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        • news_jan
          • European Elections: How Can Europe Improve My Life? : The EDIC- Central Region, Malta is organizing a Citizens' Debate with MEP candidates in cooperation with the European Parliament Office in Malta. The event is organized as part of the European elections campaign and aims to engage citizens into a discussion on how Europe can improve our life.
          • EU-US Free Trade Area: Growing stronger together - The benefits for Malta - Part I : Business between Malta and the United States is worth $450million annually. That is a part of a bigger cake worth $450billion, which the EU as a whole and the US generate. Between them they form the biggest trading partnership in the world, with a stock of $3.7 trillion of direct investment in each other's economy.
          • EU-US Free Trade Area: Growing stronger together - The benefits for Malta - Part II : Dr John Vassallo spent 25 years in Brussels in which he served amongst others for American companies General Electric and Microsoft. He was also President of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU). Here he shares his insights on the important trade relationship between the EU and the United States.
        • news_feb
          • European Elections 2014: EU funding that makes sense for Maltese business : EU funding is often associated with never-ending applications and an awful lot of red-tape, which small and micro-businesses cannot afford. Yet, € 83.18 million were allocated to the private sector between 2008 and 2013. It is calculated that the JEREMIE programme alone helped companies generate a multiplier effect of 5.8, meaning that for every euro invested, the beneficiaries generated €5.80. The objectives, good use, and existing shortcomings of EU funding were discussed by representatives of businesses with candidates for the European Parliament election in a roundtable discussion organised by the European Parliament Information Office. The event was one of a series of similar discussions being held as part of an information campaign leading up to the elections in May.
            • 100 days to go to the European Parliament Elections : The countdown has started: there are 100 days to go until our polling stations open for the 2014 European elections. In the second biggest democratic exercise in the world, 400 million people can cast their vote for a new European Parliament. The 751 MEPs taking up their seats in July will not only set the course of European policies for the next five years but also elect the leader of the EU's executive body, the European Commission President. More than 330,000 of these will be eligible to vote in Malta where we will be going to the polls on the 24th May to elect our 6 representatives in the European Parliament for the period 2014-2019.
          • European Elections 2014: What newly-elected MEPs should watch out for in the financial services sector : Tax policy provides small jurisdictions like Malta with the only possibility of gaining competitive leverage. This is why it should remain an area of national competence. Is the protection of a successful sector reason enough for MEPs to go to the extent of defying their peers within their political grouping in the European Parliament? How do the national interest and MEPs' political ideologies balance out? These were some of the issues discussed between practitioners from the financial services industry and MEP candidates in a frank roundtable debate held today at Europe House – one of a series of information events being organised by the European Parliament Information Office.
          • EE2014: Joint Business Manifesto Launched : The main bodies representing Maltese business were all under one roof today to launch a joint document which highlights their priorities and expectations in view of the European Elections. In the presence of a good number of MEP candidates, they discussed the focus areas pointed out in the document. The need for better dialogue between stakeholders and MEPs stood out as a recurrent theme. It remains key for representatives of Maltese business in European fora to point out Malta's specific circumstance but, at the same time, SMEs ought to draw on the existing opportunities and better exploit the potential of the single market.
          • Laqgħa speċjali tal-Kunsill Malti għall-Iżvilupp Ekonomiku u Soċjali mal-kandidati għall-Parlament Ewropew : 20 ta' Frar 2014 - L-MEPs għandhom rwol fil-konsultazzjoni fuq livell nazzjonali biex ikunu f'pożizzjoni aħar li jippromwovu l-interessi tal-imsieħba soċjali Maltin fl-Ewropa. Dan kien wieħed mill-messaġġi ewlenin li ħarġu minn laqgħa li numru ta' kandidati għall-Parlament Ewropew kellhom fi ħdan il-Kunsill Malti għall-Iżvilupp Ekonomiku u Soċjali (l-MCESD). Il-laqgħa saret fuq inizjattiva tal-Uffiċċju tal-Parlament Ewropew u kienet qed tagħti bidu għal perjodu ta' attivitajiet li se jkunu qed jiffukaw fuq it-tema "Naħdmu għal Xogħol Aħjar". Fost il-punti li tqajmu fid-diskussjoni kien hemm l-iżviluppi fl-aħħar snin fejn jidħlu l-moviment ħieles tal-ħaddiema, il-leave tal-maternità, u l-parteċipazzjoni tan-nisa fil-qasam tax-xogħol.
          • MEP Candidates at MCAST to discuss skills and jobs : Friday 21st February 2014 - MEP candidates today visited a number of institutes at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST). Meeting students and teachers, they exchanged views on employment matters, particularly the importance of matching the supply of skills with labour market demand.
          • European Elections 2014: MEP Candidates visit Childcare centre: Focus on women in the workplace : European election candidates today visited the Kidstart Childcare & Development Centre and exchanged views with the management on measures facilitating the lives of working mothers, maternity and paternal leave and other measures promoting work-life balance within the theme: Elezzjonijiet Ewropej 2014: Naħdmu għal Xogħol Aħjar.
          • European Elections: The right to vote for your voice in Europe - wherever you choose to! : The European Parliament Office in Malta is currently undertaking an information campaign in view of the European Parliament elections of 24 May. Apart from the Maltese voter, the campaign aims to reach non-Maltese EU citizens residing in Malta.
