PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EU PRESIDENCY 2017 AND EU FUNDS

The Parliamentary Secretariat for EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds has the pleasure of announcing the approval of three projects, totaling just under Euros 5 million, that aim at enhancing Malta’s security as well as facilitating integration of third country nationals

Parliamentary Secretary for EU Presidency 2017 and EU Funds Dr. Ian Borg announced that the Department of Customs, the Ministry for Education and Employment, as well as the Ministry for Health will be benefiting from almost five million euro, of which approximately Euros 3.7 million (75%) will be borne by EU funding.

The responsible Authority has in fact approved one project pertaining to the Department of Customs, valued at Euros 1.5 million, under the Internal Security Fund (Police Cooperation) programme 2014-2020. The project aims at investing in x-ray scanning equipment. This will enhance the Department’s capabilities in the continuous battle against cross-border crime and other serious activities, including those of a terrorist nature, smuggling of drugs and cigarettes, money laundering, counterfeiting of goods, endangered protected species, and works of art.

The project is entitled as follows:

X-Ray Scanning equipment for carrying out non-intrusive controls.

On the other hand, two other projects are to be implemented by the Ministry for Health and the Ministry for Education and Employment under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund 2014-2020, totaling just over Euros 3.4 million.

These projects comprise the following:

LLAPSI + (Language Learning and Parental Support for Integration PLUS);

Building of an Asylum Seekers Isolation Unit for Highly Infectious Diseases.

The Ministry for Education and Employment will focus on the provision of, and access to, language learning for migrants, as well as the development of extracurricular activities, in a bid to facilitate their integration in Maltese society. In addition, a new dedicated building for migrant learners will be set up to provide all newcomer learners in Malta with a centre which specifically caters and addresses their educational needs.

Moreover, the Ministry for Health will focus on the completion of a High Degree Isolation Unit which will be situated within Mater Dei Hospital. This unit will equip the hospital with an area where patients are managed in an environment which is appropriate for their care and well-being, while at the same time ensuring that transmission of infections does not occur.

Dr. Borg declared that efforts are constantly being made in order to absorb all EU Funds allocated to Malta. Thus, further projects under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) and Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) are in the pipeline. These are envisaged to continue Malta’s commitments to consolidate and strengthen its security mechanisms, while at the same time assisting third country nationals’ (TCN) path towards integration. Parliamentary Secretary Borg maintained that these projects will and build on other actions implemented under previous Funds.

Dr. Borg expressed words of recognition for the work carried out by the Funds and Programme Division and the administration of approved beneficiaries who, through joint efforts, have been and will continue aiding Malta to reach its targets.

Source: Government of Malta