Sassoli: Democracy cannot be suspended in face of COVID-19

The European Parliament (EP) met on Thursday to vote on urgent EU measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The decisions include support for health care systems and financial assistance for the member states most affected by the current crisis.

In a statement, the EP said that this is the first European Parliament plenary session to use remote voting.

During the opening of the plenary session, the European Parliament President David Sassoli said that Europe is experiencing an extraordinary and unexpected situation.

The EP President said that the European institution had to slow down but not stop as democracy cannot be suspended in the midst of such crisis.

“We have had to take unprecedented decisions in the last weeks, trying to anticipate rapidly changing circumstances to protect the health of staff and Members, while guaranteeing that the democratic work of the institution can continue,” said Sassoli.

He also mentioned how the virus has hit the EU very closely as it took away a young life, a young man, who worked at the European Parliament.

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