His meeting with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, which lasted more than an hour, was all about the coronavirus pandemic, migration policy and the Brenner conflict between Austria and Bavaria, Nehammer reported afterwards. In the afternoon, the Chancellor will meet his colleagues from the other 26 EU countries for the first time at the Eastern Partnership Summit. The talks formed the prelude to the EU summit on Thursday.
“I am an ardent European,” emphasized Nehammer during his visit to Brussels. As Federal Chancellor, he will represent Austria’s interests in the EU, “always bearing in mind that the European Union itself is the greatest peace project in history”, which needs to be further developed. This requires “strong voices, and Austria will be one of them”. (APA / red)