Jean-Claude Juncker will miss a G7 meeting in France this week where he was due to meet Boris Johnson after undergoing surgery.
The outgoing president of the European Commission had emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder at the weekend and will not travel to the summit in Biarritz on Friday.
A spokeswoman for the commission said the surgery “went well” and Mr Juncker will remain in hospital in Luxembourg to continue his recovery.
The Biarritz summit was set to be the first meeting between Mr Juncker and prime minister Johnson since his election last month. The UK prime minister will travel to Paris and Berlin this week before the G7, while the EU is likely to be represented by Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, at the summit where Brexit is expected to dominate the sidelines.
“[Mr Juncker] intends to take contact with president Macron and president Tusk to make arrangements for the G7” said the spokeswoman.
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