In an interview with a Greek newspaper, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz welcomes the agreement between Greece and FYROM on FYROM’s name, and stresses, “The provision of an honest perspective and of a reliable path towards the EU for the countries of the Western Balkans serves our interests at security, political and economic level.” In addition, the Chancellor of Austria, which is at the head of the EU presidency this six-month period, requests the immediate termination of the EU-Turkish accession negotiations, explaining, “Turkey has steadily been moving away from Europe and its values in the past years”, while also adding, “We should focus on looking into other forms of cooperation between Turkey and the EU as neighbors.”

Referring to the priorities of the Austrian presidency, Mr. Kurz stresses, “Austria will continue focusing on closer cooperation in sectors such as security and the struggle against illegal immigration, on the strengthening of economic competitiveness through digitalization and on the stability in our area.”