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.


Trade agreements have helped to boost EU agricultural exports and have supported jobs in the agri-food sector and other sectors of the economy, according to a new independent study carried out on behalf of the European Commission. Trade agreements with three countries – Mexico, South Korea and Switzerland – were studied in detail.


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 the so-called winter package – its annual analysis of the economic and social challenges for each Member State, including Malta. The Reports are analytical documents that, in the framework of the European Semester for economic policy coordination, provide an overview of the economic and social challenges in the Member States.


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.