A turbulent six-months in store for the Maltese Presidency of the European Union
Speaking recently in Brussels, Malta’s deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech, spoke of the challenges facing the EU and the Maltese Presidency in early 2017. He spoke of the need for the EU to address the uncertainties, fears and inequalities that are being felt by Europe’s citizens. On the 1st January, Malta will take over the rotating presidency of the EU for 6 months. During their Presidency, the United Kingdom is expected to invoke Article 50 and France and the Netherlands both have national elections. Malta will prioritise immigration, security and the internal market during its Presidency. Social inclusion and neighbourhood policy will also feature high to tackle the social and political malaise spreading across Europe. Malta intends to make communication an important part of its Presidency. Effective communication needs to focus on the fundamental needs of European citizens. The Maltese Presidency will include the 60th anniversary celebrations of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in March 2017. This is an opportunity to celebrate the past as well as chart together our European future. Malta intends to work relentlessly on those agendas and dossiers that bring the member states closer together and the Union closer to its citizens.