Representation in Malta




With whom do we trade? How are trade agreements negotiated? Who pulls the trigger? Do you have questions on CETA or TTIP? What to expect from Brexit? Come and discuss this and more with the person in charge, the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, on Thursday 2 March at 13:00hrs at Arts Lecture Theatre, University of Malta.


On 23 February, the Commission published its first report on the implementation of the List of Actions to advance LGBTI equality. On that occasion, the Director-General for Justice and Consumers, Tiina Astola presented the main achievements at the High Ministerial Level Conference on LGBTI Mainstreaming in Malta.


The international team of astronomers who announced the revolutionary discovery of 7 potential life sustaining planets in the Trappist-1 system includes several European Research Council grantees, including Michaël Gillon from the University of Liège.


After the United States of America and Chile, the European Union is proud to host the 4th edition of the "Our Ocean" conference, at the initiative of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.


On 22 February, the European Commission published its annual analysis of the economic and social challenges – the so-called Country Report – for each Member State, including Malta. The report is a tool under the European Semester for economic policy coordination, to monitor policy reforms and to point early on to challenges that Member States should address, including, where relevant, an assessment of macroeconomic imbalances.


The Commission welcomes the agreement reached at today's ECOFIN on new rules to help prevent tax avoidance via non-EU countries. This latest addition to the EU's anti-tax avoidance toolbox will prohibit multinational companies from escaping corporate tax by exploiting differences between the tax systems of Member States and those of non-EU countries (so-called 'hybrid mismatches').


On 17 February 2017, EU Member States agreed on the Commission's proposal to invest €444 million in priority European energy infrastructure projects. The 18 selected electricity, smart grids and gas projects will contribute to achieving the Energy Union's goals by connecting European energy networks, increasing security of energy supply, and contributing to the sustainable development by integrating renewable energy sources across the EU.


On 15 February 2017, the European Parliament voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level.


On the 5th - 6th October 2017 the European Union will be hosting the fourth Our Ocean Conference, attended by Heads of State, Government Ministers, and ocean leaders.


All EU Member States' economies set to grow in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Having proven resilient to global challenges last year, the European economic recovery is expected to continue this year and next: for the first time in almost a decade, the economies of all EU Member States are expected to grow throughout the entire forecasting period (2016, 2017 and 2018). However, the outlook is surrounded by higher-than-usual uncertainty.