Communication of the President on the October I part-session in Strasbourg 

 

Information to Members of the European Parliament

Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 continues to spread in Europe and worldwide.

On 10 September 2020, the Conference of Presidents discussed the implications of the pandemic and it was agreed that Parliament would return to holding its regular part-sessions in Strasbourg once the conditions allow. In close cooperation with the French authorities we continue to monitor and analyse the evolution of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, given the increased rate of transmission of the virus in France, including in Bas-Rhin, and in light of public health considerations, we have to reconsider the transfer of Members and staff of the European Parliament ahead of the part-session next week.

We all feel strongly about Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament. Beyond the legal obligation to hold our part-sessions in Strasbourg, it is our heartfelt wish to return to the city that like no other embodies the reconciliation of our European countries.

I want to thank the French authorities and the city of Strasbourg for their ongoing cooperation during the pandemic and express my sincere hope that we will soon be able to return.

The part-session of the European Parliament from 5 to 8 October 2020 will take place in Brussels.

David Maria Sassoli