Malta reaffirmed its dedication to keeping the Mediterranean region at the forefront of the European agenda.
Speaking at a press conference concluding the meeting of the Ministers and Secretaries of State for European Union Affairs of the MED9 Group, Foreign Minister Ian Borg highlighted the importance of regional cooperation to tackle common challenges and opportunities.
“Malta’s commitment remains that of keeping the Mediterranean at the top of the European Agenda,” Borg said.
“The role of the MED9 Group is to work together to address common challenges and to advance common region interests within the European Union,” he continued. “We all agree on the need for more holistic and structured dialogue with the countries of the Southern Neighbourhood, and that there are many benefits which can be obtained from strategic partnerships with these countries.”
Expressing Malta’s solidarity and sympathy for Libya and Morocco in the wake of recent natural disasters, underlining Malta’s commitment to aiding neighbouring Mediterranean countries during these trying times.
Borg also mentioned the immediate assistance Malta provided to Libya.
He stressed the need for increased collaboration within the MED9 Group to address both regional challenges and opportunities within the European context.
While the Mediterranean region boasts rich history and culture, it presents various challenges that require collective efforts and offers opportunities that can benefit Mediterranean countries and the wider European Union through collaborative efforts.
He emphasised the MED9 Group’s role in working together to address shared challenges and promote common regional interests within the European Union, including renewable energies.
The issue of irregular migration, a recurring topic within the European Union, was also discussed.
Borg underscored the necessity of cooperation and comprehensive solutions, including economic and sustainable development, to effectively address migration challenges. Adequate financing from the European Union was emphasised to support these efforts, especially in light of ongoing discussions regarding the European Union Budget 2021-2027.
Borg ended by reiterating Malta’s commitment to enhancing collaboration within the MED9 Group, ensuring that the Mediterranean’s voice continues to be effectively and cohesively represented in European institution discussions.
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