ZAGREB, October 30, 2020 – Croatian independent MEP Mislav Kolakusic has sent a letter to his colleagues in the European Parliament, complaining about the closure of the EU House due to the new COVID-19 outbreak claiming that COVID-19 is just a cold.
“Tens of millions of our citizens fought numerous wars to preserve democracy. Millions of our citizens sacrificed their lives for the freedom of speech and movement, and we are closing the doors of the Parliament due to the fear of a possible cold,” Kolakusic said in his letter which was carried by the Euractiv web portal.
In his letter Kolakusic says that despite the “indisputable fact” that although he knows “several thousand people, I do not know one single person who has Covid-19.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Croatia more than 45,000 people have been infected with coronavirus and 530 people have died.
For Kolakusic, this is just about a “cold”, which by the way has cost the lives of more than one million people worldwide, says Euroactive.
Many MEPs are unhappy because they cannot temporarily access the European Parliament both in Brussels or Strasbourg.
The cause of their disgruntlement is a possible decision by the parliament’s leaders to temporarily close the central attendance register throughout November. That means that MEPs will not receive daily allowances which amount to €323 for each day spent in Brussels or Strasbourg. They can receive that allowance only if they confirm their attendance in the central register.