European lawmakers won’t be returning to the French city of Strasbourg for next week’s plenary session because of the COVID-19 worrying situation in France
But French President Emmanuel Macron is a strong supporter of the Strasbourg sessions and recently said that the EU is “screwed” if the European Parliament stops meeting in Strasbourg. Macron also wrote to Sassoli asking him for a return of the plenary sessions to the Alsace city as soon as October.
The health situation in France, however, has since further deteriorated, prompting Macron to announce a night-time curfew in Paris and eight other cities to try to slow the spread of the virus. In Belgium, health authorities are worried intensive care units will reach capacity by mid-November if infections are not checked.
In a statement, the European Parliament said the risk to public health is considered to have increased significantly.
“On the basis of this evaluation, it was decided that the necessary security conditions haven’t been met to allow the European Parliament to convene in full in person for the plenary session next week.”
“Strasbourg remains the home of (the European Parliament) and we will do everything we can to return,” Sassoli said.
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