David Sassoli has announced that the plenary session of the European Parliament will also take place in Brussels in October. The President of Parliament is thus against the hair of Macron, who in a flaming letter demanded the return to Strasbourg.
David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament, has taken the plunge: the European Parliament will also meet in Brussels in October. In normal times, the plenary meeting takes place in Strasbourg, but our country classified the French city as a ‘red zone’. As a result, MEPs would have to be put into preventive quarantine when they return to Brussels, where most of them live and work. However, due to the corona virus, it has been since February since the European Parliament met in Strasbourg and that is strongly against the wishes of French President Emmanuel Macron.
In a flaming letter, which, among other things The worldin Politicocould see, he insisted that the European Parliament return to that other capital of Europe in October. France already “deeply regretted” that the September meeting was moved, he writes. Strasbourg was then considered a red zone by the French authorities themselves. But Macron points out that the health situation in Brussels and Strasbourg is now similar. So he sees no reason not to make the move to the French city. ‘Living with the virus also means that we continue the life of our democracy as normally as possible’, it would say.
The French president is also pushing for a compensation scheme for Strasbourg. He hopes for guarantees that a major planned conference on the future of Europe will take place in the French city. He points to the symbolic importance of Strasbourg and also asks that account be taken of the fact that “France is freeing significant budgets to welcome the European Parliament in the best possible conditions.”
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