Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has had a meeting in Brussels with European Council President Donald Tusk just before the start of the EU leaders’ Summit, the first part of which is expected to be dominated once again by the latest developments on Brexit, just eight days before the date originally scheduled for the UK’s departure from the European Union.
TVM is informed that both leaders spoke about Brexit and about the EU Budget for the period between 2021 and 2027, about which negotiations are ongoing and should be concluded later this year.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is in Brussels, and is asking leaders of the 27 countries to agree on a postponement of Brexit to 30 June. Donald Tusk stated, however, that he will not accept a short extension if the majority of MPs in the House of Commons do not approve the agreement negotiated by Theresa May for Britain’s exit from the EU.
During today and tomorrow EU leaders are expected to pressurise France and Germany into supporting a law which makes it more difficult for Chinese companies to take part in EU public tenders which amount to 2.4 trillion euro annually.
It is being reported that the conclusion of this Summit will see an agreement for the European Commission to start talks on trade with the US and strengthen the fight against fake news before the EU Parliament elections in two months’ time.