The Malta Chamber of SMEs welcomes MCESD Chairperson David Xuereb to its offices
01 February 2024
Malta Chamber of SMEs President Mr Paul Abela and Deputy President Mr Philip Fenech welcomed...
Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi chaired
a meeting of EU leaders present for the 5+5 Summit. The meeting focused on the
economic situation in the euro area in view of the European Council of October
18 and 19. French President François Hollande, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy, Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro
PassosCoelho and Prime Minister Gonzi reiterated their call for a swift
implementation of the decisions adopted by the European Council in June.
The ESM is a permanent crisis
resolution mechanism for the countries of the euro area. The ESM issues debt
instruments to finance loans and other forms of financial assistance to euro
area Member States. The decision leading to the creation of the ESM was taken
by the European Council in December 2010. The euro area Member States signed an
intergovernmental treaty establishing the ESM on February 2 of this year.
By October 3, all euro area Member States had ratified the Treaty. The Maltese
Parliament unanimously ratified the Treaty last July 6.
position on the MFF 2014-2020
During a meeting with European
Commission President Josè Manuel Barroso on October 6, Prime Minister Lawrence
Gonzi explained Malta's position on the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework
(MFF) for 2014-2020 and the need for a particular solution for Malta.The
Union's Cohesion Policy is important for Malta to strengthen its
competitiveness and, therefore, the Commission should understand Malta's unique
position as an island-state. Dr Gonzi also mentioned the particular situation
of Gozo and referred to his letter sent to President Barroso last July in which
he invoked the provisions of Declaration 36 of the Treaty of Accession "on the
Island Region of Gozo". In reply, Mr Barroso stated that he recognises Gozo's
particular situation and that his wish is that agreement on the MFF is reached
by the end of this year. The MFF will be the main subject of a special meeting
of the European Council to be held on November 23. President Barroso also
thanked Malta for its positive and constructive contributions within the EU.
The Commission's president also had a meeting with the Leader of the
Opposition, Joseph Muscat, which focused on Malta-EU Affairs.
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