Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019

Jean-Claude Juncker confirms hospital trip to underdog surgery for aneurysm | World | News

The outgoing European Commission President will go under the knife on November 11, according to a European Commission spokeswoman. Ahead of the surgery, Mr Juncker, 64, has been warned that he is not allowed to fly. Doctors will determine when the EU’s most senior official will be allowed to return to work after his treatment.

An EU source said: “The date of his return to work will be determined in relation to his recovery.”

Last August Mr Juncker underwent emergency surgery to have his gallbladder removed while on his summer holiday.

An EU statement said that he travelled home to Luxembourg, from Austria, to undergo the procedure.

He missed the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, as a result but returned to work shortly after.

The former Luxembourg prime minister has faced a a number of health questions during his five years in charge of the EU.

At a Nato summit last year, Mr Juncker was filmed struggling to keep his balance and was assisted by other world leaders.

The Commission later attributed the episode to the EU chief’s recurring sciatica.

Mr Juncker says the lines is the result of a car crash that left him in a coma for three weeks in 1989.

The chief eurocrat was due to step down from his role as EU Commission president on November 1.

But it was today announced that he would continue in a “caretaker” capacity after Ursula von der Leyen’s appointment was delayed.

The Luxembourger will instead have to wait until December before hanging up the reins of power.

But with his five-year mandate officially ending tomorrow, Mr Juncker will only oversee “current business” while he waits patiently for Ms von der Leyen to assemble her team of commissioners.

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MEPs rejected the French, Romanian and Hungarian candidates, forcing the next EU boss to ask for three new names.

The EU Parliament’s legal committee will meet next month before deciding whether the proposed candidates should face a final confirmatory hearing.

Mr Juncker will be finally able to vacate his Brussels office once his successors 27 commissioners are all confirmed.

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