Austrian chancellor says eastern European countries should expect less in EU funds

Eastern European countries in the European Union who are net recipients of EU funds, should count on receiving less from the EU budget in the future, Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said. He made the statement in an interview for Austrian daily Der Standard.

The chancellor said that the Visegard Four’s view was at variance with Austria’s when it came to the EU’s budget plans. The V4 is made up of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Kurz told the daily that the Austrian government saw eye-to-eye with the V4 on other topics, such as the rigorous protection of the EU’s external borders to clamp down on illegal migration.