EU postpones Turkey summit after Council President Michel goes into COVID-19 quarantine

Reuters

European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Sept. 24-25 until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said.

Michel, who chairs EU summits, tested negative for COVID-19 on Sep. 21, his spokesman said via Twitter, but was following the rules in Belgium, the seat of EU institutions where the summits of EU leaders take place, by going into isolation.

“The president today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID,” Michel’s spokesman said. “The president is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday. Respecting Belgian rules, he has gone into quarantine as of today.”

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The postponement is a blow to Greece and Cyprus, who must now wait until Oct.1-2 for EU leaders to discuss how to respond to rising tensions in the eastern Mediterranean over energy resources there.

A potential deal on Turkey over a summit dinner that was due for Sept. 24 in Brussels was also billed as the venue to find approval for economic sanctions on Belarus in support of pro-democracy protests there.

Michel, a former Belgian prime minister and an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron, spent much of the past week in shuttle diplomacy over the Turkey issue, including trips to Cyprus, the Greek island of Lesbos and Athens.

The infected security officer was based in Brussels, an EU source said.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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