The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, held a meeting in Madrid with the Prime Minister of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, with whom he addressed mainly issues related to migration.
"Both leaders have agreed on the need to intensify support and cooperation with the countries of origin and transit, particularly with Morocco, as well as to strengthen the relationship between the EU and Africa, through a European strategy for the sustainable development of the continent. favor economic and social growth in African states, "said a statement issued by Sanchez's office after the meeting.
The two leaders also exchanged views on possible reinforcement measures for the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) and, in particular, Sánchez recalled that "the migration challenge is a global issue that requires a European response".
In his view, this response must be "based on solidarity, responsibility and cooperation among all member states."
In addition, Sánchez and Kurz discussed the priorities of the Austrian presidency of the EU and began to prepare the informal summit of Heads of State and Government of the community club to be held on September 19 and 20 in Salzburg.
The President of the Government and the Austrian Chancellor have also devoted time to the Brexit negotiations and other matters of common European interest such as the social dimension of the reform of the euro or the new multi-annual financial framework 2021-2027.
After his stay in Spain, the Austrian chancellor will travel to Paris on Sunday to meet French President Emmanuel Macron, and then to Berlin where he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the eve of the informal meeting in Salzburg.