Austria has taken over the EU Presidency from Bulgaria on 1 July, at a critical moment for the EU. BusinessEurope sent a letter to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, highlighting that with only 1 year to go until the European elections, the Austrian Presidency has a key role to play in strengthening the European Union and its economy.
The 10 priorities to be pursued start with a strong call on the Austrian Presidency to continue promoting an ambitious trade agenda while responding to unilateral protectionist measures in a balanced and smart way. The Presidency should also support efforts to have a withdrawal agreement on Brexit that includes transition, ready for the October European Council and to bring clarity regarding future relations. The Austrian government should ensure progress with discussions on the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and foster agreement on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework before the EP elections.