Malta might not be big enough to be considered a powerful player on the international stage on its own. However, its voice as one of the EU member states is being heard! To make sure Europe speaks with one strong voice in the global fora is the key task of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini.
The Maltese presidency of the European Council of the first semester 2017 is around the corner. The EC Representation in Valletta has noticed an increased interest from the Juncker's College of Commissioners. What can we say? Malta is now the place to be, to network and to discuss the European policies!
On Friday 21 October 2016, the Department of the Maltese Language of the Directorate General of Translation at the European Commission and Inizjamed organised the conference "New Dimensions in Translation in Malta" at the Maritime Museum, in Birgu.
Upon approval of Malta's draft budgetary plans for 2017 by the European Commission, the European Semester of 2015-16 will come to an end. The work for the 2016-17 European Semester has already begun with meetings having taken place for the so-called "fact-finding" mission.
On Thursday 20 and on Friday 21 October 2016, European Commission's Vice-President Andrus Ansip visited Malta to underline the importance of moving forward quickly with the Commission's proposals to create a Digital Single Market, more specifically under the upcoming Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Travelling roaming-free, shopping on-line in another EU country without extra costs, or connecting scientists through the European cloud? Andrus Ansip is ready to discuss the advantages of #DigitalSingleMarket with you. Come and join the public debate at the University of Malta on Friday 21 October.
On Tuesday 18 October, the Commission presented its first progress report on the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries to more effectively manage migration together. Four months after the Commission proposed this new Framework under the European Agenda on Migration and its endorsement by the June European Council, which also called for its swift implementation, the EU's new partnership approach with countries of origin and transit of migration is starting to yield results.
On Friday, October 21, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, a wide-ranging conference in Maltese and English on "New Dimensions in Translation in Malta", is being held at the Maritime Museum in Birgu). This event is open to the general public and free of charge. The talks and open discussion will be followed by light refreshments.
Today the Commission launched a round of calls for proposals under the EU funding programme for transport infrastructure ('Connecting Europe Facility'). The Connecting Europe Facility supports the transition to low-emission mobility and stimulates investment for the purpose of job creation. Examples of projects already being funded include the Brenner rail tunnel and Rail Baltica.
On 12 October 2016, the European Commission presented the first in a series of monthly reports on progress made towards an effective and sustainable Security Union. The report outlines the Commission's efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime and the work undertaken to strengthen the EU's resilience against these threats. It also highlights the priority areas where more work is needed and sets out concrete operational measures for the months to come.