Speaker of the House opens Inter-Parliamentary Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees on Social Affairs

​On 24 March 2017, Speaker of the House of Representatives Anglu Farrugia opened the Meeting of Chairpersons of the Social Affairs Committees organised within the framework of the parliamentary dimension of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It was chaired by the Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives Anthony Agius Decelis. 

In his address, Speaker Farrugia emphasised the growing relevance of national parliaments in the entire European decision-making structure in a democracy. He also spoke about the fact that the EU has established the year 2020 as the target by which 20 million people should be brought out of poverty and social exclusion. Farrugia argued that it is the role of parliamentarians to take on this ambitious plan. 

Speaker Farrugia emphasised that although realities vary from one Member State to another, addressing the situation should be considered a priority. Although the implementation of national policies is a matter for governments to pursue, it is the remit of their respective parliaments to approve. 

Speaker Farrugia urged all Chairpersons present, as representatives of the citizens, to consider always the impact of each decision taken in the respective parliaments on the more vulnerable groups in society.