PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Migration will feature highly on Malta’s foreign policy agenda during the Presidency

Today, Minister for Foreign Affairs George W. Vella received European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Minister Vella outlined the final phase of the ongoing preparations for Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, starting in January 2017. Minister Vella emphasized that, being one of the three key priorities, migration will be featuring highly on Malta’s foreign policy agenda during the Presidency. In this context, matters relating to the Valletta Summit’s follow-up senior officials meeting which will be organised in Malta on 8 and 9 February 2017 were discussed in depth. Discussions also centred on the ongoing work in respect of tackling the root causes of migration which was crucial in order to address this phenomenon in an effective manner.

Amongst other files, Malta will have an important role in steering the EU’s discussion on the Global Compacts on migration that featured at the UN Summit on Migration held in September 2016 to address the large flows of refugees and migrants seeking asylum and economic opportunities respectively.

Whilst extending his full support, Commissioner Avramopoulos commended Malta on its preparations for the Presidency and welcomed the current level of collaboration between the Maltese authorities and the European Commission.

Source: Government of Malta.