PM Mus­cat meets Es­to­nian, Pol­ish lead­ers as part of whirl­wind tour

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat yes­ter­day met the new Es­to­nian Prime Min­is­ter Juris Ratas to dis­cuss the im­por­tant roles that both coun­tries have in their re­spec­tive ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion in Europe.

In a joint press con­fer­ence Prime Min­is­ter Mus­cat said that, “The ul­ti­mate aim for Malta dur­ing its EU pres­i­dency is to give a sense of di­rec­tion mainly on im­mi­gra­tion, dig­i­tal econ­omy, se­cu­rity in Europe, mar­itime af­fairs, free trade and so­cial in­clu­sion.”

Es­to­nia will be the next coun­try af­ter Malta who will have the EU pres­i­dency for the sec­ond part of the year 2017.

PM Mus­cat later also met Pol­ish Prime Min­is­ter Beata Szydlo in War­saw, a visit that also formed part of a whirl­wind tour in sev­eral Euro­pean coun­tries ahead of Malta’s EU pres­i­dency.

On Tues­day Dr Mus­cat met with the Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel to dis­cuss Malta’s pri­or­i­ties dur­ing its six months of EU pres­i­dency which starts on 1 Jan­uary. Ear­lier this week he also met with the Ir­ish PM Enda Kenny and French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Dr Mus­cat for the state vis­its are Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Louis Grech, For­eign Min­is­ter George Vella and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Ian Borg.

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