Re­form of the Dublin Treaty and im­mi­gra­tion on top of Malta’s Pres­i­dency agenda

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Gabriel Schem­bri

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for the EU Pres­i­dency Ian Borg yes­ter­day pre­sented some of the main points which the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency will dis­cuss in its busy agenda.

The full pro­gramme for the Pres­i­dency will be launched in De­cem­ber and as Ian Borg ex­plained, Malta al­ways wanted the im­mi­gra­tion is­sue to be on top of the agenda.

Ad­dress­ing the MEUSEC Core group meet­ing, Dr Borg said that the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency will have to be put into a con­text which re­flects the so­cial as­pect in the EU coun­tries and the chal­lenges be­ing faced by its ci­ti­zens.

“EU ci­ti­zens some­times feel that the de­ci­sions re­gard­ing their own coun­try are be­ing taken in Brus­sels. But then we for­get that it is our rep­re­sen­ta­tives which take those de­ci­sions for us.”

The Mal­tese Pres­i­dency will kick off with a meet­ing be­tween se­nior of­fi­cials in the EU and African na­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives to take stock of the deal fol­low­ing the im­mi­gra­tion Sum­mit held in Malta. This meet­ing will be held in Jan­uary. Dr Borg said that this meet­ing will be one of the most im­por­tant as it is “our duty to give an­swers to EU ci­ti­zens.”

He ex­plained that the Pres­i­dency will also be tasked with dis­cussing three pro­pos­als; re­form of the Dublin Treaty, EASO’s trans­for­ma­tion into a fully-fledged agency and the Blue Card Di­rec­tive.

Pre­sid­ing the meet­ing was Min­is­ter for Civil Lib­er­ties He­lena Dalli.

Photo: Jonathan Borg

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