        • news_mar
          • EPIO Calendar of EE2014 Events
          • Maltese SMEs can grow in Europe: Minister, MEP candidates, unions discuss jobs at James Caterers facility : "There is great potential for SMEs especially thanks to an excellent workforce and a confident outlook on opportunities for growth". James Barbara, today Managing Director of James Caterers, started his venture on his own in 1989. Today the company employs 190 persons on a number of food production lines which entailed an investment of €7 million. This amount is set to increase further as the company announced plans to build new facilities and penetrate new markets, creating more jobs in the process.
          • "Taqtax għad-Dritt": Children's Book launched at Birkirkara Primary School : Amidst a crowd of children gathered in a classroom at the Birkirkara Primary School, Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo and four MEP candidates today launched the book "Taqtax għad-Dritt", published by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta, and featuring simple stories and activities for children. The book, written by Tony C. Cutajar, is a collection of stories geared to develop children's knowledge and awareness of the basic rights and obligations in a society. "I really enjoyed listening to and observing children as they discussed some of the themes in the book", said Minister Bartolo, referring also to the importance of fostering the love of reading in children.
          • AEGEE Valletta is national winner of Charlemagne Youth Prize : 'Preserving the present, saving our future' was the theme of a conference organised by AEGEE Valletta in March last year. It brought some 300 young participants to learn, discuss and propose recommendations about the future of Europe. The initiative has been chosen as the national project for Malta in view of the next step, which is the award of the prize from amongst projects from all 28 EU countries. The national jury was composed of MEPs Marlene Mizzi and Roberta Metsola, together with KSU representative Yanica Sant.According to the jury, "the AEGEE project was very strong in offering practical examples of Europeans living together as one community, as well as in the involvement of young people representing several member states". The next step will see the project assessed by the European jury, consisting of three MEPs and the President of the European Parliament and four representatives of the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, which will select the winner from the 28 projects submitted by national juries.
          • MEPs, candidates exchange views with student organisations in LYV debate : MEPs do cooperate regularly, but they cannot agree on everything all the time! MEPs Marlene Mizzi and Roberta Metsola were giving examples of the different scenarios they work in as representatives coming from different political groups. They were speaking during a discussion at the University Common room which proved to be a good setting for students to assess the outlook of a number of MEPs and MEP candidates on several themes. What are the priorities of the MEP candidates? How does an MEP strike a balance between the national interest and the position of his/her political group? How do they define national interest in the first place? These were some of the questions asked by the students, who touched also upon several other issues including immigration, youth employment, and minority rights.
        • news_apr
          • Gender-balanced representation for better decision-making – MEP candidates : Since 2013, Maltese representation in the European Parliament was balanced in terms of gender, with 3 female and 3 male MEPs. Beyond the actual numbers, it is important that political parties give a truly gender-balanced choice to the electorate through their selection of candidates. Such balance between men and women in politics, as in other spheres, leads to better decision-making. In view of the European elections on the 24th May, a number of MEP candidates were brought together to discuss gender-related issues and ways in which our future MEPs could best pursue policies to address gender imbalance in all spheres of life. The debate, 'Gender Parity in Democracy: Let's Keep the Balance!', was organised by the Malta Confederation of Women Organisations together with the European Parliament Information Office.
          • #knowthefacts – Focus on migration and asylum data for MEP candidates and stakeholders : UNHCR and the European Parliament Information Office have today presented their joint publication #knowthefacts - a booklet with information and statistics on asylum and migration in Malta, Europe and beyond. The publication is intended to provide MEP candidates and stakeholders with factual information on which to base positions and views. It is based on information available from UNHCR statistics, Eurostat data and various official sources in Malta.
        • news_may
        • news_jun
          • Gianni Pittella to be acting European Parliament President until 1 July 2014 : Martin Schulz has today been elected as group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and steps down as European Parliament President.
          • Malta and the TTIP - What’s in it for us? : On Friday the 3rd of July, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta in collaboration with the Malta Business Bureau and Ernst & Young will be holding four roundtable discussions on four different sectors of the industry which are most likely to be affected by TTIP. The discussions will focus particularly on the Maltese industries and what effect TTIP will have on the Maltese market in relation to them.
          • Call for Expressions of Interest for: The Production and Airing of a Series of Radio Programmes : Expressions of interest for the production and airing of a series of radio programmes will be received at 254, St Paul's Street Valletta, or via email on epvalletta@ep.europa.eu until Friday 12th June 2015 at 1700hrs.
          • Roundtable on Sports Integrity : Following the debate on corruption in sports during the Plenary Session of June, in which a Maltese MEP – Therese Comodini-Cachia (EPP) – intervened, and taking the cue from the high level of national media interest in matters related to sports integrity, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta organised a roundtable debate on sports integrity with stakeholders representing different facets of the subject matter.
        • news_jul
          • Fourteen Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament elected : On Tuesday July 1, all 14 European Parliament Vice-Presidents were elected in three rounds of voting. Six Vice-Presidents were elected in the first ballot, three in the second and the remaining five by a relative majority in the third.
          • Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament : MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.
