Brussels’ snow cancels Juncker – Netanyahu meeting in EU headquarters

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

A man crosses a snow covered road outside Berlaymont during a snowfall in Brussels, Belgium, 10 December 2017.

Brussels’ snow cancels Juncker – Netanyahu meeting in EU headquarters


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An intense snowfall at the EU’s capital, Brussels, forced the EU – Israel sides to cancel the planned meeting between the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The meeting has been canceled due to weather conditions, the prime minister has had to leave Brussels early to reach Israel, where he has to participate in some important votes”, explained the chief spokesman of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, at the institution’s daily press conference.

“Unfortunately due to the bad weather conditions, the prime minister had to change the schedule,” confirmed Embassy of Israel’s at the EU spokesperson Idit Rosenzweig Abu on Monday, as according to information by the Zaventem airport of Brussels, more than 50 flights had been canceled and 90 more suffered delays.

Juncker and Netanyahu planned to hold a meeting coinciding with the visit to the Belgian capital of the Israeli to participate in a Foreign Affairs Council, where he attended an informal breakfast with the EU-28 ministers, after meeting High Representative /Vice president Federica Mogherini.

Monday’s official visit  was the first visit by a head of government of Israel to the European institutions in Brussels in 22 years, with special importance for the recent decision of the U.S. president Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after announcing his  plans to move its embassy in the country to this city from current capital Tel Aviv.

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