European People’s Party group leader Manfred Weber returned to the European Parliament on Tuesday after almost two months of absence due to health reasons.
Weber, who leads the largest political group in the chamber, tweeted a picture of himself wearing a face mask in the Parliament building in Brussels, writing: “Happy to be back at work.”
He added: “We will fight to keep the EU together in these difficult times, for a strong and united Parliament and work tirelessly in the interest of all citizens of Europe.”
Happy to be back at work @EPPGroup in the European Parliament. We will fight to keep the EU together in these difficult times, for a strong and united Parliament and work tirelessly in the interest of all citizens of Europe. #COVIDー19 pic.twitter.com/z3zdIFixSU
— Manfred Weber (@ManfredWeber) May 5, 2020
A spokesperson for Weber said that he came back by car from Bavaria on Monday night and fully resumed all his duties as group leader on Tuesday morning.
The spokesperson declined to comment on the reasons for Weber’s absence, stressing that the group leader had asked not to reveal them.
Weber was last seen in Parliament on March 10 and then went back to his Bavarian home region for health reasons, according to officials.
Esteban González Pons, a deputy leader of the group who took over from Weber during his absence, told POLITICO last month: “Weber had a health problem, and I can tell you that it’s not the coronavirus. He doesn’t want to talk about it.”
Inese Vaidere, a Latvian MEP from the European People’s Party, welcomed Weber back on Twitter and wrote: “We really missed you at the European People’s Party group.”