The Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz joined the prime ministers of the Visegrad (V4) countries in Prague on Thursday to discuss the challenges of immigration that face the European states. After the meeting, led by Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babis, the European leaders held a press conference where they addressed the media. The five leaders discussed the topic of undocumented immigration into the EU and what they see as the importance of implementing stricter control in this area. "[We spoke] about the topic of immigration, and we agreed that it is important to protect the external border, to stop human trafficking and to stop illegal immigration to Europe," said Kurz.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz held a press conference in Brussels on Sunday. The EU Commission head said during the press conference that "it is clear that the closer the UK is to the rules of the EU single market, the better their access will be." She added, "But the reverse is also true. So it is up to the UK to decide how good its access to the EU single market, the largest single market in the world, will be." "We will endeavour to make our contribution to perhaps also reduce the rifts that exist within the EU, to fill them up and to try to contribute to the EU being strong and united," Kurz said during the press conference. On January 7 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was sworn in as Austrian Chancellor for the second time in Vienna. His visit to Belgium is his first trip abroad as head of the new conservative-green coalition government.