Author: Cynthia Kroe
Vienna is not ready for its rotating presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2018, Austria’s opposition Green party said, local media reported Tuesday.
MP Werner Kogler, the Green’s Europe spokesman, said the parties in government — the social-democrat SPÖ and the conservative Austrian People’s Party — had yet to submit to parliament any proposals on the country’s priorities for its mandate.
Kogler, who called on the government to present its agenda in the EU committee in parliament in May, said “jealousy” between the social-democrat Chancellor Christian Kern and conservative Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz could be behind the delay.
Austria will take the helm of the European Council starting July 1, 2018. The country is expected to go to the polls before October 2018 for parliamentary elections, which could complicate its agenda.