Deputy PM: Malta against more rules that hamper EU funds absorption

Tuesday, 21 May 2013, 15:29

 

Minister of European Affairs Louis Grech Grech spoke about the financial package that the Union will accord countries who are members,  during an intervention  in his first General Affairs Council as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was held to discuss both the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020 and to prepare for the European Council summit taking place on Wednesday. 

European Affairs minister said that Malta cannot agree with the compulsory review claimed by the European Parliament for half of the seven years of the financial programme. This is because in the long run the new law would affect the plans of many who are currently benefiting from these funds (NGO’s and other organizations) also along with the public finances.

The Deputy Prime Minister argued that “this would create uncertainty to beneficiaries and businesses, particularly in the current climate and will severely hamper the implementation of programmes both financially and administratively whilst having a negative impact on public finances”.

However Grech also said that our country agrees upon more flexibility as in the case of money that passes from one year to another during the period that was indicated. He also supported the efforts done by the Irish Presidency so that a quick agreement could be reached with the European Parliament regarding the next financial package, namely that for 2014 – 2020.

He has supported the efforts of the Irish Presidency to reach a quick agreement with the European Parliament next financial package, namely that for 2014-2020.

The General Affairs Council also discussed energy and taxation issues in preparation for the upcoming European Council summit. On energy, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasised the need to take into account the specificities of certain Member States, particularly those which are islands, in order to ensure security of supply and that no Member State remains isolated.

On taxation, the Deputy Prime Master highlighted the fact that tax fraud and tax evasion are also global in nature and therefore require global solutions.

The European Council will take place tomorrow and will be attended by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. 

On taxation, the summit will build upon the Economic and Financial Affairs Council discussion of May 14th and focus on effective steps to combat tax fraud and evasion.

On energy, the summit will assess progress in completing the internal energy market and developing interconnections so as to put an end to the energy isolation of Member States such as Malta. Heads of State or Government will also focus on the need for investments and the diversification of Europe’s energy supply, as well as what can be done to reduce energy prices for consumers – a priority for the Maltese Government.

The Deputy Prime Minister was accompanied by Malta's Permanent Representative to the European Union, Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry for European Affairs Mr. Paul Zahra.

Photo: Deputy Prime Minister Louis Grech at the General Affairs Council alongside Mr David Lidington, UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

 

Photo Credit:The Council of the European Union

 

 

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l fenech

- Sun 26-May-2013, 18:38

Gejna tajjeb, l'Italia ghax pajjiz kbir, l'EU mhux ser tigri warajha imhabba id-deficit.

Ahna ghax zghar differenti.

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