          • Three European films battle it out for the Lux Prize 2014 : The three films competing for this year’s Lux Prize have been announced: Class Enemy (Razredni sovražnik) from Slovenia, Girlhood (Bande de filles) from France and Polish/Danish co-production Ida will all be competing for the European Parliament's annual firlm award. The finalists will be subtitled into the EU's official 24 languages and be screened in all 28 member states during the LUX Film Days this autumn. The winner will be chosen by MEPs and announced on 17 December.
          • TTIP: what's in it for Maltese business? : Liberalisation of trade with the United States would generally benefit Maltese industry but scrutiny of the rules to be agreed is crucial - in some sectors more than others. The potential and impact of an EU-US trade agreement on key industry in Malta were discussed in a series of sectorial roundtables organised by the European Parliament Office in Malta in collaboration with the Malta Business Bureau.
        • news_sep
          • Call for Expression of Interest for "The Production and Airing of a Series of Radio Programmes" & "The Production and Broadcasting of 'DOT EU' European Parliament Information Slots" : Expressions of interest for the production and airing of a series of radio programmes, and the production and broadcasting of "DOT EU" European Parliament information slots, will be received at 254, St. Paul Street Valletta, or via email at epvalletta@ep.europa.eu until Monday 6th October 2014 at 1700hrs.
          • On Being a Parliament Trainee in Brussels, by Janelle Camilleri : It all started in October 2013 as I was browsing Facebook, a customary early morning habit before starting off my day. My eye fell on a post of the European Parliament Office in Malta announcing that applications for a traineeship within the European Parliament were open. A few days later I clicked on the link and, without giving it much thought, threw in my application. Few weeks later I receive an email communication from the European Parliament Stage Office: I had been selected!
          • Il-Premju Sakharov: imħabbra n-nomini għall-2015 : Is-sitt nominati għall-Premju Sakharov tal-Parlament Ewropew għal-libertà tal-ħsieb għall-2015, kif magħżula mill-gruppi politiċi u gruppi ta’ MEPs, se jkunu ppreżentati waqt laqgħa tal-Kumitati għall-Affarijiet Barranin u għall-Iżvilupp u s-Sottokumitat għad-Drittijiet Umani nhar it-28 ta’ Settembru.
          • The Richmond Foundation to receive the European Citizen's Prize 2015 : On September 18, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta will be hosting the Award Ceremony for the European Citizen's Prize 2015, awarded this year to the Richmond Foundation. Each year the European Parliament awards the Citizen's Prize for exceptional achievements by citizens, groups, associations or organisations having displayed an outstanding commitment to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens, or that have embarked on day to day activities giving concrete expression to the values entrenched in the Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union.
          • MEPs present the European Citizen’s Prize 2015 to the Richmond Foundation : The Richmond Foundation was yesterday awarded the European Parliament’s Citizen's Prize for 2015 in a ceremony hosted by the European Parliament Office at Dar l-Ewropa, Valletta. The organisation had been jointly nominated for this year's prize by all six Maltese MEPs.
          • Traineeship mal-Uffiċċju tal-Parlament Ewropew f'Malta: tikteb Claudia Schembri : Wara li spiċċajt il-kors tal-liġi fl-Università ta' Malta għamilt il-ħsieb li napplika għal traineeship ma' waħda mill-Istituzzjonijiet tal-Unjoni Ewropea peress li xtaqt li nwessa' l-orizzont u naħdem f'qasam li mhuwiex lokali, minbarra l-fatt li xtaqt inkun parti minn istituzzjoni li kont ili nistudja dwarha.
          • TTIP: Business and MEPs discuss impact of EU-US trade deal on Malta : A trade agreement with the US is arguably one of the biggest projects ever undertaken by the EU. On one hand its economic potential is significant, on the other it should not be achieved at the cost of existing standards. Above all, the process should be as transparent as possible. These were the key elements in a conference organised by the Malta Business Bureau and the European Parliament Information Office in Malta. The event saw Maltese MEPs and representatives of Maltese businesses discuss the possible impacts of an agreement on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US.
        • news_oct
          • Malta tops the list of positive attitudes towards Europe: Survey on voters’ views following the European elections in May : A new European Parliament Eurobarometer survey provides interesting insights into the views of the Maltese and Europeans following the MEP elections in May. Malta tops a number of lists with positive attitudes towards the EU and its institutions. Information and electoral campaigns preceding the vote seem to have been successful as 81% say they had the necessary information to choose their MEPs. Immigration was the main issue which influenced voters’ choice, followed by economic growth and energy.
          • Living with Migration: Expert Insight & Public Discussion with MEPs : While the European Parliament is gearing up for negotiations on legislative proposals and political positioning including through its strategic initiative report, this event proposes to bring to the fore the local realities of migration and its different facets in an exchange with MEPs preceded by a fact-based background of experiences on the ground.
          • European Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Raif Badawi : Raif Badawi is the laureate of this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, following an October 29 decision by EP President Martin Schulz and the political group leaders. Badawi is a blogger from Saudi Arabia currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for insulting Islam on his website promoting social, political and religious debate. The Sakharov award ceremony will be held in Strasbourg on 16 December.
        • news_nov
          • Living with Migration : 'Living with Migration' is the theme chosen for a conference held by the European Parliament office on Friday in Valletta. The conference included input by lead experts in the field, human experiences by Milos and Saleh two migrants endevouring to integrate in Malta and a panel of employers followed by a compte-rendu by MEPs on their efforts in shaping a re-dimensioned EU policy on migration.
