During a meeting with the Malta-EU Steering & Action Committee (MEUSAC) Core Group, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat outlined the primary priorities with regards to Malta being in the European Union.
The first priority concerns the appointment of those who will head the European Union institutions. The second priority is the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 as well as the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2021-2027. These priorities are to be discussed during the next European Council. Regarding the European Budget, the PM stated that discussions are expected to terminate in March of 2020.
The PM also discussed Brexit, where he mentioned that there needs to be a revision of the rules which govern the industry, so as for Europe to remain competitive. He also stated that the next step regarding Brexit is for the UK to decide whether to sign an agreement with the European Union or the United States. These markets have completely different standards, which is why the UK would essentially have to pick one.
Furthermore, he placed emphasis on the importance of shows of solidarity between member states regarding the immigration problem.
About the Multi-Annual Financial Framework, Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia stated the importance of Malta’s voice in such matters, by allocating a number of Maltese MEPs in the new Commissioners’ cabinets.