Austria in EU Council: Focus on Finance, Migration and Geopolitical Stability

PeopleOther ♦ Published: December 26, 2023; 23:00 ♦ (Vindobona)

After two intensive days of negotiations, the European Council in Brussels came to an end on Friday evening. The EU member states set new priorities for the EU budget, discussed future EU enlargements, and took a stand on current geopolitical issues. Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer supported these steps.

Chancellor Karl Nehammer (l.) took part in the European Council of Heads of State and Government. Pictured with Charles Michel, President of the European Council (m.), and Kaja Kallas, Prime Minister of Estonia (r.). / Picture: © Bundeskanzleramt (BKA) / Dragan Tatic

The EU member states agreed to reduce the budget by more than 40 billion euros through cuts and reallocations. Particular attention was paid to the increase in funding for the fight against illegal migration by 10 billion euros. Federal Chancellor Nehammer was pleased with the successful reduction of the budget from the original 67 billion euros to around 21 billion euros, taking into…