Deputy Prime Minister also participated jointly in the
first meeting on the implementation of the Joint Declaration on the EU's
legislative priorities for 2017.
Deputy Prime Minister Mr Louis Grech addressed a high level EU Parliament
debate together with the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani,
President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European
Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.
This debate covered the future of Europe and the 60th anniversary of
the Treaty of Rome. The key note speeches were followed by an intense debate amongst
Grech said that the Union is not about Brussels, Strasbourg or
the institutions, but it is about the 500 million citizens’ hopes, fears and
pointed out that European value added has to be tangibly translated into
citizen value added. The Maltese Presidency’s principal objective, which is
referred as ‘rEUnion’; the creation and fostering of a climate in which the Union can once again
regain the trust of the citizens and secure a viable and sustainable future.
Grech remarked that citizens need a Europe that embraces the social dimension
and narrow the gap in financial inequality, promotes job creation and economic
growth through the single market, shapes globalisation, practices the
fundamental value of solidarity when it comes to issues like migration, and
ensures safety and security.
will only be credible if it delivers
on its decisions. In Rome, member states
will re-affirm our commitment to a united
Europe. But the declaration is not
an end in itself, far from it. Any progress registered on the future of Europe
must be followed up and translated into
action.” said Grech.
Grech stated that European institutions need to draw on
this momentum to galvanize and energize
that unites rather than divides. “We
believe in a better Europe, our youths believe in a better Europe,
and we believe it has what it takes to move forward”, he concluded.
the rotating Presidency of the European Council, the Deputy Prime Minister
Louis Grech today also met European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to exchange views on monitoring the
implementation of the joint declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for
2017, in a first of its kind meeting, in a series of tri-annual set.
declaration signed on the 13th December 2016 has as its aim the
setting of an overarching scope to monitor at political level the
implementation of the joint declaration.
this meeting Mr Grech emphasised that this is a landmark in the co-operation
between the three institutions on legislation that will enable them to work
better and more effectively on important proposals.
meeting provided us with a good opportunity to have an open and constructive
dialogue on the priority files and confirm the willingness to move important
key files forward” said Mr Grech.