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Opposition claims that a new defamation bill would end freedom of expression online are “a complete untruth”, Owen Bonnici tells EUobserver.
'There is no time to lose,' Elzbieta Bienkowska told member states. 'There is systematic failure in the type approval system in Europe.'
Malta's government proposes widening libel laws to include all sorts of material published online.
A letter by Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat, which will be discussed at the EU summit, provides an overview of plans to keep migrants in Libya.
A recent conference highlighted the opportunities and challenges the EU faces in its neighbourhood south of the Mediterranean.
Malta's prime minister Joseph Muscat said that Pope Francis has "the skills and vision" to inspire the EU and that some EU countries should integrate more to be able to act.
Activists hope the EU presidency of Malta, a recent LGBTIQ champion, will help to put their rights higher on the EU agenda.
EU leaders endorsed an Italian deal with Libya to help the North African country stem the flow of people, and pledged €200 million to help its coastguard patrol the seas in an effort to curb migration.
New US president Trump overshadows the Malta summit of EU leaders on Friday, as they discuss the bloc's future amid new geopolitical realities, and step up efforts to stop migration via Libya from North African countries.
The commission wants to give the power to member states to reject EU-approved genetically modified organisms, but the Maltese presidency is unlikely to approach the issue any time soon.
For the Mediterranean country that just took the EU presidency, the migration crisis is still there and must be addressed internally and externally.
A Russian-backed warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to Europe, Malta, the new EU presidency, has said.
Finance minister Scicluna said that a report published by Green MEPs was "unfair" and that Malta had "nothing to hide".
The Maltese EU presidency said a "similar approach" to the Turkey deal could stop migrants coming from Libya, but the UN said the plan was a non-starter.
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Maltese PM said that EU institutions, including the Court of Justice, would continue to hold legal primacy during the post-Brexit transition period.
In its first ever EU presidency, the smallest member state aims to reduce the "huge disconnect" between politicians and citizens.
Prime minister Robert Fico gained EU and domestic praise for his six month at EU helm, but the far right is still on the rise in a country where Europe is still not a top issue.
EU states reached an agreement on a firearms directive that imposes further restrictions and oversight on semi-automatic weapons. The heavily lobbied bill sparked heated debates by pro-gun groups.
A compromise text by the Slovak EU presidency is proposing to water down the commission's plans to allow public access to the names of those who own offshore accounts.
The forthcoming EU presidency will seek compromise on asylum policy and push forward discussions on the control of external borders, Maltese interior minister Carmelo Abela told EUobserver.
EU interior ministers agreed to start legislative talks with the EU parliament to expand the scope of an asylum database, Eurodac, to include migrants and stateless people.
EU negotiators have agreed terms on a deal that could see Georgians entering the EU without a visa by this year, and Ukrainians early next year.
Finance state secretary Ivan Lesay said his government "achieved some successes" on tax evasion and investment.
EU states are alarmed at the bulging waistlines of their citizens, but governments remain unwilling to commit to binding measures or an EU-wide approach to the problem.
The agreement to prolong the EU investment plan until 2020 to raise up to €500 billion will have to be confirmed by the parliament amid questions about its impact and functionning.
The European Commission has sent a legal analysis of its plan to member states, which heavily criticised the proposal. The EU parliament has already rejected it.
EU states, under the new plan, would take asylum seekers from Italy and Greece and send some of them packing to their home countries.
Robert Fico's outburst comes amid mounting pressure from opposition parties and the media to take action over high-level corruption allegations.
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