Schallenberg, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Kurz government, met with the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
“It is an important sign that I came here first, right after I took office,” Schallenberg told the press. said.
Stating that Europe is ingrained in their DNA, Schallenberg said, “I am here today to emphasize that Austria is a reliable and serious partner. You can trust us. The EU is the basic political framework of Austria and we will continue to move forward on this path.” he said.
Schallenberg stated that the EU can count on Austria’s contributions in the fight against the new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and climate change.
Ursula von der Leyen also considered Schallenberg’s first overseas visit to the EU as a strong sign. Noting that Schallenberg knows Europe and the EU very well, von der Leyen gave the message that they will be in close cooperation.
In Austria, on 6 October, an investigation was launched against 10 people, including former Prime Minister Kurz, on charges of “bribery, corruption and abuse of trust”, and Kurz was forced to resign.
Former Foreign Minister Schallenberg was appointed as prime minister, which was vacated by Kurz’s resignation.