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On July 1, Germany will take over the EU Council Presidency until the end of 2020. The motto is: « Together. Make Europe strong again. »The successful logo implements the motto accordingly. Coping with the consequences of the Corona crisis will be at the heart of the European agenda. Further focal points are climate protection, the expansion of digitalization and the assumption of more global responsibility.
Germany is expected to ease some of the entry restrictions imposed at the beginning of the Corona crisis in early July. Canadian citizens could also benefit from this if Canada is classified as a « non-risk area ». Please find more information on our website which is constantly updated in this regard.
These are good news for all those who are planning a trip to Germany in the coming weeks or months either for professional or private reasons. Overall, however, caution is still required with all travel planning as the risk assessment is updated weekly. When booking a flight or rental car, one should ensure that changes or cancellations are possible. In large parts of Germany, wearing protective masks is mandatory until further notice, at least when using public transport. European airlines such as Lufthansa or KLM also require their passengers to wear protective masks.
It remains to be seen when Canada will fully open its borders to travelers from Germany.
30 years of German unity and Beethoven's 250th birthday is still in this year's event calendar. Whether we will have a virtual or real event or a mixture of both, will depend on the regional security regulations.
I hope that things will have relaxed further after my return from « home leave » at the end of August. In September I will tell you about my travel experiences in Germany.
Dr. Klaus Schmidt
Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children
|1976 - 1981|
|1981||1st State Exam|
|1981 - 1984||Practical Training|
|1984||2nd State Exam|
|1991||PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)|
|1985 - 2003|
Press and Information Office
Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office
|1987 - 1988|
|1991 - 1995|
Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
|2003 - 2005|
Head of Division K 01
|2005 - 2008|
|2008 - 2011|
Head of Division 603 and 608
Head of Cultural Section
|2012 - 2015|
Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
|2015 - 2018|
German Consulate General Chengdu, China