The plenary session of the European Parliament in September this year, which was supposed to mark the institution’s return to its headquarters in Strasbourg (France) after the coronavirus crisis, will finally take place in Brussels next week after the French region. red zone “and forced to postpone the return of MPs.
“The seat of the European Parliament is in Strasbourg. It is an obligation that is set out in the Treaties and that we want to respect,” said European Parliament President David Sassoli in a statement announcing that the plenary session of September 14th to 17th will take place in Brussels.
“We have done everything to resume our plenary sessions as usual in Strasbourg, but the progression of the pandemic in many Member States and the move to the ‘red zone’ of the Lower Rhine department decided by the French authorities are forcing us to reconsider the transfer” the Italian politician justified.
This is a decision that makes the institution “sad” but is a reaction to the “difficult” time caused by the pandemic, including the quarantine obligation that MEPs and European Parliament administrative staff would have met upon their return to Brussels after the pandemic need trip to Strasbourg.
In any case, Sassoli has insisted that the European Parliament’s will is to return to the French city where the European Parliament’s activities were suspended in March due to the progression of the coronavirus.