EU Summit Reaction – Maltese MEP Miriam Dalli

The final agreement reached in the early hours of Friday morning falls short of an agreement on asylum rules. Once again, the EU has failed to agree to real solutions. We see it in the statement of the 28 Member States where it was clearly stated that any policies and measures will be taken on board only on a “voluntary” basis.… Be Informed

EU Summit : French President Macron’s comments

French President Emmanuel Macron told EuroNews that the deal showed “European cooperation” had prevailed over national interests: “Europe will have to live with migratory pressures for a long time. We must succeed in standing up to this challenge whilst being true to our values.”

Earlier he tweeted “Accord trouvé sur les migrations : une approche européenne confirmée, un agenda complet acté (action extérieure, protection des frontières, responsabilité et solidarité européennes), les propositions françaises adoptées.”

(Agreement reached on migration: a confirmed European approach, a comprehensive agenda recorded (external action, Protection of borders, responsibility and European solidarity), the French proposals adopted.)

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Brexit negotiations cannot go on with divided British Cabinet – Juncker

The Guardian Brexit negotiations cannot go on with a divided British cabinet, Jean-Claude Juncker has said, as European leaders expressed concern that they do not know who is in charge.

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With major figures in the UK government still at odds on key issues, the European commission president said Brussels desperately needed a clear, coherent vision for the future.… Be Informed

EU Summit Agenda- Migration & Security

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Leaders will discuss migration policy. They are expected to underline the need for a comprehensive approach to migration and the importance of effective control at the EU’s external borders.

The heads of state or government are expected to highlight the achievements since the height of the crisis in 2015.… Be Informed

European Summit dubbed as ‘Mother of all Summits’ will start today

The European Council will start on Thursday at 15.00 with the traditional exchange of views with the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani.

At the first working session the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, of the current rotating presidency of the Council, will provide a state of play on the implementation of previous European Council conclusions.… Be Informed

#EUandMe – EU releases five films that make Europe more accessible to millenials

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The European Union released five short films, directed by prominent European filmmakers, which demonstrate how the rights and benefits enjoyed in the EU improve people’s lives. The films aim to launch a dialogue with young Europeans about the impact of the EU on their daily lives.… Be Informed

Emmanuel Macron, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Edyta Kocyk, Boyan Slat, Krisztian Imre and Florin Badita given European Leadership Awards

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Emmanuel Macron, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Edyta Kocyk, Boyan Slat, Krisztian Imre and Florin Badita were all recognised for their outstanding contribution to their respective fields during the European Leadership Awards on Wednesday.

Six awards were handed out during the glitzy ceremony organised by Euronews and the European Business Summit, including European Leader of the Year, European Innovator of the Year, European CEO of the Year, European Entrepreneur of the Year and European Personality of the Year.

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EU approves start of negotiations for free trade deal with Australia and New Zealand

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The Sydney Morning Herald reports that European officials will land in Australia next month to begin negotiations on a free trade deal, after the EU’s governing council gave its long-awaited official authorisation on Tuesday.

The council also approved negotiation of a similar deal with New Zealand.… Be Informed

Europe that protects: Clean air for all’ -European Commission outlines measures available to help Member States fight air pollution

Commissioner Vella.jpgThe European Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have breached agreed EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.… Be Informed

Tajani announces that Zuckerberg is to be grilled at European Parliament

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will face MEPs’ questions following the Cambridge Analytica scandal in the European Parliament, its president said on Wednesday.

“The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week,” said Antonio Tajani in a statement.

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Juncker to meet Polish Prime Minister amid rule-of-law dispute between Poland and the EU

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Poland’s prime minister and the European Commission chief will meet for talks on Wednesday amid a protracted rule-of-law dispute between Warsaw and Brussels, according to reports.

Radio Poland, reports that the meeting between Mateusz Morawiecki and Jean-Claude Juncker will take place in Sofia when European leaders gather for dinner on the eve of a European Union-Western Balkans summit in the Bulgarian capital, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR agency reported on Tuesday, citing European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas.… Be Informed

Iran Nuclear Deal – US doesn’t exclude sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran

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The US administration is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies that do business in Iran following his withdrawal of the US from the international nuclear deal.

Trump’s most senior foreign policy aides signalled that the US would continue pressuring allies to follow Washington in backing out of the pact, which gave Tehran relief from sanctions in exchange for halting its nuclear programme.… Be Informed

My Dream of A Truly EU Member State – Matthias Bartolo (16 Year old European Maltese)

The following are the views of Matthias Bartolo, a 16 year old Sixth Form Student attending St Martin’s College. Politics is a passion of his, along with being a football fan. 

Matthias BartoloWhilst the road for full membership was a narrow winding one, with the nation almost equally split in two, 14 years later there is surely a nationwide consensus that the European Union brought huge economic benefits to this small island state.

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Towards a stronger, more united Europe than ever. Dr. Elena Grech (Head of Maltese EC Representation)

The following reflections have been shared by Dr. Helena Grech, the Head of the Maltese EC Representation for Corporate Dispatch’s special edition of Europe Explained on the occasion of Europe Day. 

5nBppw48.jpgIt has become cliché to say that the first thing Europe recalls is peace.… Be Informed

The future of Europe is a choice – Federica Mogherini

The following is a message by High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission.

Federica Mogherini.jpegThe future of the European Union is a choice – a choice that belongs to every European citizen and matters to the entire world.Be Informed

Today, Europe stands at a crossroad – Antonio Tajani (President European Parliament)

Insight and reflection by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, for Corporate Dispatch. 

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Europe’s story is one of freedom and citizen rights, of 70 years of benefits that were simply unimaginable in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. This is a story of real and lasting peace, of an identity founded on the freedom and dignity of the individual, of democracies rooted in the rule of law, of the breaking down of walls and barriers to the movement of persons, goods and capital.… Be Informed

We are stronger together – Roberta Metsola (MEP)

Insights and reflections on the occasion of Europe Day provided by MEP Roberta Metsola for Corporate Dispatch.

roberta_metsola.jpgToday marks the 68th anniversary of the day in 1950 when Robert Schuman, one of the founders of the EU, made his ‘Schuman Declaration’, outlining his vision for a peaceful, prosperous Europe.Be Informed