However as a precaution I am immediately leaving the European Council to go into self-isolation,” von der Leyen wrote in a Twitter post. On Thursday night Conte tweeted about the death of Jole Santelli, the first female president of the Calabria region, elected in January 2020 and former MP with Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party. Una perdita dolorosa! The loss of Jole Santelli is a deep wound for Calabria and for all the institutions. My heartfelt thoughts and heartfelt condolences to his family,” Conte’s post reads. Il mio pensiero commosso e le più sentite condoglianze ai suoi familiari. The Italian Premier left the EU27 leaders’ meeting before the latter came to an end on Friday noon. I myself have tested negative. “A painful loss! “I have just been informed that a member of my front office has tested positive to COVID-19 this morning. — Giuseppe Conte (@GiuseppeConteIT) October 15, 2020
European Commission’s chief Ursula von der Leyen also had to leave the EU summit on Thursday to enter precautionary quarantine, after learning that a member of her front office had tested positive for COVID-19. La scomparsa di Jole Santelli è una ferita profonda per la Calabria e per le Istituzioni tutte. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Italian PM Conte leaves EU summit, delegates Germany’s Merkel
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08749498 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives for the second and last day of a face-to-face EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2020. EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON / POOL
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had to leave the EU leaders’ meeting on Friday to attend a funeral, delegating German Chancellor Angela Merkel to represent his country at the bloc’s discussions on the Coronavirus emergency and EU-Africa relations. EPA-EFE/JOHANNA GERON / POOL
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives for the second and last day of a face-to-face EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2020. Similarly Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin left discussions on Friday to self-quarantine as a precautionary measure, after having come into contact with a Finnish lawmaker who tested positive for the virus. Marin delegated Swedish PM, Stefan Lofven to represent her country, a Twitter post of the Finnish PM reads.