Council president says he and Austrian leader have ‘similar views’ on migration.
Managing flows of migrants to Europe will be a challenge for “many years to come,” European Council President Donald Tusk said Tuesday.
Speaking in Vienna after meeting with Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Tusk said he and the Austrian leader had “similar views” on migration, according to a readout of his remarks from the European Council.
Tusk said “migration will remain a challenge for many years to come, which is why we need to find a solution that makes sure that the EU together with the national states can manage future migration flows sufficiently without creating divisions.”
He added that all European countries “need to contribute” — a reference to some countries, including his native Poland, that have refused to take part in EU schemes to distribute migrants across the bloc.
“Above all else we must put an end to the destructive emotions surrounding the issue of relocation, as they continue to fuel populism and divide Europe,” Tusk said.
According to the BBC, Kurz said Austria will host an informal summit of EU leaders on the subject of migration on September 20. Austria will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of the year.