The President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, this morning held a meeting with President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at the San Anton palace. Juncker said that the Maltese should be proud of what Malta is doing and said the country was well-prepared for the Presidency. He said that the Maltese are very ambitious despite the small size of the country. President Juncker appealed to Malta to continue building bridges with other countries, including South Africa. He said he perfectly agrees with the six priorities that Malta has highlighted for the next six months which include immigration, a subject with he said continues to be at the top of the EU agenda.
On her part, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca urged for a stronger Union which offers dignity and peace to its citizens. She appealed for an EU which has a social conscious, is democratically strong and which embraces solidarity. She said that the EU has to adapt its structures to address what is affecting people in their daily lives.
Later today, the EC President Jean Claude Juncker is expected to meet with PM Joseph Muscat at Castille together with the Speaker Anglu Farrugia.