February 13, 2018 / 3:18 PM / 3 months ago

Austria to host EU migration summit in September - Kurz

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will host an EU summit on migration on Sept. 20, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told reporters on Tuesday after meeting EU summit chair Donald Tusk in Vienna.

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk arrive for a media statement at the Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, February 13, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

The focus of the meeting in the Austrian capital would be the “fight against illegal migration”, said Kurz, whose new coalition with the right-wing Freedom Party has made it a priority to avoid a repeat of the chaotic mass flows of refugees and migrants into Austria from the Balkans in 2015.

Austria will hold the presidency of EU ministerial councils from July until December this year.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald in Brussels; editing by Robert-Jan Bartunek

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