          • Is Being Digital Risky Business? - A Discussion with Experts and MEPs : Should internet service providers treat all online traffic running through their pipes equally? This is the point that MEPs are making in the current negotiations on net neutrality. Do you think that we should access all services in Europe without virtual barriers fragmenting the market into different member states or regions? This practice, termed as geo-blocking is spreading across Europe and risks by-passing the fundamental freedoms we expect out of the Union.
          • EP LUX Film Days 2015 in Malta & Gozo
            • "Mustang"is the winner of this year's LUX Film Prize : President Martin Schulz announced that Mustang had won the 2015 European Parliament LUX Prize for cinema at a ceremony in the Chamber in Strasbourg at noon on Tuesday. Mustang tells the story of five sisters who have been promised to husbands through forced marriages but who, determined to live their own lives, break the yoke of tradition.
          • EP Sakharov Conference - Reflections on the EU's Role in Human Rights : Date: Friday 4th December Venue: University of Malta, Gateway Building, Hall E Time: 15:00 -17:30 (Registration @14:30) Book a place on epvalletta@europarl.europa.eu or 21235075
        • news_dec
      • News 2013
        • news-december
          • New website for the 2014 European Elections : A special website for the 2014 European elections has been launched on 1 December 2013. The website is available in the 24 EU official languages and features information on all the member states and their electoral laws, as well as on the European political parties. It has full, aggregated multimedia material on major topics, including all elections-related news from the EP News Website.
        • news-november
          • Data Protection: What about your Privacy? : A debate on online privacy and data protection organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta and held at the University of Malta, highlighted the need for awareness and education campaigns on people's online safety and their rights as users of a relatively new tool that is the internet. The event, entitled 'What about your privacy', generated a discussion about our online presence as an extension of our offline presence, the way large companies such as Facebook and Google handle our data, people's perceptions on the subject and whether they do anything to protect their privacy, and the reform of EU data protection legislation.
          • Speaker Anġlu Farrugia visits Europe House to mark fourth anniversary of entry into force of Lisbon Treaty : Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Anġlu Farrugia this morning paid a courtesy visit to Europe House in Valletta to mark the fourth anniversary of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, which strengthened the role of national parliaments in the EU legislative process. Background
        • news-october
          • Get Sporty with your MEPs : MEPs, candidates for next May’s European elections and students following courses at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) gauged their football skills on Friday 10th October when they faced national goalkeeper Justin Haber in a penalty shoot-out at the MCAST campus in Paola. The event, themed ‘Get Sporty with your MEPs’, was organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta in collaboration with MCAST, and also included a zumba session, human table soccer and sumo wrestling, all of which formed part of MCAST’s freshers’ week activities.
          • Immigration: EU must act to prevent further tragedies, says Parliament : Tragedies such as the drowning of would-be migrants off Lampedusa must mark a turning point for Europe. They can be prevented only by EU-coordinated efforts inspired by solidarity and responsibility, said the European Parliament on Wednesday, with a view to the 24-25 October EU summit. MEPs reiterate that EU member states have a legal duty to assist migrants in distress at sea and note that legal entry into the EU is preferable to a more dangerous irregular sort.
          • PRESS RELEASE: MCAST STUDENTS PRESENT ARTWORKS INTERPRETING PERSPECTIVES ON IRREGULAR IMMIGRATION : On Wednesday 23rd October, the European Parliament Information Office in Malta visited the MCAST Institute of Art and Design in Mosta to meet a group of students working on five artistic projects interpreting the issues surrounding irregular immigration.
          • L-uffiċċju tal-PE joħroġ ktejjeb għat-tfal dwar id-diversità kulturali : L-Uffiċċju ta’ Informazzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew f’Malta ħareġ ktejjeb għat-tfal intitolat ‘Ħbieb tal-Qalb’, li ġie ppreżentat nhar il-ġimgħa 25 ta' Ottubru waqt attività fl-iskola primarja ta’ San Pawl il-Baħar, li tifforma parti mill-Kulleġġ Maria Reġina. Il-Ministru tal-Edukazzjoni Evarist Bartolo, il-MPE Roberta Metsola u l-Kummissarju għat-Tfal Helen D’Amato attendew l-attività.
          • Gozo debates focus on the Gozitan identity, need for a holistic strategy for the island : Two debates that the European Parliament Information Office organised in Gozo on Friday 18th October focused on the Gozitan identity in the European context and particularly on the need for a holistic strategy for the island that would give its people a clear idea of where they are heading.
          • Irregular Immigration: Debate highlights need for concrete action, holistic approach to irregular migration : “I had to go to a safe place; it didn’t matter where, as long as it was safe" – Goitom, a migrant from Eritrea
        • news-september
          • "One year to go to the 2014 European elections" - UPDATED : All language versions of the socio-demographic analysis : With one year to go until the 2014 European elections, this Eurobarometer survey of the European Parliament seeks to gauge Europeans’ opinion of the European project, the European Union and the possibilities offered by the European elections of 22-25 May 2014. This survey follows on from our Eurobarometer survey of June 2012 (‘Two years to go to the 2014 European elections’, EP/EB77.4). The fieldwork was carried out between 7 and 23 June 2013. The survey was conducted using face to face methods by TNS Opinion in the 28 EU Member States, with 27 624 respondents. The results are shown either for the EU28 (in the case of the new questions) or in the form of EU27 trends.
