Eu­rogroup Pres­i­dent Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem pledged to work closely with Min­is­ter for Finance Ed­ward Sci­cluna dur­ing his ten­ure as Pres­i­dent of the Economic and Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs Coun­cil. Photo: Jonathan Borg

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE -

Dutch Finance Min­is­ter and Eu­rogroup Pres­i­dent Jeroen Di­js­sel­bloem yes­ter­day met with Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat and Finance Min­is­ter Ed­ward Sci­cluna, with the meet­ings fo­cus­ing pri­mar­ily on Malta’s up­com­ing pres­i­dency of the EU.

Dr Mus­cat, who re­ceived Di­js­sel­bloem at the Auberge de Castille, said on­go­ing changes in the bank­ing sec­tor would be a pri­or­ity dur­ing the Mal­tese pres­i­dency. He said Malta looked for­ward to work­ing with the Eu­rogroup Pres­i­dent and wanted to make sure that “there are some items on the agenda which we feel we are best po­si­tioned at un­der­stand­ing the re­al­i­ties of smaller coun­tries.”

The PM said Malta also wanted to dis­cuss gov­er­nance of the euro sum­mit. He said Malta is in a po­si­tion of strength as a coun­try that is do­ing well eco­nom­i­cally.

Mr Di­js­sel­bloem noted Malta’s economic success and said the coun­try was an ex­am­ple of the re­sults that well-gov­erned na­tions achieve de­spite the chal­lenges.

Later, Mr Di­js­sel­bloem met Pro­fes­sor Ed­ward Sci­cluna at the Finance Min­istry. He said the Mal­tese pres­i­dency and the Eu­rogroup had many com­mit­ments to­gether, espe­cially the bank­ing union. “The Mal­tese pres­i­dency has ev­ery rea­son for us to not only see each other’s point of view and ob­jec­tives but also col­lab­o­ra­tion. It is very im­por­tant that the Pres­i­dent of the Coun­cil and the Pres­i­dent of the Eu­rogroup are aware of each other’s agenda.”

Mr Di­js­sel­bloem said Malta was do­ing well eco­nom­i­cally and fi­nan­cially and an ex­am­ple of a mem­ber of the Eu­ro­zone that is per­form­ing strongly.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with you very strongly in the com­ing months. There are big is­sues on the agenda in the field of the bank­ing union, tax­a­tion mat­ters, bud­getary is­sues and also the future of the mone­tary union – all that in the con­text of a Eu­ro­zone which is do­ing bet­ter ev­ery year, fis­cally,” the Eu­rogroup Pres­i­dent said.

Pho­to­graph: Jonathan Borg

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