After the “chair crisis” .. President of the European Commission: “I will not allow this again

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Protocol crisis between the Council and the European Commission

After a resounding protocol insult, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who received him on Monday in their first meeting since the “Chair Crisis” in Ankara; It “will not allow what happened to be repeated”; According to what was stated by a source in the Commission.

The “Der Line” had rejected the measure that took place by compelling it to sit opposite the Turkish foreign minister instead of the country’s president.

After the meeting, the European Commission spokesman explained that von der Leyen and Michel “held their weekly periodic meeting and discussed a series of immediate issues.”

For his part, Michel renewed his “deep regret” for the incident that took place in Ankara, and stressed “it is not permissible to repeat it,” according to his spokesman. He also stressed the need “not to allow anyone to sow division within the European Union”. According to the German radio website “Deutsche Welle”.

A controversy arose over giving the protocol priority to Charles Michel during his meeting with von der Leyen, Tuesday, April 6, in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was considered a protocol insult against the Chairperson of the Commission.

The European Commission president was exposed to an embarrassing situation during that meeting after she was forced to sit on a sofa opposite Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose position is lower than her in the protocol hierarchy after Michel quickly sat on the main chair alongside Erdogan.

The European Council confirmed that Michel has priority in the international protocol, but the commission protests this reading and demands the same protocol level.

Von der Leyen asked her office to contact the European Council office “to find an arrangement that would avoid such situations in the future.” As explained by its spokesperson, Eric Mamer.

Mamer added that a memorandum presented in five points the demands of the Chairperson on the basis of “interpretation of the applicable rules” was transmitted by e-mail to Charles Michel’s aides.

A representative of the Council, the body representing the 27 member states, told AFP: The text is viewed as a “series of conditions” imposed by the Commission with a desire to “weaken the European Council.”

He added that “the Commission is taking advantage of this incident to review the agreements, especially Article 15, which details the responsibilities of each of the officials.” But her spokesman denied that that was the intention, saying: “We do not demand anything more than what is contained in the agreements.”

Michel faced severe criticism from a number of European deputies for his silence in Ankara, but he denied the existence of any discrimination against women, confirming in an interview with several European media that he did not interact with the issue in order to avoid a “more serious (diplomatic) incident” with Ankara.

President of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen

After the “Chair Crisis” … President of the European Commission: “I will not allow this again.”

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After a resounding protocol insult, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who received him on Monday in their first meeting since the “Chair Crisis” in Ankara; It “will not allow what happened to be repeated”; According to what was stated by a source in the Commission.

The “Der Line” had rejected the measure that took place by compelling it to sit opposite the Turkish foreign minister instead of the country’s president.

After the meeting, the European Commission spokesman explained that von der Leyen and Michel “held their weekly periodic meeting and discussed a series of immediate issues.”

For his part, Michel renewed his “deep regret” for the incident that took place in Ankara, and stressed “it is not permissible to repeat it,” according to his spokesman. He also stressed the need “not to allow anyone to sow division within the European Union”. According to the German radio website “Deutsche Welle”.

A controversy arose over giving the protocol priority to Charles Michel during his meeting with von der Leyen, Tuesday, April 6, in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was considered a protocol insult against the Chairperson of the Commission.

The European Commission president was exposed to an embarrassing situation during that meeting after she was forced to sit on a sofa opposite Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose position is lower than her in the protocol hierarchy after Michel quickly sat on the main chair alongside Erdogan.

The European Council confirmed that Michel has priority in the international protocol, but the commission protests this reading and demands the same protocol level.

Von der Leyen asked her office to contact the European Council office “to find an arrangement that would avoid such situations in the future.” As explained by its spokesperson, Eric Mamer.

Mamer added that a memorandum presented in five points the demands of the Chairperson on the basis of “interpretation of the applicable rules” was transmitted by e-mail to Charles Michel’s aides.

A representative of the Council, the body representing the 27 member states, told AFP: The text is viewed as a “series of conditions” imposed by the Commission with a desire to “weaken the European Council.”

He added that “the Commission is taking advantage of this incident to review the agreements, especially Article 15, which details the responsibilities of each of the officials.” But her spokesman denied that that was the intention, saying: “We do not demand anything more than what is contained in the agreements.”

Michel faced severe criticism from a number of European deputies for his silence in Ankara, but he denied the existence of any discrimination against women, confirming in an interview with several European media that he did not interact with the issue in order to avoid a “more serious (diplomatic) incident” with Ankara.

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Protocol crisis between the Council and the European Commission

After a resounding protocol insult, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who received him on Monday in their first meeting since the “Chair Crisis” in Ankara; It “will not allow what happened to be repeated”; According to what was stated by a source in the Commission.

The “Der Line” had rejected the measure that took place by compelling it to sit opposite the Turkish foreign minister instead of the country’s president.

After the meeting, the European Commission spokesman explained that von der Leyen and Michel “held their weekly periodic meeting and discussed a series of immediate issues.”

For his part, Michel renewed his “deep regret” for the incident that took place in Ankara, and stressed “it is not permissible to repeat it,” according to his spokesman. He also stressed the need “not to allow anyone to sow division within the European Union”. According to the German radio website “Deutsche Welle”.

A controversy arose over giving the protocol priority to Charles Michel during his meeting with von der Leyen, Tuesday, April 6, in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was considered a protocol insult against the Chairperson of the Commission.

The European Commission president was exposed to an embarrassing situation during that meeting after she was forced to sit on a sofa opposite Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, whose position is lower than her in the protocol hierarchy after Michel quickly sat on the main chair alongside Erdogan.

The European Council confirmed that Michel has priority in the international protocol, but the commission protests this reading and demands the same protocol level.

Von der Leyen asked her office to contact the European Council office “to find an arrangement that would avoid such situations in the future.” As explained by its spokesperson, Eric Mamer.

Mamer added that a memorandum presented in five points the demands of the Chairperson on the basis of “interpretation of the applicable rules” was transmitted by e-mail to Charles Michel’s aides.

A representative of the Council, the body representing the 27 member states, told AFP: The text is viewed as a “series of conditions” imposed by the Commission with a desire to “weaken the European Council.”

He added that “the Commission is taking advantage of this incident to review the agreements, especially Article 15, which details the responsibilities of each of the officials.” But her spokesman denied that that was the intention, saying: “We do not demand anything more than what is contained in the agreements.”

Michel faced severe criticism from a number of European deputies for his silence in Ankara, but he denied the existence of any discrimination against women, confirming in an interview with several European media that he did not interact with the issue in order to avoid a “more serious (diplomatic) incident” with Ankara.





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