Representation in Malta




Come and discuss the Future of Europe with EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Commissioner Karmenu Vella and Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on 29 March in Valletta. As the EU's 60th birthday also marks the birth of the EU at 27, there is no better time than now to have this debate! THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - LIVE STREAMING will be available on our Facebook page and on TVM2, starting at 17:30.


Commissioner Vella is in Malta for the Ministerial Conference on Mediterranean fisheries organised by the European Commission. The ministerial conference is a significant political push to address the alarming state of stocks in the Mediterranean and its impact on the industry and coastal communities. Over 300,000 persons are directly employed on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean, whilst many more indirect jobs depend on the sector.


The 2016 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show a drop of 2% in the number of fatalities recorded across the EU last year. 25,500 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2016, 600 fewer than in 2015 and 6,000 fewer than in 2010. A further 135,000 people were seriously injured on the road according to Commission's estimates.


On 25 March, EU leaders came together in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which were signed on this day in 1957. Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, participated in the Rome Summit, where a number of events were organised to mark the occasion and to reflect on Europe's common future.


At the end of March a number of meetings took place within the remit of the European Semester. The European Commission attributes great importance to consulting key local stakeholders during all stages of the European Semester process. This particular stage in the process follows the publication of the Country Report for Malta (22 February) and anticipates the much awaited publication of the proposed Country Specific Recommendations due to take place later in spring.


The European Commission Representation in Malta asked four Maltese stakeholders to share their views on the 2017 Country Report for Malta. Here is what Marie Briguglio (University of Malta), Leonid McKay (Caritas Malta), Victor Carachi (General Workers Union) and Anton Borg (Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry​) had to say!

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"60 Raġuni tajba għall-UE" – Ktejjeb mniedi fl-okkażjoni tas-sittin Anniversarju tal-Unjoni Ewropea li jagħti sittin eżempju prattiku ta' oqsma fejn l-UE għamlet differenza fil-ħajja taċ-ċittadini Maltin.


On Thursday 2 March, the EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström was in Malta for a University debate on "The EU as a global trade partner". We took the opportunity to ask her 3 questions. See both videos below.


On 16 March, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. In 2016, the system was more actively used by national authorities, who removed more dangerous products from stores. However, more and more of the dangerous products notified in the Rapid Alert System are sold on online platforms. This is why the Commission has stepped up its cooperation with Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba to tackle more actively potentially unsafe or non-compliant products from their websites which sell to consumers in the EU.


As announced in President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union speech, the European Commission presented on 15 March a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission's contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017. As we prepare to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU, we look back on a peace spanning seven decades and on an enlarged Union of 500 million citizens living in freedom in one of the world’s most prosperous economies.