Prime Minister meets Maltese living and working in Belgium

Wednesday, 22 May 2013, 11:07


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The Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Muscat, together with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto, Louis Grech, today held a meeting in Brussels with Maltese nationals living in Belgium and Luxembourg, many of whom work with various European Union institutions.

Also in attendance were the Prime Minister’s wife, Ms Michelle Muscat and their two children. The meeting was jointly facilitated by the Permanent Representative of Malta to the EU, Ms Marlene Bonnici, and the Malta’s Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, Ms Vanessa Frazier. The event was held at Dar Malta in Brussels which houses both the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU and the Embassy of Malta to Belgium and Luxembourg.  The gathering gave the opportunity to hundreds of Maltese nationals, carrying out a variety of important functions within the European Union Institutions, to share their experiences with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, as well as to meet each other.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the excellent work which the Maltese, representing the Maltese Government in Brussels, those working with the EU Institutions, as well as many others working in various positions with the Belgian private sector, are known for. The Prime Minister also noted his desire that the Maltese Community working in the various EU institutions develops into a network which can further benefit Malta’s interests at an EU level. In particular, he noted that the experience of the Maltese community in Brussels and Luxembourg will be invaluable to Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2017.

He stressed that the Presidency will need to be a national effort in order to be a success. The Prime Minister expressed the Government’s strong commitment in maintaining strong ties with Malta’s expatriate community, also noting the challenges which some Maltese families living in Brussels and Luxembourg face. He emphasised that Government also encourages overseas Maltese communities, such as the one in Belgium, to foster strong communal ties and continue to be Maltese ambassadors in their everyday lives. 

The Prime Minister is currently in Brussels to attend a meeting of the European Council of Heads of State and Government meeting today, 22 May 2013. The meeting will discuss the European Union’s energy policies as well as the fight against tax fraud and evasion. Earlier in the day, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs and Implementation of the Electoral Manifesto attended a meeting of the General Affairs Council which was held in order to prepare for the European Council.

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