Fabian Demicoli

Vince Farrugia urges EU Commissioner for Stronger Post Revolution Support to Libyan People

 This week GRTU's Director General and EESC Maltese Employers representative also participated to the working breakfast of the Employers' Group with Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva on Cooperation with European Businesses in Humanitarian Aid, Crisis Response and International Cooperation – 22 November 2011 at the EESC.


It was proposed to establish a link between the Employers' Group initiative on "Ethics" and the EU initiatives in the field and initiate a project of a Communication Platform between private sector and the Humanitarian Aid department of the European Commission (ECHO). There is much to be done to better match business innovation and creativity with new demands for humanitarian aids and urgent responses to more complex conflicts and sudden crises outbreaks in the EU and throughout the world.

Mr Farrugia had the opportunity to speak in detail about the work carried out by Malta during the Libya crisis. He emphasised the tremendous efforts made by Maltese entrepreneurs during the worst of the war to ensure that the Libyan people and the liberation forces continued to have the necessary supplies of medicines, surgical supplies, food and water in spite of the great dangers involved. Vince Farrugia highlighted the current problems as Libya faces the arduous task of establishing genuine democratic institutions during periods of harsh economic necessities and in the absence of all necessary expertise and institutional support. Vince Farrugia and Commissioner Georgieva agreed that GRTU would present to her a memorandum as to who are the entrepreneurs currently operating in Libya and with direct contact on the field with the true Libyan situation. Detailing how they perceive the situation and the specific needs that the Commissioner needs to address with urgency in Libya so that the situation is favourably developed in the spirit of democracy and solidarity.

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