          • 'Women on Board: Yes, but How?' : WOMEN in decision-making positions, flexible work arrangements, the way company boards operate, the gender pay gap, and the need to tackle myths about men and women and stop stereotyping were a few of the issues that featured in a public dialogue entitled ‘Women on Board: Yes, but how?’ held at Europe House, Valletta. The event was organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta in collaboration with the National Council of Women, in parallel with the European Parliament's current discussion of a Commission proposal aimed at improving gender balance on the boards of publicly listed companies.
          • European Elections 2014 information campaign launched at Europe House Valletta : The only way to legitimise and influence EU decision-making is through the European Parliament, and the Maltese will have the opportunity to make Malta’s voice heard, said Peter Agius, head of the European Parliament Information Office in Malta. Dr Agius was addressing the media during the launch of the information campaign towards the European elections of 24 May next year.
          • European Parliament adopts resolution on online gambling : Increased cooperation between member states on issues of consumer protection and money laundering are two of the main aspects of a resolution on online gambling, approved by the European Parliament earlier today. The online gambling industry provides a significant contribution to Malta's GDP, with more than 7,000 people employed directly or indirectly, 240 registered companies and more than 400 operating licences.
          • Responsible gaming, local iGaming industry discussed during visit by MEP Metsola to Betsson Malta offices : Player protection, responsible gaming, the protection of minors and the development of the online gaming sector in Malta were the main topics of discussion during a tour of the offices of online gaming company Betsson Malta this morning. The visit was organised by the European Parliament Information Office (EPIO) in collaboration with the Malta Business Bureau (MBB), and those present included MEP Roberta Metsola, Reuben Portanier from the Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Joe Tanti from the MBB and Peter Agius, head of the EPIO.
          • Traineeships with the European Parliament : Interested in following a traineeship with the European Parliament Information Office in Malta?
          • 'Puttinu Cares' Awarded European Citizen's Prize 2013 : Puttinu Cares Children's Cancer Support Group was awarded the European Citizen’s Prize 2013 during a ceremony at Europe House in Valletta on Friday 27 September. The support group is one of 43 winners of the prize, which was launched by the European Parliament in 2008 to recognise exceptional achievements by Europeans, such as activities that facilitate cross-border cooperation within the EU or promote better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens and member states, or day-to-day activities reflecting the values enshrined in the EU's charter of fundamental rights.
        • news-august
          • Open call for tenders - Monitoring of Maltese Media : The European Parliament Office in Malta launched an open call for tender aimed at awarding a one year framework contract renewable three times for daily monitoring of written press, the main audiovisual media (TV, radio) and the main online media. The purpose is to provide a timely, up-to-date compendium of daily information, in the form of a media review, about the way in which topics of relevance to the European Parliament including the President of the institution and its Members – particularly those elected in the Member State concerned and the European Union are reported in the media. The time limit for receipt of tender documents is Friday, 9th August 2013 at noon.
          • Traineeships in the European Parliament : Parliament offers several options for traineeships within its Secretariat, to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the European Parliament is and does. The traineeships may be paid or unpaid and are of the following types: a general option, a journalism option and traineeships for translators.
          • Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment : The European Parliament’s Citizens’ Agora on Youth Unemployment, which will take place in Brussels from Wednesday 6 November to Friday 8 November 2013, aims to gather young people from all over Europe to discuss the current challenges in Europe’s employment market.
        • news-july
          • European Parliament Think Tank Pages : As of today, anyone seeking solid background information in a policy field can use this new powerful search engine to systematically search the many Parliament studies, library briefings, impact assessment and European added value papers, STOA and economic dialogue documentation, surveys on public opinion and EU fact sheets. In order to provide easy access to this valuable store of knowledge, Directorate-General for Communication and Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support have jointly developed Parliament's 'Think Tank' pages – an online platform that brings together all sources of EP expertise and high quality information.
          • Il-kap tal-PN iżur l-Uffiċċju għall-Informazzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew fil-Belt Valletta : Il-kap tal-Partit Nazzjonalista Simon Busuttil, flimkien mal-Membru tal-Parlament Ewropew Roberta Metsola u l-Membri tal-Parlament Malti Marthese Portelli u Ryan Callus, żaru l-Uffiċċju għall-Informazzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew f'Dar l-Ewropa fil-Belt Valletta dalgħodu, u ltaqgħu mal-kap tal-uffiċċju Dott. Peter Agius u membri tal-istaff.
          • LUX Prize 2013 - Celebrating Cultural Diversity through Cinematography : This year the European Parliament will once again hold its annual appointment with cinematography lovers by screening the three best-rated European films to celebrate cultural diversity in all 28 EU member states, under the umbrella of the annual EP LUX Film Days. The European Parliament - itself being a model and a symbol of cultural diversity - believes that the LUX Prize is an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future.
        • news-june
        • news-april
          • LGBT debate: breaking the silence Univeristy of Malta : The European Parliament Information Office in Malta together with University Student Organisations ‘Studenti Ħarsien Soċjali’ and ‘We Are’ organised a debate at the University Campus Quadrangle themed "Breaking the Silence: Spotlight on the Fight against Homophobia and Transphobia".
