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Extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430 in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union
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COUNCIL DECISION (EU) 2020/556

of 21 April 2020

extending the temporary derogation from the Council’s Rules of Procedure introduced by Decision (EU) 2020/430 in view of the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Union

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Whereas:

  1. Council Decision (EU) 2020/430(1) introduced a one-month derogation from the first subparagraph of Article 12(1) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure(2) as regards decisions to use the ordinary written procedure, where those decisions are taken by the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States (Coreper). That derogation expires on 23 April 2020.
  2. Decision (EU) 2020/430 provides that, if justified by continued exceptional circumstances, the Council may renew that Decision.
  3. Given that the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue, with a number of extraordinary preventive and containment measures taken by Member States still in place, it is necessary to extend the derogation provided for in Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2020/430 for a further period of one month,

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