The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has abruptly left the summit of EU leaders held in Brussels on Thursday after being informed that one of her close contacts has been diagnosed with coronavirus, so the German politics will preventively isolate complying with the standards of the Belgian authorities.
Von der Leyen attended this morning the meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP), a regular appointment that is usually held before the European Councils. Within the framework of that summit has held a meeting with the leader of the PP, Pablo Casado.
“Today I have conveyed to the President of the European Commission our support for the European Recovery Plan, and I have thanked her for her commitment in defending the principles and values of the European Treaties,” Casado assured on his Twitter account, a accompanying message with a photo of that meeting with Von der Leyen.
Von der Leyen herself has explained the situation through a brief message posted on Twitter in which she indicates that the positive of a person from your team it became known today and that she herself had also undergone a test whose result is negative. “As a precaution, I have immediately left the European Council to remain in isolation,” continued Von der Leyen, who routinely undergoes two Covid-19 tests a week, as does his closest team.
In fact, another positive case among his close contacts led him to have to respect a one-week lockdown at the beginning of the month, the voluntary quarantine period set by the Belgian authorities, although less than the two weeks that the European Commission itself recommends in its guidelines on the pandemic.
Von der Leyen will not be the only absence at this meeting of EU heads of State and Government to which the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has already arrived, but that neither will it have the Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who remains in quarantine for having had close contact with an infected person last week.