EU's von der Leyen undergoes 2nd self-isolation in two weeks

  • EU's von der Leyen undergoes 2nd self-isolation in two weeks

EU's von der Leyen undergoes 2nd self-isolation in two weeks

Von der Leyen has said she wants 37% of the 750 billion euros in the coronavirus recovery fund to be given to European Union countries to spend on environmental objectives, while 30% of the bloc's regular budget should be used for tackling climate change.

Writing on social media, Mrs von der Leyen said: "I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive for COVID-19". I had a negative test myself. "However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation", she tweeted.

"This summit should be held as a video conference".

Frederiksen's comments came as a surprise as many leaders previously complained about video conferencing when generalised lockdowns across the bloc were implemented at the peak of the epidemic in March.

"There are some discussions where one needs to be brought a little closer to each other", she said. His country is represented by the Czech PM Andrej Babis.

Before the European Council meeting, the President of the Commission received several leaders in her office, including Portugal's Prime Minister, António Costa.

This week's summit might well be the last in-person meeting for a while if the coronavirus situation continues to deteriorate.

Meanwhile, in its latest update on Thursday, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that more than 4.4 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported across the bloc's 27 member states, plus Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, while more than 198,000 people have died from the virus.

A spokesperson for the European Council President Charles Michel today said the United Kingdom is being invited to continue talks beyond the current deadline in a bid to reach a deal before the Brexit transition period ends on December 31st. Meanwhile, the European Council also called upon EU stakeholders to ramp up preparation for all possible outcomes, including a no-deal scenario.

Von der Leyen told reporters that the European Union needed to establish common rules on quarantining and testing, instead of the current confusion of different regulations across the bloc.

"It's an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation".