European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Rome next week to discuss the crisis at the Brenner Pass on the Austria-Italy border with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
"The commission is following [the Brenner situation] with grave concern," spokeswoman Mina Andreeva says. "President Juncker will discuss the matter with Prime Minister Renzi when they will meet in Rome next Thursday," she adds.
Andreeva says the European Union executive is also watching Austrian moves to tighten asylum rules.
"We expect that Austria communicates the new measures swiftly once this legislative procedure has been finalized and this will allow the commission to fully analyze the political and legal implications of the new measures," she says.