The German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the personal meetings of the heads of state and government of the European Union, which were convened in Porto this Friday and Saturday, via video conference. She is the first head of government to confirm that she will not go to the city of Portuguese for this informal summit.
A social forum was convened on Friday, while an informal summit will take place on Saturday where, for lack of knowledge of the agenda, Heads of State or Government will most likely continue their regular discussion on coordinating measures against the coronavirus, including the COVID certificate and the reactivation of tourism for the summer.
On Saturday, an EU-India summit will close the agenda, which went online due to the grave situation of the pandemic in the Asian country, which has already garnered more than 20 million positive results for the coronavirus.
The German government has confirmed in its agenda that Merkel will take part in almost all forums, without going into the reasons that led to this absence in a meeting that the Portuguese EU Presidency had organized personally in principle.
Merkel spoke by phone with the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa, to whom she explained that, according to Portuguese diplomatic sources, she would participate telematically due to the development of the pandemic in Germany.
In any case, the EU heads of state and government plan to meet again on May 25 at the extraordinary summit convened by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, to personally discuss the tense relationship with Russia and the fight against climate change discuss . This meeting takes place in Brussels.