The President of the European Council Charles Michel announced that a specially-created European Union Consular Coordination Task Force has brought home more than 580,000 EU citizens.
The Task Force was created just two months ago too coordinate the repatriation of its citizens worldwide.
Michel congratulate the Task Force and its members for an extremely efficient and professional undertaking. “Your clear vision of the mission to be accomplished, meticulous planning and tireless round-the-clock efforts under exceptional working circumstances enabled more than 580.000 EU citizens to safely return to their homes in Europe”, he said.
“The challenge faced by the Task Force was an unprecedented one: to reach out to more than 625.000 EU citizens stranded around the world, and to bring them back home – under very difficult circumstances due to worldwide travel restrictions and the scarcity of air and land transport in the midst of the global public health crisis caused by COVID-19.
Michel added: “Let me express my gratitude to all involved in this unprecedented consular cooperation, accomplished thanks to the excellent interinstitutional work conducted by the EEAS, Commission services, the Presidency of the Council and all Member States, including embassies and consulates and the 143 EU Delegations