By Ayhan Simsek
European Union leaders will discuss next week new proposals to protect the EU’s external borders and control migration, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting with her Austrian counterpart in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would exchange views on the agenda of next week’s informal EU leaders’ summit.
“We share the priorities of the Austrian presidency, that is to say, we must focus on protecting our external borders,” Merkel said.
“European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker has recently made some far-reaching proposals on this topic, I welcome these proposals,” she added.
Merkel also called for a strong cooperation between the EU and African countries to control
Last week, Juncker had proposed new measures to strengthen controls at the EU’s external
Juncker also announced plans to further develop the European Asylum Agency to assist member states in processing asylum
Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told reporters on Sunday, ahead of his meeting with Merkel, that besides the issues of migration and internal security, ongoing Brexit negotiations with the U.K. would be another major topic of discussion.
European Union leaders will gather in Austria’s Salzburg city for a two-day informal summit on Sep 19-20.
Austria is holding the EU's rotating six-month presidency until the end of this year.