EU summit postponed for a week due to Michel’s quarantine

Sanctions against the Lukashenko regime are among the issues on the agenda at the summit.

President of the European Council Charles Michel announced the postponement of the EU summit, scheduled for the next Thursday and Friday, from 24 and 25 September to 1 and 2 October. This is due to the forced temporary departure of Michel to quarantine-due to his long-term communication with an infected security officer.

European Council spokesman Barend Leytz said on Twitter that Charles Michel should spend some time in quarantine. According to Leytz, the head of the European Council is regularly tested. The last time it was on Monday, the result was negative. However, the Belgian rules against the epidemic require him to isolate himself.

The summit, due to take place on October 1 and 2 will address issues ranging from Brexit negotiations, climate change issues to tensions between Greece and Turkey over energy production in the Eastern Mediterranean. Consideration and adoption of sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko are also on the list of the summit.

Charles Michel, the former Prime Minister of Belgium, spent part of the past week engaged in Shuttle diplomacy over the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. He held talks in Turkey, Cyprus, and Athens and visited the Greek island of Lesbos, where there are camps for migrants trying to cross to Europe.