PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AND EQUALITY: Minister Dalli calls for an EU Multi-annual Financial Framework that ensures fairness among member states

Minister for European Affairs and Equality Helena Dalli attended a conference organised by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union on the next Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF).

In her address, Minister Dalli emphasised the need to ensure fairness throughout the process. She noted that the upcoming MFF negotiations are set in a context in which the EU will be undergoing many changes, particularly due to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the union�a significant contributor to the EU budget.

Minister Dalli stated that the guiding principle of having an EU budget is the consolidation of the EU project, hence the importance of focusing on areas with the highest European added value. She stated that the budget should address the particular needs and specificities of member states, in particular those facing geographical barriers such as island states.

Minister Dalli called for sufficient resources to be allocated for measures to deal with migration flows. With regards to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the minister stated that sufficient consideration must be given to member states with small farms like Malta. Dr Dalli also emphasised the importance of investment in students, in European enterprises and industries, and in rural development and infrastructure, all while remaining supportive of the social dimension.

The minister also called for the simplification of rules and guidelines to ensure that the benefits of EU funds are reaped in the most effective manner.

The negotiations on the next MFF are scheduled to start soon after the EU’s Commission proposal, which is expected to be adopted on the 2nd of May.

Source: Government of Malta