European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has cut short a holiday to have his gallbladder surgically removed.

The 64-year-old "had to shorten his holiday in Austria for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy [surgical removal of the gallbladder]," the commission said in a statement.

The former Luxembourg prime minister has led the commission since 2014.

His mandate ends in October.

Gallbladder removal is a common procedure, often performed when people develop painful gallstones.