EU Ambassador: A maximum of one third personal meetings possible

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The German EU Council Presidency must significantly limit the number of face-to-face meetings due to the corona pandemic in the next six months.

"It is expected that personal meetings at EU level due to the corona pandemic and the associated health and distance rules will continue to take place only to a limited extent," said German EU Ambassador Michael Clauss to the "Welt" (Wednesday edition). The EU Council Secretariat is working intensively to prepare further meeting rooms so that meetings with all 27 EU member states can also be held there under 'social distancing' conditions.

“If this succeeds, we want to increase the number of physical attendance meetings to 30 percent of the normal frequency. This would completely exhaust the current health requirements, ”said Clauss. According to the ambassador, the federal government expects that the working groups in which the relevant issues will be discussed in advance by the responsible officials of the member states will continue to meet predominantly via video conference. According to Clauss, the first political meetings are to take place in Brussels in July after three and a half months.

"We currently assume that regular physical meetings of the relevant ministers in Brussels will be held again from September," said the ambassador. However, should a second wave of pandemics occur, the number of physical meetings would be restricted again for reasons of infection protection and video conferences would be used.



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