Representation in Malta




Joint Statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, Holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom Referendum.


Do you want to have your say about what is happening in the European Union, how it is tackling key challenges and how you benefit? The European Commissioners are listening! Further to the call from President Juncker, the European Commissioners on visits in Member States are taking the time to meet with citizens, to present and communicate the common agenda and listen to ideas in Citizens' Dialogues. These dialogues, in the style of town-hall debates, are taking place across the EU.


What has been achieved so far and what does the future hold for the EFSI? One year after the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) as part of the Investment Plan launched by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission published a Communication which looks back at what has been achieved so far and also puts forward specific proposals related to the future of the EFSI. The results so far point that EFSI has been successful in creating new job opportunities and stimulating further investment in the European economy.


Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, will be on an official two day visit to Malta on Thursday, 23rd and Friday, 24th June. During the visit, he will engage in exchanges with ministers and the Parliamentary Committee for Health, meet stakeholders and host an open dialogue with Maltese citizens to discuss the issues under his portfolio and other EU matters. The event is open to the public.


The Commission has welcomed today's agreement by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. First proposed by the Commission in January, these legally-binding rules were agreed swiftly to spur global efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax planning. They are particularly timely given the recent Panama Papers revelations.  


Along with the Investment Plan for Europe, the Connecting Europe Facility plays a major role in bridging the investment gap in Europe, one of the Commission's top priorities. Today the European Commission is firmly delivering on President Juncker's top priority of creating jobs and boosting growth in the European Union, by unveiling a list of 195 transport projects that will receive €6.7 billion of funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)


Europe Direct-Victoria Gozo in collaboration with LEAF (Learning About Forests) is proud to announce that four schools in Gozo successfully worked on a LEAF project.  Each of these schools has reached the international standards as requested by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) locally run by Nature Trust Malta.


Today the European Commission presents criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. Endocrine disruptors are substances, both natural and chemical, that can alter the functions of the hormonal system and consequently cause adverse effects on people or animals. Today, the European Commission presents two draft legal acts with scientific criteria that will allow for a more accurate identification of chemical substances which are endocrine disruptors, in the plant protection products and biocides areas.


Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month. Since the last report, Member States have significantly increased their efforts on resettlement as part of the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. The number of relocations has increased to 2,280, with the rate having almost doubled since the Commission's third report on 18 May. Despite these positive signs, progress is still too slow. Action must be accelerated to avoid migrants returning to irregular routes.


On Friday, 19th June 2016, the EDIC Central Region organised an Energy Union and Climate Change seminar in order to promote the EU Sustainable Energy week and to share experiences, best practices and inspire ideas about how to promote secure, clean and efficient energy use.