EU summit postponed as Council President goes into quarantine



EU Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday postponed the extraordinary summit scheduled for September 24 and 25, after he learned that one of his security guards had tested positive for COVID-19.

The news was announced on Twitter by his spokesperson, Barend Leyts, who posted that Michel “has decided to postpone the special European Council meeting that was planned for 24 and 25 September to 1 and 2 October.”

He added that the decision was made after the EU Council President “learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID.”

Michel tested negative on Monday and according to Belgian Coronavirus rules, he went into quarantine.

This week’s summit was due to discuss EU’s single market, industrial policy and digital transformation, as well as the bloc’s external relations, in particular relations with Turkey and with China.


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