          • Tnaqqis fl-emissjonijiet tad-diossidu tal-karbonju : Skont rapport ġdid maħruġ minn Cambridge Econometrics u Ricardo-AEA, jekk l-UE timponi regoli ġodda fuq il-kumpaniji li jimmanifatturaw il-vetturi bil-għan li jkun hemm tnaqqis fl-emissjonijiet tad-diossidu tal-karbonju (CO2), l-ispiża tal-fjuwil tonqos bi kwart. Dan ifisser li tispiċċa tiffranka €3,800 tul il-ħajja tal-vettura tiegħek.
          • EU-China: the potential of a strategic partnership : With a fifth of the world's populatoin, China is an important partner for the EU. It is a massive growing market with great potential for European industry. In this interview, Dr Joe Cassar, former Maltese Ambassador to China, maintains that Malta could be a good stepping stone in this regard.
        • news-march
          • European Parliament Traineeships Information Session : On Thursday 21st March, the European Parliament Information Office, in collaboration with the KSU-Kunsill Studenti Universitarji and the EU Careers-University of Malta, organized an information-session about traineeships within the European Parliament.
          • Schulz: Il-PE se jimblokka l-baġit sakemm il-kondizzjonijiet proposti jiġu adottati : Il-Parlament mhux se jaċċetta l-proposta tal-baġit, magħrufa bħala l-Qafas Finanzjarju Multiannwali (MFF), sakemm il-ħlasijiet kollha għall-2012 huma mħallsa. Hemm ftehim dwar il-finanzjamenti futuri u hemm qbil dwar reviżjoni komprensiva tal-baġit tal-UE .Wara li l-MPE ivvutaw u rrifjutaw il-ftehim li ntlaħaq mill-kapijiet tal-gvern fit-8 ta' Frar dwar l-MFF il-president tal-PE Martin Schulz qal: "Din ir-riżoluzzjoni importanti twitti t-triq 'il quddiem għal negozjati possibbli mal-Kunsill dwar il-baġit tal-UE 2014-2020".
          • Negozjati relatati mal-baġit tal-UE : Fit-8 ta' Frar il-mexxejja tal-Unjoni Ewropea qablu fuq impenji (għall-baġit pluriennali tal-UE) sal-ammont ta’ €960 biljun, b’pagamenti reali ta’ €908 biljun: dawn l-ammonti t-tnejn li huma jirrappreżentaw tnaqqis sinjifikanti meta mqabbla mal-proposta oriġinali tal-Kummissjoni.
          • Malta's newly elected Prime Minister with EP President Martin Schulz : EP President Schulz gives warm welcome to Maltese PM Prime Minister ives reassurance over Malta's budget funding
          • EPIO visits San Anton School with an EU quiz : On the 8th of March more than 80 students at San Anton School participated in an EU Quiz organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta. The EPIO staff that visited the school was delighted with the students' interest in the European Union and their level of engagement in a discussion about Europe, the EP, and its role in their daily lives. Students were divided into four groups emulating the four main political groups in the EP.
        • news-february
          • Quicker access to cheaper medicines : Patients should have quicker access to cheaper "generic" medicines, according to MEPs voting on a draft law on Wednesday. The draft rules will require authorities to meet new deadlines and transparency requirements on pricing and reimbursement.
        • news-january
          • Press Seminar in Brussels for Maltese Journalists - Activity Report : The European Parliament Information Office in Malta organised a two-day Press Seminar in Brussels aimed at familiarising a group of ten journalists with the workings of the European Parliament. Journalists attending the seminar represented different media agencies and work in different types of media, ranging from printed press to audio-visual, online and radio.
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        • events_2014-january
          • KifjahdemilPE : Il-Parlament Ewropew qiegħed jiddeċiedi għalina l-Maltin u qiegħed jissaħħaħ dejjem aktar fil-qafas istituzzjonali tal-Unjoni. Dan jista' jkun pożittiv jekk aħna bħala poplu nagħrfu nużaw ir-rappreżentanti tagħna bl-aktar mod effettiv. L-elezzjonijiet li ġejjin jistgħu jkunu okkażjoni tajba biex nippreżentaw stampa aktar ċara u vera tal-Unjoni u ta' kif taħdem. Nixtiequ nagħmlu l-parti tagħna f'dan il-proċess. Qed nippreżentawlkom sessjoni ta' informazzjoni li tidħol fid-dettall dwar kif jaħdem il-Parlament Ewropew, ir-rwol tal-MEPs, in-negozjati bejn l-istituzzjonijiet u d-domandi l-oħra kollha li jispiraw il-kurżità tagħkom f'taħdita ma' Dr Peter Agius, Kap tal-Uffiċċju tal-Parlament Ewropew f'Malta.
          • A Maltese Business Manifesto for Europe - EE2014 Launch of Awareness Period Focusing on Stakes for Maltese Businesses in Europe : This morning at Europe House representatives of the main Business organisations launched a process leading to the drawing up of a joint manifesto of the expectations of Maltese businesses in the forthcoming MEP elections and the EP legislature.
