The highest officials of the European Union are in Malta for the official opening of the Maltese Presidency of the EU Council. The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, recently arrived together with the European Commissioners, who together form the College of Commissioners.
The EU has 28 Commissioners, all of whom are responsible for different sectors, including Maltese Commissioner Karmenu Vella.
On a day packed with commitments, the European Commissioners today will have a meeting with the Maltese Ministers at the Palace in Valletta while the President of the Commission, Jean Claude Juncker will meet for talks with President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, and PM Joseph Muscat at Castille, as well as with the Speaker, Anglu Farrugia. Present in Malta there will also be the President of the Council of Europe, Donald Tusk.
The last appointment for the College of Commissioners in Malta will be the official opening ceremony of the Maltese Presidency which will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. This will be transmitted live on Television Malta starting at 6pm until 8.30pm. For this reason TVM’s 8pm news bulletin will be transmitted later than usual, after the official ceremony is over.