The Ministry for European Affairs was first established in March 2013 as part of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s first cabinet. Its creation and the separation of EU issues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in line with the Labour Party’s pledge to strengthen Malta’s sphere of influence in the European Union past the economic dimension in order to reach broader social and environmental goals for the benefit of the Maltese society as a whole. The Ministry is responsible for Relations with the European Union in their wider sense, EU Internal Coordination and Malta’s presidency of the EU in 2017.
It also aims to strengthen the efficiency and transparency in the way EU funds are used, and tackle any shortcomings which could result in the loss of funds.
The Ministry is also responsible of overseeing the practical process by which the various pledges listed in the Labour Party’s electoral programme are actualized by the different ministries and parliamentary secretariats.
Due to the fact that Hon. Louis Grech is the serving Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministry also serves the function of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.