EU Council President Michel Out Of Quarantine
FILE - In this Saturday, July 18, 2020 file photo, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, greets European Council President Charles Michel with an elbow bump during an EU summit in Brussels. The European Council announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 that the European Union summit scheduled to take place on Sept. 24-25, 2020 has been postponed for a week because EU Council President Charles Michel has gone into quarantine as a precaution after a security officer in which he had close contact tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool, File)
BRUSSELS: European Council President Charles Michel has ended his self-quarantine after testing negative for COVID-19 for a second time this week.
Michel postponed a scheduled summit of European Union leaders scheduled for this week after his possible exposure to the coronavirus.
Spokesman Barend Leyts said on Friday that Michel is no longer in quarantine and continues preparing the special European Council of Oct. 1 and 2.”
The meeting on issues ranging from Brexit negotiations to the Belarus crisis and the tensions between Greece and Turkey over energy rights was postponed for a week because a security officer with whom Michel was in close contact tested positive for the virus.
As the chief of the European Council, Michel hosts summits of EU leaders.
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