Speaker attends a meeting with the President of the European Parliament


As part of his commitments related to the 2017 European Parliamentary Week, to be held in Brussels, Speaker Anġlu Farrugia met with European Parliament President, Mr Antonio Tajani, just a few days after the latter was elected.

During the meeting, Farrugia congratulated Mr Tajani on his new position as President of the European Parliament. Speaker Farrugia expressed his confidence that the previous good relations between the Maltese Parliament and the European Parliament formed during the mandate of Mr Schulz, predecessor to Mr Tajani, will continue and improve in the forthcoming months and years. 

The Speaker said that the inter-parliamentary meeting, to be initiated by the two Presidents later that day on stability, co-ordination and governance in accordance with Article 13 of the Fiscal Pact, was a clear example of the strong co-operation between these two institutions on a political and administrative level. He further explained that this co-operation will be extended to all meetings organised in the parliamentary dimension context of the Maltese Presidency of the Council. 

From his end, Mr Tajani remarked that he can sympathise with the problems Malta is facing, given that he comes from one of our neighbouring countries.  Mr Tajani therefore expressed that this is another reason why he is taking it upon himself to ensure that both he, as President, and the European Parliament, work closely with the Maltese Presidency of the Council to address problems that no one should face alone, not in the least problems related to illegal immigration.  He then stated that such a commitment has to continue even after the Maltese Presidency. 

Farrugia concluded the meeting by saying that there is a lot more work to be carried out, and that the parliamentary dimension of the Maltese Presidency is committed in showing the European Union how to act and in guiding it in the right direction. 

At the end of the meeting, Mr Tajani proposed a courtesy visit to the Speaker, as he was personally invited later this week to Malta by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to participate in the Informal Summit held in Malta. This request was welcomed by Speaker Farrugia.