Austrian Council presidency: MEPs share their views and expectations


Austria took over the presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. We asked Austrian MEPs to share their expectations for the presidency with us.

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz will present his country’s programme of activities to MEPs on Tuesday, 3 July. Follow his statement live online from about 10.00 CET.

In line with its slogan “A Europe that protects”, the Austrian presidency will focus on the EU’s protective role, especiall when it comes to security, the fight against illegal migration, the digital market and stability in the European neighbourhood. 

In addition the Brexit talks and the negotiations on the EU’s next long-term budget after 2020 will be important topics of the next six months. Austria sees its role as that of a neutral broker.

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