|Alexander Van der Bellen (independent, from January 2017)
Christian Kern (Social Democratic Party, from May 2016)
|Size||83,879 km2 (32,385.86 sq mi)|
|MEPs||18 (joined the EU in 1995)|
|Next presidential election
Next legislative election
|Presidency of the Council||July – December 2018|
|Last meeting with Theresa May||None held to date|
|Brexit priorities||Austria has joined the UK in its stance on EU immigration, as Chancellor Kern proposed a law to favour Austrians over foreign nationals when applying for jobs. He has also been clear in the past however that he will not be calling for a vote on EU membership.|
|What Chancellor Kern said on Brexit||18 June 2016
“Whatever the outcome of the British referendum, afterwards Europe will not be able to shy away from a few much-needed debates.”
30 June 2016
“I think it was crystal clear what the consequences for Great Britain are: This is a big mess, an enormous damage, and so I don’t think that Great Britain will become a role model.”
27 September 2016
“So, there’s too much regulation in Brussels, the institutions work themselves to death in largely opaque decision-making processes, the balance of power among member states, Commission, Council and Parliament is badly calibrated – all of that is true but not the core of the problem.”
29 March 2017
“For me, the status and rights of around 25,000 Austrians living and working in the UK are at the forefront.” “We also want to achieve clarity and legal certainty for Austrian companies operating in the UK.”
|Austria’s priorities||Chancellor Kern seeks to adopt measures to curb immigration to Austria and has taken a clear position is questioning Turkey’s future membership of the EU.
Kern will want to secure his position in power at the next election and keep the Freedom Party out of power.
Furthermore, the Government has a 10-year reform plan that focuses on job creation, economic growth and education.
The refugee crisis has also had a significant impact on the country.
We would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to get in touch with us, please contact us on 020 7463 0690 or use the form below.
We look forward to hearing from you.
For media enquiries, please contact Chris Rogers on 020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189, or email Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk.
The Whitehouse Consultancy
305 The Metal Box Factory
30 Great Guildford Street
London SE1 0HS