Extraordinary EU summit convened to address coronavirus
European Union leaders are set to hold a teleconference "shortly" to discuss a coordinated EU response to the coronavirus outbreak, the president of the European Council Charles Michel said in a tweet on Monday.
An unnamed EU official said the call was likely to take place on Tuesday.
The next official EU summit is to take place on 26-27 March, but as the coronavirus situation is deteriorating rapidly, EU leaders will need to consult even before the previously agreed date.
A few EU members states have already held a teleconference on Monday morning, in which Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has also partaken.
The last EU summit was held on 20 February, when the 27 EU heads of state and government were to reach an agreement on teh 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework (MFF). The attempt failed and Charles Michel adjourned the meeting at the end of the next day.
Following consultations I will hold a members conference call shortly on -19 to coordinate efforts. We need to cooperate in order to protect the health of our citizens. #EUCO— Charles (Michel) March 9, 2020
Cover photo by: Mario Salerno, European Union, European Council media bank