Commission Chair Von der Leyen does not want to accept another transaction like the one that was taken up at the meeting of the European Union and Turkey.
The Chairperson of the European Union Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, does not want to accept another transaction like the one that took place at the meeting of the European Union and Turkey last week. In a conversation with EU Council President Charles Michel, the president made it clear that she would not allow such a situation again, according to the European Union Commission.
At a meeting last Tuesday, Michel was allocated a large chair alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Von der Leyen, on the other hand, is set aside on a sofa. In the European Union Commission, but also in parts of the public, this seating arrangement was seen as insulting.
The president of the council stands above the chairperson
Michel was criticized for not doing anything about it. The Belgian then stated that Turkey’s narrow interpretation of the protocol rules had resulted in different treatment. He and von der Leyen immediately decided not to aggravate matters with a public scandal.
Meanwhile, the accident is also known to the public under the name “Sofagate”. Referring to the rules of the protocol, Michel recalled that the President of the European Union Commission is under the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the current arrangement of the Protocol. It also means, for example, that Michel usually has the first word at joint media conferences.
However, the committee insists that von der Leyen should have been placed on an equal footing with the other chairs at the meeting in Ankara.