The time for courage has come. This is the time to build up international partnerships that serve the Planet, the People and bring Peace and Prosperity.
We have a special guest today among the journalists who have accepted our invitation to be present in the last plenary session of 2019. His name is Andrew Caruana Galizia, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese journalist who was assassinated on 16 October 2017 because she was investigating and exposing cases of corruption at the highest levels of government.
The revelations of the past few weeks have confirmed what Daphne had long warned about before her murder: that the rule of law in the European Union’s smallest member state had been compromised by those very same people whose duty it was to protect the citizens of Malta.
Today, I can only praise the new #VDLcommission for delivering even before the end of its first 100 days what it has promised just a few months ago: the Green Deal. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the House of the European civil society, has sought for the past years to achieve a fully-fledged sustainable development in line with the UN 2030 Agenda.
When I look at the proposals brought forward initially by the Commission, and now, last week, by the Finnish presidency on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), I can only be disappointed and genuinely concerned. Disappointed because already the Commission proposal of May 2018 remained too prudent. Although the EU executive didn't have an easy task, as it had to deal with the announced departure of the UK and with a number of Member States opposed to go above 1% of the Gross National Income (GNI), it managed to craft a budget proposal which contains some timely, forward looking reform suggestions.
Mainstreaming gender equality and women empowerment to improve infrastructure development impact
L'agrivoltaïsme: un système en devenir à Madagascar
Renegotiation of the EU-ESA partnership agreement: the challenges for the ESA region