“The President of the European Council today learned that one of his security guards, with whom he had close contact at the beginning of last week, tested positive for covid-19,” announced Charles Michel’s spokesman, Barend Leyts, in a communication through the social network Twitter.
The @eucopresident today learned that a security officer, with whom he was in close contact early last week, tested positive for COVID.
The President is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday. ⁰
Respecting Belgian rules, he has gone into quarantine as of today.
– Barend Leyts (@BarendLeyts) September 22, 2020
The spokesman adds that “in compliance with Belgian rules [adotadas devido ao surto de covid-19], Charles Michel is in quarantine as of today “, despite being” regularly tested and accused negative yesterday [segunda-feira]”.
Charles Michel’s isolation makes it impossible to conduct the work at the meeting of heads of government and state of the European Union scheduled for this Thursday and Friday in Brussels.
Andrea Neves – Antenna 1 correspondent in Brussels
For this reason, the president of the European Council decided to postpone the summit until 1 and 2 October, the spokesman said, in the same publication on Twitter.
Portuguese-Spanish summit postponed
The rescheduling of the European Council for 1 and 2 October also led to the postponement of the Portuguese-Spanish Summit.
António Costa and Pedro Sánchez were to meet on October 2 in the city of Guarda.
There is still no new date for the Iberian meeting.