PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENT OF MALTA: Maltese Parliament delegation participates in the CFSP-CSDP Inter-Parliamentary Conference in Bratislava

A Maltese delegation composed of Chairman of the Foreign and European Affairs Committee Luciano Busuttil and Jason Azzopardi participated in the inter-parliamentary conference (IPC) on the common foreign and security policy and the common security and defence policy in Bratislava between the 2nd and the 4th of September 2016, which was organised by the Slovak Parliament as part of the events of the parliamentary dimension of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU. The IPC convenes once every six months in the country of the Presidency Parliament and is presided over by the same Parliament, in close cooperation with the European Parliament. It brings together the chairpersons and members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Affairs committees of the member states.

The conference focused on the role of the EU in world politics and as a global player. The EU is faced with an unprecedented set of challenges, both internally and externally but it has all the means to be an influential foreign policy maker if it speaks with a united voice. During the session concerning the EU’s neighbourhood policy, the European MPs recognized the importance of selective engagement and dialogue with Russia to ensure accountability and maintaining the option to cooperate on resolving global crises where there is a clear EU interest. They also urged member states to comply with EU decisions, including Council Decision (EU) 2015/1601 and implement the relocation scheme across the EU member states proportionally to their size and population.

Luciano Busuttil moderated the workshop dealing with sustainable development and migration. The issue of migration is one of the dominant themes concerning not only member states but all of Europe. Cooperation with countries of origin and transit is essential for a long-term sustainable solution to the migration crisis in Europe. The conference ended with the adoption of the conclusions.

The next IPC on the CFSP-CSDP will be held in Malta in the first half of 2017.

Source: Government of Malta