EU Com­mis­sion ‘in to­tal agree­ment’ with Malta’s pri­or­i­ties for EU pres­i­dency – Juncker

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion is in to­tal agree­ment with the six pri­or­i­ties pre­sented by the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment for the EU Pres­i­dency, es­pe­cially when it comes to tack­ling the is­sue of mi­gra­tion, Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Pres­i­dent Jean Claude Juncker said at a press con­fer­ence at the Pres­i­dent’s Palace.

He added that he be­lieves that Malta is pre­pared in the best pos­si­ble man­ner to have a suc­cess­ful Pres­i­dency.

The six pri­or­i­ties are mi­gra­tion, the sin­gle mar­ket, se­cu­rity, so­cial in­clu­sion, Europe's neigh­bour­hood and mar­itime is­sues.

It was for this rea­son, he said, that he urged Malta to present a proper so­lu­tion to the refugee cri­sis, shed­ding light on the fact that even though the re­lo­ca­tion direc­tive is set to ex­pire at the end of the year, it is yet to be im­ple­mented by the mem­ber states.

In her ad­dress Pres­i­dent Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said that the six pri­or­i­ties are re­flec­tive of the im­por­tant is­sues Mal­tese cit­i­zens face.

The Pres­i­dent called on a more united Europe to em­brace the chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the EU and be­gin to re­view and re­form the Euro­pean project.

Speak­ing about the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate across Europe and Amer­ica, which has seen a rise in far right move­ments, she said that while peo­ple may look to build walls and more bor­ders, it is im­por­tant to be re­minded of the mas­sive gains the EU has made by be­ing united.

The EU, she said, should look to cre­ate a closer relationship with the av­er­age Euro­pean cit­i­zen in or­der to un­der­stand the con­cerns of each in­di­vid­ual.

She said that in­sti­tu­tions should be con­nected to as­pi­ra­tions of the Euro­pean peo­ple and should re­flect the prin­ci­ples of so­cial in­clu­sion.

The Pres­i­dent pointed to poverty, so­cial ex­clu­sion, and the refugee cri­sis as key is­sues which need to be ad­dressed within the com­ing months.

A so­lu­tion to these is­sues, she said, can only be achieved with unity and sol­i­dar­ity.

This does not mean that we should break from our tra­di­tions which em­body our core val­ues, but rather look to cul­tural syn­ergy be­tween mem­ber states. This cul­tural syn­ergy pi­o­neered by Dr Lola So­lar, is an ex­am­ple as to the im­por­tance of also recog­nis­ing the vital role women play in Euro­pean Af­fairs, the Pres­i­dent said.

The Pres­i­dent also called on mem­bers of the Col­lege of Com­mis­sion­ers to “en­sure that col­lab­o­ra­tion continues, while also en­sur­ing that the so­cial val­ues of Europe are re­flected in the so­cial and cul­tural lives of our com­mu­ni­ties and na­tions.”

She closed by urg­ing the EU to cre­ate a union where sol­i­dar­ity could be­come the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of our Euro­pean iden­tity and be­come last­ing ben­e­fit for both present and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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