Government will strive to obtain an agreement Malta deserves, Abela says on EU summit

Il-Prim Ministru Robert Abela flimkien mar-Rappreżentanta Permanenti għal Malta fl-Unjoni Ewropea Marlene Bonnici f'Dar Malta.

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the government would strive to obtain an agreement the country deserves while speaking in Brussels at the European leaders’ summit.

EU leaders at the special summit are discussing the EU’s budget for the next seven years and the recovery fund which is being set up after the coronavirus outbreak. Abela said that the aim is to obtain the best agreement possible in spite of the fact that the criteria being uses work against us.

Abela maintained that the government will persevere to obtain the agreement which is adequate for the country.

The Maltese government will be insisting that its share of the agreement will be better than that obtain for the current seven years, which come to an end in December.

Prime Minister Abela said that Malta’s success was being used ‘against’ the country when discussing the allocation of funds.

“It is not easy because the numbers are against us, but we will persevere,” the Prime Minister said.

The discussions started off well on Friday but during the course of the day the situation degenerated because of lack of agreement. On Saturday, the EU leaders failed to agree on a massive stimulus fund to revive their coronavirus-hammered economies after two days of fraught negotiations, but extended their summit for another day to try and overcome their differences.