Dr Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, sets out his priorities as he and his country play two vitally important roles in the world – Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations and Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Since the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that took place in Malta in November 2015, as Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, I am occupying the role of Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is a responsibility that I am proud to hold. Meanwhile my country is currently going through a momentous time since it is at the helm of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the first time in our history. Following the able leadership of our Trio partners the Netherlands and Slovakia, Malta is happy and proud to take forward their legacy in bringing forward the EU’s agenda. As our country takes centre stage and shows what it can do for Europe, Malta is likewise keeping in mind the Commonwealth and working towards enhancing the Commonwealth as a relevant, important and global actor in the international arena.
Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the EU
Significant events and uncertainty on the international scene have confirmed the importance of unity within the EU – key towards safeguarding the shared EU values and aspirations we all believe in. Brexit, to name but one example, undoubtedly emphasised the increasingly urgent need to start serious discussions on how to make the Union better and more efficient for all its citizens. We have to remember that the EU was created for its citizens, and must represent the interests of its citizens…
Dr Joseph Muscat
former Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta and Commonwealth Chair-in-Office