MEPs blast plans to allow Greta Thunberg to visit Brussels parliament despite ...

MEPs blast plans to allow Greta Thunberg to visit Brussels parliament despite BAN on guests to cut coronavirus risks The young activist will still deliver a speech to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday  Conservative MEP Nuno Melo of Portugal was among those to criticise the move  Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans sent a letter to parliament president David Sassoli

By James Wood For Mailonline

Published: 01:17 GMT, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 05:47 GMT, 4 March 2020

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European lawmakers will allow Greta Thunberg to visit Brussels parliament despite a ban on guests over coronavirus fears.

The young activist will deliver a speech to MEPs in Brussels on Wednesday as the number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus continues to rise. 

Conservative MEP Nuno Melo of Portugal was among those to criticise the move.

He asked, in a letter to parliament president David Sassoli, what justified an 'exception' when 'in matters of health risk, human beings are democratically equal'. 

'How can we explain this to our visitors and guests', added Belgian MEP Hilde Vautmans, a liberal, in another letter to Sassoli.

Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg speaks to demonstrators during a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate march last week

Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg speaks to demonstrators during a Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate march last week

'Everyone should be treated equally. If the European Parliament grants an exception to Greta Thunberg, this

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