“A focus on the people’s needs and concerns”

Relatively quick decision on EU's new political leadership paved the way for focusing on citizens' priorities, said Maltese PM Robert Abela.

Thanks to the relatively quick decision taken by the EU member state Heads of State or Government on the bloc’s political leadership for the next five years, the European Council that concluded in the small hours of Friday morning could also focus on other issues important to European citizens rather than postpone discussions about them, said Prime Minister Robert Abela.

Gathered at a Summit in Brussels on Thursday, the 27 leaders agreed on Ursula von der Leyen as president – for a second term – of the European Commission, António Costa as president of the European Council, and Kaja Kallas as the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The agreement was reached despite resistance from the Italian and Hungarian prime ministers, Georgia Meloni and Viktor Orbán.

On Friday morning Prime Minister Abela joined Kafè Ewropa, One Radio’s weekly EU talk show hosted by The Journal editor Sandro Mangion, via live link from Brussels. Describing the overall mood at the Council meeting as positive, he credited the prior discussions among European political groups for paving the way for a swift, positive outcome.

In this Council meeting, the leaders also endorsed the Strategic Agenda, a high-level roadmap outlining the priorities for the three appointees.

“The European people’s priorities are social equality, energy security, the digital transition, as well as the green transition and the implementation of the European Green Deal in a way that eases the impact on people,” said Prime Minister Abela. “Now that the way forward with regard to the next institutional cycle beginning on 1st December has been agreed upon, we can focus on these priorities.”

Prime Minister Abela emphasised the need for EU leaders to converge and ensure that they stay connected to the European citizens, listening to the message they have delivered in the recent European elections. It is their duty to seriously address the people’s concerns, including social housing affordability and energy security. He reiterated the Maltese government’s commitment to maintaining stability and peace of mind for its people, mirroring these priorities on a national level.

Photo: Gareth Degiorgio/OPM

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