The plenary session of the Eurocam October – scheduled between 19 and 23 – will be held from distance since the cases of coronavirus they increase significantly in several European countries. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, argued on his Twitter account that “the situation in France and Belgium is grave“and that” traveling constitutes a danger “.
Treaties of the EU foresee that the European Parliament holds twelve plenary sessions a year of three and a half days in Strasbourg but MEPs do not go to the headquarters of the European Parliament in the French city for seven months, due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the health crisis, all plenary sessions were held in Brussels -where the daily work of MEPs takes place- to avoid mobilizing thousands of people from all over Europe in a international travel.
I regret to announce that next week’s plenary will not take place in Strasbourg, but will be held remotely.
The situation in France and Belgium is very serious and travelling is not advised.
Strasbourg remains the home of @Europarl_EN and we will do everything we can to return.
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) October 15, 2020
The spokesman for the European Parliament, Jaume Duch, expressed on the official page of Parliament that “the European Parliament reiterates its desire to return to Strasbourg as soon as possible”.
In a letter dated September 23, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, asked Sassoli the “return to the institutional normality“and the return to the plenary sessions in Strasbourg, where, he assured, a strict sanitary protocol has been implemented.