The Maltese Presidency has reached the halfway point in a very symbolic moment for the European Union, i.e. the 60th of the Treaties of Rome. Europe is at a turning point and this is made clear by the priorities that Malta has established for its six-moth term of Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Migration, the Single Market, Security, Social Inclusion, Europe’s Neighborhood, and Maritime Policy, on the one hand, reflect some of the biggest challenges that are facing the European Union and, on the other hand, bring forward some especially important issues for Member States that are on the external border of the Union.
For several years now, the European Parliamentary Association has been striving to promote the history, the culture and the political activity of the country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This will be also the case with the Maltese Presidency, which will find place in our program for the plenary session of April with two events.
On Monday 3 April, starting at 8 am, MEPs and their assistants, diplomats of the Council of Europe and members of the civil society of Strasbourg will all be invited to the opening event of our “Days of Malta”, an initiative organised in collaboration with the Permanent Representation of Malta to the Council of Europe. For this occasion, our guests will have the pleasure to visit the exhibition “Malta – 7000 years of history” and watch the documentary “Malta: Cruise in the Land of the Knights”.
The projection of the film will be followed by a cocktail with Maltese specialties and by a spirits tasting offered by our sponsor, the renowned Alsation distillery “Massenez”.
To participate to this event, contact our general secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org or + 33 (0)3 88 25 19 49.
The Days of Malta will then continue on Thursday, with a breakfast with Ambassador Joseph Filletti, Permanent Representative of Malta to the Council of Europe, who will come to our association to present our members with a Maltese perspective on Southern European Neighborhood Policy. Neighborhood policy is one of the six priorities of the Maltese Presidency. Countries bordering the Southern Mediterranean are indeed facing serious challenges, including armed conflict, terrorism, political instability and radicalisation. That is why the Maltese Presidency, aware of the potential ripple effects of instability beyond Europe’s borders, is focusing EU engagement on the stabilisation of its neighborhood.