After the 2nd ECU board meeting of 2021 which took place over the weekend, these are the decisions regarding the European Open Championship / Reykjavik Open.
European Chess Union has exhausted all limits to organize the went in Reykjavik within the time limits set by the regulations for the FIDE World Cup 2021. Even if COVID pandemic restrictions would be better sometime in May, this competition and qualification event cannot be organized with a few week’s notice taking into account the venue, hotels, travel, and visa arrangements.
ECU and the Icelandic Chess federation persist to organize (subject to better travel conditions and an official invitation by May) the European Championship 2021 in Reykjavik between August and September 2021, being a part of the next World Championship Cycle (FIDE World Cup 2023). The exact dates will be announced by the Icelandic Chess Federation the following days.
Further info on the ECU meeting here: https://www.europechess.org/communique-of-the-2nd-ecu-board-meeting-in-2021-cl-no3-2021/