          • European Elections 2014: We are in Business Together - A Maltese Business Manifesto : On the 21st January the European Parliament Information Office in Malta launched a campaign – “Raising Awareness on Business Matters” - leading to the drawing up of a joint business manifesto of the expectations of Maltese businesses in the forthcoming MEP elections and the EP legislature. This was but the first of a series of five separate appointments organised by the EPIO Malta, each bringing together business organisations and prospective MEPs in an exchange of views on business matters.
        • events_2014-february
          • How will our MEPs in the European Parliament Impact the Gozitan Community? : A conference on February 21, to introduce MEP candidates, for them to voice their views and listen to the Gozitans' voice, to increase awareness of the importance to "go and vote", and finally to draw a set of aims that better the economical situation of Gozo. For more information, contact the Gozo Business Chamber on: info@gozobusinesschamber.org or +356 21550305
          • L-MEPs jippreżentaw il-Premju għaċ-Ċittadin 2014 lil Hospice Malta : Ilbieraħ fligħaxija Hospice Malta ġew ippreżentati bil-Premju Ewropew għaċ-Ċittadin għall-2014 f’ċerimonja organizzata mill-Uffiċċju tal-Parlament Ewropew f’Dar l-Ewropa, il-Belt Valletta. Il-Hospice ġiet nominata għall-premju ta' din is-sena mis-6 MEPs Maltin kollha flimkien.
        • events_2014-march
          • Elezzjonijiet Ewropej: Laqgħa bejn il-Bdiewa, ir-Raħħala, u l-Kandidati : MEUSAC flimkien mal-Uffiċċju għall-Informazzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew f'Malta qiegħed jorganizza diskussjoni bl-isem "L-Ewropa xi tfisser għall-bdiewa u għar-raħħala? Kif jista' MEP jagħmel differenza?" F'din l-attività marbuta mal-elezzjonijiet Ewropej, il-bdiewa u r-raħħala se jiltaqgħu mal-kandidati li se jikkontestaw għall-elezzjonijiet. L-attività se sseħħ fl-Istitut tal-Agribusiness ġewwa l-MCAST fit-18 ta' Marzu fl-10:00am.
            • European Studies Graduate MEP Candidates Debate Europe : The European Documentation Centre - EDC Malta (hosted by the Institute for European Studies) is organizing a panel discussion, in which MEP election candidates who studied European Studies at the University of Malta will debate different topics related to the state of Europe. Kevin Cutajar, Miriam Dalli, Cyrus Engerer and Stefano Mallia, all MEP election candidates with an academic background in European studies, will have a Q&A session with participants. This event is being organised in cooperation with the European Parliament Office in Malta. RSVP Required. edc@um.edu.mt Telephone: 2340 3386 um.edu.mt/europeanstudies/edc/ facebook.com/parlamentewropew
        • events_2014-april...
          • Youth Unemployment - Union Leaders' Dialogue : Since 2012, Union Haddiema Maghqudin has been a member of the European Centre for Workers Questions (EZA) an EU-wide organisation grouping workers' unions and associations from over 30 EU Countries. After delivering a successful seminar on Social Dialogue in 2013, UHM has been entrusted this year with organising an event focused on Youth Unemployment: one of the hottest issues in the current EU scenario. The seminar, organised in cooperation with the European Parliament Office in Malta, will be an occasion for over 60 European trade union leaders to present and compare the situations of different EU countries, share ideas and discuss common strategies to tackle Youth Unemployment. The project is supported by the European Commission and by the Malta EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC).
          • Gender Parity in Democracy: Let's Keep the Balance! : The Malta Confederation of Women's Organisations (MCWO) in collaboration with the European Parliament Office in Malta is pleased to invite you to a Seminar which will take place on Wednesday 2nd April 2013 at Dar l-Ewropa at St. Paul’s Street, Valletta between 8.30am to 1.20pm. This Seminar is being organised in view of the forthcoming European Elections 2014 in order raise awareness about the importance of parity democracy. Malta’s gender representation at the EU Parliament has shifted from a zero to a 50% position in 2014. The Confederation believes that this gender balance should be upheld in the forthcoming elections but this will not be achieved without awareness and commitment. A number of candidates will discuss issues of various barriers that are hindering gender parity and how reconciliation policies and commitment to gender equality can assist in changing culture and structures to ensure a better representation between women and men. Civil Society Organisations, various stakeholders and the Press will be present to discuss these issues in depth. Should you wish to attend this seminar, you are kindly invited to contact mail@mcwo.net or call 99426238. If you are unable to participate you can kindly nominate your representative.
        • events_2014-may
          • MEP candidates discuss European Competitiveness in MBB Debate : Tuesday 13th May 2014, Malta – A political debate, held by the Malta Business Bureau, highlighted that safeguarding competitiveness through economic growth, environmental protection, and social responsibility should be priority for the next European Parliament legislature.
        • events_2014-october
          • Malta's EU story: How ten years of EU Membership have changed the country : The Discussion Paper "Malta's EU story: How ten years of membership have changed the country" was launched by The Torday Public Policy Institute (TPPI) in June 2014. The European Parliament Information Office in Malta and TPPI are organising a conference to discuss Malta's journey since its accession to the EU ten years ago. Addressing the conference will be Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon. Mr Louis Grech, and the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Dr Simon Busuttil.
