EU Commission chief cancels dinner with Greek PM

“A meeting in Sofia on Saturday, on the margins of the inauguration of the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece” was planned instead, said Mamer and the Greek government. [EPA-EFE/TIAGO PETINGA]

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen cancelled her dinner set for Thursday night with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens, spokesman Eric Mamer confirmed.

In addition to dinner, the EuroMed summit, initially scheduled for Friday in Spain, was cancelled due to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez testing positive for COVID-19. His office did not provide a new date for the summit, however.

“Following the cancellation of the #MED9 summit tomorrow in Alicante, President @vonderleyen will return to Brussels this evening from Athens after her speech at the Athens Democracy Forum,” Mamer tweeted at 6:33 pm on Thursday. Her dinner with Mitsotakis was planned for 9:15 pm.

“A meeting in Sofia on Saturday, on the margins of the inauguration of the gas interconnector between Bulgaria and Greece” was planned instead, said Mamer and the Greek government.

Due to be attended by the leaders of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, and Greece, as well as von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, Greece had high hopes for the summit since sources from the French presidency’s office said that Turkish threats against Greece would have been addressed.

Rule of law issues in Greece and the recent spyware and wire-tapping Predator scandal involving the government, have not gone unnoticed by the European Commission even if it has so far kept quiet on such issues, sources at the European Parliament told EURACTIV.

(Sofia Mandilara | EURACTIV.gr)

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