EU leaders will not meet in person on 25-26 March

Photo: EU Charles Michel.

European Council President has decided the next summit, scheduled for 25 and 26 March, to be held via videoconference. On Sunday morning in a tweet Barend Leyts, Spokesperson for the EUCO President, announced this change of the format pointing out as a reason “the surge of Covid-19 cases in Member States”.

The intention of European Council President Charles Michel was to hold an in person summit in Brussels.

“The president will in the meantime continue consultations with all leaders. Details on logistics will follow shortly,” Leyts detailed.

During the meeting, the EU leaders will continue their coordination work on the Covid-19 pandemic and will try to find agreement on the Commission’s proposal for a coordinated approach to a gradual lifting of restrictions when the epidemiological situation will allow.

In its Communication, tabled last week, the EU executive underlined that while the epidemiological situation requires continued control until a sufficient vaccination coverage is achieved, the conditions must be created across the Single Market to allow for safe and sustained re-opening, so that citizens can enjoy their rights and economic and social activity can resume.

This includes the deployment of a digital green certificate covering vaccination, testing and recovery, the use of a common framework for response measures, guidance on additional testing strategies and investment in diagnostics and treatments.

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