Michel and Von der Leyen will discuss the Ankara incident this afternoon to avoid a repeat in the future.
Von der Leyen during the visit to Turkey was relegated to a sofa while Michel occupied a chair in the center of the room on an equal basis with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will meet this Monday at the first meeting they hold after the diplomatic incident in Turkey, in which they will seek to prevent this case from returning. to be repeated in the future.
Despite the fact that in Brussels he assures that it is the traditional weekly meeting between presidents, the appointment will be the first time that both leaders discuss the rudeness that Von der Leyen suffered during the visit to Turkey, where she was relegated to a sofa , while that Michel took a chair in the center of the room on an equal footing with the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The diplomatic friction has generated a certain tension not only with Ankara but also among the community institutions themselves.
On the one hand, the European Commission points out that the protocol was broken to the detriment of Von der Leyen and attributes the organization of the event to the Council and the Turkish authorities, while on the other hand, the Council’s protocol service defends that he did not have access to the room in which the meeting was held and that the error is due to a strict interpretation of the protocol, which, according to the treaties, gives the rank of Head of State to the President of the Council and Prime Minister to the Commission on Foreign Travel .
After the episode, Brussels moved and, as confirmed by spokesman Eric Mamer, sent an email to the Council, in line with Von der Leyen’s guidelines, in order to address the matter. “Our interpretation of the rules is that we have to find a common way of approaching these issues, in a harmonized way, for future events,” the spokesperson explained.
“The president requested that the services contact the Council colleagues involved in the organization of the event in Ankara through the appropriate channels to find a sustainable way to ensure that these situations do not occur in the future,” added Mamer.
In any case, he has ruled out that there is a reform of the treaties on the table and has wanted to send a message of unity, underlining that cooperation between presidents will continue to function “in the interest of the Twenty-seven and their citizens.”