EU envoy urges U.S. to ease travel restrictions; sees time to resolve metals dispute

WASHINGTON, June 23 (Reuters) – The European Union’s top diplomat in Washington said the United States should safely ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on Europeans, calling it a mistake to prevent European business executives from overseeing their U.S. investments.

Stavros Lambrinidis told a virtual trade event on Wednesday that Brussels was working day and night to resolve the issue and he was hopeful an agreement could be reached “very soon.”

He said the EU had allowed Americans who were working in Europe and had a valid work visa to enter the EU so that trade and investment could continue, but stricter restrictions were in place for European citizens.

That meant Europeans living in the United States visit their families in Europe, but they are not allowed to return, even if they are vaccinated or quarantined. “That has to end,” he told a Washington International Trade Association event.

“We have to be able to kickstart our economies again, together,” he…

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