Head of the European Commission, isolated due to possible contact with a covid case

January 17, 2022

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, canceled her scheduled agenda for the week in the European Parliament on Monday and announced that she was in isolation due to a possible contact with a positive case of covid-19.

Von der Leyen had planned a long series of events and meetings this week in Strasbourg, France, at the European Parliament headquarters.

“My driver has tested positive for covid-19. Unfortunately, I have to cancel my participation in the European Parliament. I am returning to Brussels,” Von der Leyen announced on Twitter.

The European Parliament has a full program of activities that week, which starts with tributes to the president of that institution, David Sassoli, who died the previous week.

Von der Leyen was to deliver a speech in tribute to the Italian leader.

On Tuesday, Parliament will begin the process of choosing its new president. This election was already scheduled, as Sassoli’s term originally expired at the end of this month.

Finally, on Wednesday the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, will deliver a speech before the plenary session in Strasbourg to present his country’s priorities in the exercise of the rotating presidency of the European Council.