AMBASSADOR MARLENE BONNICI CHAIRS THE FIRST MEETING OF EU AMBASSADORS (COREPER II) UNDER THE MALTESE PRESIDENCY

Malta’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Marlene Bonnici, chaired the 2611th meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee Part II, also known as COREPER II.

In addition to approving ‘I’ items which are mostly issues that were agreed to at the Council’s technical Working Party level (see attached agenda), today’s meeting discussed the following:

TUESDAY 10 JANUARY 2017 (11.00)

II

– Presidency priorities

= Presentation by the Presidency

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Foreign Affairs) on 16 January 2017

� (poss.) Egypt

� Syria

� (poss.) Middle East Peace Process

� (poss.) Libya

� Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Economic and Financial Affairs) on 27 January 2017

� Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Any other business

For more details, please consult the attached agenda.

Note: COREPER meetings are held every week and are part of the Council’s legislative process. The items which are discussed follow technical work carried out on the respective files at the Council’s Working Party level. Working Parties are attended by technical officials from the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU or from the Ministries concerned. The issues discussed in COREPER are subsequently discussed and/or approved by Ministers from Member States at Council ministerial meetings.

There are two COREPER formations (I and II); COREPER II is attended by the Permanent Representative and covers issues which fall under the following Council formations: General Affairs; Foreign Affairs; Justice & Home Affairs; and Economic & Financial Affairs.

Source: Government of Malta