‘Migration should be included amongst the priorities of the European Union for the next five years’, stated by the Minister for Equality Helena Dalli, while intervening at the General Affairs Council of the European Union, held on Tuesday in Brussels.
Dalli remarked that for the EU to enjoy a truly comprehensive approach to migration, more effort is needed on the internal basis, primarily on the reform of the common EU asylum system, which she said needs to be reformed on the basis of a balance between responsibility and solidarity.
The Council discussed preparations for the upcoming European Council in June, which will be tasked with planning the strategy for the European Union for the next five years.
During discussion about the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (2021-2027), Dalli reiterated Malta’s call for a gender mainstreamed budget, and for gender equality to be a horizontal priority and a policy objective across the entire MFF and its funding programs.
Dalli expressed her satisfaction that at least 85% of actions implemented under the Neighbourhood, Development, and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) should have gender equality as an important objective and that at least 5% would have gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal objective. Peace and stability, engendering human rights and economic development should remain the main focus of these programmes, concluded Dalli.