          • Press Release - Malta's EU story: How ten years of membership have changed the country : Ten years after Malta’s accession to the EU, what is the assessment of our experience? How much have the process leading to that milestone, and the subsequent first decade as an EU member, influenced the country politically, economically, and socially? These were the central questions debated in a conference organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta and The Today Public Policy Institute.
        • events_2014-november
          • LUX Film Days 2014 : The annual appointment with the European Parliament LUX Film Days will soon kick off in Malta, and for the very first time, also in Gozo. With the LUX Film Prize, awarded every year at the December Plenary, the European Parliament seeks to raise attention to cultural diversity and other societal issues including integration, social inclusion, immigration, poverty, equality, violence against women and human rights through the power of film. The three films in the run for the LUX Prize 2014 are Rok Biček’s Class Enemy (Slovenia), Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (French) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (Hungary). More info: http://www.luxprize.eu/official-selection In Malta the LUX Film Days will be hosted at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta on the 5th, 7th and 9th November, and at Oratory Don Bosco, in Victoria, Gozo, on the 12th and 14th December. Further details on https://www.facebook.com/ParlamentEwropew#!/events/612819352160013/
        • events_2014-december
      • Events 2013
        • events_2013-december
          • Kif Jaħdem il-Parlament Ewropew? : Il-Parlament Ewropew qiegħed jiddeċiedi għalina l-Maltin u qiegħed jissaħħaħ dejjem aktar fil-qafas istituzzjonali tal-Unjoni. Dan jista' jkun pożittiv jekk aħna bħala poplu nagħrfu nużaw ir-rappreżentanti tagħna bl-aktar mod effettiv. L-elezzjonijiet li ġejjin jistgħu jkunu okkażjoni tajba biex nippreżentaw stampa aktar ċara u vera tal-Unjoni u ta' kif taħdem. Nixtiequ nagħmlu l-parti tagħna f'dan il-proċess. Qed nippreżentawlkom sessjoni ta' informazzjoni li tidħol fid-dettall, dwar kif jaħdem il-Parlament Ewropew, ir-rwol tal-MEPs, in-negozjati bejn l-istituzzjonijiet u d-domandi l-oħra kollha li jispiraw il-kurżità tagħkom.
        • events_2013-november
          • Online Privacy & Data Protection : How much aware are we of how the big service providers like facebook, google and youtube handle our data? Join in a discussion about the risks and challenges to our online freedoms with experts & MEPs in the context of recent European Parliament proposals on safeguarding data from misuse and abuse, online and offline, within the Maltese context.
        • events_2013-october
          • Discussion with MEPs and MEP candidates in Gozo : The European Parliament Office in Malta has launched its information campaign for the forthcoming European Elections with the theme SAQSI, IPPARTECIPA, AGHZEL. Our next appointment in this campaign takes us to Gozo on Friday 18th October where we plan to hold three main activities.
          • Irregular Immigration. Left Alone? : Join us on Tuesday 29th October at 19:00 at The Fortress Builders, St. Mark Street, Valletta, for a debate on the local irregular immigration reality with Local Council Mayors from localities facing different experiences. This will be followed by a discussion involving Maltese MEPs. For registration and more information contact us on 21235075 or epvalletta@europarl.europa.eu
          • Focus on Youth and Jobs - 'Get Sporty with your MEPs' : MEPs Marlene Mizzi (S&D) and Roberta Metsola (EPP) participated in a debate with over 100 students, lecturing staff and teaching assistants at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) during on 4 October. The objective of the debate was to discuss Jobs with the youth in their own turf - on Campus, in the most versatile period of the year - freshers week. The event, themed ‘Get Sporty with your MEPs’, was organised by the European Parliament Information Office in Malta in collaboration with MCAST, and focused on raising awareness of the MEPs role and the powers of the European Parliament in the context of present and future challenges in the area of jobs, youth unemployment and youth mobility.
        • events_2013-september
          • Women on Board: Yes, but how? A public dialogue with your MEPs : Improving gender balance in management positions has been put on the political and legislative agenda of the European Institutions, most notably through the proposed Directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges and related measures. This public dialogue intends to elaborate the different facets of the topic and most importantly discuss the means that society should employ to reach the mentioned objective without necessarily polarising the discussion into a yes or no for women quotas.
          • Online gambling in the Internal Market: The European Parliament sets its stance : The European Parliament is set to adopt a Resolution on Online Gambling in the September Plenary. What is the EP's position? How will this affect this industry in Malta? Join us on 20 September at Europe House, Valletta for a debate with stakeholders and MEPs.
        • events_2013-july
          • Appuntament mal-Ewropa : This event is meant to give an insight on a number of relocation measures that have been implemented, both through the Pilot Project for intra-EU Relocation from Malta (EUREMA1 - phase I and II) and bilateral arrangements between EU Member States, Associated Countries and Malta. The lecture will be followed by an Q&A and then refreshments.
        • events_2013-may
          • Meet your MEPs on Campus : MEPs Joseph CUSCHIERI (S&D, MT) and Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT) participated in a debate on the university campus on Friday May 10, debating the obstacles to be tackled to ensure that young people make the most of the opportunities available to study, work or volunteer in the EU.
        • April 2013
          • Breaking the Silence : The issues conditioning LGBT persons in the context of the Maltese societal challenges to a non-discriminatory treatment. Marking the Day of Silence on 19 April and with reference to the recent discussions at the European Parliament on LGBT matters.
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