Europe must become "global player" with a muscular foreign policy to match its economic strength, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says in his annual address to parliament.
Kurz has advocated for stronger border security as the European Union grapples with the continued arrival of migrants and the management of its internal and external borders.
European defence ministers have pledged their support to Operation Sophia, but the Italian government is demanding a change to the rules and calling on other member states to take in migrants.
The Maltese armed forces announced that they had rescued 100 passengers and recovered two bodies from a boat that was about to drown.
The Aquarius rescue ship arrives in Malta after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.
European countries face pressure to resolve a new standoff with operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for a second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.
A Spanish migrant rescue boat that has been rejected by Italy and Malta has docked in Spain amid a heated debate over which countries will accept the 87 refugees on board.