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Five years of hard work and achievements

Nearing the end of their tenure, Malta's MEPs have been discussing their work with the public during events organised by the European Parliament's Liaison Office in Valletta. As the current term of the European Parliament appoaches its end, the EP’s Liaison Office in Malta has been organising at Europe House in Valletta a series of discussions aimed at informing and engaging the public on the work of the Maltese MEPs over the past five...
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Remaining true to our mission

The EU of today is different from the one Malta joined in 2004. Yet, this does not merit any substantial re-consideration from our part, as the benefits of membership far outweigh the costs. The European Council has come to an end and the sentiment in Brussels is that this summit was quite smooth compared to the previous one. The Council conclusions sealed the EU’s future path to invest more in defence. However, looking closely at the conclusions one...
EP elections 2024

Your vote in the European elections: why it really matters

The more people turn out to vote, the stronger European democracy becomes, the Head of the European Parliament’s Office in Valletta tells The Journal. “Many of us still don’t realise how much the European Union influences our everyday lives and, therefore, how important it is to go to the polls next June to choose those who will represent us in the next European Parliament,” says Mario Sammut, Head of the...
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“No more greenwashing!”

Labour MEP Cyrus Engerer hails the European Parliament’s adoption of the Green Claims Directive as an end to “the proliferation of misleading green claims that have deceived consumers for far too long”. “It is time to put an end to greenwashing. The European Parliament’s position ends the proliferation of misleading green claims that have deceived consumers for far too long,” said Maltese MEP Cyrus Engerer (S&D), after the European Parliament’s plenary session...
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“A historic day for European policy-making”

MEP Josianne Cutajar (S&D) talks with The Journal on the European Parliament’s approval of the world’s first comprehensive legislation regulating Artificial Intelligence. With 523 votes in favour, 46 against and 49 abstentions, MEPs convened for the last-but-one plenary session in Strasbourg before the June elections yesterday approved a bill to ensure AI in Europe is safe, respects fundamental rights and democracy, and permits...
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No lesser human beings

Women in Malta and Poland should enjoy the same rights, including abortion, like other women across the EU, says the Chair of the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee. In her first address as a candidate for President of the European Commission in 2019, Ursula von der Leyen underscored the necessity for a ‘Union of Equality’. This concept elevated gender equality to a position of strategic importance within the European Union’s...
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Alfred Sant warns of “tricky situation” ahead

“The way things are going presents a challenge for Malta, which aims to maintain its stance as a neutral country while being part of an increasingly militarised EU,” the former Prime Minister and Labour leader told The Journal. The European Union’s current trajectory is taking the bloc towards a position favouring the establishment of a European army, claims the head of the Maltese delegation in the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, Alfred Sant. Malta could...
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“Grab one from the back – it’s cheaper”

Following discussions with MEP Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), one of Malta’s major importers has agreed to discontinue a practice that, according to the MEP, has been harming price competition among small retailers and limiting consumer access to more affordable goods. At 78, Nena values having a grocery shop just a block away. It’s not simply a matter of convenience but also of empowerment: it permits her and her husband Freddie access to their daily needs at their own convenience and helps them to stay well and independent despite...
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“Consequences must be borne, justice must be served.”

“All those responsible for Navalny’s detention, ill-treatment, and death must be held to account.” Pedro Marques, S&D Vice President As widespread concern among MEPs grows regarding the threat Russia poses to European security, Alexei Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, descibed Russian President Vladimir Putin to the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg  as the leader of a...
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Maltese MEPs unanimously vote for anti-SLAPP rules

“SLAPP are a form of legal harassment and an abuse of the justice system, increasingly used by powerful individuals and organisations to avoid public scrutiny.” MEP Tiemo Wölken (S&D) All Maltese MEPs gave their green light to new rules to protect journalists, activists, and academics and their organisations against abusive lawsuits aimed at silencing them. During the European Parliament’s plenary session, which is currently convening in...

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