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The next session will take place in Brussels and not in Strasbourg. The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, announced it earlier this week. From October 5 to 8, MEPs will meet in the Belgian capital and not in France. The reason? "Given the recent increase in the rate of transmission of the virus in France, including in the department of Bas-Rhin, and for the sake of public health". Parliament will "have its sessions again in Strasbourg as soon as conditions allow", he said. The next one is scheduled for October 19-22. No session has been physically held in the Alsatian hemicycle since February, before the pandemic.
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Unfortunately, the health situation prevents us from going to Strasbourg for the first plenary session in October. We hope that everything will change soon and that we can return to our city- David Sassoli (@EP_President)
An exchange of letters with Emmanuel Macron. In anto David Sassoli, dated September 23, the French president had nevertheless requested the return of plenary sessions to Strasbourg "from October", regretting that the one in September had already taken place in Brussels. "I'm counting on you. Respect for our treaties seems essential to me, even more given the period we are living", concluded Emmanuel Macron at the time. Without success therefore.
"I am counting on you", concludes, by hand, Emmanuelin his letter to the pdt of David , demanding that the next plenaries be held at . "The health situation is certainly difficult but it is so much so in " he writes.
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In a letter dated September 28, of which AFP obtained a copy, the Italian President of the European Parliament told her responded and opened the door to other initiatives to "demonstrate the attachment of the European Parliament to the City of Strasbourg". He said he was "grateful" for the French President's proposal to use the Strasbourg hemicycle for the inauguration of the work of the "Conference for the Future of Europe".
"We're screwed" if the European Parliament "only meets in Brussels". The words were spoken by Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday in Lithuania, during a debate with students from Vilnius University. "If we accept that the European Parliament meets only in Brussels, we are screwed, because in ten years, everything will be in Brussels. And people will only talk to each other in Brussels. But Europe is not. is not that idea, ”he added. In the wake of his statements, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, tweeted: "Unwavering support, imperative for a rapid return" from Parliament to Strasbourg. In mid-September, the latter had already participated in a meeting with the prefect of Bas-Rhin Josiane Chevalier, the mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian (EELV), deputies and representatives of local communities.
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"We cannot exclude that the health crisis is instrumentalized by parliamentarians hostile to Strasbourg", then estimated Jeanne Barseghian.
According to the European treaties, the institution has its seat in Strasbourg, where twelve plenary sessions of three and a half days are usually held per year. But the rest of the time, MEPs work in Brussels, which has been a source of debate for years. The many supporters of a single headquarters, which would be established in Brussels, regularly denounce the financial and ecological cost of this monthly transhumance of around 2,500 people, and the fact that the immense Strasbourg complex is only used four days a month. Any change of treaty would however require the approval of all member states.
Economic consequences? "International treaties are flouted and above all, France's position is flouted", reacted in September Pierre Siegel, president of the hotel delegation of the Umih Bas-Rhin employers' union. With a year 2020 economically sacked by the Covid-19, the canceled sessions of the European Parliament will obviously further hamper the receipts of Strasbourg hoteliers and restaurateurs, he explained to AFP. But the crucial point in his eyes is "the role of Strasbourg as 'European capital'" because its impact on the local economy is much greater "than that of the sessions: this status," it is absolutely necessary to maintain it " .
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