×
ECR

The ECR speaks out against proceeding with the session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

8 September 2020

The ECR speaks out against proceeding with the session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

In a letter to President Sassoli, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament spoke out against proceeding with the session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

​The letter reads:

Dear Mr President,

The COVID-19 pandemic challenges many ways of life and has forced many fellow European citizens to shelter or limit their contact with others, due to an overwhelming public health need.

In times of uncertainty, the European Parliament has a duty to act in respect of public health measures and in support of efforts by national authorities to promote compliance with those preventative rules. By setting an example and by minimising the risk to others, the Parliament can play a responsible role during this pandemic.

As you are aware, the situation concerning the pandemic in Strasbourg, and the Department to which it belongs, has deteriorated. The area is now designated as a “red zone” by French authorities, allowing for new, exceptional measures to prevent the continued and worsening spread of COVID-19 locally.

As a European Institution, we do not consider it an appropriate action to require significant numbers of our staff and our Members to travel, convene and return to their homes while the public health situation necessitates such a high alert.

To do so would place our Members, staff and those of other Institutions at an avoidable risk of infection while furthermore presenting an unnecessary stress on the wider public of Strasbourg. It would also present difficulties for their authorities at a time when the spread of the pandemic requires their attention.

On behalf of the ECR Group, we would therefore ask that you reconsider the decision to proceed with the part-session in Strasbourg scheduled for 14 to 17 September. In our view, the European Parliament should not convene in Strasbourg in these circumstances.

Yours sincerely,

Ryszard Legutko

Raffaele Fitto

Chairmen of the ECR Group

SHARE

ECR

OUR TWEETS

ECR Group

9 hours ago

Congratulations to @GiorgiaMeloni for being elected president + @AnnaFotyga_PE for being elected Secretary General… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

Economic and Monetary affairs committee has endorsed MEP Eugen Jurzyca´s file on crowdfunding. The first common cro… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

ECR MEP Anna Fotyga: “Our role is to listen to the people of Belarus. We respect the will of the Belarusian opposit… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

New #Digital Services Act: Promoting competition for the online sector while removing barriers for innovation & max… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

yesterday

Wishing a happy Statehood Day to all our Czech friends! #CzechStatehoodDay 🇨🇿 pic.twitter.com/BI0UdJKH63

ECR Group

3 days ago

On #EuropeanDayofLanguages, we embrace the linguistic diversity in Europe. Linguistic diversity can contribute to a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

4 days ago

After a local collaborator tested positive with #COVID19, Co-Chairman Raffaele Fitto, currently based in 🇮🇹 has tes… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

MEP Dace Melbārde: We face disinformation operations & cyber threats from external actors every day. Their aim is t… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

We do not accept #Lukashenko starting his sixth term in office after falsified elections on August 9 in #Belarus. W… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

5 days ago

We condemn the arrest of #Joshua Wong by Chinese Authorities. #Democracy in #HongKong must be protected, respecting… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…





© 2018. All rights reserved. European Conservatives and Reformists Group