The president of the EU Parliament is in Italy. The president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen: my thoughts are with you as you fight for your health
BRUSSELS – The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli has been hospitalized in Italy since December 26th. Hospitalization was made necessary «for the arrival of one serious complication due to a dysfunction of the immune system. For this reason, any official activity of the president of the European Parliament is canceled ”, explained his spokesman Roberto Cuillo. Sassoli will not attend the group leaders’ conference on Thursday or next week’s plenary in which his successor will be elected for the second half of the legislature, according to the 2019 agreement between the EPP, S&D and liberals. In December Sassoli announced that he would not reapply.
Upon hearing the news, there were numerous demonstrations of affection expressed by the whole parliamentary arc, by representatives of institutions, party colleagues and friends in Europe and in Italy. The president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wished him on Twitter «Prompt and complete recovery»:« Dear David, my thoughts are with you as you fight for your health – he wrote -. Courage, as you often say ». Support also from the EU Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni and the EU High Representative Josep Borrell. Manfred Weber, leader of the EPP, on behalf of the People’s Party, wished “a lot of strength” as did Roberta Metsola, EPP candidate for the presidency of the EU Parliament.
The Lega group in the European Parliament expressed “closeness” wishing a speedy recovery. Greetings also from the Italian delegation of the Verdi group and from the European delegation of the M5S. And then there are the “embrace” of former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, of the Speaker of the Chamber Roberto Fico, of the Minister for Public Administration Renato Brunetta, of the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, of the leader of FI Silvio Berlusconi, of the former president of the EU Parliament Antonio Tajani and the best wishes of the Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, of the group leader of IV in the Chamber Maria Elena Boschi, of the mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri and of the other party comrades starting from pd leader Enrico Letta and by the group leaders in the Senate and the Chamber, Simona Malpezzi and Debora Serracchiani.
On the night between 14 and 15 September last, the president of the EU Parliament was hospitalized in Strasbourg for pneumonia and he had not been able to preside over the plenary session in which the president of the EU Commission von der Leyen had delivered the speech on the state of the Union. Sassoli in a video message on Twitter explained that he was “seriously affected by a bad legionella pneumonia: I had a very high fever, I was admitted to the Strasbourg hospital, then I returned to Italy for convalescence. But unfortunately I suffered a relapse and this episode prompted the doctors to recommend a series of analyzes and investigations “, which Sassoli had conducted in Italy, remotely presiding over the meetings of Parliament for the entire month of October, returning in person to the plenary session at the end of November.