I’m excited to be working closely with Emmanuel Macron, ”tweeted Schallenberg. From January, France will take over the EU Council Presidency from Slovenia for the next six months. During this time, conclusions from the EU future conference on the reform of Europe are to be drawn.
There are differences between Austria and France on the subject of nuclear energy. At the EU summit in Brussels, France and other states that operate nuclear power plants want to put the European Union on a more nuclear-friendly course. Austria and Luxembourg, on the other hand, fought off attempts to classify nuclear energy as “clean” or “green”.
After the first day of the EU summit, Schallenberg drew a consistently positive balance. It was a “very intense discussion” and the expected difficult debate on the development of energy prices. The legal dispute with Poland was also the subject of the EU summit. The discussion was nevertheless carried out with respect. According to Schallenberg, a state could “not unilaterally disengage”, but the Austrian Chancellor nevertheless attached great importance to further discussions – and not only through legal channels.
The background to the current dispute is a ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court in Warsaw, according to which parts of EU law are not included Poland Constitution are compatible. This decision is viewed by the EU Commission and a number of other states as extremely problematic because it could give the Polish government an excuse to ignore its unpleasant judgments of the European Court of Justice. In addition, the national conservative government is in Poland Has been criticized for years for its judicial reforms.