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David Casa pledges to continue to fight ‘those defrauding Malta’

MEP David Casa has pledged to continue the fight against those defrauding the people of Malta and Gozo.

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“It has never been more important to ensure that the European Parliament is on the side of the people of Malta and Gozo,” he told this publicatio­n. “I hold discussion­s on a regular basis with my counterpar­ts to explain all developmen­ts happening in Malta, and the need for independen­t institutio­ns which work irrelevant of whom the allegation­s are against,” Casa added.

Casa has also worked to have the European Parliament launch The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism, which will start being awarded annually as from October this year. Maltese journalist­s will be eligible to take part in this competitio­n. The €20,000 annual prize will be awarded as of October 2021 to journalist­s or teams of journalist­s based in the European Union. Candidates and the eventual laureate will be chosen by an independen­t panel.

“The Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize will recognise the essential role that journalist­s play in preserving our democracie­s and serve as a reminder to citizens of the importance of a free press. This prize is designed to help journalist­s in the vital and often dangerous work they do and show that the European Parliament supports investigat­ive journalist­s,” said Parliament Vice-president Heidi Hautala.

Casa is currently working on more priorities within the European Parliament as Quaestor and as MEP, including the €90 billion European Social Fund Plus for the next seven years.

“The negotiatio­ns were intense, and sometimes difficult, due to the huge challenges that all Europeans are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I am pleased that a deal has been reached, and am now looking forward to have the funds being formally approved by the European Parliament,” he said.

“A huge number of Maltese and Gozitans can benefit from this fund, namely employees to improve their working skills, those looking for a job, members of NGOS who want to do studies in their area, local councillor­s who could organise a number of courses for their residents, etc,” he added.

This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsibl­e for any use that may be made of the informatio­n it contains.

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