen place is the Spanish-Portuguese border in Badajoz and there will be two events in a row, one of them in this Extremaduran city and the other in the Portuguese town of Elvas. The delegations will cross the border between Badajoz and Caia for this. The reopening will take place, although there are still some outbreaks of contagion, and with a worrying situation in Portugal.
After having been one of the European countries that had most controlled the virus, the data certifies its expansion in some areas, such as the Lisbon metropolitan belt, and in just a few weeks Portugal has become the second country in Europe in the number of infections per inhabitants, second only to Sweden.
The border between Spain and Portugal is the longest in Europe, and since March 17, it has been closed except for nine points for nationals and residents of the destination country, transport of goods and cross-border workers.
The issue of the reopening generated a misunderstanding some weeks ago, because the Minister of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, Reyes Maroto, announced that on June 22 the land borders between the two countries would be reopened, an issue that was later clarified to fix July 1 as the final date.
During recent months there have been continuous contacts between the Heads of State and Government of the two countries. Thus, there have been telephone conversations between Felipe VI with Rebelo de Sousa, and Sánchez with Costa. After one of those conversations between the two heads of government was when the closure of the borders was announced from March 17.
The king will participate in this act in the middle of the tour that he is carrying out with Doña Letizia to transfer the support of the Crown to institutions and groups of all kinds in the face of the efforts they are making to face the crisis caused by the pandemic.
Sánchez will arrive in Badajoz from Mauritania, where he participates this Tuesday in a G5-Sahel summit.