"We won’t look away if someone is breaking the rules. We are confident they won’t," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Friday, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
Austria has been tightening controls on its southern border with Italy. On Saturday, Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil announced a plan to deploy troops to the Brenner Pass area, which divides Austria and Italy.
Earlier this week, the European Commission sent a letter to Vienna demanding an explanation for the construction of a new border-control post at the Brenner Pass. The Commission said it was "very concerned" about the move, as it could represent a violation of the Schengen Agreement.
The UN refugee agency estimates that over 17,000 migrants arrived in Italy in the first three months of 2016 after crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Most of them are from the Middle East and North Africa.