MEP MAIREAD MCGUINNESS ON HOW CORONAVIRUS WILL AFFECT THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

20 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Fine Gael MEP for Midlands North West and First Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness said the coronavirus alert had led to huge disruption for their work as members but it was necessary in order to protect people. She said they would normally have been in Strasbourg for four days last week debating many issues but had remained in Brussels instead for only one day of debate, with no votes being taken as Italian colleagues were not present.

The main debate on the day which she chaired was all about coronavirus and how the EU should respond to it. Members were not allowed to sit beside each other but had to maintain the required social distancing, so there was a lot of caution. There was a huge awareness of how the Parliament could be a hub (or a problem) because they came from all different member states.

The Parliament President Mr (David) Sassoli came from Rome to Brussels and when the news broke about Italy going into complete isolation, he went…

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